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Connected Aging Communities

This groundbreaking new initiative envisions and tests what a “connected aging community” in rural Wisconsin might look like.

Pilot communities Manitowish Waters (Vilas County, WI) and Park Falls (Price County, WI) are developing collaborative projects to improve social infrastructures, help older adults adopt technology, and ensure independent living by elderly residents in their communities. The collaborative work of these two communities will create models for other connected aging communities into the future.

This project runs 2017-2018 and is funded by Bader Philanthropies, with community and project management through the UW-Extension Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center.

The work is guided by a strong advisory board with representatives from multiple statewide organizations and industries, while each local pilot project is run by local leadership teams.

One page project overview Connected Aging Community

For more information, contact Center Outreach Educator Gail Huycke, 608-957-5539

See photos from past events here>>

Follow the work online using hashtag #ConnectedAgingCommunity

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2015 Digital Divide Profiles

Digital Divide Index

Internet access has become a key factor for full participation in modern society. Educational and professional opportunities, workforce participation, access to health information, public safety and regional economic development are increasingly dependent upon an individual’s access to a high-speed broadband connection. The digital divide is the gap between those who have access to computers and the internet and those who do not.

A recording of the webinar held on June 28, 2018 can be seen here:

The Digital Divide Index, developed at the Purdue Center for Regional Development,  is used as a way to gauge a county’s relative standing compared to peers. Factors likely to affect residents’ capability to access the internet, which include household income, age, education level, and as well as access to infrastructure, are used to approximate the digital divide for each county. Index values are pulled from a continuum, with the high value (largest digital divide) set at 100, and the low value (smallest digital divide) set at 0. The larger the digital divide, the higher the index value. A larger digital divide implies that a larger portion of the population is not able to participate through use of the internet.

What is the Digital Divide is a two page publication that provides background on how to use the Digital Divide Index Profiles for each county. It is recommended as a companion to the profiles.

You can find Digital Divide Index Profiles for each of Wisconsin’s counties below:

What is the Digital Divide? Door County Kenosha County Outagamie County St. Croix County
Adams County Douglas County Kewaunee County Ozaukee County Taylor County
Ashland County Dunn County La Crosse County Pepin County Trempealeau County
Barron County Eau Claire County Lafayette County Pierce County Vernon County
Bayfield County Florence County Langlade County Polk County Vilas County
Brown County Fond du Lac County Lincoln County Portage County Walworth County
Buffalo County Forest County Manitowoc County Price County Washburn County
Burnett County Grant County Marathon County Racine County Washington County
Calumet County Green County Marinette County Richland County Waukesha County
Chippewa County Green Lake County Marquette County Rock County Waupaca County
Clark County Iowa County Menominee County Rusk County Winnebago County
Columbia County Iron County Milwaukee County Sauk County Waushara County
Crawford County Jackson County Monroe County Sawyer County Wood County
Dane County Jefferson County Oconto County Shawano County
Dodge County Juneau County Oneida County Sheboygan County


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