A5.com, Inc.’s newest technology project is creating a positive buzz around Central Illinois. The old Illinois HealthCare building in downtown Bloomington was deteriorating as it sat on the market for many years until Steve Hope, President/CEO of A5.com, bought the building to construct a state of the art Tier III data center in Central Illinois. Steve says, “It is my goal to put Central Illinois on the map as a technology leader; a concentric focal point for national organizations to turn to for the technology, personnel and infrastructure of demanding changes. Peoria and Bloomington are prime juxtapositional strategic locations situated within easy commute of Chicago, Indianapolis, and St Louis clients.”
The renovation of this old building will increase the revenue and attraction to the Bloomington downtown area dubbed a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) zone. Steve (who also owns CIAN Center, OASYS, and A5 Power Solutions) has made a significant investment in the project. City officials and leaders are taking notice. Bloomington’s Economic Development Coordinator, Justine Robinson says the City supports the initiative: “The City of Bloomington is delighted to partner with A5.com on the improvement of their newest location at 303 East Washington Street, the former home of Illinois HealthCare, in Downtown Bloomington. Given A5’s robust investment in a highly visible and vacant site, especially the devotion of more than $2 million in capital towards the initial phase of the expansion, the City is pleased to leverage the resources found within the 50/50 program in order to maximize the property’s exterior enhancements; this includes the replacement of dilapidated sidewalk and parkway trees on the four sides immediately surrounding the building. As the City strives to maintain positive working relationships with local enterprises, partnerships such as this serve to make Bloomington a better place to do business. Congratulations and thank you to A5 for engaging in this incredible venture and investing in our great City!” To learn more about A5.com’s data centers please contact Eric Fisher, Director of Data Center Operations, at 309-999-2700.