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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 11:00am

Joe Biden to Announce Stimulus Funds

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Georgia Thursday to announce federal stimulus funds to improve rural broadband.

The Vice President will be at the Impulse manufacturing plant in Dawsonville in rural north Georgia.

It makes parts for companies across the globe, but poor broadband means the owner has trouble sending plans and images over the Internet.

Such Internet “bottlenecks” are a tough sell for counties trying lure and expand businesses.

And that’s why Dawson County economic development director Charlie Auvermann says counties not only need the physical infrastructure to attract new companies, they need broadband. "Today with modern technologies, you have to add telecommunications connectivity to that list."

Auvermann predicts the several million stimulus dollars will create 50 to 100 construction jobs to install fiber lines.

But once the system is in place, he says, there is huge potential for job growth as existing companies expand and new ones open.