The Sharp e-Community Project this part of a state-wide effort to assess the broadband and technology seeds of each county within Arkansas. This initiative will create a technology strategic plan for sharp County. Connect Arkansas began conducting citizen input surveys in early January as part of the effort within the county.
Connect Arkansas has engaged in delivering several surveys to Sharp County residents including parts of students enrolled in Sharp County Schools, Sharp County businesses and random phone surveys to various residents. The surveys are completely confidential and the date obtained by the surveys are anonymous with the strict use of analyzing broadband connectivity and use of technologies in the county.
The data received from Sharp County residents will allow Connect Arkansas in conjunction with the ASU Delta Center to develop an assessment of the broadband and technology needs for the programs designed to increase the use of the Internet and other technologies within your communities.
The e-Communities project is a collaboration between Connect Arkansas and the ASU Delta Center. Connect Arkansas is a community-based, economic development initiative that is working to promote and foster the development of broadband (i.e. high-speed Internet) education and access throughout Arkansas. On March 28, 2007, Governor Beebe signed the Connect Arkansas Act into law to facilitate the creation of a competitive broadband infrastructure that will not only improve personal lives, but also the economic capabilities and prospects of all Arkansans. In economic development, education and healthcare, broadband is a key strategic component.