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Partnership with DC BLOX will bring internet access to Memorial Park

PRESS RELEASE                              Wednesday February 20, 2019

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-383-8432

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

 

BIRMINGHAM, AL –During Wednesday’s Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board meeting, Councilor Crystal Smitherman gave a brief presentation about a proposed agreement between DC BLOX and the Park Board.

The tech company is currently constructing a $785 million data center at the old Trinity Steel site in District 6. Memorial Park is adjacent to where the new state-of-the-art data center will be located.

As a way to give back to the community, DC BLOX will be providing several computers for Memorial Park, for residents to utilize for homework, online job applications and computer literacy courses. It will be a resource that the entire community will be able to benefit from.

“This is a great public private partnership,” Councilor Crystal Smitherman said. “And this will advance the community and help with getting our students STEM certified. The plan is to have tutors there that will be able to help students as well as the elderly who may need computer training. This is about lifting up the whole community.”

Contributions that have been made will cover the cost of the Wi-Fi for the next two years. In the years following, the District 6 office will cover the cost associated with having internet access for residents at Memorial Park.

This press release was written by Cody Owens, in the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information. For more information contact Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council Chiara Perry at 205-254-2036.