A Drop In The Bucket – State Blew $37,000 Of Obama Stimulus On Fiber Optics And Internet Router In A Building That Sits EMPTY!

Posted on July 8, 2012

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Nothing kicks an economy into gear like paying people to dig a hole just to fill it back in, right?  Here’s just another example of how well Keynesian economics works, right? 

Oh wait, we’re going BACK into a recession… 

Great job guys!

West Virginia (Eric Eyre – Charleston Gazette) – West Virginia used federal stimulus funds to run 425 feet of fiber-optic cable to a building in downtown Huntington that’s now empty.

The state spent $22,600 for a high-end Internet router and $14,800 to bring a high-speed fiber connection to the Huntington-based Region 2 Planning and Development Council. The regional economic development agency leased office space at the now-vacant property last year, but moved to a new location in February.

The fiber connection now belongs to the building’s new owner — a prestigious Huntington law firm.

The Region 2 Planning Council’s new headquarters doesn’t have a high-speed fiber connection. The Internet router remains in storage.

“We’re not sure what to do,” said Jody Sigmon, an associate planner with Region 2’s sister agency, the KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission. “We’re in the dark. We’re all in the dark.”

In 2010, West Virginia received a $126.3 million federal stimulus grant to bring high-speed fiber to 1,064 “community anchor institutions” — schools, libraries, 911 centers, county courthouses, state police detachments, health clinics and a host of other public agencies, including regional planning councils. As part of the grant, each site receives a $22,600 Cisco 3945 series router and fiber optic connection.

The “enterprise-class” routers were designed to serve research universities, medical centers and large corporations, but the state is installing the pricey devices at smaller facilities, such as the Region 2 Planning Council, which serves Mason, Cabell, Logan, Mingo, Wayne and Lincoln counties. The Huntington-based agency has six employees and receives state, federal and local funding.

For years, the Region 2 Planning and Development Council leased space at 720 Fourth Ave. — a prime location directly across from the Cabell County Courthouse in downtown Huntington.

But the Council wanted to stop paying rent and buy its own building. Last fall, agency officials started inquiring about office properties, including the possibility of purchasing the 720 Fourth Ave. building.

Read more:     http://www.wvgazette.com/News/watchdog/201206240052

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