CORE - CRTC COMMITTEE
The CUYUNA RANGE TECHNOLOGY CENTER will be a 10,000 square foot high-tech business, educational and non-profit center for technology enhancement of the Cuyuna Range. The Center will directly service the cities of Crosby, Ironton, Deerwood, Emily, Riverton, Trommald; all of the surrounding Townships; Independent School District 182; the businesses and residential communities of the Cuyuna Range and will have worldwide capability for information storage, call center, general technology training, custom technology training and other technology activities.
ELEMENTS OF THE CRTC:
Technology Business Incubator
In a review of research on business and technology incubators, the CRTC has identified and will
meet the four critical aspects to technology business incubation:
1. flexible space for a number of companies at a reasonable rate;
2. shared equipment and services that would otherwise be unavailable or unaffordable to help businesses cut costs;
3. experienced management advice and access to professional expertise;
4. access to capital
Business Resource Center
Forum for industry or vendor presentations
Online user groups
Customized training to industries
By acting as a regional resource center, the CRTC would provide information necessary to sustain Technology in the Cuyuna Range Region, including the TTRA and all of Northeast Minnesota.
Community Resource Center
Community Technology Awareness
Provide basic "how to" classes
Provide support to communities in their use of technology
Information exchange with other regional technology centers
The CRTC would also function as a regional community resource center. Each technology center could provide for specific community needs, thus differentiating it from the other technology centers.
The technology centers will provide the following basic resources regardless of location.
The CRTC will be used a resource to support Community Technology awareness. The technology centers could provide basic classes such as, how to "surf" the Internet, or use a database program.
The Center will act as a classroom for distance learning. Community members all across the Region could go to their regional technology center and participate in class involving members from all parts
of the Region.
The CRTC as a Multi-purpose Training Center
The CRTC will provide a training center to serve the rapidly changing employment needs of businesses, as well as a community access point for citizens to gain hands-on experience and exposure to technological innovations.
The CRTC as a Government Resource Center:
Assist local government in establishing on-line services for residential and business use.
Links to cities, townships, county, state, federal and other governmental web sites to be used for information exchange. The CRTC center services would also expand its services to meet to local government needs. Local governments could provide on-line services or links to other state and federal services, enabling more members of the community to participate. Services could include participating in interactive city council meetings held on the Internet, or applying for permits on the Internet.
The construction costs are estimated at 2.3 million dollars. All funds will be raised without the assistance of public tax dollars.