April 21, 2009: We had the pleasure of hearing from Ted Creech who serves as the Government Relations Director in South Carolina for the world renowned AT&T Corporation. In today's world where our only constant is change AT&T thrives! The technological changes and advancements of the 21st century are at the very core of AT&T's business, whose mission is "Connect People with their world, Everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else". It seems that the people at AT&T have much to be proud of, based on what they have accomplished and the plans they are positioned to pursue.
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As the company celebrates its passed successes they strive to be poised for further growth at the turn of the economy. Mr. Creech believes that in order to grow, his company must continue investing in infrastructure and in human beings. Infrastructure is critical, "connectivity creates markets and networks, where commerce flourishes, networks do more than anything else to improve communication". To this end, most recently AT&T married mobile and wireless into one device, and traffic across wireless and wired lines is growing at 50% a year. In South Carolina alone, the technology leader invested over $875 million between 2006 and 2008 to build networks, servers, and better technology.
Additionally, AT&T takes its commitment to people very seriously! The majority of its 300,000 plus employees are based in the United States providing steady jobs for many Americans. AT&T is also dedicated to our leaders of tomorrow, the company is concerned about the level of education in our country, as they recognize the key to housing big business is the skill level of our work force. Last year AT&T put $100 million to an initiative called Aspire, that focuses on reducing the drop out level and improving the education in the U.S. To push forward, striving to fulfill their mission, AT&T will invest billions of dollars in new infrastructure and create over 5000 American jobs in 2009, and continue to provide newer more efficient technology always working to connect each of us with our world!
Submitted by Elizabeth Wooten Burwell, Keyway Committee