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A little over twenty years ago Edge was formed to provide efficiencies in network services in an emerging state of connectedness that formed a foundation for how every institution and organization now operates. Our digital connectedness has now advanced as a necessity and competitive advantage in a now global society. In concert with its original mission and vision, and charter as a technology organization, Edge has now grown into a United States northeast region leader in networking and digital transformation for higher education, government, and healthcare.  Edge’s membership spans New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. Edge’s common good mission ensures success by empowering members for digital transformation with affordable, reliable and thought-leading purpose-built advanced connectivity, technologies and services.

As we have always been, Edge is dedicated to providing the individuals and organizations we serve with the access, expertise and organizational capacity necessary to achieve their strategic goals and objectives with our technology products and services offerings. Knowing that in today’s world we still face challenges with digital fluency, digital inclusion, and the instantiation of a level playing field for e-commerce, eSports, e-education, telemedicine, digital government, and numerous other societal domains, Edge continues to expand for the common good into areas where underserved populations still reside. Leveraging our world-class network infrastructure, as well as our company of seasoned, highly experienced technology thought leaders and professionals, Edge is expanding organically into Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia. 

Edge is unique in its technology investment, portfolio of service offerings, and associated capabilities that best allow institutions and organizations to grow and thrive. Applying the theory of comparative advantage to Edge’s high-tech ecology benefits the common good at the state, region, and potentially national level, knowing that when viewed in the context of an economic model, institutions and organizations have a comparative advantage over others in how they operate if they can operate at a lower relative opportunity cost, i.e., at a lower relative marginal cost.  The theory of comparative advantage involves economic theory that, when applied to technology as a service industry, maintains that institutions and organizations benefit from the efficiency gains that arise from differences in how they interoperate with technological transformation and particular insourcing of related services.

As the world continues to change, a level playing field with respect to institutional and organizational tech-ecologies can only be accommodated by nonprofit technology providers such as Edge. In the coming years, Edge network, professional, and managed services, and consortium approaches to procurement will benefit institutions and organizations in the region while creating for Edge members sustainable cost structures for advancing the quality and quantity of digital transformation and cyberinfrastructure.