AT&T said it intends for the center to help drive the company's initiatives on technology, education and arts.
The center will be housed at the historical McKean-Eilers building at
"Inspire, innovate, invent -- that is what our new Center of Innovation is all about,"
The center is the latest in a series of investments by AT&T in the
In December, AT&T rolled out its fast-growing U-Verse service with its "GigaPower" feature, which offers speeds of up to 300 megabits per second. This year, it plans to increase those speeds to 1 gigabit per second and double the reach of its
The new innovation center could help raise the brand's profile in
"The new space will serve as a meeting ground and technology development center for
The center will be split into two floors, with the building's first floor dedicated to an open creative space where artists and entrepreneurs can meet and mingle while up-and-coming local singers can perform. The studio will allow for the creation of unique content that could be distributed through AT&T's platforms on TV, online or mobile devices.
AT&T leased the office space last month and hired a local architectural firm to help design the space.
The center will retain its building's historical details while also featuring graffiti work by a local artist and high-tech features.
The first floor open space will showcase a 25-foot line of interactive TVs, booths with wireless monitors for presentations and meetings, a full kitchen and a circuit-board detailed concrete floor that will guide visitors around the space. AT&T will also house 50 workers on the third floor, and that team will be comprised of a mix of new hires and existing workers, King said.
AT&T will share the building's space with software and development firm
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