The Edge of the Wilderness Community and
the City of Bigfork are E-Commerce Certified.
For more information on E-Commerce
Certification, read Press Release below Get Broadband information and/or
MN DEED Link.
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651-297-1192 or 1-800-657-3858
June 21, 2005
The Edge of the Wilderness Community
Earns “E-Commerce Readiness”
St. Paul – The
Northern Itasca Joint Powers Board, known as the Edge of the Wilderness
Community, will receive a Certificate of E-Commerce Readiness at a reception
tomorrow in the community center in Marcell. This community consists of
Bigfork, Town of Bigfork, Town of Marcell, Effie and the Town of Stokes. The
E-Commerce designation, presented by Gerry Wenner of the Minnesota
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), recognizes the
Edge of the Wilderness Community for building and using technology
infrastructure as a key part of their long-range economic development plans.
more than technology. It’s about making things work more efficiently
and effectively, and this certification process is intended to help create
healthy communities using telecommunications to encourage development,
especially in rural parts of the state,” said DEED Commissioner Matt Kramer.
The Edge of the
Wilderness Community formed partnerships with school districts, local
telecommunication providers, the local electric cooperative, government
units, the business community, and the local hospital,
and together they developed a communication technology strategy to
qualify for certification.
community-wide focus on E-Commerce and telecommunications is such an
essential component in business and economic development,” said Tim Johnson,
Rural Community Coordinator for the Edge of the Wilderness
Community. “E-Commerce helps us to compete regionally, nationally, and in a
global marketplace. It’s also important to attract and retain desirable
Communities wishing to receive
E-Commerce certification are evaluated on a scale demonstrating their
technical compliance with e-commerce standards. Those communities
achieving the necessary standards will receive a certificate and E-Commerce
logo that can be displayed on their websites as well as other city
publications and marketing materials. Questions on E-Commerce
designations may be directed to Gerry Wenner at 651-297-1844 or via e-mail