Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy are pleased to announce that Jim Stritzinger has been named executive director of Connect South Carolina. Stritzinger assumed his role on July 1 and will lead Connect South Carolina as it continues its work connecting communities to broadband and technology.
Connect South Carolina and IT-ology have also agreed to also formally enter into a partnership that will, for IT-oLogy, expand public funding for broader, scalable program impact and expand reliable, private funding for long-term sustainability of the Connect South Carolina program.
Jim was formerly the IT-oLogy Grow IT Director and in his new role retains a dotted line reporting relationship to IT-oLogy as an Alliance Director.
The partnership will also:
•Elevate IT-oLogy’s profile among the state broadband community while aggressively expanding its rural footprint in South Carolina
•Create value beyond Connect South Carolina’s existing grant work through a stronger state-based expression of Connect South Carolina’s economic and community development programs to key stakeholders in public and private sectors
•Support long-term sustainability for both organizations
“The synergies between Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy were obvious to me when we began our partnership about 18 months ago,” said Stritzinger. “Since I’ve been a member of South Carolina’s Broadband Advisory Council over that time, my transition to Connect South Carolina is a natural and exciting evolution. I am honored to join the Connected Nation team, and I look forward to traveling around the state and shaping programs that will hopefully turn into best practices nationally.”
“Our recent partnership announcement between Connect South Carolina and IT-oLogy shows our commitment to helping more communities get connected and helping more workers increase their skills through technology expansion in South Carolina,” said Connected Nation President and COO Tom Ferree. “Jim is a great fit for the organization. The future is bright for the Connect South Carolina program.”
“When we look at the supply chain for talent with digital skills that can be applied in business, this partnership triggers some key things,” said IT-oLogy President, Lonnie Emard. “Connect South Carolina broadens the access to populations of new talent for IT-oLogy and IT-oLogy adds to the content package delivered to rural communities.