Over the past few years, the City of Zanesville has worked tirelessly to expand access to broadband and high speed internet in our community. We recognize that broadband is critical infrastructure, and promoting equal, affordable access to it must be a major priority. Knowing this, we have established an “intelligent community forum” (ICF) that is comprised of local officials working in business, government, education, and technology. This forum will provide our city with a foundation for technology and communication exploration, as well as tackling social and political challenges while enriching the quality of life in Zanesville. Alongside the ICF, we have invested in the arts, making Zanesville a regional center for creative engagement. In 2016, the city applied for a “cool and connected” federal grant, provided by the ARC, USEPA, and USDA and were awarded funds to move forward with the implementation of a downtown wifi network. Currently, the creation of the network is underway, and once completed, it will provide affordable, wireless broadband internet to residents of the immediate downtown area. It is our hope that with these new initiatives and projects, the City of Zanesville will continue to grow and develop into a community that is not only competitive, but also prosperous in the 21st century.