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.
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
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.