Winona, located in southeast Minnesota, possesses technology capabilities and qualified workers that rival any community in the United States. A rivertown of approximately 27,000 residents, Winona is one of very few cities that offers extremely high-tech capabilities in a friendly, hometown environment once linked to the world by the mighty Mississippi, today Winona is intricately linked through technology.
- Redundant Fiber· Multiple Internet backbone links already in place offer ultimate performance. redundancy and reliability.
- Redundant Servers – Back-up servers increase the reliability of connections, data storage, email and other network applications.
- Redundant OS) lines· Several fully redundant OC3 lines provide increased speed. capacity and load balancing.
- High Speed Local Network Options – Gigabit ethernet over fiber, cable modem, TI, OC3, OC12, DSL
Unprecedented Local Connectivity
Area homes, schools. businesses and educational institutions are connected or have access to an advanced Fiber Optic Network that features …
- 2-way interactive video
- Transparent LAN service
- ISDN, ATM
- Synchronous Optical Network (SONET). self-healing rings Special Access Services (OS I, multiple OC3 lines)
- Local internet access
- Fiber/copper hybrid network to homes
- Frame relay
- Direct broadcast satellite
- Voice messaging
Superb Educational Resources
Winona has become known over the years for its fine educational institutions. and continues to serve the needs of the technology sectors.
- Easily accessible education and training opportunities are available through two universities and one college
- Testing and research facilities are located within the universities and college
- Local professors serve on corporate Advisory Boards and Board of Directors
- University and college resources that help further local technology interests
- An available. non-traditional workforce is provided by students of all ages
Technology companies from all parts of the country tell us that the workforce in Winona is extraordinary. These companies greatly appreciate our:
- Highly skilled workforce, with expertise in customer service, verbal communication, computers and technology
- Hard-working, quality-oriented Midwestern work ethic
- Neutral verbal accent
- Central time zone work hours
In addition to being well connected to technology, Winona is also well connected geographically.
- Air travel is available via Winona/La Crosse Regional Airport ( 25 miles from downtown ) or Max Conrad Field (8 miles from downtown)
- Amtrack and Pacific Northwest provide passenger service; CP Rail and DM&E offer freight transportation
- Winona is a major hub for Mississippi River Barge Fleeting transport and docking services
- Easy ground access is available via major US highways 14, 61, Interstate Highway 90. MN Highway 43 and WI Highway 35
Lower Operating Costs
Technology companies that have 1ocated in Winona find a reduction in total operating costs compared to metro areas due to:
- Less expensive facilities costs
- More reasonable telecom/technology services fees
- Virtually no commute time