ROI is opening up a new opportunity to address broadband and connectivity challenges through a digital inclusion planning effort.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) is opening up a new opportunity for counties in the Indiana Uplands to participate in a regional digital inclusion planning effort to advance broadband and connectivity in their communities and across the region

From e-learning to remote work, telehealth, internet reliability, and access to devices — digital inclusiveness is crucial to the healthy functioning of our community. This study will look at digital infrastructure, devices, and digital literacy in the Indiana Uplands.

ROI’s digital inclusion effort will provide counties with resources to create a plan to help their communities adapt and prosper in this digital age. ROI and the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) will work with each county to develop a county plan that will form a broader regional plan.

This strategy will capitalize on the work each county has already completed to become broadband ready, helping to create a comprehensive digital inclusion plan that will enhance connections and provide additional tools to develop resiliency in the Uplands region.

Indiana Uplands Digital Inclusion Grant Workshop — October 5, 2020

Intelligent Community Checklist 

Each County Digital Advisory Team (CDAT) must to complete the Intelligent Community Checklist by October 30th.

Digital Capital Survey

CDATs will disseminate the Digital Capital Survey to community members starting October 21st and ending November 11th. You can also access the Digital Capital Survey in Spanish.

CDAT Toolkit

ROI has created tools that you can use to help complete this process in your community.  Those tools include sample meeting agendas, social media content templates, sample email notices for the survey and/or public input session. Download the CDAT Toolkit.

Have questions? Please contact Lisa Abbott, Vice President of Economic and Community Development, at or call (812) 287-8118.