In this video, Cloud Microphones of Tucson, Arizona, a manufacturer of hand crafted ribbon microphones used by artists and professionals worldwide. Cloud Microphones is an active client of the U.S. Commercial Service – Tucson, Arizona office, and has tapped numerous Commerce Department programs to support their international expansion. The company has achieved a staggering 427% increase in international sales in the past two years, and attributes this success, in part, to support provided by the U.S. Commercial Service.
When Cloud Microphones examined its manufacturing strategy, the company was determined to source locally and partnered with the Tooh Dineh manufacturing within the Navajo Nation. This decision helped bring vital, well-paying jobs to a community where unemployment levels hover around 47%. The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, covering over 27,000 square miles. Diné Bikéyah, or Navajoland, is larger than 10 of the 50 states in America. It is the largest land area retained by a U.S. tribe.
Both Cloud Microphones and the Navajo Nation enthusiastically supported this video project and welcome any follow up inquires that the Department might have.
The U.S. Department of Commerce NTIA’s Broadband Opportunities Program issued a $32 million grant to bring broadband internet access to the Navajo Nation. The project is now complete. Covering 15,000 square miles, the new network consists of 59 wireless towers, 43 base stations, 60 microwave links, 550 miles of fiber and 20 miles of fiber or microwave connections into buildings. This has been an essential component to the economic and social development of the region.
For more: http://trade.gov/success/cloud-microphones.asp
September 3, 2015