Impact Corry Hopes to Improve High-Speed Internet Access
Painted Finch Gallery owner Wendy Neckers relies on the internet to help run her business.
"I pay over $300.00 a month for just a couple of computers and the credit card system." said Neckers.
The current service in Corry leaves a lot to be desired.
"Occasionally, especially on Saturdays, we will have everything just drop out on us and we have no internet," said Neckers. "When you have people at the counter and they are attempting to make a purchase, it's extremely frustrating."
Neckers and the rest of the Corry community, will soon have more options.
The city has received a $2.5 million grant, from the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.
The money will be used to transform the old Corry Memorial Hospital into a new technology center and hub.
Led by Impact Corry, the 88,000 square foot facility will house a high-speed fiber internet storage system, which will serve the Corry community.
The building will also house a technology incubator, classrooms for work development, and job training programs.
"This finally unites rural and suburban areas with the innovation economy," said Impact Corry Executive Director Charles Eurydice Gray. "If we do not have a way to actively compete in the digital economy, it cups our growth. We're limited in what we can do."
Neckers and other business owners look forward to having access to better broadband.
"I think it's incredibly necessary," said Neckers. "It also opens up all sorts of new avenues for businesses and inventions and creativity in the community. I really that it's going to be an incredible asset for our community."
This story is supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.