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Transform Howard was launched on May 24, 2021, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the initiative is to transform Howard County into a national model for innovation and digital inclusion by ensuring all residents can access the digital world and the opportunity it brings.

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Initiatives & Successes

Initiatives

  • Expanding Wi-Fi at parks and other community areas
  • Providing broadband to underserved areas
  • Distributing devices to residents
  • Creating a digital inclusion study and 5-year strategic roadmap to close the digital divide
  • Establishing an Office of Broadband and Digital Inclusion
  • Foster innovation in the public and private sectors

 

Successes

  • Established a partnership with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and the Bright Minds Foundation to provide devices and mobile hotspots to students
  • Worked with the school system to increase broadband capacity in school buildings to support a digital learning model
  • Expanded free public Wi-Fi to 12 new locations around the region, including Long Reach Village Center, public libraries, parks, and fire stations
  • Delivered devices to Howard County seniors and job seekers

Innovation Grants

Transform Howard is proud to announce this year’s innovation grants. Up to half a million dollars will be awarded across the county, with grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. The grants will promote innovative solutions that cultivate a thriving, equitable, resilient, and sustainable community.

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Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

In September 2020, the County established a partnership with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and the Bright Minds Foundation to provide devices and mobile hotspots to students.

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