Digital Inclusion Trailblazers is an honor roll of local government initiatives that promote digital literacy and broadband access for underserved residents. With support from Google Fiber and help from a Working Group of our affiliates, NDIA identifies local governments that are Digital Inclusion Trailblazers using six indicators, listed below, based on documentation submitted by the candidates. Trailblazers are models for other local governments to pursue digital inclusion efforts in their own communities. The six indicators are as follows:

With support from Google Fiber and help from a Working Group of our affiliates, there are now six indicators for a Digital Inclusion Trailblazer:

  1. The local government has, or directly funds, at least one full-time staff dedicated to digital inclusion initiatives, policies and/or programs.
  2. The local government has a digital inclusion plan or is in the process of developing a plan.
  3. Representatives of the local government participate in a digital inclusion coalition.
  4. The local government has conducted or plans to conduct and publish survey research on Internet access and use by your residents.
  5. The local government directly funds community digital inclusion programming.
  6. The local government is taking steps to increase affordability of home broadband service.

We invite any other local government that fits one or more of these indicators to apply to be a 2020 Digital Inclusion Trailblazer. The application form provides a check-list and documentation requirement for each indicator.

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City and County of San FranciscoAlex Banh, Digital Equity Manageralexander.banh@sfgov.orgPerformance PlanBudget RecommendationsContact InformationStrategic PlanStrategic PlanDigital Equity RFPFiber to Housing
City of AustinJohn Speirs, Program Managerjohn.speirs@austintexas.govProposed BudgetDigital Inclusion TeamDigital Inclusion StrategyDigital Empowerment CommunityAustin Digital AssessmentGTOPS
City of BostonAnne Schwieger, Broadband and Digital Equity Advocateanne.schwieger@boston.govJob DescriptionBudget DescriptionContact InformationDigital Equity StrategyBroadband MapDigital Equity Fund
City of Chattanooga and Hamilton CountyKerry Hayes, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Andy Berkekhayes@chattanooga.govWorking ReportAgency FundingTGH Funding LetterTGH Job DescriptionWorking ReportChatlibrary ServicesMembership RosterOrganizational Survey30 day Survey1 Year SurveyPost-surveyPre-surveyBFO LetterAgency FundingTGH Funding LetterHamilton County Offer
City of Long BeachRebecca Kauma, Project Lead for Economic and Digital Inclusionrebecca.kauma@longbeach.govContact InformationInclusion InitiativeJob DescriptionStakeholder CommitteeRoadmapRoles and ResponsibilitiesCommittee ListCommittee NotesAnalysis & RecommendationsFund Transfer
City of PortlandRebecca Gibbons, Broadband & Digital Equity Program Managerrebecca.gibbons@portlandoregon.govOffice for Community TechnologyAdopted BudgetContact InformationDigital Equity Action PlanDigital Inclusion NetworkAgendaPartnersNeeds and Opportunities ReportPortland Broadband AdoptionStrategic PlanGrant AgreementGrant Description
City of San AntonioCandelaria Mendoza, Smart City Coordinatorcandelariamendoza@sanantonio.govDigital Divide SurveySurvey Information
City of SeattleDavid Keyes, Digital Equity Program ManagerDavid.Keyes@seattle.govStaff Contacts2020 Budget2019 WorkplanDigital Equity Action PlanPlanning ProgressAgenda AprilAgenda OctoberAccess and Adoption StudyTMF Guidelines
District of ColumbiaDelano Squires, Directordelano.squires@dc.govContact InformationConnect DC TeamBudget Vol 2Community Technology Plan BFCommunityTechnology Plan BRDigital Divide ReportInclusion ReportCommunity Technology Plan BFCommunityTechnology Plan BRContract Awards
Louisville Metro GovernmentRicky Santiago, Digital Inclusion ManagerRicky.Santiago@Louisvilleky.govDigital Inclusion PlanExecutive BudgetContact SheetDigital Inclusion PlanCoalition organizationsDigital Inclusion Fund
Provo CityJoshua Ihrig, Information Systems Div. Directorjihrig@provo.orgStaffing OverviewVISTA Assignment Description 1VISTA Assignment Description 2MOUAdministrative DirectiveAdvisory Group membershipMinutes 1Minutes 2Minutes 3Minutes 4AFF ReportSurvey Plan MEMODevice Data OverviewDigital Inclusion EffortsProgramming Summary
Salt Lake CityNole Walkingshaw, Deputy Director, Public Servicesnole.walkingshaw@slcgov.comDigital Inclusion StaffingDigital Equity Full TransmittalUtah AllianceSurvey MapsAffordability in SLC
City of DetroitJoshua Edmonds, Director of Digital Inclusionedmondsj@detroitmi.govPolicy FellowTimelineTimelineDigital Divide AtlasTech for TeensTimeline
New York CityKathleen Clarkkaclark@cto.nyc.govLibrary Privacy WeekInternet Master PlanInternet Master PlanCities for Digital RightsInternet Master PlanInternet Master PlanInternet Master Plan

Thank you to the NDIA Trailblazer Working Group:

Andrew Doan from NDIA, Bobby Coulter from Fresno Housing Authority, Cat Blake from Next Century Cities, Christopher Mitchell from Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Deb Socia from Next Century Cities, Delano Squires from OCTO, Delia Burke from City of Seattle, Devren Washington from Media Mobilizing Project, Edward Blayney from City of Louisville, Geoff Milliner from The Enterprise Center, Michelle Gibeault from University of Arkansas, Jennifer Terry from City of New Orleans, Jess George from Google Fiber, Munirih Jester from City of San Antonio, Amy Huffman from North Carolina Department of Information Technology, Angelina Panettieri from National League of Cities, Parisa Fatehi from Google Fiber, Rebecca Gibbons from City of Portland, Rebecca Kauma from City of Long Beach, Roberto Gallardo from Purdue University