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Digital Equity Program

OFFICIAL NOTICE. January 3, 2024. The Department of Management has announced that the State of Iowa's Digital Equity Plan is now available for Public Comment. The Digital Equity Plan outlines the results of extensive research and outreach efforts to set baseline conditions and goals for addressing digital equity opportunities in Iowa. Funding used to develop the plan is administered by th National Telecommunications and Infrastructure Administration (NTIA). The Digital Equity Plan will be used to apply for future grant funds from NTIA. 

Prior to submission to NTIA, the Digital Equity Plan must be made available for a 30-day public comment period. Public comments may be submitted through https://comment.iowa.gov. The Iowa Digital Equity Plan is now available for public comment and will remain open for public comment until 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2024.  View the State of Iowa Digital Equity Plan. 

Digital Equity Plan - Purpose

The implementation of Iowa's Digital Equity Plan will make significant strides in closing the digital divide and setting up a sustainable infrastructure to address digital equity issues into the future. Digital Equity impacts every community in the state, making it an issue that requires cooperation, creativity, and coalition building. This work will require new approaches to solve existing and emerging problems, which will create new partnerships to remove barriers for Iowans to fully participate, contribute, and thrive in society. 

Previous Digital Service Meeting Locations:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2023

CONTACT: Gloria Van Rees, (515) 782-3661, gloria.vanrees@iowa.gov

DES MOINES- Thank you to the hundreds of Iowans who came out for The Office of the Chief Information Officer’s (OCIO) Digital Services Outreach Meetings this spring throughout the state. The meetings gave all Iowans an opportunity to express their concerns and ideas for changes in regards to broadband accessibility and affordability. 

Some of the early takeaways from the meetings have already come to light. Notably, many Iowans are motivated to understand how they can get better access to high speed internet. The affordability of high speed internet access and digital devices was a concern in both urban and rural locations. Awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program needs to improve so more eligible Iowans can take advantage. Also, the need for digital skills training cuts across all demographics and age groups.

For those unable to attend the meetings, the OCIO produced a video friendly format of the presentation, which can be found at the following link: https://youtu.be/Ddh2BFORPbc. Included in the video description is a Google form identical to the one meeting attendees filled out to express their digital needs and wants. The public is welcome to fill out the form and submit it to the OCIO.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2023 

CONTACT: Gloria Van Rees, (515) 782-3661, gloria.vanrees@iowa.gov 

DES MOINES- The Department of Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer is excited to announce more than 50 public town hall style meetings to get feedback from everyday Iowans on digital services, including broadband, in their area. We want to hear  from Iowans of all walks of life on how they use the internet and digital services in general. If you ever felt like the digital world is passing you by, for whatever reason, this is your chance to speak up and help Iowa identify ways to help you and your community. 

Attendees will hear a short presentation on digital services followed by a discussion with the audience on the barriers and potential solutions for full participation in the digital aspects of society. All meetings will start at 6 pm at the designated locations and are anticipated to last about 90 minutes. 

For more information, please contact broadband@iowa.gov. Not able to attend a community meeting? 

If you need to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Maria Guevara at maria.guevara@iowa.gov by no later than at least 7 days before the event you will attend. 

Join us at a town near you!

Date City Location
3/14/2023 Davenport Eastern Iowa Community College, Scott Urban Campus, Community Room, 101 W 3rd St, Davenport, IA 52801
3/15/2023 Cedar Rapids  Kirkwood Community College, Iowa Hall Meeting Room B, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 
3/16/2023 Des Moines  DMACC Urban Campus Building 7, ​​1100 7th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
3/21/2023 Bettendorf EICC Scott Community College Main Campus, Culinary Arts Building Room 4001/4003, 500 Belmont Rd, Riverdale, IA 52722
3/22/2023 Iowa City  Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa, Room 118, 2301 Oakdale Blvd, Coralville, IA 52241
3/23/2023 Ankeny Des Moines Area Community College Main Campus Building 5, 2006 S Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50023
3/27/2023 Sioux City  Robert E. Dunker Student Center, Room W108 Wells, Western Iowa Tech Community College Campus, Sioux City, IA 51106
3/27/2023 Knoxville Knoxville Public Library, 213 E Montgomery St, Knoxville, IA 50138
3/28/2023 Sioux City  Aalfs Downtown Library, Gleeson Room, 529 Pierce St, Sioux City, IA 51101
3/28/2023 Lamoni Lamoni City Hall, Community Room, 190 S Chestnut St, Lamoni, IA 50140 
3/29/2023 Council Bluffs Council Bluffs Public Library, Meeting Room B, 400 Willow Ave Council Bluffs, IA 51503 
3/29/2023 Winterset Winterset Public Library, 123 N 2nd St, Winterset, IA 50273
3/30/2023 Des Moines Des Moines Area Community College, Southridge Center Campus, 1111 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315
3/30/2023 Ottumwa Indian Hills Community College, 525 Grandview Ave, Ottumwa, IA 52501
4/3/2023 Clarinda Lied Public Library, 100 E Garfield St, Clarinda, IA 51632
4/3/2023 Fairfield Fairfield Public Library, 104 W Adams Ave, Fairfield, IA 52556
4/5/2023 Marion Marion Public Library, Community Room B, 1101 6th Avenue, Marion, IA 52302
4/5/2023 Keokuk Keokuk Public Library, 210 N 5th St, Keokuk, IA 52632
4/6/2023 Cedar Falls University of Northern Iowa, Center for Multicultural Education, Maucker Union 109, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0165
4/6/2023 Burlington Burlington Public Library, 210 Court St, Burlington, IA 52601
4/10/2023 Urbandale Urbandale Public Library, Meeting Room A/B, 3520 86th St, Urbandale, IA 50322
4/10/2023 Red Oak Red Oak Public Library, 400 N 2nd St, Red Oak, IA 51566
4/11/2023 Cedar Rapids  Cedar Rapids Downtown Public Library, Beems Auditorium A/B, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
4/11/2023 Atlantic Iowa Western Community College, 705 Walnut St, Atlantic, IA 50022
4/12/2023 Iowa City  Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
4/12/2023 Creston Creston Public Library, 200 W Howard St, Creston, IA 50801
4/13/2023 Washington Washington Free Public Library, 115 W Washington St, Washington, IA 52353
4/17/2023 Des Moines  Des Moines East Side Library, East Side Meeting Room, 2559 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50317
4/18/2023 Dubuque Northeast Iowa Community College, Town Clock Business Center, 680 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001
4/18/2023 Osceola Southwestern Community College, 2520 College Dr, Osceola, IA 50213
4/19/2023 Waterloo Hawkeye Community College Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center, 120 Jefferson St, Waterloo, IA 50701 
4/20/2023 Maquoketa Eastern Iowa Community College, Farberland Room, 501 W. Washington, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060
4/20/2023 Centerville Indian Hills Comm College, Room 20, 721 N 1st St, Centerville, IA 52544
4/24/2023 West Des Moines West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265 SM Library
4/24/2023 Storm Lake Storm Lake Middle School, 1811 Hyland Dr, Storm Lake, IA 50588
4/25/2023 Ames Iowa State University, 0114 Student Innovation Center, 606 Bissell Rd, Ames, IA 50011
4/25/2023 Emmetsburg Iowa Lakes Community College, 3200 College Dr. Entrance #3, Emmetsburg, IA 50536
4/26/2023 Sheldon Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 W. Park St. Building C Rm 304 , Sheldon, IA 51201 
4/27/2023 Spencer Spencer Public Library, 21 E 3rd St, Spencer, IA 51301
5/2/2023 Fort Dodge Iowa Central Community College, Triton Cafe Boardroom, One Triton Cir, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
5/3/2023 Charles City Charles City Public Library, 106 Milwaukee Mall, Charles City, IA 50616
5/4/2023 Mason City North Iowa Area Community College, 500 College Dr (Activity Center Room), Mason City, IA 50401
5/8/2023 Denison Denison Public Library, 1403 1st Ave S, Denison, IA 51442
5/9/2023 Meskwaki Nation Meskwaki Casino, Room OMRF, 1504 305th St, Tama, IA 52339  
5/9/2023 Carroll DMACC 906 N. Grant Road Knott Commons, Carroll, IA 51401
5/10/2023 Guthrie Center Guthrie Center Public Library, 400 Grand St, Guthrie Center, IA 50115
5/11/2023 Shenandoah Shenandoah Public Library,  201 S Elm St, Shenandoah, IA 51601
5/15/2023 Grinnell Drake Community Library 930 Park St., Grinnell
5/16/2023 Iowa Falls Iowa Falls Public Library, 921 Washington Ave, Iowa Falls, IA 50126
5/17/2023 Cresco Cresco Public Library, 320 N Elm St, Cresco, IA 52136
5/18/2023 Decorah Decorah Public Library, 202 Winnebago St, Decorah, IA 52101
5/22/2023 Manchester Manchester Public Library, 304 N Franklin St, Manchester, IA 52057
5/23/2023 Waukon Rovey Memorial Library, 401 1st Ave NW, Waukon, IA 52172
5/24/2023 West Union West Union Community Library, 210 N Vine St, West Union, IA 52175
5/25/2023 Marshalltown Iowa Valley Community College, 3702 S Center St Room 612-14, Marshalltown, IA 50158

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