Keeping It Local

Dear Friend,

This summer and fall, AT&T’s been thinking local. We’ve made some big announcements in South Dakota, with direct impacts to our local youth, tourists and visitors, and the state’s growing technology industry.

For the second year in a row, AT&T helped send 16 girls to Rocket Girls Camp at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Encouraging young women to seek careers in coding and cybersecurity is just one way we’re working to promote STEM education.

At this year’s Sturgis Rally, AT&Ts hosted a SAT COLT, short for Satellite Cell(site) on a Light Truck, to be “at the ready” to support area First Responders during one of South Dakota’s largest summer events. The SAT COLT is just one of AT&T FirstNet’s deployable assets that when called upon in emergencies, can help first responders stay connected and operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line.

And let’s not forget about this year’s South Dakota Tech Showcase in late September. Hosted by SDN Communications, the SD Chamber of Commerce and AT&T, this year’s event in Sioux Falls featured presentations and discussions on topics ranging from smart cities and fiber optics to artificial intelligence and stratospheric balloons. One of our main goals continues to be featuring the state’s burgeoning tech industry in our outreach to local communities. Thanks to our partners and attendees, we also gave over $1,800 away to DSU’s CybHER program.

At AT&T, we want to be more than just a faceless corporation – we want to be a familiar community face. As always, we’re grateful for the support from community officials and organizations all across South Dakota.

Cheryl Riley

President — AT&T Northern Plains

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Cheryl Riley is a Wyoming native and a graduate of the University of Wyoming. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education and a Master's Degree in International Studies.

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