Selected projects help individuals, businesses and schools get connected
The Pennsylvania Technology Investment Authority awarded $1.3 million last
week to fund six technology projects, most focusing on high-speed Internet
networks or technology centers
The winners are:
* 3 Rivers Connect: A Pittsburgh-based smart-building project that won $500,000
to wire more than 80 civic organizations and government building tenants
of the Regional Enterprise Tower with broadband technology. Each tenant
will have affordable access to the technology and technical support.
* Bloomsburg Regional Digital Community: Won $254,000 to establish two technology
laboratories and at least six training programs for the public; create at
least six programs for citizens without computer experience; hire a coordinator
for the community technology center; partner with local employers for two
training programs; and to provide access to the Keystone Library network.
* Keystone Community Network Health Education and Systems Alliance: Received
$250,000 to establish a broadband fiber-optic connection among Lock Haven
University, regional hospitals and the Keystone Library Network of the State
System of Higher Education. The network provides hospitals distance learning
and access to an online medical library and database.
* North Central Pennsylvania Regional E-Commerce Center: Awarded $130,000
to accelerate the adoption of electronic business in the North Central region
of the state by providing funding for curriculum development, seminars and
marketing and training coordination; developing a virtual manufacturers
network; and purchasing hardware.
* Universal Technology Center: Awarded $100,000 to train 1,200 greater Southeast
Philadelphia-area elementary students in technology by developing the Virtual
Private Network, a community intranet linking residents, community programs
and facilities, churches, schools and businesses.
* BerksNet Community Network: Won $97,712 to provide an affordable and accessible
information network supporting open communications among the entire community.
PTIA, run by a board of directors from tech companies, government, economic
development organizations and university leaders, provides funds for high-tech
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