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In today’s challenging economic times, some corporations are being forced to reduce their investments in giving back to the local community. AT&T recently announced it is bucking the trend and is indeed increasing its social and environmental investments.

AT&T reports making more than $865 million nationally in multi-year investments for important education, environmental and volunteerism programs to help strengthen communities, stimulate economic growth and ensure America’s global competitiveness. The company’s report includes significant education and volunteerism investments in Indiana including:

Community Volunteerism – In 2008, AT&T Indiana employees and retirees contributed more than 50,000 volunteer hours in 2008, representing nearly $975,000 worth of their time.

Education and Workforce Readiness – In 2008, AT&T launched AT&T Aspire, a $100 million multi-year education initiative to help stem the U.S. high school dropout crisis. In Indiana, AT&T is providing Aspire grants totaling more than $786,046. The company also connected 243 students in Indiana to job shadow opportunities with AT&T employees.

NAACP Scholarships – Earlier this month, AT&T joined the Indiana State NAACP to award five students from around Indiana with $600 scholarships to help support their collegiate education.

“As the Chair of the House Committee on Education, I’m pleased whenever I see corporations helping to make college more affordable for our young people,” said State Rep. Gregory Porter. “These scholarships will help open the doors of opportunity to each of our students.”

In addition to these key investments in citizenship and sustainability, AT&T has also continued to invest in its network infrastructure. According to company officials, AT&T’s total capital investment, between 2006 and 2008, exceeded $1 billion across Indiana.

“We are Indiana’s hometown provider and we are committed to keeping Hoosiers connected,” said AT&T Indiana President George S. Fleetwood. “Giving back is what we do to support the communities we operate in.”

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