Program launched to bridge digital divide

December 21, 2009 (CHICAGO) The 'smart communities' program was unveiled on Tuesday at the greater Southwest Development Corporation.

Mayor Daley joined the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to present the program.

The goal is to turn 63rd Street into a hub improving digital access and training across the city.

"Technology can enhance all the opportunities as pointed out, improve our knowledge, especially the work skills, expand our economic development, encourage innovation, boost Chicago's ability to compete in a global economy," said Daley.

Planned family Internet centers will offer a variety of programs and hands on training in several locations including the southwest reach center in the Chicago lawn community and Kennedy-King College in the Englewood neighborhood.

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