Grant & Loan Awards: Jackson County


Jackson County

BRIDGE Fund: $7,500

Awarded: 06/07/2007

Applicant: Commerce, City of

BRIDGE funds to assist with the cost of a feasibility study to determine the economic benefits and costs of providing wireless broadband access to underserved parts of the City of Commerce and Jackson County. GA Tech's TechSmart will assist by assessing municipal and county-wide needs and economic development opportunities for broadband services. They will benchmark existing technologies and create a roadmap to include a list of tasks to be completed to assist in making informed decisions for bridging broadband needs and capacity with results. TechSmart will engage local leaders to identify technology assets and how these will contribute to business and community development and will focus on vision, goals, requirements; current technology utilization; and recommendations for action. Broadband access, currently unavailable to the city or county, will allow businesses within the county to better compete in the global marketplace.

Total Budgeted Project Cost: $10,000

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