Louisville Metro Government is advancing digital equity in our city

October 05, 2023

Louisville, KY (October 4, 2023) Louisville Metro Government proudly joins the seventh annual Digital Inclusion Week, from October 2-6, 2023, a national week of action to raise awareness and amplify the importance of digital equity. This year's theme, "Building Connected Communities," aligns perfectly with our mission to bring digital access and skills to everyone in our city.

In the spirit of 'Building Connected Communities,' Louisville Metro marks Digital Inclusion Week in partnership with WaterFront Development with the lighting of the Big Four Bridge in teal, the color of this year’s Digital Inclusion Week on Thursday October 5th.

In Jefferson County our digital inclusion program has helped bridge the Digital Divide by creating 17 different computer labs across the county, helped over 4000 families have access to computers and digital skills. Earlier this we announced the winners of our Digital Equity assistance grant, those funds are being distributed this week. Louisville Metro has also assisted over 80K families get connected to the affordable connectivity program, which help families mitigate the cost of residential internet service. We urge our partners in the federal government to consider continuing funding of the incredibly impactful program.

Our Digital Inclusion partners at Wesley House community services will be starting a new class of basic digital skills training on Friday Oct 6th, for more information call (502) 968-8231.

Digital inclusion encompasses three critical areas: affordable internet, access to suitable devices, and digital skills training—basic essentials still out of reach for millions of Americans.

"This week serves as an opportunity to celebrate the progress made, be visible and raise awareness, and to extend our reach within the community," said Mayor Greenberg.

Cities and States, including ours, are in the throes of creating digital equity plans, thanks to the funding opportunities through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). While the funding prospects are exciting, Digital Inclusion Week serves to highlight the ongoing, community-based work that is the lifeblood of digital equity.

Louisville Metro extends an invitation to advocates, policymakers, community leaders, educators, researchers, and all committed to digital equity, to help make this Digital Inclusion Week a seminal moment in our ongoing efforts to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the digital resources they need to fully participate in society.

You can learn more about Louisville’s efforts on the city’s Digital Inclusion website.

About National Digital Inclusion Alliance: NDIA advances digital equity by supporting community programs and equipping policymakers to act. Working collaboratively with more than 1,400 digital inclusion practitioners, NDIA advocates for equitable broadband access, tech devices, digital skills training, and tech support. For more information, visit digitalinclusion.org. 

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