OneCommunity Selects Glenwillow to Receive Big Gig Grant
Cleveland, OH, January 22, 2015-The Village of Glenwillow will be allocated a portion of a $2 million Big Gig Challenge Grant offered by ultra-high speed broadband provider OneCommunity. The Challenge, first announced in August, enticed municipalities to propose creative projects that would best put OneCommunity’s infrastructure to use.
While acknowledging the impressive number of qualified applicants that embraced the Big Gig Challenge, OneCommunity CEO Lev Gonick explains what distinguished the Village of Glenwillow from the rest. “Glenwillow’s entry featured an ambitious project introducing an expansion of its existing fiber network in an effort to stimulate business,” he explains. “We were impressed with its goals and understanding of the transformational opportunities made possible through the implementation of ultra-high speed broadband.”
As part of its plan for the funding, the Village hopes to enhance its municipal operations through expansion of its network to include connections with city-owned properties. If all parties come to an agreement, 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.
Mark A. Cegelka, Mayor of Glenwillow, explains that “the grant allows the Village to explore installing fiber optic cable in some of the industrial areas together with our business partners, with the objective of providing a competitive edge for all our businesses and allowing us to enhance our efforts in marketing Glenwillow to new businesses in the future.”
In order to be considered for the Big Gig Grant, eligible grant funds were required to be earmarked for municipally-led, community-wide fiber construction projects. Funding was required through a public-private partnership approach with the grant funding accounting for up to 25 percent of the total project costs awarded the grantee.
Parties accepting the Big Gig Challenge were asked to submit letters of interest detailing project goals, desired economic outcomes and potential community anchor institutions. Final entries were evaluated by a review committee comprised of OneCommunity staff and select industry partners.
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 OneCommunity, please visit www.onecommunity.org.
Contact: Liz Forester