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Needs Assessment Report

Posted on August 31, 2021

Based on months of outreach to residents, government officials, schools, businesses, healthcare, and community-based organizations, the Digital Marin Needs Assessment Report Final was compiled to show the needs within Marin’s communities. The outreach process uncovered gaps that many people didn't know existed and opened the door for collaboration between multiple entities. The Needs Assessment Report...
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Digital Marin ICT Providers Meets to Discuss Middle Mile Network

Posted on August 20, 2021

The Digital Marin Tech Team met to discuss SB156 and any comments that should be submitted by Digital Marin in the call for comments by the CPUC.  The CPUC is asking for information on existing infrastructure, priority areas, network end users, affordability of the middle mile network, leasing existing infrastructure, interconnection, and network route capacity. ...
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Digital Marin August 05 ESC Meeting

Posted on August 6, 2021

The Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee held a meeting on August 05.  In this meeting, the Needs Assessment Report was presented and reviewed.  Additional Needs were identified and a timeline for the next steps were laid out. The notes can be seen here and the video is below.  
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Needs Assessment Report For Public Comment

Posted on August 3, 2021

Digital Marin is pleased to post the Needs Assessment Final Draft for public comment. The Report is the culmination of extensive community outreach and leadership from the project’s Executive Steering Committee and Community Work Groups.  It will serve as a foundation for development of the Strategic Plan. The Report includes Marin’s Overall Digital Need Statements,...
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Digital Marin ICT Tech Committee Kick-off

Posted on August 2, 2021

On July 23, 2021 the Internet Communication and Technology work group broadened its membership to include more representatives from towns, cities, and education realms.    This is in anticipation of the Digital Marin initiative initiating more network related projects which need further analysis and planning. The following document is in PDF format.  If you need...
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Emergency Connectivity Fund Meeting

Posted on July 13, 2021

On July 8, people from the Education Community met with library staff to discuss what plans and ideas everyone had regarding the Emergency Connectivity Fund.   The Digital Marin team in partnership with Marin Promise Partnership covered details about the Emergency Connectivity Fund, informed the group on important deadlines, and lead a discussion on ways that...
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Magellan Advisors Holds Digital Marin Briefing

Posted on July 1, 2021

On June 24th Magellan Advisors presented their findings to the Digital Marin project team and workgroup members. The report covered their findings and recommendations for consideration in creating the Digital Marin plan. Topics included Marin's current internet infrastructure and services, an ongoing business model, and governance structure to move the Strategic Plan forward to project...
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Marin Information Security Collaboration (MISC)

Posted on June 25, 2021

Cybersecurity attacks such as ransomware against government agencies, businesses, and individuals have become the norm.  Cybercriminals launch their attacks in an attempt to disrupt operations, obtain unauthorized access to information, and extort money for their own financial gain. To combat these threats, the County formed the Marin Information Security Collaboration (MISC) to share information security...
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Digital Marin Holds Workshop for All Communities.

Posted on June 15, 2021

On June 10, 2021, the Digital Marin project held a workshop for all communities together.  Liza Massey, CIO of Marin County led the meeting with help from Rebecca Woodbury, formerly from the City of San Rafael and current Digital Marin Volunteer.  The group did two interactive polls and used Jamboard as a landing place for...
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Digital Marin talks EBB on KWMR’s Epicenter

Posted on June 11, 2021

On June 10th, 2021 County of Marin CIO and Digital Marin founder Liza Massey was interviewed on Epicenter about the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). In Marin County 82% of residents rate their internet as only fair or poor.  During the pandemic shelter at home 41% of parents polled understood how to help their children...
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Digital Marin Education Findings

Posted on June 9, 2021

On June 3rd, 2021,  the Education Work Group met to review the findings of their outreach efforts. Highlights include: Increasing digital literacy training for parents and teachers Removing barriers to connectivity and digital access, at home and at school Student Information Systems - Need for proactive data infrastructure + capacity for tracking digital needs of student...
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Digital Marin Planning, Transportation and Public Works Findings

Posted on June 8, 2021

On June 2nd, 2021,  the Planning, Transportation, and Public Works Work Group met to review the findings of their outreach efforts. Highlights include: Supporting Countywide Permitting System Monitor Rollout of bikeshare (to be reworded) Virtual Public Engagement How to get information in an Emergency (Transportation, Public Works, Paratransit, Pre-evacuations, communications with vulnerable populations in flood...
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Digital Marin Healthcare and Community Based Organizations Findings

Posted on June 8, 2021

On June 4th, 2021,  the Healthcare and Community Based Organizations Work Group met to review the findings of their outreach efforts. Highlights include: Improving digital apps and supporting processes Increasing digital literacy training Removing barriers to digital access Meeting recipients’ capabilities & comfort levels Addressing privacy and security concerns Minutes: Digital Marin -Healthcare and Community...
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Digital Marin -Residents Work Group Findings

Posted on June 8, 2021

On June 4th, 2021,  the Residents' Work Group met to review the findings of their outreach efforts. Significant needs include: Digital Equity Digital Literacy Privacy and Security Safety   Digital Marin Residents Work Group Minutes with Revised Final Slide Deck
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Digital Marin Government & Emergency Management findings

Posted on June 8, 2021

On April 27th, 2021, the Government and Emergency Management working group held a meeting to review the findings of their outreach efforts. The core needs identified were: 6 Most Significant Needs (draft) High Speed Internet Everywhere! Digital Interconnectivity Leadership and Collaboration Digital Training More Resources Resiliency Meeting minutes are here: Digital Marin GEM Workgroup 2...
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Business & Economic Dev Work Group Findings

Posted on June 8, 2021

On June 3rd, 2021,  the Business and Economic Development Work Group met to review the findings of their outreach efforts. Highlights include: Businesses are willing to provide free wi-fi around their business  if they could get high quality broadband for a reasonable price Poor and spotty broadband availability is curtailing business growth in Marin Digital...
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Bridging the digital divide in a post-pandemic Marin

Posted on June 3, 2021

Before the pandemic cities across the US and the world were successfully taking control of their digital futures.  Building and ensuring community-wide access to the high-speed, low-cost broadband internet required for full access to community, opportunity, and resources in the twenty-first century. With the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel now in sight,...
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Commission on Aging Annual Forum

Posted on May 28, 2021

In honor of Marin County’s older adults and in observance of national Older Americans Month, the Marin County Commission on Aging presented a free webinar addressing the power of connection in supporting older adults’ health and well-being.  “Is There a Doctor in the House? Telehealth & Bridging the Digital Divide” was held on Thursday, May 27, from 10...
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Healthcare and Community Based Organizations Work Group Kick Off

Posted on May 24, 2021

The Healthcare and Community Based Organizations held their kickoff Work Group on February 24, 2021. This meeting included participants from Marin County, Marin Community Foundation, EMF Safety Network, Kaiser Permanente, Parent Services Project, In-home Services Public Authority, and the Digital Marin Residents team.  The notes for this meeting can be found here.
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Marin wrestles with broadband internet disconnect

Posted on May 10, 2021

San Francisco North Bay counties wrestle with broadband internet disconnect Source article is on North Bay Business Journal website Happy isn’t the word Marin residents would use to describe their internet service. Of the 671 people completing the survey that closes Friday, only 11% indicated they were satisfied with how fast and reliable their internet...
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Digital Marin April ESC Meeting

Posted on April 16, 2021

The Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee held a meeting on April 15.  The ESC shared updates from the Work Groups including  Government and Emergency Management; Education; ICT Providers; Planning, Transportation, and Public Works.  Michael Frank then gave a presentation, included in the slide deck, about Government and Emergency Management data analysis.  The video is below...
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Digital Marin March ESC Meeting

Posted on March 19, 2021

The Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee held a meeting on March 18.  After announcements, every community gave their updates, available in the notes link below.  As of March 18, all community groups have held their kick-off meetings.  New community emails and progress dashboards have been created for each group in the Teams application.  The video...
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How’s business? Digital Marin Surveys Businesses on Internet Access

Posted on March 4, 2021

As part of robust outreach and data collection efforts, the Digital Marin project is seeking feedback from Marin’s Business Community via an online survey in English and Spanish. It includes questions about access, quality, use of the internet, and the ability to successfully run a business where communication and access to information are increasingly done via the internet, websites, applications, and...

Planning, Transportation and Public Works Working Group February 26, 2021.

Posted on March 1, 2021

On February 26, 2021, the Planning, Transportation, and Public Works  Working Group met, facilitated by Elise Semonian, Planning Director in San Anselmo. Elise, along with Marin County Digital Marin volunteer Rebecca Woodbury, shared an overview of the Digital Marin project, the project’s goals, the role of the working group, and the approach for seeking outreach from stakeholders. 
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Digital Marin KWMR Interview

Posted on February 18, 2021

Executive Steering Committee member Liza Massey was interviewed on KWMR's Epicenter program on February 16, 2021.  KWMR's Jeffrey Manson talks with Liza about the Digital Marin project and the recently released Residents' Survey.   Listen at: https://kwmr.org/broadcasts/30634
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Digital Marin February ESC Meeting

Posted on February 18, 2021

The Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee held a meeting on February 18.  Each community gave an update on their progress while reminding the community leaders that we are looking for leads and issues, and will find solutions as the outreach wraps up. Government Emergency Management will be starting analysis soon and will share their findings...
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Education Working Group Launch

Posted on February 17, 2021

On February 17, 2021 the Education Working Group met, facilitated by Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee member Ross Millerick, and project sponsor Liza Massey.    The Education working group includes members from Marin Promise Partnership, Marin County Office of Education, College of Marin, and city school districts.   The agenda included introductions, an orientation to the...
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Marin City Free Internet Project

Posted on February 12, 2021

Collaboration continues to bridge the digital divide in Marin's most under-served communities. The Marin Community Foundation, County of Marin, and Sausalito Marin City School District (SMCSD) partnered to provide free Comcast Internet Essentials service to 300 households for two years.  The partnership is also planning public outdoor Wi-Fi access at three locations in Marin City....
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Resident Work Group gets update on project, survey, and more

Posted on February 11, 2021

On February 10, 2021 the Residents Working Group met and received a status update on the project in terms of the other work groups, the asset inventory, and the community survey. Marin County CIO Liza Massey provided information about the outreach strategies being used for the different sectors. She shared that the asset inventory being...
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Government and Emergency Management Working Group provides feedback on outreach

Posted on February 11, 2021

On January 14, 2020 the Government and Emergency Management Working Group met, facilitated by Michael Frank of Marin General Services Authority. Michael, along with Marin County CIO Liza Massey and Digital Marin volunteer Rebecca Woodbury, shared an overview of the Digital Marin project, the project’s goals, the role of the working group, and the approach for seeking outreach...
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Are You Online? Digital Marin Surveys Public on Internet Access

Posted on February 8, 2021

Thousands enjoy strong internet access in Marin County, and thousands more don’t. Digital Marin, an effort to develop a countywide roadmap to achieve digital equity for all, seeks feedback from the community about internet access. Officially launched in December 2020, Digital Marin has set the following goals: Everyone in Marin has access to high quality,...
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Digital Marin January 2021 Meeting

Posted on January 22, 2021

The Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee held a meeting on January 21, 2021.  The group discussed public outreach, surveys, transparency, and the draft table of contents.  The group also discussed the questions they had for Magellan Advisors about data collection. Notes for this meeting can be found here, and the video of the meeting is...
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Residents Working Group convenes to learn about Digital Marin

Posted on January 15, 2021

On December 22, 2020 the Residents Working Group met, facilitated by Bruce Vogen. Bruce, along with Marin County CIO Liza Massey shared an overview of the Digital Marin project, the project’s goals, the role of the working group, and the approach for seeking outreach from residents. The working group asked questions about the project and...
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Digital Marin on KWMR Epicenter

Posted on January 14, 2021

Executive Steering Committee members Liza Massey and Rebecca Woodbury were on air with Amanda Eichstaedt's Epicenter to talk about the Digital Marin project.  Listen from their website at: https://kwmr.org/broadcasts/29673
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Digital Marin write-up in the Marin IJ

Posted on January 8, 2021

On December 31st the Marin Independent Journal published an article by Will Houston where he interviews Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee members  Liza Massey, Rebecca Woodbury, and Bruce Vogen.  The article does a splendid job summarizing the Digital Marin objectives for their readers.  Mr. Houston also described the digital divide and gave the Canal Wi-Fi...
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Collaboration to Identify and Eliminate Gaps in ‘Digital Divide’

Posted on December 17, 2020

The County of Marin is part of a new cross-sector effort to develop a countywide strategic plan to address local internet access and digital equity gaps. The project, called Digital Marin, will look beyond infrastructure needs and identify opportunities for data sharing, efficiencies, resiliency, and digital service improvements. The plan will outline projects and initiatives...
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Digital Marin ESC December 10 Meeting

Posted on December 10, 2020

The Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee held a meeting on December 10. On this meeting members worked on the organizing the work groups. The ESC was established to create an oversight body that would work to bring all government and community groups together as peers working on a common vision.   You can read the notes...
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Digital Marin November 23 ESC Meeting

Posted on November 23, 2020

The Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee held a meeting on November 23, 2020.  The ESC shared updates the work groups and designing of the survey.  They shared ideas on how to make it accessible and have transparency in the process.    The video is below...   Digital Marin - ESC Meeting 11.23.20  
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Communities begin forming in December 2020

Posted on November 20, 2020

Digital Marin is a community-driven planning process. Part of the outreach process is to establish "communities of interest" groups for general focus areas (education, transportation, government, etc.). These groups will reach out to organizations, residents, and businesses who are part of there area of focus. These groups are forming now and soon they will start...
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Welcome to Digital Marin

Posted on November 20, 2020

Digital Marin is a planning effort to better understand the digital needs and vision of our residents, communities, schools, public agencies, and business sectors. The plan will outline projects and initiatives to help us reach these goals: Everyone has access to high speed internet and knows how to use it; Public agencies, non-profits, and non-governmental...
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Digital Marin November 12 ESC Meeting

Posted on November 12, 2020

On November 12, 2020 the Executive Steering Committee shared an overview of the Digital Marin project, the project’s goals, the role of the working group, and the approach for seeking outreach from stakeholders. The video is below and notes here. https://youtu.be/IGG5XNphnfg
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Digital Marin ESC October 29 Meeting

Posted on October 29, 2020

The Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee held a meeting on October 29.  This is the ESC 3rd meeting and they had Magellan coming to do a presentation on the scope of the first phase of the work.   The survey design, the building of the work groups and the reach out to the communities and partners. ...
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Digital Marin ESC October 15 meeting

Posted on October 15, 2020

The Digital Marin Executive Steering Committee held a meeting on October 15. On this meeting members worked on the Charter language and the Elevator Pitch. The ESC was established to create an oversight body that would work to bring all government and community groups together as peers working on a common vision.    Members represent...
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Digital Marin ESC Kick-off

Posted on October 7, 2020

The ESC was established to create a oversight body that would work to bring all government and community groups together as peers working on a common vision.    Members represent the variety or local government bodies and the varied needs of residents.   The primary function of the ESC is to expand our inclusion efforts and...
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