Each weekend here at 1808Delaware and 1812Blockhouse we present “The Intel On Intel,” where we collect and share links from area media looking how local government, schools, other businesses, and Intel itself are building a new future for the area.
In today’s edition, we share media coverage that considers:
The Intel on Intel can be viewed here.
There’s a new way to test your computer skills that’s interactive and fun.
The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library is now providing the Northstar Digital Learning Program, an assessment-based too for pinpointing where you can use a few pointers.
Now can identify those gaps in your knowledge and guide your learning. Northstar was developed in response to the needs of job seekers who may lack the digital literacy skills needed to seek, obtain, and retain employment, as well as to perform other tasks in daily life.
Northstar Digital Literacy modules are grouped into three main areas:More…
By Governor DeWine’s Office; 1812Blockhouse
On Friday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced new broadband expansion projects that will make affordable, high-speed internet available to nearly 100,000 households in Ohio that currently don’t have access to reliable internet connectivity.
On Friday morning, the Broadband Expansion Authority authorized BroadbandOhio to award more than $232 million in grants to 11 internet service providers as part of the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program. The funding will be used to cover the “broadband funding gap” associated with 33 broadband expansion projects impacting 31 counties.
Those counties include Richland.More…
In the immediate aftermath of the announcement that Intel is investing $20 billion in constructing two state of the art semiconductor manufacturing facilities in northwestern Licking County, a number of developments began to occur.
On the part of local units of government and planning organizations, work began to prepare for changes in traffic, population growth, and community development patterns not only in the immediate area, but regionally across central Ohio. Initiatives sprung up almost overnight to prepare for the various needs that the operation will require, including the availability of a trained, talented workforce.
Efforts began as far away as Cincinnati to determine how best to woo Intel suppliers, while other regions and state began to consider how they lost out in this edition of the semiconductor sweepstakes.More…
Neo, the character played be Keanu Reeves in The Matrix, makes the following observation:
“You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin.”
Over the last two days, there has been a good deal on online conversation and commentary centering on the announcement by Intel and the State of Ohio about the investment of $20 billion in constructing two state of the art semiconductor manufacturing facilities in western Licking County. The move is the first step in an overall plan that envisions eight factories placed there within ten years.
It’s the kind of investment that generates intense competition between regions and states, each offering attractive incentive packages. It is also the kind of move that transcends the initial investment; it will make the Midwest, and Ohio in particular, a center for what has heretofore been an economic engine for California and western states.More…
It would be difficult to overestimate the impact of an announcement made this morning in metro Columbus.
Consider the facts for a moment.
In an announcement of its intentions, Intel shared on Friday:More…
By Laura Olson, Ohio Capital Journal
Could this happen in Ohio?
In October 2019, officials at a tiny western New Hampshire school district suddenly realized they had a problem on their hands.
The Sunapee School District’s servers, documents and other internal information systems had been locked down by an outside entity demanding a ransom payment.
A cyberattack, like the Colonial Pipeline one that spurred days of shuttered gas stations this spring, had seized the small, 430-student school district, which has just one full-time IT staffer and a part-time technician.
System backups meant the school district eventually was able to resume its operations without paying ransom to the attackers. But the recovery took nine days and cost more than $40,000 in fees, materials and hardware, according to Russell Holden, the district’s superintendent. More…
By Chris Booker, Ohio State News
Richland County businesses and prospective employees, take note of this.
The Ohio State University is making its popular Swift Coding and App Development certificate program available to the public. By expanding access to learners everywhere, participants gain cutting-edge skills for today’s modern economy.
Additionally, the university is working with local businesses to provide workforce development opportunities for their employees through Ohio’s TechCred program.
In just over a year since it launched, more than 3,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni have enrolled in the certificate program, completing self-paced modules on their schedule and building valuable skills. More…
Publisher’s Note: This story is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. 1812Blockhouse is pleased to share these stories from time to time with permission.
By Linda Poon, City Lab
When the pandemic shut down schools in March, it created a new urgency to narrow the digital gap in the U.S. as millions of students struggled to participate in remote learning because they didn’t have internet access at home. It also reinforced the reality that the divide doesn’t just exist between rural and urban communities, but also within America’s largest cities. Some 500,000 households lack reliable connection in New York City, for example; in Chicago, 1 in 5 students don’t have broadband, according to data published at the start of the pandemic. More…
As we head into another year where staying at home is the name of the game, it’s good to explore online options.
One is one of the newest databases at the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, and it’s an amazing one.
The MRPCL offers access to Lynda.com to its patrons via an online interface. Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. More…
It wasn’t that long ago that Richland Countians obtained local news and information almost solely via newspaper, radio, and television.
Everyone who has lived through some or all of the last twenty years knows the impact that the Internet has had on communication. In fits and starts, Mansfield businesses and organizations have joined local media in staking out an online presence. Today, it’s a standard part of doing business.
A new internet service is coming to Richland County,as T-Mobile has announced that it is expanding Home Internet to more than 130 additional cities and towns across nine states.
Those cities include Mansfield, as well as area communities of Ashland, Bucyrus, Galion, Marion, and Wooster.
In its press release, the company highlighted the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of broadband connectivity. In response to this situation, the company shared, expansion of its Home Internet pilot program and the introduction of5G Home Internet service have been expedited. More…
The free HuntFish OH mobile app is available now for Ohio’s outdoors enthusiasts to conveniently purchase fishing and hunting licenses, check game, and view wildlife area maps, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The HuntFish OH mobile app is available for Android and iOS users and can be found in the app store.
“Many people are using their mobile devices to purchase hunting and fishing licenses and other Division of Wildlife products. This new app will make those transactions easier,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “We are excited to launch this new resource to help our customers.” More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
Mansfield City Council’s Finance Committee members asked themselves a question on Tuesday evening which government officials are asking all over Ohio these days.
How can a city best plan for the future in light of the unknown economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic?
In the case of Mansfield, that refers to the City’s needs for technology and hardware, items which often become obsolete within a few years leaving them vulnerable and without opportunities for support. More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
It’s getting to be quite the trend in Richland County, as local governments update their web presence in an effort to keep citizens informed and potential investors impressed.
This past week, we shared news of the City of Ontario’s brand-new website which presents their community in a new way.
Not to be outdone, the City of Shelby is the latest municipality in the area to activate a new website. In this case, however, they launched three new ones — for the City of Shelby, the Shelby Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), and the Shelby City Health Department. More…