Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard will speak at the annual Verizon Excellence Awards celebration for the Verizon Information Technology organization on Thursday, April 6 in Washington, D.C.

Mayor Richard will describe how Fort Wayne is a wired and inspired city with fiber-to-the-premises technology that serves 100,000 homes and businesses. Verizon has invested $75 million in the community to install its fiber optic network.

“Broadband technology is changing our community for the better,” said Mayor Richard. “Government services, education, health care, and business opportunities are all being improved with fiber-to-the-premises.”

The Verizon Excellence Awards program honors Verizon employees for their contributions in serving customers, communities, shareholders, and colleagues.