The KentuckyWired Middle Mile plan was contracted by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to bring over 3,400 miles of high-speed, high-capacity fiber optic Internet connectivity to its 120 counties. KentuckyWired will significantly improve connectivity, increase speeds, and offer some of the fastest broadband capacity in the United States, helping to break down geographic and financial barriers to education and economic development, and help connect Kentuckians to the world. Once completed, Kentucky will be the first state with Fiber Optic connectivity offered in every county.
A Public-Private Partnership (P3) with Macquarie Capital and a team of market specialists was created to develop the robust and reliable fiber “backbone” infrastructure. Ledcor Group of Companies and Overland Contracting Inc., a Black & Veatch Company, make up the Design Build Team (NG-KIH DBLLC Contractors) and have signed definitive agreements rolling up to the Commonwealth to help develop, design, and build the network. KentuckyWired is currently the largest P3 Telecom project in the United States. Ledcor will operate and maintain the network for the next 30 years.
Name: Donavon McClure Role on the Project: Stakeholder Relations Field Representative My Story: Before joining the DBLLC, I spent nearly three years serving as a member of Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball’s executive staff as her Scheduler. Along with providing advance work, I oversaw all interns and their projects, assisted in initiative and policy development, …
Name: Zack May Role on the Project: Utility Coordinator My Story: I grew up in a Navy household and moved around quite a bit as a child, but Lexington, KY has been home for most of my life. After high school I spent twelve years in the restaurant industry before obtaining a B.B.A. in Computer …
Name: Cody Jackson Role on the Project: HSEQ Administrator My Story: Before my job at DBLLC, I lived in Bangkok, Thailand for almost three years. I volunteered at two Foundations and taught English, wrote for an Expat Magazine, and worked for a company developing a language application. Although, I enjoy teaching, my career has always …
Role on the Project: Stakeholder Relations Field Representative
My Story: Before joining the DBLLC, I spent nearly three years serving as a member of Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball’s executive staff as her Scheduler. Along with providing advance work, I oversaw all interns and their projects, assisted in initiative and policy development, among other administrative responsibilities. During this time, Treasurer Ball returned a historic amount of unclaimed property to Kentucky citizens, enhanced Kentucky’s transparency website, had several pieces of bi-partisan legislation passed into law, and became a national leader on financial literacy.
I was born and raised in Southeastern Kentucky. Being raised in both private and public schools in Laurel County, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute and Rogers Scholars program. Using my Rogers Scholarship, I was able to attend Union College, in Barbourville, Kentucky, where I earned my degree in history and political science. While attending Union, I served in various student organizations, along with being a member of the men’s soccer team both as a player and a staff member.
I moved to Lexington in March of 2019 to take on the role of Stakeholder Relations Field Representative for the KentuckyWired project. I enjoy spending time with my dog Herman, playing soccer, and continuing to explore our beautiful Commonwealth.
Why I joined the DBLLC: I joined the DBLLC close to a year ago with the desire to learn a new industry and help better connect the Commonwealth’s access to high-speed internet. The KentuckyWired Project will play a vital role in Kentucky’s future economic growth as well as advancements in educational opportunities.
5 Star Electric LLC recently became a business partner by joining the KentuckyWired project and demonstrating a commitment to the Employee Involvement Program (EIP). The EIP is designed to give employees an anonymous voice by observing construction activities, while looking for opportunities. A big thanks to 5 Star Electric LLC for their efforts!