WILMINGTON GOES HIGH-TECH
Two Downtown Office Buildings are First in State to Earn Digital Connectivity Distinction; City Opens New Web Portal to Help Telecom Providers with 4G & 5G Tech Advancements
Two office towers in Wilmington’s downtown business district—1201 and 1313 N. Market St.— are the first in Delaware to earn Wired Certification, the international standard for cutting-edge internet connectivity in office buildings. Mayor Mike Purzycki joined Gov. John Carney and New Castle Co. Executive Matthew Meyer, as well as McConnell Johnson Real Estate partner Scott Johnson and Arie Barendrecht, CEO and founder of WiredScore, for last month’s announcement.
The two buildings, owned and managed by McConnell Johnson, join over 1,700 Wired Certified buildings worldwide that offer top-notch tech capabilities, which legislators and business leaders feel is important to the city’s growth and ability to attract new tenants. Both N. Market St. properties achieved WiredScored’s certification’s highest level — Wired Certified Platinum.
Also in February, Mayor Purzycki invited telecom companies to visit the City’s new small cell application center at www.WilmingtonDE.gov/smallwirelesspermit so the City can assist them with the installation of small cell technology in Wilmington’s public rights-of-way. The new site is available to vendors such as AT&T, Verizon, Crown Castle and others who would like to improve or add to their 4G communications and data technology systems, as well as prepare for the next wave of 5G technologies.
“Wilmington’s goal is to become a smart City,” said Mayor Purzycki. “This means having more technology and data available to improve government efficiency and services, as well as to ensure that businesses and citizens have the latest and most advanced technology available to them. Companies will now be able to install infrastructure on poles owned by the City, State or Delmarva Power to support additional and much-needed 4G and 5G technology.”
Wilmington now has an extensive and fair permit application and review process available to companies that wish to install small cell wireless systems in the public rights of way. Mayor Purzycki said the City wants these companies to be successful in deploying systems as needed to fill any data transmission gaps that exist, while also protecting the interests of citizens, neighborhoods and the City.
CITY HONORS DR. WILMA MISHOE OF DSU AT 76ERS FIELDHOUSE
As part of the City’s celebration of Black History Month, Mayor Purzycki joined the Delaware Blue Coats in honoring Dr. Wilma Mishoe, the first female and current President of Delaware State University. At a ceremony on February 7 at the new 76ers Fieldhouse, before the Blue Coats took on the Long Island Nets, Dr. Mishoe was presented with a customized Blue Coats jersey and a key to the city. “For the past two years, through our HBCU pride and awareness celebration, we have helped focus the community’s attention on the history, pride and academic offerings of HBCUs—especially our own Del. State—while encouraging young people to reach a new level of educational achievement,” said Mayor Purzycki. “As we increase the number of young people who attend college, we are forever changing young lives and our communities for the better.” Both Mayor Purzycki and Dr. Mishoe have family ties to DSU. Dr. Mishoe’s father, Dr. Luna Mishoe, was DSU’s president for 27 years beginning in 1960, and Joseph Purzycki—the Mayor’s younger brother—was the first white man ever named as head football coach at an HBCU when he was hired as Delaware State’s head coach in 1981.