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This spreadsheet is part of our economic development page, which can be found at: http://muninetworks.org/content/municipal-networks-and-economic-development
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OpelikaAlabamaOpelika Power ServicesNetwork connects over 30 existing businesseshttp://muninetworks.org/content/opelika-ftth-serving-residents-businesses-new-marketing-videos
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MesaArizona-Attraction of Apple Command Center worth $2 billionhttp://muninetworks.org/content/mesas-focus-dig-once-and-fiber-leases-pays-community-broadband-bits-podcast-139
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San LeandroCaliforniaLit San LeandroHome to world's largest cluster of 3-D printing firmshttp://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_26283395/san-leandro-entices-tech-startups-entrepreneurs
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Westlake OSIsoft Technology Complexhttp://muninetworks.org/content/fiber-infrastructure-helping-turn-san-leandro-tech-hub
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Santa MonicaCaliforniaCity Net$700,000 in yearly savings that can be reinvested in local economyhttp://www.bbpmag.com/MuniPortal/EditorsChoice/1114editorschoice.php
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Network supports American Film Market campus, tech expos, and Fortune 500 corporate eventshttp://muninetworks.org/content/city-net-brings-100-gbps-santa-monica-california
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LongmontColoradoNextLightExtra installation crews hired to meet demand for fiberhttp://www.timescall.com/longmont-local-news/ci_28030675/longmonts-nextlight-internet-ranked-third-fastest-u-s
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Circle Graphics, production company, improves delivery speedshttp://muninetworks.org/content/longmonts-nextlight-offers-businesses-residents-third-fastest-internet-us
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Lake County FloridaLake County Fiber OpticsMunn's Air Conditioning and Heating served by networkhttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=925973
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Martin CountyFloridaITS FiberLocal hospital leases dark fiber from networkhttp://ilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/martin-county-fiber.pdf
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DawsonvilleGeorgiaNorth Georgia NetworkJumpinGoat Coffee Roasters goes online year-roundhttp://www.thedahloneganugget.com/view/full_story_free/21953072/article-Lumpkin-County-to-be-site-of-new-data-center?instance=breakingNews_article
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Data center moves to county - 10-12 jobs & expanded tax basehttp://muninetworks.org/content/first-btop-project-connects-rural-north-georgia-communities
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LaGrangeGeorgia-Kia manufacturing facility - 2500 jobs http://muninetworks.org/content/lagrange-muni-network-serves-business-and-government-georgia
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MonroeGeorgiaMonroe FiberBusinesses save $750 dollars a month for faster connectionshttp://muninetworks.org/content/georgia-monroe-muni-network-created-jobs-lowered-bills
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ThomasvilleGeorgiaCommunity Network ServicesDowntown renovation sees new condos builthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxbiISfAGWA#t=14
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219 workers brought to Main Streethttp://muninetworks.org/content/georgia-thomasville-combines-tradition-and-technology-downtown-success
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Aurora Illinois OnLight AuroraSeminars for local businesses on using the network for growthhttp://muninetworks.org/content/onlight-aurora-partners-city-better-connectivity-illinois
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Alarm Detection Systems saves money by using networkhttp://muninetworks.org/content/transcript-community-broadband-bits-episode-38
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PrincetonIllinoisIVNetSaves 300 jobs with Ingersoll Rand http://muninetworks.org/content/jason-bird-explains-how-princeton-kept-jobs-community-publicly-owned-fiber-network
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OnLight Aurora brings advanced technology to local schools http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-05/features/ct-tl-naperville-aurora-d204-technology-bts-20130808_1_more-laptops-superintendent-kathy-birkett-students
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Auburn IndianaAuburn Essential ServicesCooper Tire and Rubber stays in Auburn, saving 75 jobshttp://muninetworks.org/content/auburn-essential-services-workhorse-northeast-indiana-saves-jobs-serves-public
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ScottsburgIndianaBreezeACCESSChrysler dealership stays in townhttp://muninetworks.org/sites/www.muninetworks.org/files/2006%20-%20alvarion.pdf
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South BendIndianaMetronet ZingGramtel data center http://www.bbpmag.com/MuniPortal/EditorsChoice/1114editorschoice.php
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Healthcare clinics use network for telehealthhttp://muninetworks.org/content/metronet-zings-dark-fiber-saves-big-bucks-south-bend
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Cedar Falls IowaCedar Falls UtilitiesIndustrial park goes from 27 to 160 businesses and $5 to $270 million valuation in one yearhttp://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/branstad-in-cedar-falls-to-discuss-broadband/article_e97a3e2b-4892-52d3-b60f-43166108e500.html
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Mudd Advertising partners with community networkhttp://muninetworks.org/content/mudd-advertising-and-cedar-falls-utility-talk-gigabit-broadband
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IndianolaIowaIndianola Municipalities UtilityStartup incubation and collaboration with entrepreneurshttp://muninetworks.org/content/indianolas-community-network-spurs-entrepreneurship
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Chanute KansasChanute Fiber and Municipal BroadbandSpirit aerosystems chooses Chanute - 150 jobshttp://muninetworks.org/content/spirit-aerosystems-chooses-chanute
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MagnaTech stays in Chanute - saving 35 jobshttp://muninetworks.org/sites/www.muninetworks.org/files/fact-sheet-econ-dev.pdf
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Franklin KentuckyFranklin Municipal FiberNETThomas Tractor Co. distribution center brings 336 jobshttp://www.bgdailynews.com/news/local/fiber-optic-network-to-boost-job-hopes/article_e119dbe4-5c18-11e2-a6ec-001a4bcf887a.html
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LafayetteLouisianaLUS FiberPixel Magic relocates to Lafayette (100-200 jobs)http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-01/broadband-telecom-lafayette/52920278/1
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Perficient Inc. relocates to Lafayette from St. Louishttp://muninetworks.org/content/three-new-companies-move-silicon-bayou
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Enquero start-up opens up in Lafayettehttp://www.dailyworld.com/story/opinion/2014/09/10/winning-combination-attracts-tech-companies/15422271/
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CGI creates 400 high tech jobs in technology centerhttp://theadvocate.com/news/acadiana/9026996-123/new-tech-center-coming-to
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Red Ball Technology cites network as reason for locating offices in Lafayettehttps://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2015/05/23/broadband-competition-cajun-style/cOfdIzHm4JhMigFmVl8buI/story.html#
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NuComm International call center employs 1000 http://muninetworks.org/sites/www.muninetworks.org/files/fact-sheet-econ-dev.pdf
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Tapes Again relocates to Lafayette; renamed Lafayette Digital Serviceshttp://muninetworks.org/content/publicly-owned-lus-fiber-network-attracts-another-business-lafayette
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Skyscraper Holding relocates to Lafayettehttp://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-02-01/broadband-telecom-lafayette/52920278/1?csp=34news
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VidaliaLouisianaVidalia Broadband InitiativeVidalia Technology Center http://muninetworks.org/content/vidalia-moves-ahead-new-technology-center-big-pipe-across-mississippi
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Multiple CitiesMaineThe Three Ring Binder400 jobs in constructionhttp://www.fiercetelecom.com/press-releases/maines-1100-mile-three-ring-binder-high-speed-internet-network-complete
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Mid-Coast Hospital uses network to transfer large fileshttp://www.fiercetelecom.com/press-releases/maines-1100-mile-three-ring-binder-high-speed-internet-network-complete
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Cost Effective optical connectivity to 50 commercial locationshttp://www.fiercetelecom.com/press-releases/maines-1100-mile-three-ring-binder-high-speed-internet-network-complete
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CumberlandMarylandAllCoNetHome-based businesses and second-home buyers attracted to region for wireless serviceshttp://www.bbpmag.com/MuniPortal/EditorsChoice/1114editorschoice.php
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Howard CountyMarylandHoward County FiberPublic savings valued around $3 million/year can be invested in education, healthcare, etc.http://muninetworks.org/content/howard-county-fiber-encourages-new-jobs-competition-maryland-community-broadband-bits
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Corporate Office Properties Trust enters into agreement with municipal network in hopes of attracting new tenantshttp://muninetworks.org/content/transcript-community-broadband-bits-episode-64
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Montgomery CountyMaryland-Discovery building in downtown Silver Spring sparks economic revitalizationhttp://www.bbpmag.com/MuniPortal/EditorsChoice/1114editorschoice.php
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WestminsterMaryland-Carlisle Etcetera, women's fashion brand, relocates from NYChttp://muninetworks.org/content/westminsters-fiber-project-drawing-business-new-york-city-maryland
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Holyoke
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Holyoke Gas & ElectricMassachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/holyoke_high_performance_compu_4.html
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Scott CountyMinnesota-Shutterfly (329 jobs) and Emerson Process Management (500 jobs) attracted to countyhttp://ilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/09/all_hands_on_deck_mn.pdf
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WindomMinnesotaWindomNetFortune Trucking keeps 46 jobs in townhttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/24/ground-level-broadband-building-networks
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Toro Corporation (employer of 700) relies on Windomnet services, cheaper than what's available in Twin Citieshttp://muninetworks.org/content/transcript-community-broadband-bits-episode-64
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SpringfieldMissouriSpringNetExpedia moves to Springfield, bringing 400 jobs to communityhttp://muninetworks.org/content/springnet-continues-driving-jobs-and-revenue-local-community
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John Deere builds manufacturing facilityhttp://muninetworks.org/content/municipal-network-springnet-great-local-businesses
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McLane Company chooses Springfield for distribution facilityhttp://muninetworks.org/content/municipal-network-springnet-great-local-businesses
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Sunrise Media Partners expands call centerhttp://muninetworks.org/content/municipal-network-springnet-great-local-businesses
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Corporate Technologies Advantage expands call centerhttp://muninetworks.org/content/municipal-network-springnet-great-local-businesses
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JMark Business Solutions provides faster services thanks to Springnethttp://muninetworks.org/content/municipal-network-springnet-great-local-businesses
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WilsonNorth CarolinaGreenlightExodus FX (film production company) moves to Wilsonhttp://wunc.org/post/wilson-north-carolina-and-community-broadband-win-fcc-vote
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Voith IT solutions says network "instrumental" in connecting firm's offices http://www.bbpmag.com/2013mags/jan-feb/BBC_Jan13_Greenlight.pdf
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BrunswickOhioMedina County Fiber Optic NetworkBrunswick industrial park keeps businesses and attracts new oneshttp://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/2012/09/21/brunswicks-getting-in-the-speed-loop/
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DublinOhioDubLinkOhio Health headquarters in Dublinhttp://muninetworks.org/content/dublink-network-supports-economic-development-health-care-and-supercomputing
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$35 million return on $5.5 million investmenthttp://muninetworks.org/content/dublink-network-supports-economic-development-health-care-and-supercomputing
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Battelle - testing applications for quantum computing through fiberhttp://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/blog/2014/09/battelle-aims-for-business-use-of-quantum.html?page=all
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HudsonOhioVelocity BroadbandMillennium Capital and Recovery Corporation headquartershttp://muninetworks.org/content/hudsons-velocity-fiber-local-businesses
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Ponca CityOklahomaPonca City Fiber Savings of $3.9 million/year in avoided ISP costs http://muninetworks.org/content/oklahoma-free-wi-fi-can-muskogee-follow-ponca-citys-lead
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AshlandOregonAshland Fiber NetIncreasing number of small home-based businesseshttp://muninetworks.org/content/ashland-oregon-wants-increase-local-internet-commerce
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The Dalles OregonQ-Life$1.2 billion data center built in city by Google in 2006, employing 200http://muninetworks.org/content/dalles-pays-its-network-debt-ahead-schedule
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Property values rise by 50 percent in one year after google relocationhttp://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2009/06/columbia_gorge_bucks_economic.html
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KutztownPennsylvaniaHometown Utilicom$8 million stays in the community because of competitionhttp://muninetworks.org/content/gigabit-nation-interview-frank-caruso-kutztown-pa
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ChattanoogaTennesseeEPB Fiber1000+ jobs with Amazon distribution networkhttp://muninetworks.org/content/amazons-chattanooga-distribution-center-expanding
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Volkswagon relocates center to Chattanoogahttp://muninetworks.org/content/transcript-community-broadband-bits-episode-59
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150 jobs with Comcast thanks to increased competitionhttp://muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-gets-150-more-jobs-comcast
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Lamp Post Group, a start-up incubator, calls network "selling point" for new businesseshttp://muninetworks.org/content/chattanoogas-network-knoxville-news
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Homeserve keeps call center jobs in the U.S.http://muninetworks.org/content/chattanooga-epbfi-network-leads-more-jobs
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TractManager says network gives them "competitive advantage"http://muninetworks.org/sites/www.muninetworks.org/files/fact-sheet-econ-dev.pdf
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3,600 jobs created in first ten years, according to academic studyhttp://muninetworks.org/sites/www.muninetworks.org/files/fact-sheet-econ-dev.pdf
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Global Green Lighting installs LED throughout city; 250 jobs assembling system for city; 1000 hired at Global Greenhttp://muninetworks.org/content/green-lighting-chattanooga-savings-safety-and-jobs
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Jackson TennesseeJackson Energy AuthoritytheCO, an entrepreneur and innovation center, uses JEA networkhttp://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/local/2015/06/27/jackson-one-seven-tennessee-recognized-gig-city/29413037/
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Morristown TennesseeFiberNETSavings of ~$5 million/year can be reinvested in public amenitieshttp://muninetworks.org/content/morristown-explains-why-it-built-fiber-network-itself-community-broadband-bits-35/
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228 jobs brought to community through Oddello Industrieshttp://muninetworks.org/content/morristown-network-creates-cost-savings-and-spurs-job-growth
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Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network (MPLN) relocates in cityhttp://muninetworks.org/content/morristown-network-creates-cost-savings-and-spurs-job-growth
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PulaskiTennesseePES EnergizeA printing company located in Pulaski can send large files to Los Angeles headquartershttps://roisforyou.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/the-world-wide-wait-is-over-in-pulaski-tn/
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TullahomaTennesseeLighTUBeAgisent Technology Inc., formerly known as J2 Software Solutions, brings business to Tullahomahttp://muninetworks.org/sites/www.muninetworks.org/files/fact-sheet-econ-dev.pdf
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1st Choice Realtor triples sales in one year after moving listings onlinehttp://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/08/28/15404/how-big-telecom-smothers-city-run-broadband
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Kendall CountyTexas-Wineries back on the map because of FTTH networkhttp://www.bbpmag.com/MuniPortal/EditorsChoice/1114editorschoice.php
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Spanish ForkUtahSpanish Fork Community Fiber NetworkCommunity savings of over $2 million/yearhttp://muninetworks.org/content/spanish-fork-discusses-stunning-success-community-broadband-bits-podcast-60
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Bristol VirginiaBristol Virginia Utilities (BVU)Northrup Grummanhttp://www.economist.com/node/15549324
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Alpha Natural Resources Stays Localhttp://muninetworks.org/content/remapping-debate-covers-community-network-successes
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DirecTV uses Optinet for virtual call center, employing 100http://muninetworks.org/sites/www.muninetworks.org/files/fact-sheet-econ-dev.pdf
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CGI (and Northrup Grumman) create 700 jobs worth twice median wagehttp://muninetworks.org/sites/www.muninetworks.org/files/fact-sheet-econ-dev.pdf
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DanvilleVirginianDanvilleDanville Regional Medical Center expansionhttps://roisforyou.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/two-economic-development-lessons-from-danville-vas-fiber-network/
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EcomNets comes to Danville with 160 jobshttp://articles.wdbj7.com/2011-02-15/danville-s-director_28538249
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Zeyuan chooses Danville over Los Angeles for first U.S. facilityhttp://muninetworks.org/content/danville-continues-attract-jobs-region-after-building-fiber-network
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GOK International opens headquarters and showroom (300 planned jobs)http://muninetworks.org/content/danville-continues-attract-jobs-region-after-building-fiber-network
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IKEA manufacturing centerhttp://www.bbpmag.com/MuniPortal/EditorsChoice/1111editorschoice.php
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MartinsvilleVirginiaMiNetFaneuil call centerhttp://muninetworks.org/content/broadband-boosts-economy-southern-virginia
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Sparta Inchttp://muninetworks.org/content/broadband-boosts-economy-southern-virginia
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