Connected Nation Among Top 10 Best Places to Work in Kentucky

Connected Nation, a leading national nonprofit technology services organization, has been selected as one of the top 10 best places to work in Kentucky for 2011.

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Accepting the 2011 Best Places to Work award Wednesday in Lexington are Connected Nation employees, from left, Chris McGovern, René True, Mandi Thomas, Tom Ferree, Tracie Rotermann, Ashley Littell, Roy Hutchins, Jessica Ditto, and Lauren Hightower.

This honor is a great recognition of our commitment to make Connected Nation not only an organization known for producing positive results across the nation and linking people with vital technology, but a fulfilling place to work for our employees

Lexington, KY (PRWEB) April 21, 2011

Connected Nation, a leading national nonprofit technology services organization, has been selected as one of the top 10 best places to work in Kentucky for 2011. The honor was announced Wednesday by the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management State Council, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and Best Companies Group during the seventh annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky awards ceremony.

Connected Nation was honored along with the other winners at the Awards Dinner on Wednesday at the Lexington Convention Center, where the final rankings of the 65 selected Best Places companies were announced. Connected Nation was ranked eighth, the second highest ranking ever for a first-time winner, in the small/medium companies category.

Winners were ranked in two categories — small/medium companies with 25 to 249 U.S. employees and large companies with 250 or more U.S. employees. The selection process is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey, administered by Best Companies Group.

Connected Nation, with its core operations office based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was ranked third in the relationship with supervisor category.

Connected Nation has a program footprint that spans more than 30 states and territories from Alaska to Puerto Rico and is currently managing broadband expansion programs in 12 states and territories across the nation. Connected Nation was the single largest contributor to the milestone National Broadband Map released in February.

“This honor is a great recognition of our commitment to make Connected Nation not only an organization known for producing positive results across the nation and linking people with vital technology, but a fulfilling place to work for our employees,” said Connected Nation CEO Brian Mefford.

Connected Nation has employees across the country working with state and local stakeholders to create economic development opportunities through technology expansion and is currently hiring for several positions (see Careers page here). Connected Nation’s employee policies include allowing teleworking, encouraging professional development, and an open-door policy across the entire organization.

“We strive to put into practice policies that help all employees reach their full potential and rewards their efforts,” said Tracie Rotermann, Connected Nation’s human resources manager.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  •     Have at least 25 employees working in Kentucky;
  •     Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
  •     Be a publicly or privately held business;
  •     Have a facility in the state of Kentucky; and
  •     Must be in business a minimum of 1 year.

Photo 1 Caption: Accepting the 2011 Best Places to Work award Wednesday in Lexington are Connected Nation Human Resources Manager Tracie Rotermann and Connected Nation Chief Operating Officer Tom Ferree.

Photo 2 Caption: Accepting the 2011 Best Places to Work award Wednesday in Lexington are Connected Nation employees, from left, Chris McGovern, René True, Mandi Thomas, Tom Ferree, Tracie Rotermann, Ashley Littell, Roy Hutchins, Jessica Ditto, and Lauren Hightower.

About Connected Nation: Connected Nation is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that expands access to and use of broadband Internet and the related technologies that are enabled when individuals and communities have the opportunity and desire to connect. Connected Nation effectively raises the awareness of the value of broadband and related technologies by developing coalitions of influencers and enablers for improving technology availability and use. Connected Nation works with consumers, community leaders, states, technology providers and foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered around a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. http://www.connectednation.org

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Kentucky program, visit http://BestPlacesToWorkKY.com.

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