CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Inspiration Networks today
broke ground on the City of Light, the organization's new 93-acre world
missions ministry outreach and partner's center in Lancaster County, South
Carolina. The groundbreaking celebration was hosted by David Cerullo,
Chairman and CEO. He announced that the first phase of the ten-year project
is scheduled to be completed in late 2007 and the first two buildings
encompassing approximately 160,000 square feet are scheduled to be occupied
by January 2008.
Special guests included the Honorable Mark Sanford, Governor of the
State of South Carolina, as well as many government officials from South
Carolina and Lancaster County. "We were honored that these distinguished
leaders took time to attend our groundbreaking," Cerullo said. "We have
been delighted by the support we have received from all of the government
organizations in South Carolina. More than just jobs, this new facility
will bring heightened visibility to the region. We will beam programs
throughout the world from our new South Carolina home, and bring thousands
of people every week to our headquarters."
The groundbreaking also featured religious leaders Rex Humbard, Jerry
Falwell, Rod Parsley, John Hagee, Benny Hinn, and Pat Robertson. "These men
are Christian television pioneers, but they also are friends of our
ministry. We wish we could have taken time to recognize by name all of the
pastors and church leaders who attended, some coming from as far away as
London, England," said Cerullo. "Their presence symbolizes the fact that
our ministry is a partnership. We work with many great ministries from
throughout the United States and the world. We were honored by their
presence with us."
Music for the groundbreaking was provided by Keith Duncan, Alicia
Williamson Garcia, John Starnes, the Christ Tabernacle Choir (from
Brooklyn, New York), and Noel Robinson (from London, England).
The Inspiration Networks announced plans to build the City of Light in
January of 2006. The new facility will enable the organization to more
efficiently and economically meet the growing demands of its cable
television, new media, and ministry outreach efforts. Operations for The
Inspiration Networks now are located in nine buildings throughout the
greater Charlotte region, with production taking place in two separate
Cerullo stated, "The City of Light is more than just about land and
buildings. It is about ministry, outreach and mission. It is about being a
part of causing the knowledge of the glory of God to cover the earth like
the waters cover the sea on every continent, in every major language group
and through every form of technology available."
The City of Light will consolidate broadcast and ministry activities at
one location. The organization currently employs 350 people. The City of
Light is designed to accommodate up to 1,500 employees. The project
culminates more than five years of research and planning.
"Anytime a company headquarters chooses to locate in South Carolina
it's obviously a great win for our state," said Governor Mark Sanford.
"With 134,000 more people working in our state than there were four years
ago, our administration remains committed to focusing on improving the soil
conditions for businesses in order to keep creating jobs and raising income
levels for our citizens."
"Television and film projects have been a priority of Governor
Sanford's administration to build our state's growing film and media
infrastructure," said South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor. "The
new Inspiration Networks' headquarters and facility will add to South
Carolina's diverse mix of industries in one of our state's fastest-growing
When completed, the City of Light will include an International Prayer
& Welcome Center, a WorldReach Headquarters, an International Ministry &
Media Training Center, and an International Media & Production Center.
Facilities also are planned to accommodate the organization's other
specialized ministry outreaches. These include a Tea House for its women's
ministry, a Youth Evangelism Center, a Children's Evangelism Center, and a
state-of-the-art entertainment pavilion for concerts and events.
The Inspiration Networks includes cable TV networks INSP-The
Inspiration Network, La Familia Cosmovision (LFC), Inspirational Life
Television (i- Lifetv), and INI-Inspiration Network International (INI).
INSP is carried on more than 2,500 U.S. cable systems serving 22 million
households. i-Lifetv is a digital inspirational lifestyles network launched
in June 1998 that currently serves over 10 million subscribers. LFC is a
digital network that features family-friendly programming for Hispanic
families. INI is delivered direct to home, serving over 55+ million
households in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Approximately 50
percent of INI's schedule is original and exclusive programming with
programs for children, teens and the international family. INI features a
blend of U.S. and European ministry programmers. The Inspiration Networks
also operates the premiere broadband portal for the inspirational market,
"Inspiration.net," which features "Inspiration Now," a robust video player
populated with an award-winning array of exclusive programs for teens,
kids, and adults from The Inspiration Networks' linear networks, and other
exclusive content. Inspiration.net features the only use of Brightcove's
state-of-the-art broadband TV service for the inspirational market.
Collectively, the ministries of The Inspiration Networks can be seen 24
hours a day, seven days a week to a potential viewing audience of over one
billion people world-wide.
For more information: Kristina Hill
SOURCE The Inspiration Networks