WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $97,600 to boost broadband services and support educational programming at the Evergreen Heritage Center (EHC) Foundation in Frostburg. The combined funding, with $48,800 made available through Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and $48,800 from the State of Maryland and Allegany County, will be used to create a smart outdoor classroom designed to deploy broadband services to the EHC facility and support students in Allegany County.
“Expanding broadband access is key to ensuring that all Marylanders have access to a high-quality education,” the lawmakers said. “Working with ARC and local leaders, we’re committed to uplifting all Maryland students and providing them with the resources they need to succeed. This new project will allow students to explore STEM education opportunities and better prepare them for careers in a technologically connected world.”
The ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local governments. Established by Congress in 1965, ARC is comprised of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the President. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.