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Connect South Carolina & IT-oLogy Announce Formal Partnership
6/17/2014 9:53:29 PM

Connected Nation President/COO Tom Ferree (left) & IT-oLogy President Lonnie Emard shake hands at Connections 2014 after announcing the formal partnership between Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy
Columbia, SC - Connected Nation President/COO Tom Ferree took the stage at the IT-oLogy Theater Wednesday during the second annual Connections 2014 summit, illustrating for almost 200 attendees the past and present of the Connect South Carolina program, but the announcement shared with IT-oLogy president Lonnie Emard during the "future" segment could certainly be considered the highpoint of the entire presentation.

Connect South Carolina and IT-ology have agreed to formally enter into a partnership that will, for IT-oLogy, expand public funding for broader, scalable program impact and expand reliable, private funding for long-term sustainability of the Connect South Carolina program.

"Since we've started here in South Carolina, we've long enjoyed great support from IT-oLogy and hope to reciprocate with our services," said Ferree. "We are moving into a period where our federal grants have taken us this far over the last four years, and with all we've accomplished, we cannot rest; our mission is not complete. We're moving forward, and with that, a strategic partnership with IT-oLogy is critically important to maximize every opportunity that we have in this great state of South Carolina."

This partnership also intends to:
-Elevate IT-oLogy's profile among the state broadband community while aggressively expanding its rural footprint in South Carolina
-Create value beyond Connect South Carolina's existing grant work through a stronger state-based expression of Connect South Carolina's economic and community development programs to key stakeholders in public and private sectors
-Support long-term sustainability for both organizations

"When we look at the supply chain for talent with digital skills that can be applied in business, this partnership triggers some key things," said IT-oLogy President, Lonnie Emard. "Connect South Carolina adds to the content package delivered to rural communities, and IT-oLogy broadens the access to populations of new talent."

"We're so grateful for this partnership to usher in a new era of our mission, to incorporate IT-oLogy's programs, and to start to begin to answer the questions and help remedy issues in the communities in South Carolina," said Ferree.

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