Local County Entities Receive Local Government Cooperation Award

The decision to being dark fiber optic infrastructure into the counties of St. Joesph and Marshall plus the City of Plymouth has prompted the Association of Indiana Counties to award county officials for that effort.

The entities were the recipient of the 2014 Local Government Cooperation Award for the Metronet project.

The Metronet project that extends dark fiber from St. Joseph to Marshall County will assist businesses in obtaining the highest speed of internet available to streamline operations and to create economic development. The project was funded by Marshall County government, St. Joseph County government and local businesses.

To be eligible for this prestigious award, counties must demonstrate that a project required substantial leadership and perseverance on the part of county elected officials, can assist other counties, resulted in the increased efficiency and effectiveness of county government, cooperated with other county offices and other units of government, and was a creative approach to find a solution to a difficult problem.

The award was announced Wednesday evening during the AIC Annual Conference in Bloomington.