OneCommunity Announces Recipients of its Big Gig Challenge Grant
Cleveland, OH, January 16, 2015-The West 25th Street Corridor, the Village of Glenwillow, Lorain County Community College and the City of South Euclid have been named recipients of Cleveland, Ohio-based OneCommunity’s Big Gig Challenge Grant. Funding for the grant will be made, in whole or in part, in the form of services or equipment.
The West 25th Corridor will utilize the funding to create a fiber network through Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn covering 900+ properties including 14 available development sites. Some of Cleveland’s small businesses and nonprofits in addition to its most prominent west side institutions would be impacted including The West Side Market, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, MetroHealth Systems’ Main and Old Brooklyn campuses, Nestle’s LI Minor Facility, Voss Industries, Great Lakes Brewing Company and Lutheran Hospital.
The Village of Glenwillow is envisioning enhancements to its municipal operations through expansion of its network to include connections with city-owned properties. Glenwillow’s project will also incorporate partnerships with three private sector business owners and land developers. In addition to the grant, Tax Increment Funding and developer contributions will supplement financing for the project.
Lorain County Community College’s ambitious strategy involves an increase to an already-completed network connections through the creation of a community fiber road map. The roadmap is proposed to roll out in phases which will impact the existing infrastructure, strategic visioning and planning, identification of new opportunities for fiber applications and implementation of three pilot projects designed to inspire further growth.
The City of South Euclid foresees the expansion of its existing OneCommunity ultra-high speed broadband network. The future proposed efforts to introduce fiber would focus on directly impacting service in South Euclid’s municipal facilities in addition to potentially building its industrial area.
OneCommunity, a Cleveland, Ohio-based ultra high speed broadband provider, pledged to make funds available in form of a grant to municipally-led, community-wide fiber construction projects. It was seeking proposals that establish creative and collaborative expansion opportunities that connect community anchor institutions, government facilities and business districts in an effort to attract and retain the innovative and entrepreneurial businesses of the twenty-first century. Funding will be provided through a public-private partnership approach with grant funding accounting for up to 25 percent of the total project costs for the awarded guarantees.
OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization based in Cleveland that works to expand high-speed broadband access and adoption to strengthen Northeast Ohio. OneCommunity’s vision is that advanced digital capabilities and effective use of technology will help transform the region and establish it as a national hub for innovation and economic growth. For more information on
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