WASILLA — Matanuska Telephone Association has moved it’s Wasilla location to The Shoppes at Sun Mountain, just a short distance from their old location in the Target shopping center down the road.
The new location is not yet open to staff or members of the public as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exist into 2021. However, the state of the art abilities of the location as a presentation venue for members of the public has MTA members excited about future events from the location.
“We wanted to get up here. It’s more visible and basically this is sort of like our headquarters in Wasilla. We had our headquarters in Palmer and wanted another place that was MTA country so we’re only moving a quarter mile up here,” said VP of Product Management, Marketing and Sales Jonathan Babbitt. “We’re anticipating to do a lot of technology showcases and things like that, so we’re anticipating having a lot of people come in and out of here with events we would love to get to a point where our business customers can use this area for conferences, any type of board meeting, that type of thing.”
On one side of the MTA portion of one of the buildings at TSASM is the retail side, remaining empty while MTA employees work from home. As most of MTA business can be done remotely, Babbitt said that the store would not be filled with products and sales people until it was safe for in-person business to occur. Equipped with conference rooms, office space, and a call center, the new MTA location provides all the accommodations to serve MTA customers.
“There will come a time again where our community will want to come together for learning, growing, and celebrating. Our hope is that our new, tech forward facility at the Shoppes at Sun Mountain will fill that need,” said MTA CEO Michael Burke.
On the right side of the building, a large auditorium has been set up that stretches from the ground floor up large, cushioned stair steps of seating to the top. Along the back wall are four large screens that MTA Public Relations Manager Jessica Gilbert hopes will one day be filled with people eager to learn in their state of the art space.
“We went into a much bigger space too and we’ve always dreamed of having kind of an area where the community could gather for educational purposes or trainings or conferences. The
Valley just felt like it was lacking,” said Gilbert. “It’s completely set up with the best technology for video conferencing. The screen that you saw there has more capabilities than anything I’ve ever experienced on a screen.”
The new location was finished in November and hosted the MTA Gaming Tournament virtually with staff operating the tournament from their new location at TSASM. MTA also supplies all of TSASM with WiFi.