NEW CARLISLE — St. Joseph County has landed a $1 million federal grant to expand high-speed broadband service in the New Carlisle area, where county leaders hope to lure large industrial businesses.
The county will use New Carlisle area tax increment finance money to kick in another $1 million for the project, which will mean easier high-speed internet access for residents and businesses in the area.
The announcement of the grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration was made Friday by U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski at the Navistar Proving Grounds near New Carlisle. The commercial truck and engine company, which tests vehicles at the site, will benefit from high-speed internet access made available by the project.
A press release said "according to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 230 jobs and spur $710 million in private investment." County officials, however, didn't return calls later in the day seeking comment on how those jobs would be created.
The project calls for building a 24-mile fiber conduit loop that will link to existing connection points on the western edge of South Bend.
A map shows the fiber conduit will run 8 miles west on Indiana 2 to reach Timothy Road in the New Carlisle area. It will run north on Timothy for about 2.5 miles and then east on U.S. 20 for five miles.