BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (June 11, 2024) - Cornerstone Alliance, the lead economic development organization serving Berrien County, announced the launch of free public Wi-Fi throughout the City of Benton Harbor at a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today. The new network offers a free wireless internet connection within June Woods Park, Union Park, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Southwest Michigan Fettig Youth Campus, and Harbor City Flats. Additionally, Buss Avenue Apartments are set to come online soon.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s FY2022 Community Project Funding award, the Cornerstone Alliance Community Wi-Fi Project aims to mitigate additional expenses for residents and enhance the quality of life in Benton Harbor. This initiative aims to encourage greater activity in public spaces and boost efficiency for both residents and visitors.

The Cornerstone Alliance Community Wi-Fi network is easy to join. Users agree to the network's terms and conditions for instant internet access.

"We are excited to launch this community Wi-Fi project, which represents a significant step toward bridging the digital divide in the City of Benton Harbor community. Access to reliable internet is not a luxury but a necessity, and this initiative will empower our residents, providing them with greater opportunities for education, employment, and connection with the world.” Said Jillian Nadolski, Manager of Physical Development at Cornerstone Alliance. “Our commitment is to ensure that every member of our community, regardless of their economic status, has the tools they need to succeed in today's digital age."

According to the United States Census Bureau, approximately 27% of households within the City of Benton Harbor are without broadband internet. The median household income within the City of Benton Harbor is around $26, 592 (United States Census Bureau). The Cornerstone Alliance Community Wi-Fi Project aims to support residents by reducing household expenses, offering reliable internet services, and equipping families with modern capabilities that streamline and enhance everyday life.

For more information about Cornerstone Alliance and its initiatives, please visit www.GoMichigan.com.

About Cornerstone Alliance: Cornerstone Alliance is the leading economic development organization dedicated to fostering growth and prosperity in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Through strategic initiatives and collaborative partnerships, Cornerstone Alliance drives innovation and opportunity, positioning the region for sustainable economic success. As the leading advocate for the local business and development sector, Cornerstone Alliance delivers tailored business assistance across Berrien County.