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Women-Owned Tennessee Businesses Keeping Pace with Competitors

By CTN Staff

From Dev Joshi, Research Analyst Approximately 155,600 Tennessee businesses are owned or partially owned by women, generating approximately $23.5 billion in revenue annually. In fact, the number of women-owned businesses in the state has grown by 56% since 1997, ranking Tennessee 17th in the nation in terms of the growth in businesses owned by women.  Women entrepreneurs are boosting Tennessee’s economy, and they are keeping pace with their competitors when it comes to technology adoption. Connected Tennessee’s 2011 Business Technology Assessment showed that more than three-fourths of Tennessee’s women-owned businesses (76%)...

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Location, Location, Location: Enhancing Public Safety with GIS

By Jennifer Cobb

February is Public Safety Month at Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to highlight the use of GIS in various public safety agencies. Location is everything during an emergency; GIS provides the functionality to collect and manage large databases while in a fast-paced decision-making environment. GIS analysis and maps are used for everything from developing the public safety network to tracking criminal activity or emergency response routes. With the increases in technological capabilities, more and more agencies are being...

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There's an App for that: ReadyTN

By Jennifer Cobb

There are almost two million apps available for download between the iPhone and Android. If you’re in Tennessee, one app could prove the most significant: Ready TN. This app, developed in-house by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, provides real-time updates from the National Weather Service, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Red Cross Shelters, and local contact information. Tabs available through the app also help individuals and families plan, prepare, and connect to resources as needed should an emergency or weather/natural disaster occur. Here is an example of what you may find under each tab: Plan: Specific Hazards and...

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National Broadband Map 2-Year Anniversary

By Jennifer Cobb

February 17, 2013, marked the two-year anniversary of the National Broadband Map (NBM), a tool to search, analyze, and map broadband availability across the United States. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created and maintains the NBM, populating it with broadband datasets collected and submitted by states and territories for the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also been contributing to the development and update of the NBM. The continued update and use of the NBM for economic development, federal policy, broadband expansion, as well as local...

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