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236 E. Capitol Street Contribution

Jackson, Mississippi (November 28, 2023) – In celebration of 100 years of fostering community connections, the owners of TEC have donated the 6 storied building at 236 E. Capitol Street to the Jackson Leadership Foundation (JLF), reinforcing commitment to community service. This donation is a tribute to the legacy of TEC's founder, Joseph D. Fail, and reflects the company's longstanding values. Joey F. Garner, TEC's CEO, shared her insights on the contribution: "After many years of praying, waiting, and considering, our family is confident that, as the JLF breathes new life into the building, this donation will greatly complement our efforts to serve others and will honor our father Joseph D. Fail, by carrying on his life-long legacy of giving and encouraging others to succeed.” The official handover of the premises took place on November 2, 2023, with JLF commemorating this milestone through a special event on November 9.


JLF, a Christ-centered 501(c)(3) organization, is a vital part of the Leadership Foundation Network, dedicated to the spiritual and economic transformation of Jackson's under-resourced communities. With a focus on empowering local leaders and developing ministries, JLF provides essential support and resources, fostering collaboration among volunteers, donors, and the church community to ensure ministry leaders are well-equipped to make a lasting impact in their neighborhoods. Through partnership and a shared vision, JLF is committed to creating a thriving Jackson where every community leader has the tools to lead their ministries effectively towards sustainable change.


TEC provides economic stability to its local service areas, employing more than 200 people across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana. TEC has invested in and currently maintains approximately 2,000 miles of fiber in its rural markets. For a century, TEC has been a forerunner in providing telecommunications services to rural America and was the first to bring internet options to many of these markets more than 20 years ago. For more information, visit or social media under the handle, @TECconnects.