Intelligent Community Outreach

ICO infographic

In an effort to fulfill the mission of the MSUES Intelligent Community Institute – assist rural communities, through an educational/planning process, transition to a digital mindset and build prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable communities – funds from Connect Mississippi were used to increase awareness among Mississippi communities relying on community and resource development (CRD) extension agents.

Four CRD extension agents completed an in-service training held March 30th on the Intelligent Community Outreach Program (ICOP) with the objective to deliver presentations in their communities regarding the implications of the digital age and the Intelligent Community concept. The ICOP is composed of four phases: awareness, asset-mapping (checklist), implementation & documentation, and nomination.

A total of nine presentations were completed focusing on the awareness phase reaching ninety-nine Mississippi residents in six Mississippi communities including Pass Christian, Biloxi, Indianola, Coffeeville, Brookhaven, and Oakland.

The ICOP awareness presentation introduces concepts such as the Internet of Everything, the second machine age, the digital divide, and digital disruption to rural residents and offers a roadmap to transition to a digital mindset relying primarily on the Intelligent Community indicators and asset-mapping.

Based on evaluation data compiled, participants found the material relevant, new skills were learned, increased knowledge, and will use information learned.

A summary of outputs and evaluation data is shown in the infographic.

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