Bandwidth partners with NC State Fair, also breaks ground on new Raleigh HQ

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina-based Bandwidth broke ground on a major headquarters expansion in Raleigh.

The company is developing more than 533,000 square feet of property on 40 acres of land located off Edwards Mill Road near Duraleigh Road.

That land was sold to Bandwidth by North Carolina's Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said it was not an easy decision to sell the land, but he said ultimately he thinks the public/private partnership that has emerged should be an example for all.

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In addition to Bandwidth's headquarters development, the company is committed to being a long term major partner with the fair.

One early thing the company is doing is sponsoring an Accessibility Day Presented by Bandwidth on Sunday Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. This is a push to make the fair more inclusive. The accessibility day will include reduced noise and lights as well as other accommodations for fair guests who previously felt unwelcomed by the hustle and bustle and loudness of the state fair.

This partnership comes as the state fair pushes to resume in 2021 after having to cancel in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite rising COVID-19 cases in North Carolina and across the United States, Troxler said he and his team are working tirelessly to ensure that the fair happens this year.

"We're going to make plans to have the biggest and best state fair we've ever had, and barring something that's unforeseen, that's going to happen."

The 2021 NC State Fair is scheduled to happen October 14-24 at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh.

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