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Mike Scaffidi recognized by SPTC

December 3, 2010


Media Release: For Immediate Release: 12/2/2010

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Mike Scaffidi of the City of Martinsville was recently presented the Leadership in Government Award by the Southern Piedmont Technology Council for technological advances in government operations and functions.

The Southern Piedmont Technology Council held its Technology Stars Awards Banquet on November 3rd at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville.   The mission of the SPTC is to advance technology in the Southern Piedmont region. 

After an extreme loss of manufacturing jobs, the city of Martinsville set out on a mission to transition to a new technology-based economy. Mike Scaffidi is the Telecommunications Director for the City of Martinsville. With Mike's hard work the city of Martinsville now has that infrastructure in place, an agile, future-proof voice, data and broadband solution. Over eight years ago, Mike was responsible for designing and managing the MINet (Martinsville Informational Network) Network.  

MINet provides a local communication system that matches or exceeds the speed, reliability and cost effectiveness of similar private services. The city has provided voice and data services to its governmental agencies and local businesses.

"On behalf of the city of Martinsville I am extremely happy and proud to accept this award for Leadership in Government Technologies", said Mike Scaffidi.  "Our system has been in existence for nearly ten years, and is one of if not the most resilient networks in a municipal government.  Encapsulating Optical fiber, Sonet and Gigabit Ethernet technologies, and recent launching of our WIFI uptown project, this network has proven to be a valuable asset to our community.  However, I would be remiss not to recognize some important people which made this award possible.   Randy Craig, Roger Blankenship, and Charles Anderson make-up our technology team and implement all of the networks in the MINet system and they are the backbone of the Martinsville Informational Network.  Certainly, without the ongoing support of the city council and the city management team recognizing the importance of ongoing funding for the project, I would not be accepting this award this evening. "

The City is continuing to assess hotspots which can enhance the quality of service, life, and add value for businesses to locate within the confines of the City of Martinsville and Henry County. Through the hard work of Mike Scaffidi and the broad coverage he helped to provide, Martinsville is an information and technology friendly city for all.