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Raleigh Connected Initiative

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Last updated Jul. 14, 2017 - 10:16 am

Raleigh Connected combines technology solutions and civic innovation to enable connectivity, encourage economic development, and promote digital inclusion. This comprehensive technology initiative offers free outdoor Wi-Fi, supports the Raleigh Convention Center, creates a municipal-owned fiber network, advances the availability of high speed access, and provides the Raleigh Digital Connectors program.

Inclusion for All

Chavis residents at Fall Festival

Raleigh Connected is dedicated to the belief we should enrich the community in which we live, work and serve by developing community programs that promote digital inclusion. We are committed to the idea that individuals should have access to technology to learn critical skills and enhance their lives. We believe we must invite everyone into the digital age to build a strong local economy.

A Wider Goal

The technology infrastructure of Raleigh Connected helps make city government more efficient, however, our goal is much greater. We seek to promote economic growth across the city through workforce training and widespread Internet access.

Connecting with Young People

Young people in Digital Connectors classroom

We believe young people are essential to help Raleigh continue as a national leader in high-tech innovation. The City of Raleigh Information Technology and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Departments work together to provide Raleigh Digital Connectors. The program offers intensive computer training to young people ages 14-21. Raleigh Digital Connectors learn about technology and leadership while practicing skills to prepare them for opportunities in a technology-driven economy. Digital Connectors serve as ambassadors teaching their families, friends, and neighbors to take advantage of the digital economy. This multigenerational approach allows young people to show their elders how technology leads to knowledge.

A Technology Culture

Digital Connector teaching computer skills to adult

When we connect underserved communities with technology, we give residents the power to enter the economic mainstream. With the help of One Economy, we provided wireless access to 1,482 households in underserved communities of our city.

Raleigh Connected is about so much more than hardware. Through access, education, awareness and information, we are building a culture that values technology and embraces it to enhance lives and to. . .

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