Mayor recommends projects to promote broadband, digital literacy
Mayor Mike McGinn has transmitted legislation recommending awardees of the City's 2013 Technology Matching Fund to the Seattle City Council. Twenty-four community digital inclusion projects have been recommended to the Council, a total of $320,000 in matching funds. The community organizations receiving these funds will assist a wide range of residents in need, including the unemployed and homeless, low-income entrepreneurs, at-risk youth, immigrants and refugees, seniors and people with disabilities.
"Technology access and skills have increased for many of our residents but there are still significant gaps and opportunities for improvement for full participation in our digital society," said Mayor McGinn. "The Technology Matching Fund is our way of bridging that gap and reaching those with technological needs."
The recommended 2013 Technology Matching Fund winners include: 826 Seattle, Afrique Service Center, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Awareness and Recovery Institute, Barton Place Apartments, Big-Brained Superheroes Club, Consejo Couseling and Referral Service, Crown Hill Neighborhood Association, El Centro de la Raza, Eritrean Community in Seattle & Vicinity, Ethiopian Community in Seattle, Filipino Community in Seattle, Hollow Earth Radio, Horn of Africa Services, Iu-Mien American Association, Jack Straw Foundation, Low Income Housing Institute, Neighborhood House, Powerful Voices, SightConnection, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, the Jefferson Terrace Computer Lab, Umoja PEACE Center, and Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help.
For more information and a map of recommended Technology Matching Fund awardees, visit http://www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf/Projects2013.htm.
Technology Matching Fund projects will provide residents with beginning and advanced digital literacy skills, civic skills, employment training, education assistance and help learning to access City and other essential services online.
The recommended projects were initially chosen by Seattle's technology advisory board from 53 applications. They will provide hardware, software and training that helps residents use broadband and digital media for education, workforce development, public safety and youth violence prevention, ending homelessness, and inclusive public engagement.
The Technology Matching Fund was established in 1997 (Resolution 29673) to provide funding to promote access to information technology and literacy and the application of technology to foster civic engagement. Those organizations secure matching funds and services to augment public funds. The current maximum award is $20,000. The program is managed by the Community Technology Program in the Department of Information Technology.
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