Mitchell Basks in Innovation

Smart21 Logo_2014When one thinks of global domination, one historically hasn’t considered South Dakota, let alone a city in South Dakota. But it’s time to amend that thinking because our own community of Mitchell is gaining global attention, and holding its own with cities like Taichung, Taiwan (2.6 million population). For the second year in a row Mitchell has been named a Smart21 Intelligent Community by the Intelligent Community Forum.

Additionally, Mitchell is featured in the book Brain Gain: How Innovative Cities Create Job Growth in an Age of Disruption (available on Amazon) for the innovation used in creating new jobs. For Mitchell, this innovation revolved around bringing broadband connectivity to every business and residence in the community:

With a willing private communications company and a broadband stimulus grant, Mitchell has developed an FTTP network serving every business and residence. Its university and technical school have leveraged the city’s agricultural heritage into academic leadership in “precision farming.” As part of a strategic plan called Focus 2020, both engage closely with city government, business, primary and secondary schools and a major hospital to promote digital literacy and supply the highly trained workforce in increasing demand by area businesses. These include growing software companies, data centers, customer service centers and communications consulting firms. Mitchell’s master plan concentrates on education, healthcare, infrastructure and efficient government as the keys to maintaining quality of life while promoting the best possible business environment. Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)

Read more about the innovation happening in Mitchell at Prairie Business. Well done Mitchell!

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