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DATE: TO: FROM: SUBJECT: July 27, 2009 J. Russell Allen City Manager Kristen Rosselli Community Services Director American Recovery & Reinvestment Act – Broadband Technology Opportunities The City of Raleigh will be a co-applicant on a national application for American Recovery & Reinvestment Act – Broadband Technology Opportunities funds. One Economy Corporation, a global 501-c-3 nonprofit organization, will be the lead applicant. Their mission is to maximize the potential of technology to he
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    DATE: July 27, 2009 TO: J. Russell AllenCity Manager  FROM: Kristen RosselliCommunity Services Director SUBJECT: American Recovery & Reinvestment Act – Broadband Technology OpportunitiesThe City of Raleigh will be a co-applicant on a national application for American Recovery &Reinvestment Act – Broadband Technology Opportunities funds. One Economy Corporation, aglobal 501-c-3 nonprofit organization, will be the lead applicant. Their mission is to maximizethe potential of technology to help low income people improve their lives and enter the economicmainstream. Currently, the City and One Economy are partnering on a project to connect ChavisHeights and Heritage Park households to computers and Internet access, training and support,and comprehensive online content to expand their opportunities to make more informeddecisions and build assets.In partnership with One Economy and their national sponsors, our goal is to connect low incomepeople and communities in Raleigh to the 21st century economy by catalyzing widespread accessto broadband, computers, and on-line educational content. The City’s proposal was jointlydeveloped by Community Services, Parks & Recreation, Information Technology, BudgetOffice, Community Development, and City Manager’s Office. This application is also consistentwith the recommendations presented by the Southeast Raleigh Quality of Life Coalition in its“Impetus for Change” report.The City’s application will consist of three components, each with a different match requirement:1.   Broadband Technology Opportunities Program – Broadband Internet Access      Objective: Connect broadband internet access and service to a maximum of 3,000units of multi-family affordable housing to increase adoption of digital technologyby persons living in poverty.    Total Project Cost: $1,953,000i.   Cost includes building broadband network, internet connectivity tohouseholds for 2 years and adoption.    Match Requirement: No match required.     Criteria Used:i.   Within walking distance (½ mile) of a Parks and Recreation CommunityCenter or Neighborhood Center located in a low-income census tractii.   Priority given to publicly owned or financed rental housingiii.   At least 20 units per owner (priority given to adjacent communitiescomprising the majority of the census block)iv.   These housing communities must have less than 40% of its householdssubscribing to broadband internet service    Program Description:i.   For the first 2 years, the Internet will be open to all users in the housingcommunities partnering on this application at no charge. Beginning inYear 3, the network will be closed so only subscribers will haveaccess. If residents don't want to continue their Internet service, they don'thave to pay for it.ii.   This grant will cover the broadband Internet charges for the first 2 years.During these 2 years, we will be working with our partner communities toincrease adoption of the Internet by their residents, with a goal of 30%adoption. At the 30% adoption rate, One Economy estimates that themonthly Internet Service Provider charge will be between $10-15/monthper household.iii.   The property owners will have no responsibility for paying Internet fees,unless they choose to do so. For those communities with very low incomeresidents, there may be opportunities to find private funding to pay for themonthly service charges beginning in Year 3.iv.   One Economy's experience is that once the Internet is available in housingcommunities there was not a problem at reaching a 30% adoption rate.2.   Broadband Technology Opportunities Program – Broadband Internet Adoption via“Digital Connectors” Initiative      Objective: Recruit a maximum number of six teams of 15 “Digital Connectors”(90 youth) over a two-year period to provide computer and Internet training toincrease adoption of digital technology by persons living in poverty. “DigitalConnectors” are between the ages of 14 – 21 years and receive training, a stipendand a laptop computer.    Total Project Cost: $595,364    Match Requirement: Up to 20% (in-kind or cash)i.   Cash Match Amount/Source: None.ii.   In-Kind Match Amount/Source: $97,364 (16.4% match) Match Type Description Amount Facility Rental/Use $30/hour for a medium size meeting room x130 hours (120 training hours plus10 forset-up/breakdown) x 3 sites$23,400 Staffing PT Program Coordinator at $15/hour x 20hours/week x 45 weeks + 7.5% fringe$29,026  Mileage Reimbursement  50 miles/week x 45 weeks x .55 per mile forPT Program Coordinator$2,476 Grant Administration 4 hours/week of Grant Administrator’s time $12,222 Copy & Mailing Costs(newsletters only)  Promote Digital Connector programrecruitment, sites, service, and outcomes viaRTN, City website and CAC newsletters$30,240  In-Kind Match Total  $97,364     Criteria Used:i.   Youth 14-21 years of ageii.   Youth living in the identified housing communitiesiii.   Youth living in close proximity to the identified housing communities orCity community center    Program Description:i.   The best way to generate excitement about a technology initiative and aculture of technology use is by engaging young people. One Economy’sDigital Connectors program is designed to address the barriers totechnology adoption and use in low-income communities, and equipsyouth with leadership and workplace skills.ii.   Digital Connectors receive approximately 120 hours of computer andInternet training, a small stipend and a laptop.iii.   In exchange, each Digital Connector commits to providing a set amount of community service hours in the form of teaching persons living in povertywithin the identified housing communities.iv.   Digital Connectors provide training in primarily in City computer centerslocated within City Community Centers and Neighborhood Centers. Inaddition, Connectors can provide training out of other computer centersopen to the public (such as libraries, schools/universities or nonprofitagencies).v.   Up to three teams of Digital Connectors will be recruited in Year 1 and upto three teams in Year 2. Proposed Parks and Recreation sites:1.   Year 1: Sanderford Road, Chavis and Carolina Pines/Peach Road2.   Year 2: Tarboro Road, Walnut Terrace, Method Road3.   Public Computer Centers      Objective: Establish up to 15 public computer centers at Parks and RecreationCommunity Centers and Neighborhood Centers to increase adoption of digitaltechnology by persons living in poverty.    Total Project Cost: $878,280    Match Requirement: 20% match (in-kind or cash)i.   Cash Match Amount/Source: None.ii.   In-Kind Match Amount/Source: $175,800 (20% match) Match Type Description Amount Facility Overhead / Utilities  20 square feet of space per computer forfacility/utility overhead costs x averagecosts of $15.00/year/square foot providedby Budget Manual.$90,000 Staffing Afterschool Computer Instructors, TeenOutreach Computer Instructors$65,790 Software Software subscription/costs for Afterschooland Computer Classes$7,500 Grant Administration 4 hours/week of Grant Administrator’s time $11,760  Advertisement  Cost for 1/2 page lab advertising in LeisureLedger for 3x a year / 15 centers$750  In-Kind Match Total  $175,800    Criteria Used:i.   Parks and Recreation Community Centers and Neighborhood Centerslocated in low-income census tractsii.   Priority given to centers located within ½ mile of a high-density of affordable multi-family housing communities  iii.   Excludes centers identified in FY10 budget for computer centers orupgrades    Program Description:i.   Install and connect up to 10 computer stations per site.ii.   Each center will serve as a wireless access point.iii.   Community Centers and Neighborhood Centers will accommodateafterwork & weekend hours.iv.   Sites identified for this application are the following Parks and RecreationCommunity Centers and Neighborhood Centers: Biltmore Hills, CarolinaPines, Lions, Method, Peach Road, Chavis, Roberts, Tarboro Rd, WalnutTerrace, Ralph Campbell, Jaycee, Green Road, Halifax, Worthdale, andSt. Monica’s.cc:Diane Sauer, Parks and RecreationMichele Grant, Community DevelopmentKaren Randolph, Information TechnologyAngel Wright-Feldman, City Manager’s OfficeJoyce Munro, Budget Office
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