Eastgate Wins 2021 Vibrant NEO Champion Award for Broadband Feasibility Study

Nov 03, 2021
The Vibrant NEO Board (also known as the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium - NEOSCC) has announced Eastgate as a 2021 Champion Award Winner for its Broadband Feasibility Study

The NEOSCC is a 12 county-spanning consortium of member organizations dedicated to "create conditions for a more VIBRANT, RESILIENT, and SUSTAINABLE Northeast Ohio – Northeast Ohio that is full of vitality, a good steward of its built and natural resources, and that is adaptable and responsive to change."

A virtual awards presentation will be held for all of the winners on Thursday, November 18, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Eastgate's Economic Development Mark Ragozine said of the announcement, “Eastgate gladly accepts and appreciates the Vibrant NEO Champion Award for recognition of outstanding regional collaboration with our county partners in Ashtabula, Mahoning, & Trumbull Counties.

The importance of this study in influencing the future of broadband connectivity in the Eastgate Region cannot be understated. It is critical to have this plan in place to be able to pursue state and federal funding for implementation projects that will help to provide access to those within the middle and last miles of coverage. Broadband connectivity is necessary to participate in the modern world through remote employment, online schooling, telemedicine, and so much more. It is our goal to help the underserved residents of this region to gain access through our initiatives leading to a brighter future and one that is a catalyst towards the growth and redevelopment of this region."

To read the full Eastgate Regional Broadband Feasibility Study and for further information, please visit www.eastgatecog.org/broadband.