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(2/15/12) WHITE HOUSE HIGHLIGHTS AMBER M. BENSON AS AN INNOVATOR IN INFRASTRUCTURE AND “CHAMPION OF CHANGE”
Southcentral PA to Benefit From High-speed Mobile Broadband Upgrade
Washington, DC, Feb 15, 2012 --

@@White House Highlights Amber M. Benson as an Innovator in Infrastructure and “Champion of Change”

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, February 15th, Amber M. Benson will be one of 11 local leaders honored at the White House as Champions of Change for creating jobs in their communities and using innovative techniques to develop valuable projects helping to improve America’s infrastructure. With the assistance of grants and loans from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, these leaders are helping to expand high-speed broadband, building roads and bridges, providing clean water and much more.

“These American heroes are creating jobs today by investing in tomorrow -- putting men and women back to work rebuilding America’s infrastructure,” said Secretary Ray LaHood.  “We appreciate their extraordinary efforts to connect people who need their jobs back with the jobs that our communities and economy need done.”


The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 1:30 pm ET on February 15th.

Amber M. Benson led the Broadband Incentives Program high-speed mobile broadband upgrade project for West Virginia PCS Alliance LC and nTelos Wireless. From application to implementation and reporting, Amber managed the $3.3 million investment that allowed the company to upgrade voice-only cell sites in rural areas of West Virginia, Maryland and South-Central Pennsylvania to high-speed mobile broadband. The upgrade not only provided affordable services to individuals living in rural areas but significantly minimized environmental impact by utilizing existing towers rather than building new ones.

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