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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Dodge explores digital future

  • On Thursday, Nov. 21, representatives from several groups met to discuss the goals of the Digital Dodge City Project, an undertaking aimed at defining a 21st century Dodge City.The project goes as far back as last spring, when fifty-five stakeholders engaged in four sessions pertaining to digital inclusion issues for ...
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  • On Thursday, Nov. 21, representatives from several groups met to discuss the goals of the Digital Dodge City Project, an undertaking aimed at defining a 21st century Dodge City. The project goes as far back as last spring, when fifty-five stakeholders engaged in four sessions pertaining to digital inclusion issues for Dodge City. In May, a summit took place at which the results of the sessions were presented along with state and national trends. Since then, several groups focusing on digital topics have been formed and a steering committee has been initiated to coordinate their efforts. Discussed at the meeting were the short and long-term goals of the Digital Dodge City Project. In the long term, the goal is for residents of all ages to be technologically adaptable self-learners. The short-term goal is based on the schools' iPad initiatives. “Rural communities need to be able to stay connected,” said Jane Longmeyer, director of public information for the city of Dodge City. Among the topics discussed at the meeting were strengthening education, affordable internet service, increased community involvement and cultural understanding, access to local resources and information, and awareness of digital resources and locations for internet access. Those in attendance included Longmeyer, Dodge City Public Library Director Cathy Reeves and DCCC Professor of Workplace ESL Training Greta Clark. A number of WiFi locations are spread throughout Dodge City, including the public library. Available at Dodge City Community College is iCorner, where staffers train members of the community on technological devices. “One of the things our digital committee is doing is finding ways the rest of the community can have access to this technology,” Longmeyer said. “I think the group that was working on finding out what is currently available is pleasantly surprised at the WiFi locations that are available, because that's important for our tourist community,” she added. Longmeyer also said the group found that a large number of students have internet access at home. Despite these accomplishments, however, Longmeyer added that there is still room for improvement in Dodge City. “We know that this project will take years of work, so we're looking to try and address short-term projects but also address the long-term vision,” she said.

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