The Life Enrichment Center
The Eastwood Life Enrichment Center (LEC) is owned and operated by the HRA of Mora. The LEC hosts a variety of regularly scheduled events, as well as many educational opportunities made possible through partnership with other local agencies.The LEC is also available for use by public groups, private parties and businesses. Spacious, convenient parking, handicapped accessible and attractive décor make it a perfect place for your next get-together or business event. Through a Blandin Broadband Community grant, KBI outfitted the LEC with high speed Internet, interactive video conferencing and other multimedia systems.LEARN MORE
The Launchpad – Telework Center
Located at 16 North Lake Street with the Mora Area Chamber of Commerce office, the Mora Telework Center, aptly named the “Launch Pad” features high speed Internet and unlimited data use, cubicles for a semi-private working environment. Computers also available to use- first come/first served – or you can bring your own. There is also a black and white printer available. Funding and labor to build the facility was provided through a Blandin Broadband Community grant as well as from the Mora Public Utilities Commission, and the City of Mora.LEARN MORE
Additional Community Projects
KBI completed several projects as part of the Blandin Broadband Community program with a combination of community organization donations, in-kind support and the generous support of the Blandin Foundation. Projects included development of a community portal (dala.mn), wi-fi installation at the St.Claire Living Community and on Mora school busses, social media, web development and Google training for business owners and community mapping on Google maps.Learn More
Testimonials and Stories
The following testimonials and stories provide a glimpse of what has been accomplished by KBI and the impact the projects have had on our community.
“Charlotte” lives near Eastwood. She lives on a fixed income and can’t afford internet in her home. She comes to the LEC to access the high speed wireless so she can skype and email her family and friends.
Tami attended website and social media training classes and said, “Great class! Such valuable information. Learned how to make the Internet and social media work for me. My business will never be the same.”
Lonnie participated in the community mapping project and said, ” I’m hoping it will expand our business presence on the Internet. Regarding Google Plus, we already gained eight new followers on our very first day.”
Who is KBI?
The Kanabec Broadband Initiative includes representatives of Mora & Ogilvie Public Schools, FirstLight Health System, Kanabec County, Mora Area Chamber of Commerce, Kanabec Systems, Neighborhood National Bank, City of Mora, East Central MN Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC) and the East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC). Our goal is to educate about and discuss local broadband needs including how Kanabec County measures up to other MN counties in terms of broadband access, why broadband is important to Kanabec County residents and businesses, and what we can do to improve broadband access.