Stories of Impact: Kimball Fire Department in McDowell County
PC World Blog Highlights the Innovation of the WV Broadband Program
A recent blog in PC
World had this to say about Future Generations efforts to reduce
the digital divide in rural communities:
Computer Centers in West Virginia's Volunteer Fire Stations
By: Phil Shapiro
West Virginia is leading the nation in technology innovation. Not the kind of innovation involved in designing computer chips, but in an equally important kind of innovation--social innovation in expanding access to computers, broadband Internet, and computer training.
states have set up public-use computers at public libraries, but that's
not always feasible when the only public library in town is small and
understaffed. West Virginia has come up with the idea of providing
computer access at volunteer fire and rescue departments and has
received a Federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant to
put its ideas into practice.
Computer and Broadband Use in West Virginia: Initial Data Report
Data and Multimedia: Computer and Broadband Access in WV
Computer Mentor Spotlight: Christopher Neace, Logan County
Assistant Fire Chief of the Buffalo Creek Fire Department in Logan County, Christopher Neace, is a West Virginia native who left the state and returned. “West Virginia is home, it is where my family is,” says Neace. He moved to Indiana with his mother at age eight, and it was there that he became interested in being a firefighter. At the age of 15, Neace began his 15-year service as a firefighter while in Indiana in the cadet program.