During a press conference in the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts on Sept. 9, Indiana
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch presented grants from the Next Level Connections Broadband
Grant Program to help the companies enhance broadband Internet service to rural areas
in Northeast Indiana.
Top photo: From left, Matt Crouch, interim executive director of the Indiana Office of Community
and Rural Affairs (OCRA); Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president; David
Abbott, representative for Indiana State House District 82; Lynne Liechty, Steuben
County Commissioner; Don Banowetz of the Sweet Family of Companies; Mark Byler, general
manager of Lakeland Internet; Denny Zent, representative for Indiana State House District
51; Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch; Matthew Sams, customer solutions manager for
Mercury Wireless; and Randy and Gregg Ballinger of Eastern Indiana Wifi.
At right: From left, Jason Blume, executive director of Trine University’s Innovation One, describes
a piece of equipment to Trine President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Indiana Lt. Gov.
Suzanne Crouch; and David Abbott, representative for Indiana State House District
82. The lieutenant governor and other officials toured the Trine University campus
following a press conference in the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts.
(Photos by Dean Orewiler)
Last Updated: 09/10/2020