We have a tremendous IT infrastructure with the Federal Center. Today we have a cyber mission out in Fort Custer. We have tremendous assets to build from. What are the city’s plans for spring-boarding off from either the Federal Center and/or the cyber mission that’s out at Fort Custer? (Full question.)
Through Battle Creek Unlimited, we are engaged with The Roosevelt Group, out of Washington, DC, that has helped us position Battle Creek for those new mission sets. We have fiber in the ground that is unheard of for a city our size. Unmanned Aircraft Systems are basically drones, and they not only fly themselves, but also have a lot of data. Battle Creek can support that. We have assets including the airport, the Air National Guard, and the Federal Center, and that is why we are working to attract UAS. It is a slow, expensive process, but that is what we want to attract.
The city also is hearing various local partners say that they want to open up their facilities, and their expertise around cyber activity and other areas – to invite the community in to learn. We just need to partner with them effectively to get to that point.