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02 Jun

City to get $300K grant for new tech


  • By BRANDON MESSICK Today’s News-Herald

In the wake of Frontier Communications’ “America’s Best Communities” competition, Lake Havasu City will receive a $300,000 in-kind grant from Cisco Communications toward technological renovation.

The grant was announced May 24 at a meeting of Havasu’s “Vision 20/20” team, alongside details as to how the ABC competition’s $2 million prize will be used toward Havasu’s community development. According to City Manager Charlie Cassens, Havasu’s Downtown Catalyst Project is a likely candidate for technological enhancements in the form of free WI-FI service, but the “Vision 20/20” team is still ironing out the exact details.

“We were told that we would get $300,000 in in-kind service from Cisco,” said Mayor Mark Nexsen. “The city has already done some work to improve broadband at Bridgewater Channel, but we also want to improve it in the Downtown area and around the ASU campus. We would be willing to expand beyond that, if we’re able.”

The grant is intended to enhance communities’ respective infrastructure, ultimately driving community growth, according to Cisco’s website. Apart from digital network architecture, the company’s community initiative could be digital infrastructure and network enhancements. To Nexsen, that could mean a new way of attracting newer, younger entrepreneurs to Havasu’s economy.

“We’ve been talking about trying to bring young entrepreneurs to the community,” Nexsen said. “If someone has a great idea, a great attitude and a great internet connection, they could help from anywhere.”

The Vision 20/20 team announced last week it will allocate $1 million toward the Downtown Catalyst Project, $500,000 toward the city’s economic infrastructure and $400,000 toward the city’s planned Entrepreneur Center.