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Lexington County Achieves Connected Certification

By Jennifer Cobb

With Stephany Snowden

The County of Lexington Recognized as a Technologically Advanced County

 Becoming the First Certified Connected Community in the Midlands!

Connected Nation and Connect South Carolina announce that the County of Lexington is the first Certified Connected Community in the Midlands and the third and the largest County in South Carolina to receive this prestigious technology certification.

Lexington County is currently one of only 34 communities across the nation to achieve the Connected 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 a 114.

The announcement was made during a Certification Ceremony that occurred at the County’s state of the art Emergency Operations Center on Monday, December 8, 2014. 


In photo from left: Public Information Officer for Lexington-Richland School District Five, Mark Bounds; Superintendent Elect for Richland School District Two, Dr. Tom Siler; Lexington County School District One, Superintendent Dr. Karen Woodward; Lexington County Administrator, Joe Mergo; Director, Lexington County Library System, Dee Bedenbaugh; Lexington County Council Chairman, Johnny Jeffcoat; Community Champion & Community Development Title VI/Grant Manager Stephany Snowden; Connect South Carolina Community Technology Advisor Leslie Callison, and Connect South Carolina Executive Director Jim Stritzinger unveiling the official Certified Connected sign.


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