Grant & Loan Awards: Elbert County


Elbert County

BRIDGE Fund: $62,009

Awarded: 06/30/2010

Applicant: Elberton, City of

BRIDGE grant funds will support fiber optic connectivity within the Richard B. Russell State Park. Areas to be served with OneGeorgia funds include: Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course and clubhouse area, Olympic Rowing Center Boat Ramp, Mega Ramp, and the McNeely Lakeside Pavilion. The Park drew is projected to draw over 600,000 visitors in 2010 and generate an estimated $35 million for the local economy. It also supports an estimated 407 local jobs. Other project activities include providing fiber connectivity to 800 rural homes as part of the 67-mile system expansion. In 2001, the City of Elberton constructed a hybrid fiber optic-coaxial cable network to serve residences and business in a 5-square mile area in and around the city limits of Elberton by investing over $6.5 million. This new system was named ElbertonNET. ElbertonNET offers Cable TV, high speed data and Internet access and Voice-over-Internet Protocol digital telephone service. Currently, the system serves 2,442 customers. In December 2009, an ElbertonNET expansion project began to connect unserved and underserved rural areas of Elbert County where there is no incumbent broadband provider. Future plans for the Park include the construction of a lodge/conference center that will benefit from broadband service.

Total Budgeted Project Cost: $1,180,700

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