Sacramento Coalition for Digital Inclusion
On Thursday, May 16th, our executive director, Cameron Law spoke alongside Chris Durr from the Sacramento Public Library at the Mayor’s Tech Council about the Sacramento Coalition for Digital Inclusion. The Mayor’s Tech Council is a group of advisors that “advises the Innovation Team within the Office of Innovation and Economic Development on matters related to economic development in the technology sector.”
Cameron and Chris laid out the vision and mission for what the coalition could be and how the coalition is developing its partnership. They referenced the Brookings Institution’s research on the regions prosperity. Key findings in the Brookings report which spurred this coalition were:
Workforce skills specifically digital literacy levels are not as attractive to technology companies as other urban hubs
Issues of equity surrounding access to network technologies and the information literacy and the life opportunities those bring
Growing divide between the technology “haves” and “have nots” are a key determinant of life outcomes
The coalition has utilized the comparison of the Greater Sacramento Region to communities such as Kansas City and Charolette to identify best practices and approaches to building a coalition for digital inclusion. The mission and vision demonstrated below is a working model that has been leveraged from Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion.
Vision: Every citizen and household in the Greater Sacramento Region has access to the Internet, the equipment needed to use it, and the skills necessary to utilize it.
Mission: To facilitate collaboration among organizations and initiatives working to bridge the digital divide in order to maximize the resources for the greatest impact.
Partnership: The partnership is cross-sector in nature with partners from government, nonprofits, and private sector
SVP Sacramento is proud to be a part of this regional work and is looking forward to leveraging its partnership base and nonprofit community partners to support this coalitions expansion. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in this effort please reach out to Cameron Law our executive director at Cameron@SVPSacramento.org.