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Addressing Indiana’s Digital Divide

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Monday, May 10, 2021 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm EDT
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Join us for a free virtual presentation that digs into Indiana’s digital divide. We’ll address topics such as broadband access as well as upskilling for jobs and corporate investment in technology.

For decades, the disparity of broadband internet access has been an issue among Indiana community and business leaders. In the last year, though, as we’ve sat through virtual meetings and calls with neighbors, teachers, students and colleagues from across the state, it’s even more obvious to many of us that there are significant digital divides in our state and that they are holding many people, and communities, back.

At the same time, we know that companies aren’t investing enough in technology and that employers are having trouble filling high-paying jobs. What does all of that have in common? The Indiana GPS Project, which is striving to put Indiana on the path for growth and prosperity.

Join us for a virtual presentation and panel discussion on May 10 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. ET, as we dig into these issues, which are leading to Indiana’s digital divide. We’ll address topics such as broadband access as well as upskilling for jobs and corporate investment in technology.

This event centers on a new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, in partnership with the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), titled "State of renewal: Charting a new course for Indiana’s economic growth and inclusion." The report draws a number of conclusions about the future of our state’s economy and considers how to catalyze a new era of prosperity. One of the major issues at play is how to address the state’s digital divide. (You can learn more about the report and the Indiana GPS Project, in this webinar from earlier this year.)

We’ll start the event with a presentation on the report’s recommendations from the authors themselves: Mark Muro and Rob Maxim of Brookings Institution. Then, we’ll bring regional, university, business and nonprofit leaders together for a series of discussions about technology, jobs and more. Other featured speakers include Johnny Park from Wabash Heartland Innovation Network, Scott Ford from iNDustry Labs at the University of Notre Dame and Tina Peterson from Regional Opportunity Initiatives/Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County.

This event is organized by Independent Colleges of Indiana, Indiana Humanities and Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, and follows a series about rural resiliency and rewriting the rural narrative. 
 

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