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Monday, July 09, 2007

Wi-Fi'ed East End Means More Foot Traffic, Residents, Businesses for East End.

The East End Main Street announcement that an RFP is being issued for Wi-Fi service for the East End of Charleston is a testament to the progressive and innovative model of economic and community development that the Charleston Area Alliance is utilizing. It's no wonder that Charleston was recently named in a national magazine as the 8th best small metro for attracting new business.

So what does this mean? Well how about once the greenspace is complete near the Clay Center, putting your feet up there and being able to surf the web or check e-mail? What if you are at the Power Baseball Park and want to get a little work done while taking in a game? Live on the east end and like to go out on your porch or deck to work or surf the web? Done. All of these possibilities will be available once this project is complete.

The Charleston Area Alliance and its East End Main Street program are clearly providing a return on investment for its members. In short, the Alliance is building a better community and a more vibrant economy.

Picture: Matthew Ballard, President/CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance introduces the wi-fi topic to members of the press and public. Governor Manchin, Mayor Jones, and Councilman Marc Wientraub joined the Alliance and East End Main Street in making the announcement at Contemporary Galleries on Smith Street in downtown Charleston.

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