Charleston West Virginia Economic Development

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Help Us Welcome Wirless to the East End!

Join us today at 3:30 p.m. on the 400 block of Elizabeth Street near the art mural at Washington Street. And feel free to bring your laptop.

Gov. Joe Manchin, Charleston Mayor Danny Jones, the Charleston Area Alliance, East End Main Street and local businesses will announce the launch of East End Wireless Phase 1.

The project represents “a substantial economic development and revitalization effort on the East End,” said East End Main Street Director Ric Cavender. EEMS is a project of the Charleston Area Alliance.

The East End Wireless initiative was born one year ago. A $25,000 Local Economic Development Assistance (LEDA) grant paid for the equipment, and East End Main Street fundraising is paying for the network service.

“Good things come to those who wait, and a very good thing has finally come to the business owners and residents of the East End of Charleston,” Cavender said.

Visitors at Thursday’s event will learn about future phases and educational opportunities. They also are encouraged to bring their laptops and experience firsthand how wireless Internet access is changing the East End. Light refreshments and soft drinks will be available, and the YWCA of Charleston’s 2nd Seating Gently Used Furniture Store and Perkin’ Up coffee shop are helping provide a comfortable atmosphere. The City of Charleston and the Clay Center are providing equipment for the event, as well.


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