AT&T Minnesota President
Paul was named State President of Minnesota on March 1, 2013. For the past ten years, Paul served as the Director of Government Affairs for AT&T Ohio. In that capacity, Paul advocated the company’s interests at the state government level.
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Sustainability takes many forms at AT&T*: engaging in the communities around us, reducing our environmental impact, and investing in technologies to make the world a better place. Each year we highlight these commitments and others in our Annual Sustainability Update, which captures our work from the past year through a variety of features and downloadable materials.
Key numbers — in Minnesota
- More than $525 million invested by AT&T in its best-in-class wired and wireless networks in Minnesota from 2011-2014.
- More than 10,000 hours of personal time given by AT&T employees and retirees in Minnesota to community outreach activities in 2014 - worth more than $235,000.*
More than $1.3 million contributed by AT&T and its employees from 2012-2014 through giving programs in Minnesota.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek (L) joins with AT&T Minnesota State President Paul Weirtz to launch the Protect My Cell Phone Campaign at the AT&T store at Calhoun Square in February. The goal is to educate the public about the increase in mobile phone thefts and provide information on steps people can take today to protect their phones and safeguard their personal information.
AT&T presented a $95,000 contribution in March to the Hmong American Partnership in St. Paul to expand the nonprofit’s YouthLEAD program to serve more students. The program helps at-risk Hmong youth stay in school and achieve academic and career success.
Click above to see Paul's speech at the 2014 BioScience conference
Communications networks are vital to economic growth and prosperity, and AT&T is bringing it all together for customers in Minnesota. For more than a century, AT&T has consistently provided Minnesotans with innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services and excellent customer care.
Today, AT&T's mission is to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work – and do it better than anyone else. AT&T is fulfilling this vision by creating new solutions for consumers and businesses and by driving innovation in the communications industry. From revolutionary smartphones and tablets, to a high-speed, next generation wireless network and sophisticated solutions for multi-national businesses, AT&T is a recognized technology leader in Minnesota and around the world.
In addition to helping Minnesota move forward by delivering cutting-edge products and services, our employees work every day to help improve the communities where we live and work, giving time and resources to community causes and organizations. In 2010, AT&T employees and retirees in Minnesota donated 7,5000 hours of personal time to community outreach activities – worth more than $160,000. AT&T and its employees also contributed more than $490,000 through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs in Minnesota.
Even in challenging economic times, the telecom industry continues to invest and spur innovation. Across the country, we're investing billions to build the advanced networks that will create jobs and fuel economic growth. From 2010 through 2013, AT&T invested more than $525 million in its best-in-class wireless and wired networks in Minnesota.
At the same time, we are contributing to state and local communities by supporting local initiatives, creating jobs and remitting much-needed tax dollars, which help support vital programs from law enforcement to education. In 2009, AT&T operations in Minnesota generated more than $66 million in local and state taxes, paid by AT&T or our customers, help support vital programs.
AT&T also spent more than $535 million on goods and services purchased from suppliers based in Minnesota in 2010. This spending supports jobs and economic activity in the state.
I'm confident we'll see greater benefits for Minnesota's businesses and consumers as legislators and regulators continue to pursue modern policies that reflect today's marketplace and encourage further innovation, competition, investment and economic development.
AT&T is proud to be a part of the Minnesota community. On behalf of our more than 1,700 employees in the state, we look forward to building on what we have achieved in Minnesota and will continue to work hard to create an even better future.
President – AT&T Minnesota