Recent News // Washington County receives "Connected Community" designation

Friday, June 26, 2015

Proficiency in networking has long been a driver of successful economic development, but in today's technology-centered age, plugging in an Ethernet cable might be just as important to new business as a hearty handshake.

That's why Washington County's government and business leaders were so proud Tuesday of receiving certification from nonprofit organization Connected Nation commending the access to and use of broadband Internet in the community.

The organization, through Connected Tennessee, named Washington County, including Johnson City and Jonesborough, as a Connected Community, a rank achieved so far by only four communities in the state and 54 in the country.

"It's not an easy feat, and it says a lot about your community," Connected Nation State Logistics Manager Deanna Ward said before presenting local mayors with a glass trophy. "I'm not going to say that everybody in your community has broadband Internet access — because they don't — but you're committed to working toward that goal."