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Inventrek Tech Park certified as AT&T Fiber Ready

07/26/2017

As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Indiana, AT&T and local officials from the Kokomo area today announced that the Inventrek Technology Park has been certified as being AT&T Fiber Ready. Inventrek recently reopened for business, following repairs made necessary by tornadoes that struck the Kokomo community in August 2016.

“We’re investing in high-speed Internet in urban and rural areas across Indiana using the latest wired and wireless technologies, and we are proud to highlight Inventrek as one of many places in the Hoosier State where AT&T’s fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses drive job creation,” said Bill Soards, president of AT&T Indiana.

“Positive, pro-business policies embraced by Indiana’s state and local elected officials continue to make our state a great place to invest,” Soards added. “And, I’d like to point out that our AT&T Indiana employees work tirelessly to deploy this fiber and other infrastructure that delivers high-speed Internet access. Their dedication, combined with nearly $1.7 billion in AT&T investment over the last 3 years alone, enable Hoosiers to connect and innovate.”

In today’s world, connectivity is vital to new employers and businesses of every type. There’s no such thing as a “low-tech” business today, so economic development leaders must be able to tout the presence of high-speed internet connectivity.

“With this new designation, which highlights Inventrek’s state-of-the-art technology, both Kokomo and the tech park will have a competitive advantage when talking to potential companies about their needs,” said Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance CEO Charlie Sparks. “This AT&T fiber-ready designation helps us make the most of opportunities.”

“You can’t overstate the importance of having a strong technology infrastructure in place, when it comes to growing our economy,” said State Rep. Mike Karickhoff. “I appreciate that AT&T is helping us shine the spotlight on the availability of this high-speed communications service. I’m excited for both Kokomo and Inventrek.”

“This Fiber Ready certification helps our economic development leaders send an important message to both entrepreneurs and longtime business owners – that Kokomo is ready with the very latest technologies,” said State Sen. Jim Buck. “It’s a valuable new tool in their toolbox.”

Inventrek Technology Park is a 98,000-square foot facility on Kokomo's south side. It was developed through partnerships with both Purdue University and Indiana University's Innovate Indiana program to incubate growing technology companies until they are ready to operate on their own. It is one of just 26 Certified Technology Parks in the State of Indiana. To date, roughly 80% of Inventrek's “graduates” – those who have left the facility to do business on their own – are still in operation.