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Digital Economy

Making sure our region has the tools it needs to compete globally.

 

The River Valley Regional Commission has been tasked to create a digital plan that will address the needs and opportunities for the region to compete in the digital world.

 

As part of the planning process, RVRC conducted an online survey to identify how people and businesses in the region use online services and technology and what is needed to improve access to online resources. According to the survey responses, people in the region want more training to help them better use the digital resources available.

 

The Digital Economy Infrastructure

Broadband Capability - The region's infrastructure must be sufficient to accommodate the bandwidth need of Columbus corporations as well as the citizens and the businesses in our rural communities.

Human Capital - The population must be prepared to participate and work in a 21st-century digital economy.

Corporate Capacity - The region is headquarters to several Fortune 500 companies, Fort Benning, and back-office operations for other companies; the region must ensure their digital needs continue to be met.

Digital Connectivity - Distance Learning is central to several higher education programs in the region. Health care changes also require sophisticated broadband capabilities for providers and patients.

Creative Industries - Ensure the entrepreneurial and creative minds in the region have the digital resources they need.

Agriculture - The region's farms and agricultural businesses have become increasingly reliant on digital tools to raise and monitor crops.

 

Planning Documents and Survey Results

Below are documents the RVRC created during the Digital Economy planning process and the full results from the survey.

Digital Economy Plan Executive Summary

Digital Economy Plan

Digital Economy Planning Introduction

Strategic Focus Areas

Survey Results Summary

Survey Results

 

News related to implementation of the River Valley's Digital Economy Plan

The opening of the ColumbusMakesIt makerspace was included in this fact sheet from the White House during National Making It Week June 12-18, 2015. The 8,000-square-foot makerspace will be located in the new RVRC offices.

 

New organization creates space for local inventors, entrepreneurs (From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, July 19, 2015)

 

Maker Movement firmly grounded in Columbus, GA (from Southern/alpha, July 21, 2015)

 

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