Pennington, Jonesville Selected as Part of Obama Administration Program to Help Appalachian Communities Revitalize Downtowns through Broadband Service

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced yesterday Lee County will be among 10 communities in six states selected to participate in the Cool & Connected planning assistance program, an innovative initiative to help people use broadband service for downtown revitalization and economic development.

Partner communities will receive direct technical assistance from a team of experts to develop strategies and an action plan for using expected or existing broadband service to create connected, economically vibrant main streets and small-town neighborhoods. By combining broadband service with other local assets, such as cultural and recreational amenities, communities can attract and retain investment and people, revitalize downtowns and diversify local economies.

Jonesville and Pennington Gap were selected to market and develop Wi-Fi zones, extend broadband service, and promote main street development by attracting potential anchor tenants.

 

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