HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WROC) — Greenlight Networks officials gathered Tuesday morning for an outdoor and socially distant celebration of a $46 million project which aims to add 93 new jobs, plus a new local headquarters.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony and press conference took place at Greenlight’s new headquarters at 1777 East Henrietta Road, at 10 a.m. Officials say the new, expanded HQ building will “house the people and resources required for Greenlight to increase availability” of the internet service provider across the region. The new building has some 20,000 square feet, officials say.
“We can now go out and hire more fiber engineers, more customer experience representatives, and continue to grow so that we can meet the needs of the community,” said Greenlight Networks President and CEO Mark Murphy.
Greenlight received a $1.6 million tax credit from Empire State Development to add the 93 new jobs bringing the company’s total to 105 employees. Murphy was joined at the podium for remarks by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, GRE President & CEO Matt Hurlbutt, Henrietta Town Supervisor Steve Schultz and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bob Duffy.
“It’s great to have in-your-town-developers who take these buildings, give them a facelift, rework the inside and eventually bring them back to life — making them a vibrant part of the community and to fill them with great customers and clients like Greenlight,” Supervisor Schultz said.
Greenlight builds, owns and operates its fiber-optic networks, providing high speed internet connections to customers. With students and families working from home, the high speed internet technology will provide solutions to improving access to telehealth services, online learning, and working remotely.
“Men, and woman, and kids in areas that are underserved and how they could be impacted by education, because so many things are going remote now,” Duffy said. “You have to high speed technology, you have to have this available to them at an affordable price so they can also learn.”
Officials say the ISP was originally founded in 2011 and has grown from a company of 1 to 78 employees in less than 10 years. The company, as part of the expansion, anticipates serving over 150,000 households by the end of 2022, a more than 200% increase.
Back in July, Greenlight was named America’s fastest internet service provider by Broadband Now, the largest database of broadband providers.
In April, the company signed an agreement with the City of Rochester to ramp up local expansion.
Expansion isn’t exclusive to the Flower City, either. Paychex founder and former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano, who bought Greenlight in 2018, pledged $100 million to expand the services into the Buffalo area last December.
Company officials emphasized that this outdoor event would have a strict 50 guest limit, mandatory masking, completion of a COVID questionnaire at check-in, sanitation stations and observation of all recommended CDC social distancing and state health and safety guidelines. This event comes after local officials were criticized for attending an expansion event at Zweigle’s where COVID-19 violations seemingly occurred.
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