CEO Steve Johnston also to speak at CCTC’ s Annual Meeting
Barnstable, MA, March 7 – OpenCape, the Barnstable-based nonprofit organization that owns and operates Cape Cod’s 100% fiber optic network has reaffirmed its support of the Cape Cod Technology’s Council signature public-facing event, the First Friday Breakfast Series. These monthly networking presentations, customarily held at the Hyannis Golf Course, provide an opportunity for those working in technology, and anyone who wants to learn more about tech, to hear from individuals and businesses who are making a difference in shaping the regional economy.
“OpenCape is an important driver for tech and entrepreneurship in the region,” says Bert Jackson, CCTC’s Chief Executive Officer, who says the nonprofit is uniquely qualified to address the ongoing communication needs of Cape Cod. “OpenCape was born and built here by Cape Codders who saw a need for critical, 21st-century infrastructure. Some of the early conversations about what ultimately became OpenCape started in our Infrastructure Committee meetings.”
This will be the fourth year that OpenCape has been a First Friday Series Sponsor.
“OpenCape continues to support the Cape Cod Technology Council because we believe that tech offers a chance to expand the economic development of the region,” says Steven Johnston, OpenCape’s CEO. “Our goal is to bring connectivity to people in a way that can invigorate their livelihoods. The Tech Council’s First Fridays are a great opportunity to learn about the latest trends, technologies and innovations that can inspire them.”
In addition to welcoming OpenCape’s First Friday Series sponsorship renewal, CCTC has also invited Johnston to be the keynote speaker at their annual meeting in April. “We look forward to having Steve speak about the economic impacts broadband brings to a region such as ours, and OpenCape we will equip our community with ways to remain competitive in a global business environment.,” says Jackson. “OpenCape addresses how best to serve our local businesses, and they offer a local understanding of our region’s issues.” Jackson offers the example of OpenCape’s recent efforts on expanding communication technology at the Cape’s beaches, a response to tragic shark attacks that occurred last year.
“In order for us to reach and exceed some of OpenCape’s goals, including jump starting economic development, revitalizing Main Streets, and helping to build an environment conducive to job creation, we must work in concert with the Tech Council,” says Johnston. “Through their programs we can align with like-minded individuals on a vision for what the Cape economy can become.”
Jackson agrees, reiterating that one of the goals of the Tech Council is to help support economic opportunities in the form of increasing good, sustainable year-round jobs for people and an atmosphere that encourages entrepreneurship. “Steve and the OpenCape team have a clarity of vision, the passion and the drive to make it happen.”
OpenCape Corporation is a 501c3 nonprofit technology company headquartered in Barnstable Village at the Barnstable County Complex. OpenCape owns and operates a state-of-the-art 100% fiber optic network built to serve local governments, businesses, and residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape & Islands. For more information please visit www.opencape.org
Cape Cod Technology Council, Inc. (CCTC) is a membership-based, events-oriented non-profit organization promoting technology and its understanding on Cape Cod, the Islands, and in Southeastern Massachusetts. CCTC’s mission is to communicate, promote, educate, and mentor the advancement of technologies within all sectors on Cape Cod and adjacent areas in southeastern Massachusetts to advance economic vitality. www.cctechcouncil.org