Application Information

Lingo Corporation
application number: 040469
total project cost: $2,676,500
federal share: $578,000
contact: Mr. Jerry Roue
address: 11720 W. 95th Street
Overland Park, KS 66214
phone: (913) 221-1602

Lingo Corporation provides systems for low cost, convenient translation services through telephone and internet technology. Our goal is access to government, health care, community, and social services and economic advancement for people who are hampered by a language barrier. Lingo Corp.’s goal is Executive Order No. 13166 (Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency) (Aug. 2000), intended to improve access to federally conducted programs and activities for persons who are limited in their English proficiency.

19% of the population in the United States speaks a language other than English at home. Federal and State agencies spend millions of dollars to provide for translation needs, with each department and state proposing and budgeting their own solutions. Lingo will provide a convenient, efficient and cost effective solution for these agencies to meet and exceed their mandated requirements and increase their service levels to the Limited English Proficiency population and their other clientele.

The core Lingo’s service offering will be Voice of Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone systems connecting translation services with client agencies through standard telephone equipment and internet connections. The company will develop internet architecture for managing service activity with clients, realizing significant savings in long distance and local telephone charges, and permitting them to place translators anywhere there is high speed connection with the internet through broadband and WIFI connections. Projections in cost savings for the state and federal service agencies predict the company will be a self-sufficient nonprofit company through its own revenues within two years.

Providing cost effective translation services will stimulate restoration of service industry jobs in call centers to the U.S. Access to employment and training for skilled translators will create potentially thousands of jobs within the United States, and free a portion of funds in agencies currently allocated to translation. Translators will be able to work from offices anywhere in the U.S., and increase their average workload and income level. It will facilitate the acclimation of Limited English Proficient individuals into the social fabric of the U.S. and empower them to participate more fully in the mainstream society.

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