A neighborhood lacking digital literacy in today’s world is at a competitive disadvantage. Finding a job, learning about government services, paying bills—all these tasks and many others are increasingly done best online. Local businesses, service providers and community organizations cannot afford to ignore the power of working smarter and communicating better. Yet many Chicagoans have not embraced digital technology due to concerns about cost, complexity or relevance to their daily lives.
The Smart Communities program works to increase digital access and use by families, businesses and other institutions in five moderate- and low-income Chicago neighborhoods: Auburn Gresham, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Humboldt Park and Pilsen. Created with input from residents and led by local organizations, the program is building a culture of digital excellence that supports neighborhood goals—from education to economic development, from safety to youth programs. For an overview factsheet in PDF format, click here.
To reach those goals, Smart Communities provides coordinated programming and services: