May 16, 2024


Ideas to Impact: Ada Jobs Foundation at the Rural Innovation Network Annual Summit

By: Sunnie Dawn Baker 

On May 7-9, the Rural Innovation Network (RIN) hosted its fourth annual summit in Red Wing, Minnesota, the home of Red Wing Ignite, a successful economic development organization focused on building regional tech entrepreneurship. Two staff members from the Ada Jobs Foundation, Daniel Castañeda and Sunnie Dawn Baker, attended to gain valuable information and insights for their work in local economic development.

Organizations, especially those operating within rural spaces, consider opportunities like “Ideas to Impact” crucial. Castañeda and Baker learned not only from the speakers and panelists, but also from the other participants, deepening bonds with other RIN communities like Red Wing, Minnesota, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Taos, New Mexico. These connections build a support structure across the country, which is necessary for work in rural development, especially when trying to engage in innovation and tech entrepreneurship. Challenges faced by rural communities are distinct from those in urban areas; coming together allows us to figure out how to collaborate and share ideas to grow our economies.

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Our partners at the Center for Rural Innovation have teamed up with CISCO to provide a special certification opportunity. They offer courses in Introduction to Networks and Introduction to Cybersecurity, both free for community members. You can study at your own pace, and completion leads to CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ certifications. Upon completion, you will get a voucher to take these exams.

If you are interested in participating in either course, sign up here!

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