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The Westchester County Department of Economic Development has partnered with Lightpath, the fiber-based bandwidth technology company, to provide 100 free data licenses to participants in the Launch1000 program. These free internet hookups, made possible by the generous support of Lightpath, will provide many entrepreneurs in Westchester with the connectivity needed to bring their business plans to life.

County Executive George Latimer said: “The Launch1000 program is a new idea aimed at supporting the innovative minds in our own backyard. Thanks to this support from Lightpath, participants in this program have another opportunity to succeed.”

Lightpath Chief Executive Officer Chris Morley said: “As a longtime provider of connectivity in the Westchester community, Lightpath is proud to partner with the County on this incredible initiative to bring the power of our advanced network to local entrepreneurs as part of the Launch1000 program. We look forward to our continued partnership with Westchester and seeing the great business ideas that emerge as part of this initiative.”

The Westchester County Office of Economic Development announced Launch1000, a new program for County residents who may want to create home-based income streams, or launch new businesses or nonprofits in October. Launch1000 is an innovative, fully remote, self-paced program designed to turn concepts and ideas into business plans and startups. Born out of a global pandemic, the program offers 1000 Westchester County residents the opportunity to gain critical business knowledge, connect with mentors and help their idea gain traction.

Westchester County Director of Economic Development Bridget Gibbons said: “Our office is always looking for ways to advance the interests of Westchester’s businesses – both established and prospective. This program, with support of Lightpath, is another tool we have to accomplish our goal.”