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A rural Colorado coal county was struggling. Then a tech company brought new jobs
by Kirk Siegler (Heard on Morning Edition)
National Public Radio (NPR) Translate This Article
19 October 2018
On 19 October 2018 National Public Radio (NPR) reported:
When a county's three coal mines shut down, the valley's tight knit little towns with folksy names ... faced the prospect of shuttered businesses and consolidating schools. Today [they] are undergoing an economic transformation.
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When Teresa Neal and her husband heard about the mass layoffs, they saw an opportunity.
'We were like, we've got to do something; there's got to be something we can do,' Neal says.
Their then fledgling company, Lightworks, began bidding -- and winning -- contracts offered by the local electric utility that was looking to expand broadband to thousands of homes and businesses. Coal was going away and broadband was key. After all, how does a small town compete in today's economy without good access to the internet?
... the Neals took their barn and literally transformed it into a makeshift training facility for former coal miners. They started teaching them about fiber, Neal says -- how it worked and, more importantly, how to splice it.
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