The city of Indianola will become the first certified Connected community in the state, Connect Iowa announced yesterday.

Connect Iowa is a subsidiary of Connected Nation, which developed the Connected community engagement program to help guide communities through an assessment of their broadband status. Certified communities have measurably demonstrated their proficiency for access to and use of broadband-supported technologies.

Indianola had a broadband planning team working with Connect Iowa to secure the certification., which included assessing the broadband landscape, identifying gaps and establishing goals and objectives to increase broadband access. The program in Iowa was funded by a federal grant.

The city won't receive any state or federal funding for attaining the status, but a Connected Nation spokesperson said the program is designed to give cities the added benefit of being able to market themselves to businesses as having strong broadband access and speeds.

A presentation ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Simpson College’s Kent Campus Center, 701 N. C Street.

For more information about the Connected program, click here.