Local Telecom Provider Selects Nonprofit Winner of its Spokane Community Connection Campaign
SPOKANE, Wash., July 27, 2010 – Integra Telecom Inc., a voice and Internet services provider for business, has awarded Oaks Education Association of Spokane, Wash., free, high-speed T1 Internet service for a year through its Community Connection campaign.
Oaks Education Association was randomly selected through a drawing today at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Integra Telecom’s new Spokane sales office. Joe Shogan, city council president, drew the winning entry. Entries were submitted by local businesses and individuals who responded to the call to nominate their favorite nonprofit for the giveaway.
Also present at today’s gathering was Rich Hadley, president and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated. Hadley cut the ribbon during the ceremony, marking the official opening of Integra Telecom’s Spokane office at 201 W. North River Drive, Suite 380.
“We are so excited to celebrate Integra’s expansion into the Spokane market through today’s ribbon-cutting, lunch and nonprofit drawing. Community service is a pillar of Integra Telecom’s business model, and we are happy to award the Oaks Education Association free, high-speed T1 Internet service for a year,” said Dana Richardson, Spokane branch manager for Integra Telecom.
The Spokane Community Connection campaign is part of Integra Telecom’s Community Matters program, which supports initiatives and organizations that benefit the lives of people in the communities that Integra serves. Its focus areas are:
• Youth – health, education and the well being of the youth in the community.
• Health – wellness, safety and the eradication of disease.
• Community – improving the stability and quality of life in the community, particularly among low-to-moderate income individuals.
About Integra Telecom
Integra Telecom Inc. provides integrated communications services across 33 metropolitan areas in 11 Western states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington. It owns and operates a best-in-class fiber-optic network comprised of more than 2,800 route miles in 11 metropolitan access networks including approximately 1,386 on-net buildings, a world class Internet and data network, and an approximately 4,900-mile high-speed long-haul fiber network. The company has earned some of the highest customer loyalty and customer satisfaction ratings in the telecommunications industry. Primary equity investors in the company include Goldman, Sachs & Co., Tennenbaum Capital Partners, funds managed by Farallon Capital Partners and Warburg Pincus. Integra Telecom and Electric Lightwave are registered trademarks of Integra Telecom, Inc. For more information, visit: www.integratelecom.com.