Elevate Fiber has had a significant impact on the communities in our corner of Colorado. And yes, I say this as a proud member of the Elevate Fiber board. You've most likely heard a few us talk about how much affordable and reliable high-speed internet will mean for economic development, health care, education, and so much more. That big picture is captivating and important. But so are the small everyday impacts we're already seeing in DMEA's communities.
Recently, we've been asked about local employment opportunities during Elevate's intensive construction phase. As we build our network, we need a lot of boots on the ground boring in conduit, stringing fiber on poles, excavating, installing equipment, and even connecting customers. I'm proud to say that 85 percent of the individuals working in the field for Elevate, through both our general contractor and subcontracted companies, are local, DMEA members. One of our longest running partnerships is with Lightworks Fiber & Consulting, a family-owned business in Hotchkiss. Not only is Lightworks vital to us maintaining our current success, it has also been able to hire local individuals who lost their previous jobs after the closure of the coal mines in Delta County. DMEA's board recognizes that Elevate will propel this area forward, equipping our communities with the foundation to support new businesses, a remote workforce, and the ever-growing need for more bandwidth. We'd be remiss if we didn't recognize the men and women who are, quite literally, building that foundation, right here, right now. Thank you, members, for supporting Elevate Fiber.
Elevate Fiber Chair