CCEDC Seeking Input on Broadband Through Community Meeting



CCEDC Seeking Input on Broadband Through Community Meeting

Feedback collected will support Pennsylvania’s broadband expansion planning efforts


Clarion County, PA (July 31st, 2023) – The Clarion County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) today announced a meeting to engage the community in discussions about broadband use and experiences. The meeting will also provide information about the Commonwealth’s work to develop an action plan to ensure equitable, affordable broadband access for all residents, businesses, and communities. Those interested in participating are invited to join the meeting scheduled for 6pm on Thursday, August 24th, 2023, at the Clarion County Learning Center, located at 160 Amsler Ave. Shippenville, PA 16254.


“The CCEDC has continued to work on behalf of Clarion County residents and business owners to improve countywide broadband connectivity,” said Jarred Heuer, CCEDC Executive Director.  “A key piece to successfully connect Clarion County is collaboration with our regional and State partners, so we are glad to partner with the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority and host this conversation.”


The CCEDC’s meeting is part of a larger strategic effort led by the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA). Through a robust meeting series, the PBDA will connect with a diverse array of Pennsylvanians and use the public input to help develop plans to address broadband service needs in unserved and underserved communities. The plans will help ensure everyone has the skills, technology, and capacity needed to benefit from our digital economy.


“Far too many Pennsylvanians lack access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet access or face barriers to accessing the technology necessary to participate in our society and economy fully,” said PBDA Executive Director Brandon Carson. “We are seeking to close the digital divide, and the feedback we receive through community meetings is essential as the Commonwealth develops its Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment and Digital Equity plans.”


The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, authorized a $65 billion investment into broadband to close the digital divide. Pennsylvania is guaranteed a minimum of $100 million and is expected to receive hundreds of millions in additional funding through formula or competitive funding opportunities. The community meetings are critical to the planning process and will help inform Pennsylvania’s path forward when the Commonwealth secures funding and implements the plans.


For more information about the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA) and the upcoming community engagement activities, visit the PBDA’s website.


About the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority (PBDA)

The PBDA is responsible for creating a statewide broadband plan and distributing federal and state monies for broadband expansion projects in unserved and underserved areas of Pennsylvania. PBDA efforts focus on closing Pennsylvania’s digital divide so all Pennsylvanians can get connected to affordable and reliable high-speed broadband internet at home, at work, or on the road.


About Clarion County Economic Development Corporation

The CCEDC is the lead economic development organization for Clarion County, which acts to attract wealth-generating opportunities to Clarion County.


Media Contacts

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