The Sierra Economic Development Corp. (SEDCorp) is proud to announce receipt of a new grant award intended to help Northern California counties move closer to the goal of expanding high-speed Internet access to rural areas.
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SEDCorp was awarded a one-year, $150,000 grant to launch a public-private partnership aimed at increasing digital access and use in Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra and eastern Alpine counties.
The new partnership, the Gold Country Broadband Consortium (GCBC) is one of 14 regional consortia in the state funded by the California Advanced Services Fund Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia grant program. The consortium was formed to leverage regional, state and national resources as an investment in improving and expanding broadband access.
The consortium has scheduled it first full membership meeting for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 29 at the Auburn Veterans Memorial Hall, 100 East St., Auburn. Admission is free; however, there will be a $2 lunch.
The meeting will focus on planning a series of community meetings with Internet service providers, businesses and residents to inform consumers and to solicit their feedback. The meeting is open to the public.
Sunne Wright McPeak, CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) and former Secretary of the state Department of Business, Transportation and Housing, has been invited to speak but had not confirmed as of press time. Please RSVP.
SEDCorp CEO Brent Smith added, “The consortium grant award capitalizes on three years’ work by SEDCorp to make better and faster Internet access available to more businesses and residents across our multi-county region.”
Additional information and announcements will be posted on the Gold Country Broadband Consortium Blog: goldcountryconsortium.wordpress.com.
Formed through a joint powers agreement by the counties of El Dorado, Placer, Nevada and Sierra in 1969, SEDCorp. supports local jurisdictions in their economic development efforts through consultation services, assistance with securing grants, business training and direct lending services.
For more information on SEDCorp or the Gold Country Broadband Consortium, contact Brent Smith, CEO, 530-823-4703, [email protected] or visit sedcorp.biz.