Connected Communities Toolkit

Connected Communities Toolkit


Project Design and Implementation Resources

To help address the region’s most significant challenges and connect communities within the Valley to the future, we compiled valuable resources anchored in research from across the country, trends from our region, and the focus areas most important to our communities. While the specific solutions may look different for urban, suburban, and rural regions, the process of implementing these projects follows a standard framework and roadmap.

Guidebook

Connected Communities Guidebook

Access a detailed interactive playbook that includes specific project recommendations, strategies, and tactics for urban, suburban, and rural regions in the Valley to help implement connected community solutions.

Implementation Guides

Implementation Guides

Explore a sample project in each of the three Connected Community focus areas. The booklets provide examples of how the Connected Communities Guidebook can be utilized to leverage technology and data to create positive outcomes across the Valley.

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Research Database

Discover examples of other projects and concepts from across the nation, as well as technology solutions and funding resources. Reference the database at any point in your project to learn more.

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Emerging Technologies Report

Emerging Technologies Report

This report provides insightful research on new technologies available to help increase connectivity in communities across TVA’s service area. By exploring these technologies and the ways these technologies are applied in various settings, communities can determine the best-fit solutions for their unique needs.

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Funding  opportunities Database

Funding Opportunities Database

TVA has put together a toolkit that provides in-depth information regarding new funding opportunities for topics like broadband, economic development, job training, and more.

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Community Assessments and Research

We conducted assessments and research to understand better about the opportunities for supporting communities in TVA’s service region in utilizing technology and data to create positive outcomes. These reports and assessments provide valuable insights, opportunities, and recommendations for the Connected Communities focus areas by leveraging technical experts, national, regional, and local data, and community input. Topics include broadband, community challenges and support areas, funding opportunities, preparedness of communities, and more.

Broadband Funding Guide

Broadband Funding Guide

This resource outlines federal and state funding opportunities available to communities within the TVA service region in addition to giving an overview of region-specific challenges and factors affecting adoption.

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Broadband Assessment

Broadband Assessment Report

This report summarizes the current state of broadband offerings in TVA’s service region and offers a deep dive into opportunities for TVA to help improve equitable access to broadband and digital literacy.

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Community Readiness Baseline Report

Community Readiness Baseline and Best Practices Assessment

This report provides a snapshot of TVA communities’ readiness to pursue projects related to the Connected Communities focus areas and how conditions in TVA’s service area compared to other parts of the country.

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Funding Access Barriers Assessment

Funding Access Barriers Assessment

This assessment is an exploration and highlight of the barriers to funding that many of TVA’s local communities experience. Funding opportunities as of November 2022 are explained, insights called out, and areas of support identified.

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Community Readiness Flier

Community Conversations

Based on conversations with community representatives from across the TVA’s service area that took place during August and September 2022, these findings provide a high-level window into the current conditions and views of Valley communities.

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Advocate for Your Community to be Connected

Download these resources to advocate for your community to build a strategy and implement solutions that align with the Valley vision, engage stakeholders, and make use of available resources.

Roadmap

Valley Roadmap

Utilize the Roadmap to share the Valley’s Connected Communities definition, vision, goals, leading practices and success factors with your stakeholders.

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Fliers

Ready-to-Go Fliers

Use the fliers to share the Connected Communities mission and vision, as well as available resources with your stakeholders.

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We Can Help You Engage Your Stakeholders

Would you like help communicating your vision and motivating your stakeholders and partners? We can help you refine your message and inspire your target audience. Email us at [email protected].