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Marshall and St. Joseph County win award for Metronet project



Contact: Karen Avery



Marshall and St. Joseph County Governments Wins Statewide Award for Carrier Neutral Dark Fiber Project


INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 26, 2014) — The Association of Indiana Counties’ (AIC) has awarded Marshall and St. Joseph Counties the 2014 Local Government Cooperation Award for the its carrier neutral dark fiber optic infrastructure project. The project brings dark fiber from St. Joseph County into Marshall County. The project is being funded by Marshall County government, St. Joseph County government, the City of Plymouth, and a number of local businesses.


Counties that win this prestigious award must demonstrate that the project meets the following criteria:


  • The improvement required substantial leadership and perseverance on the part of county elected officials
  • It can be utilized by other counties
  • It resulted in cost savings or increased efficiency and effectiveness of county government
  • It required cooperation with other county offices, departments or other units of government
  • It was a creative approach to finding solutions to a difficult problem

The award was announced Wednesday evening during the AIC Annual Conference in Bloomington. Counties that win this award are chosen by a committee comprised of elected county officials from across the state.


During the conference the AIC’s Board of Directors also adopted its 2015 legislative platform and held elections for its executive board of directors. The AIC Board of Directors sets policies and legislative goals for the Association of Indiana Counties which represents all 92 Indiana counties.


The Association of Indiana Counties, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 1957 for the betterment of county government. The various functions of the AIC include lobbying the Indiana General Assembly on behalf of counties, serving as liaison among counties, state and federal agencies as well as providing technical assistance and training to county officials and employees.