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Innovative Rural Leadership: Randolph Keaton

Innovative Rural Leadership: Randolph Keaton

What I’ve gained through REDI are connections. If I need something here in my rural community, I’ve got someone I can call on. -Randolph Keaton On any given weekday, in an unassuming building on Dream Avenue, men and women face computer screens to fill out...
Impact Stories: CEA Manufacturing

Impact Stories: CEA Manufacturing

“This loan allowed us to jump to the next level in our capabilities.” -Steve Yauch It’s quiet here, perhaps surprisingly so, on the manufacturing floor of CEA Manufacturing’s 55,000-square-foot headquarters in Smithfield. The room is brightly-lit and spotless....
Broadband Innovation: Country Cablevision

Broadband Innovation: Country Cablevision

“It’s a huge game changer here. We have a gig sitting pretty much wherever you want it. We have faster speeds than Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, wherever.” —Dean Russell, project manager, Country Cablevision On his first night in Yancey County, eight...
Broadband Innovation: Person County

Broadband Innovation: Person County

We’re an aging population. It begged us to ask, ‘If children aren’t able to have access to do homework and connect to schools and libraries, is this part of the problem in keeping young people engaged and attracted to our community?’ —Heidi York, Person County Manager...