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Clarendon County Releases Comprehensive Technology Action Plan

By Jennifer Cobb

Clarendon County now has an action plan to make way for greater technology use across the community and pave the way for a brighter economic future. The Technology Action Plan was unveiled Thursday at Central Carolina Technical College, F.E. Dubose Campus in Manning, as part of Clarendon County’s participation in the Connected Community Engagement Program through the Connect South Carolina initiative. Thirty-two South Carolina communities are currently involved in some stage of the Connected program, but Clarendon is the state’s seventh to unveil its official Technology Action Plan.

Participating in the Connected program means Clarendon County has gone through an extensive assessment of its overall broadband and technology innovation. The Technology Action Plan sets general community-wide broadband connectivity requirements to be worked toward that will support economic development and residential quality of life. The new plan gives the community step-by-step action items to make sure that goals are met and will aid in future broadband expansion and programs that will ensure the community maintains widespread Internet access, adoption, and use.

Dawn Griffith with the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce welcomed guests and Dr. Julie Griffin, director of the Clarendon Adult Education, and gave an overview of the assessment process to date. Lindsay Conrad, Connect South Carolina community technology advisor, provided an overview of Connect South Carolina and the Connected program to representatives from the education, government, economic development, and other various sectors.

Attendees were presented with the Clarendon County Technology Plan showcasing their technology inventory as well as scores indicating their successes and room for improvement in the areas of access, adoption, and use. Priority Action Items identified were:

•       procure a multipurpose mobile technology center

•       develop a technology mentorship program

•       establish a "Community Technology Academy”

•       develop or identify a broadband training and awareness program for small and medium businesses

“By bringing high-speed Internet to our community, we put our region ahead of the curve," said Dr. Griffin. "Technology puts our state on the road to success by fostering new jobs, new opportunities, and increased economic development.”

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