CONYERS — Hargray Fiber, a leader in internet and communication services in Georgia and South Carolina, announced Thursday during a reception at E-Station in Conyers that it is expanding its service to businesses across the Conyers and Covington communities.
“We are really big this season on economic development, both in the city and the county,” said Conyers Board of Commissioners Chief of Staff Corey Hambrick. “To see Hargray in our community installing fiber, I know it is a step in the right direction. … The BOC is excited to see an active partner in the community to ensure that the things we are engaging with are done within a sphere of excellence.”
Hargray completed market research in 45 other communities and found that Conyers and Covington fit their niche.
“We did our homework,” said Randy Brogle, vice president at Hargray. “Rockdale fits our model. Through evaluation and preparation we believe there is a strong demand for better broadband for the medical practices, schools and other professionals in the region.”
Hargray offers internet services, voice services, business TV packages, metro ethernet networking, managed IT services and server colocation to ensure data security. But the company is offering more than just fast internet; it is also looking to hire.
“We are very local-focused, we want to support local business and development, be involved with the different organizations and chambers and ultimately hire local,” said Chuck Waters, a Hargray management consultant through CVG Technologies. “Anyone that could fill in as technical support, technicians, sales, we want the community to come first.”
Last Monday, the Covington City Council approved an agreement with Hargray to lease a 500-square-foot portion of the city’s property on Industrial Boulevard for the construction of a 12x30 metal building and a 3x5 generator. Hargray will pay $750 a month in the lease agreement, which runs for 10 years, with a 2 percent increase in monthly rental each year. After 10 years, the council can come back and adjust the rate for two more five-year periods.