Kudos broadcast from Donjek headquarters today to entrepreneurs Michael Bougie and Patrick Lynch, as well as Shawn Hogan, Mayor of the City of Hornell, New York. As was reported in Hornell’s local press this week, the three men have joined forces in a public-private partnership between Hornell and Proxima.us, Bougie’s and Lynch’s innovative software development firm.
Innovation abounded when Bougie and I met earlier this year to discuss a public-private partnership plan. With roots in small towns, Bougie and Lynch are each committed to creating IT jobs in rural America. Communities benefit from professional jobs that rely on existing infrastructure, provide a career path of graduating responsibility, and generate economic activity ranging from downtown sales to housing demand. Proxima’s clients benefit from intellectual property law in place here (and not in India or other outsource locations), an educated, fluent and reliable workforce, and working without the challenge of managing a project across multiple time zones.
In June, Bougie and Lynch delivered the public-private partnership plan produced by Donjek to the City of Hornell. Bougie’s feedback:
“Jon was instrumental in the launch of our new company Proxima.us. Jon…effectively captured the essence of our company's message and presented them in an extremely polished finished product. The positive response to our proposal was immediate and almost overwhelming. We have been told by many development agencies that our proposal was the best they have seen in decades. Jon's efforts took our good idea, and made it a reality.”
Congratulations to the City of Hornell and to Proxima.us – I am hopeful their partnership will provide a fruitful, innovative model to other communities, both in New York State and nationally.