Lorain County Community College Named Recipient of OneCommunity Big Gig Grant
Cleveland, OH, January 20, 2015-Lorain County Community College has been named a recipient of a portion of the Big Gig Challenge Grant offered by OneCommunity, a Cleveland-Ohio-based provider of ultra-high speed broadband.
This is the second major announcement generated by OneCommunity and LCCC as the two were responsible for the building of 80 miles of fiber constructed through Lorain County. Monies from the Big Gig Grant will be used to increase connections to the completed network through a creation of a community fiber road map.
“Lorain County Community College recognizes the importance of building this infrastructure for the betterment of the college and the community. Its commitment in planning for the future of the region is an indication of its strong leadership and vision and is to be commended. We are proud to be able to contribute toward its growth,” says OneCommunity CEO Lev Gonick.
The community fiber roadmap is proposed to roll out in phases including impacting 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.
In response to receiving the grant, Dr. Roy Church, President of Lorain County Community College said, “We are honored to be selected as a grant recipient. This award will enable our community to dramatically increase access to the existing fiber network, positioning us to become a more globally competitive region. The funds will be used to engage stakeholders from government, healthcare, higher education and local businesses to create an implementation plan to increase high-speed connections and foster greater efficiencies.”
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