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Lexington County, SC

Lexington County proclaims commitment to economic development, quality of life with Connected Community certification; becomes third community in state to achieve certification

Lexington, SC – Lexington County is now officially a Connect South Carolina Certified Connected Community! With Lexington’s certification, the community becomes the 34th in the country and the third in the state of South Carolina, after Anderson and Abbeville counties, to achieve certification.

During the certification process, Lexington County schools, its library system, businesses, municipalities, and other community partners participated in a rigorous nine-month assessment process that measured the County’s performance in the area of high-speed Internet access, as well as in the community’s use of new and emerging technologies. To achieve the certification, the County had to score at least 100 points out of 120. Lexington County scored 114.

The announcement was celebrated during the Certification Ceremony at the County’s state of the art Emergency Operations Center on Monday, December 8th.

“The County of Lexington, through collaboration and cooperation with all of our community partners, is elated with becoming a Certified Connected Community,” said Joe Mergo, Lexington County Administrator. “We continue to be progressive and forward thinking as we position our community for future success in a twenty-first century technology environment for our schools, governments, medical providers, and businesses.”

Connected certification affords a community an avenue to discuss its success and pursue opportunities as a recognized, technologically advanced community.

The Lexington County Technology Action Plan unveiled at the event includes projects and action items established for Lexington County related to partnerships, connectivity, and broadband training and awareness, to undertake in the near future.

The certification is an important benchmark as the team now phases into working its newly established long-term community technology action plan.