The process is underway for developing a Broadband Readiness Plan for Starke County and residents are invited to play a part in the plans creation during an open house tonight.
In order for the plan to accurately reflect the values and goals of community members, officials need input from residents and business owners of all ages.
The public event will be held tonight from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Starke County Annex Building #1, located at 53 E. Mound Street.
Since it will be an open house format, people can stop by for as little as 15 minutes to review information and provide feedback. All input gathered during the open house will guide the direction of the Broadband Readiness Plan.
In addition to the open house, a brief presentation on the project will also be provided during the Starke County Commissioners meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
As a reminder, the County was awarded a $50,000 Broadband Readiness Planning Grant last year to assist with developing a plan which will identify goals for the next 5-10 years and serve as a road map for the development of reliable and affordable high-speed internet technology.
The plan will contain a vision statement, goals and strategies for improving broadband infrastructure throughout all of Starke County. The final adoption of the plan is expected in January of 2020.