RICHMOND, Ky., March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of AT&T's* continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Kentucky, representatives from AT&T, local leadership, and the Richmond Industrial Development Corporation today announced that the Richmond Industrial Park has been designated AT&T Fiber Ready.
In today's world, connectivity is vital to employers and businesses of every type.
"Earlier this year, I was proud to hear that the Kentucky Department of Education, along with AT&T and other private providers across the state, had completed a best-in-the-nation network to our students – a network that relies on robust fiber-optic infrastructure that the private sector has deployed across all 120 counties in the Commonwealth," said State Senator Jared Carpenter. "Today, we're celebrating yet another example of the presence of this vital infrastructure, and I look forward to seeing how these services help to drive continued economic growth in the area."
"It is very exciting to see the tangible benefits that come from private sector investments in the Commonwealth, and as we continue to cultivate a business-friendly regulatory environment in Kentucky, I am confident that we can look forward to many more announcements related to vital infrastructure investments in urban and rural communities alike," remarked State Representative Rita Smart.
The AT&T Fiber Ready designation helps economic development leaders more effectively position their communities for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services.
"This is a game-changer for our community. While some of this fiber-optic infrastructure has been in place for some time, the AT&T Fiber Ready designation allows us to more effectively market our community to employers," said Tonita Goodwin, executive director of the Richmond Industrial Development Corporation. "I applaud the work done by our elected officials in Frankfort to move Kentucky in the right direction and to take a positive step toward improving the regulatory environment in Kentucky. Without their efforts, these types of investments might not be possible."
"As we try to bring new jobs to Richmond and Madison County, we are competing with communities across the Commonwealth, throughout the country and around the globe. The ability to market the world-class communications infrastructure that we have here in the Richmond Industrial Park is incredibly valuable as we show employers that we have the resources to meet their business needs," said Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes.
AT&T has been deploying high-speed, fiber-optic infrastructure across the Commonwealth for years, and the AT&T Fiber Ready designation is a tool for economic development leaders to highlight the assets available in their facilities.
"AT&T has a long history of investment in Richmond and Madison County, and I am happy to highlight the Richmond Industrial Park as an example of the many places across Kentucky where AT&T's fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses drive job creation," said Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky. "Each and every day, our employees are turning our billions of dollars of investment into high-speed Internet for consumers and businesses across Kentucky, and it's exciting for us to have the opportunity to provide yet another resource to our friends who are driving economic development in Richmond and Madison County."
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