National Digital Inclusion Alliance is thrilled to honor the largest group yet of Digital Inclusion Trailblazers!

City of Austin, TX

City of Baltimore, MD

Baltimore County, MD

City of Bloomington, IN

City of Boston, MA

City of Chattanooga & Hamilton County, TN

City of Chicago, IL

City of Columbus, OH

Cuyahoga County, OH

City of Dallas, TX

City of Detroit, MI

District of Columbia

Door County, WI

City and County of Durham, NC

City of Houston, TX

Kansas City, MO

City of Long Beach, CA

Louisville, KY

City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County, MN

New York City, NY

City of Oakland, CA

City of Philadelphia, PA

City of Portland, OR

City of Provo, UT

Randolph County, NC

Salt Lake City, UT

City of San Antonio, TX

City of San Diego, CA

City and County of San Francisco, CA

City of Seattle, WA

Solano County, CA

City of South Bend, IN


2022 saw a record number of submissions pour in from across the country, with the highest number of applicants yet achieving a six-star score, meeting 100% of the evaluation criteria.

Being named a “Digital Inclusion Trailblazer ” has been a coveted honor from NDIA since its start in 2016. 

“NDIA Trailblazers serves as an opportunity to share how the City of Portland is prioritizing digital equity and inclusion work and provides clear, nationally supported indicators of what a commitment from the City should look like. Receiving NDIA Trailblazer designation is a gold star for the City and an opportunity to see what other leading cities are doing,” said Leina Gonzalez Baird, digital equity coordinator for the City of Portland.

The Trailblazers project features an open-access catalog of materials used by local governments in their pursuit of digital equity. These materials serve as guides and inspiration to cities and local regions as they pursue digital equity and being named as future Trailblazers.

“Trailblazers is not only a showcase of high-quality digital inclusion work, it is also an invaluable cache of information for those looking to replicate tested tactics and strategies that push the envelope of what it means to pursue digital equity,” said Angela Siefer, executive director of NDIA.

NDIA applauds the tireless work these local governments engage in on a daily basis in moving their community towards digital equity. NDIA encourages those cities who haven’t achieved all six criteria, to use them as a guide to continue working toward digital equity. 

These six criteria used this year demonstrate a local government’s digital inclusion leadership:

  • full-time local government staff
  • a digital inclusion plan
  • an open-access coalition
  • survey research
  • funded digital inclusion programming
  • efforts to increase affordability of home broadband service

For more information on the 2022 Trailblazers and to see their qualifying materials, check out the updated table on our Trailblazers page.