Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.
Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.

Quality Infrastructure

Destiny Driver

Invest in & Maintain High Quality Infrastructure

Quality infrastructure is a staple to attracting and sustaining true economic growth! Most people when they think of infrastructure think about roads, bridges, buildings, or sewers. All of that is correct, but, today’s infrastructure needs are more complex than ever before. We now live in a global society that moves at the speed of light, literally. Koochiching County cannot afford to fall behind the rest of Minnesota in laying a digital backbone for our technology needs.  Whether it be cell coverage or high speed access to the internet, we must have broadband available to home and business around the county. Broadband will help keep us competitive in the tourism sector and also in the e-commerce markets!

Koochiching County has some major investments underway with traditional infrastructure. The International Falls Airport Terminal Expansion and the Island View Sewer Expansion Project combined will be over 7 million dollars in investment to the area. These two projects, once completed, will lay the ground work for business growth for years to come.

Outcomes

This Voyage Forward Destiny Driver has a long term mission to keep Koochiching County’s infrastructure strong and competitive. That begs the question, what are our goals?

  • Within two years 85% of Koochiching County residents will have access to high speed broadband.
  • Within four years 95% of Koochiching County residents will have access to high speed broadband.
  • Develop cell phone coverage strategy for key gap areas in the next 12-18 months.

When asked what they would do if they were in charge, respondents to the FOUR Questions said: Fix, improve and maintain roads, highways, and sidewalks throughout the county. Develop a transportation system county-wide and to surrounding areas. High speed internet and cell phone service need to be improved and expanded throughout the county.

Contact Driver Champion

This Driver has been put on hold until a Champion steps forward.
If you are interested in leading the Quality Infrastructure initiative,
send an email to info@voyageforward.org.

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