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Getting Started with Digital Equity: Conducting a Local Needs Assessment

January 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST


Is your city struggling to get all residents online? Do you want to spend Coronavirus Relief Fund money on connectivity, or apply for federal grant support, but don’t know what would be the most effective way to start? The first step in promoting digital equity is gaining a thorough understanding of your community’s challenges, gaps, and assets through a needs assessment.

Join our panel of local experts to talk about the best ways to engage residents, gather information, and understand the challenges keeping community members disconnected. You will also learn what free resources are available to assist you in the needs assessment process.

Speakers include:

  • Chrelle Booker, Mayor Pro Tem, Tryon, North Carolina (moderator)
  • Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager, Esri
  • Rebecca F. Kauma, Economic and Digital Inclusion Officer, City of Long Beach, CA