While much of the focus on investment in the region has focused on Erie’s downtown core, rural areas lack basic infrastructure such as broadband, telework capacity, and site development that will allow them to contribute to the region’s economic resurgence. The lack of broadband negatively affects business attraction directly as well as telework capability, which supports new business activity through the attraction and retention of talent.
Impact Corry is now addressing these gaps with installation of a Gig Fiber Network and reimagining of a vacant hospital facility to be renamed the Corry Area Technology Center and Hub or CATCH. The hub will be home to a high-speed fiber internet and cloud storage system to serve Corry city residents and businesses and ultimately throughout the Corry and Union City area school districts. CATCH also will house a technology incubator, technology job training, remote career training, co-working space, and a daycare center focused on early technology education.