Through the leadership of the Oak Hill Cooperative and the Western Reserve Port Authority, the Youngstown-Mahoning Broadband Initiative has been established and is participating in Connect Ohio’s “Connected Community” program. Comprised of key stakeholders across multiple sectors and residential communities, this project will assess the current status of broadband access, adoption, and use in our area so we can develop a Broadband Technology Action Plan to improve the quality of life and economic potential in Youngstown and the greater Mahoning County area.
It is important to understand how the residents, businesses, institutions, and the many other interrelated components of our community are accessing, adopting, and using the Internet and related technologies. This data will be used to inform a community-wide strategic plan to build a more digitally inclusive and economically advanced community.
Several surveys have been developed that are designed to capture data from the many sectors of our community. Please examine the survey descriptions below and choose the survey that best fits your role in our community. You may find, however, that you fit the description of multiple surveys. For example, you are a resident and also operate a small business. Or, you are a resident and you are the IT director of a local elementary school. If you find yourself fitting more than one description, please complete the appropriate surveys from each of your perspectives. Please only complete those surveys that best fit your role(s) in the community.
For Institutions and Organizations
Economic Development Organizations Click Here: Any organization or entity in the community with the mission of supporting community and economic development. This includes economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, downtown development authorities, corridor improvement districts, Main Street programs, and similar groups. Respondent should be the person most familiar with the organization’s connectivity, digital communication, and website. One response per organization.
Higher Education Click Here: Any post-secondary institution including community colleges, technical schools, traditional public and private colleges/universities, and similar. This survey asks for data on a wide array of topics including connectivity, online curriculum, and digital communications policies. Respondent should be the person at the institution with connections to relevant subject matter experts that can provide the necessary information. One response per institution.
K-12 Education Click Here: Any primary or secondary educational institution, private or public. Schools within a district should respond individually. This survey asks for data on a wide array of topics including connectivity, online curriculum, and digital communications policies. Respondent should be the person at the institution with connections to relevant subject matter experts that can provide the necessary information. One response per institution.
Libraries and Community Organizations Click Here: All libraries (individual libraries within districts) and non-profit organizations focused on improving technology in the community. Respondent should be the person most familiar with the library or organization’s use of technology, connectivity, training, and digital communication. One response per library or organization.
Local Governments Click Here: Any local municipality located within Trumbull or Mahoning County, (i.e. cities, villages, townships, and the county itself). Respondent should be the person most familiar with the municipality’s use of technology, connectivity, website, and digital communication. One response per municipality.
Public Safety Click Here: Any public safety agency in the community including law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency services, and similar. Respondent should be the person most familiar with the agency’s connectivity, digital communication, and website. One response per agency.
The survey does request personal information, but rest assured that your information is confidential, and you have the option not to answer any question that might be used to identify you. We take your privacy very seriously. Your information will not be sold, traded, or otherwise transferred to outside parties without your consent. The information you provide will be added to our database and will only be used for educational and research purposes that will help improve broadband availability, access, and use in your area.