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Planning commission receives $30,000 grant

PEORIA – A grant of nearly $30,000 to the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission from Broadband Illinois will be used to help spur economic development in the region.

The grant, issued through the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund, is part of nearly $500,000 doled out this week to help network providers expand broadband access across underserved areas of Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Mason counties. The grant also is to provide education on how broadband can be used to aid economic development and to develop a strategy for further increasing access over the next five years.

With increased access to high-speed Internet comes increased job opportunities, education and access to services, officials with the commission said in announcing the grant Wednesday.
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TCRPC Gets Broadband Grant

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is one of 14 agencies getting a grant to improve broadband access.
Tri County chairman Larry Whitaker says the $30,000 dollars will be used for education opportunities, leading to job creation to improve technology throughout greater Peoria.
Whitaker says it’s time to build better a pathway. He says the focus is to develop underserved or disconnected area communities.
Whitaker says it’s all about making the Peoria Region very attractive to potential business and industry. Whitaker says high speed internet, especially in underserved rural areas, needs to be a necessity and not a luxury.
WCBU

Tri-County area gets multiple grants

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is getting some financial help to increase broadband use in the area. Broadband Illinois awarded about 30-thousand dollars to the commission. That’s out of 500-thousand dollars given out statewide. Tri-County plans to use the money to provide education on how broadband can be most effectively used for economic development, work with network providers to offer access to underserved areas, and develop a strategy for how to boost area broadband access and use in the next five years.
Journal Star

Planning commission receives $30,000 grant

PEORIA – A grant of nearly $30,000 to the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission from Broadband Illinois will be used to help spur economic development in the region.

The grant, issued through the Illinois Broadband Innovation Fund, is part of nearly $500,000 doled out this week to help network providers expand broadband access across underserved areas of Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and Mason counties. The grant also is to provide education on how broadband can be used to aid economic development and to develop a strategy for further increasing access over the next five years.

With increased access to high-speed Internet comes increased job opportunities, education and access to services, officials with the commission said in announcing the grant Wednesday.

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