Rick Novotny, executive director of the Erie County Redevelopment Authority and economic specialist for Corry, has been working to bring more broadband and high-speed Internet service to rural Erie County, including Corry, for about 10 years.

Novotny is hoping that a visit to the area by Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday will help speed up the process.

Biden will visit Seneca High School, 10770 Wattsburg Road, Wednesday morning to talk about President Barack Obama’s rural broadband initiative.

The broadband initiative is part of a $787 million federal Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Biden will be joined by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, and U.S. Rep Kathy Dahlkemper (D-3rd) of Erie.

See the Journals Tuesday, June 30th Edition for full story.

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