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Mayor Berry and Microsoft Announce Strategic Digital Alliance

Alliance to Benefits Residents with Skills Training, Technology Camps and Capacity-Building Resources for Small Businesses

May 19, 2014

Albuquerque – Mayor Richard J. Berry today announced a strategic alliance with Microsoft Corporation that will bring increased technology access and computer-skills training to City residents, provide new resources for students and implement development initiatives aimed at helping small businesses and start-up organizations.

“We live in a community of hardworking people and many students who are looking for skills development opportunities in order to build meaningful careers. The demand for digital skills has never been higher,” said Mayor Berry. “The strategic relationship we are establishing with Microsoft is an important step towards providing new resources and training to our citizens and critical tools for our students.”

As part of the Digital Alliance, Albuquerque will work with Microsoft to provide a “train the trainer” model on basic technology tools to help ensure a framework for residents to develop the digital skills required for many of today’s entry-level jobs. The City will identify candidate groups with gaps in digital literacy and close those gaps by exposing residents to digital basics through Microsoft’s Digital Literacy Curriculum.

The Digital Alliance will also focus on development and capacity building for City start-up organizations and small businesses through the Microsoft BizSpark program.

On the Education front, the Digital Alliance will broaden access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities for City students. Hundreds of local students will attend technology-exposure events such as Microsoft DigiGirlz and DigiDudes camps where they will have the chance to take on technology challenges through small-group work, interact with Microsoft executives and learn more about technology-related careers.

“Through Microsoft’s digital and training assets, combined with Mayor Berry’s laser focus on innovation and jobs, we know this alliance will empower Albuquerque citizens with new ways to maximize technology opportunities before them,” said Brian Field, General Manager for Microsoft’s State and Local Government business. “Microsoft is excited to support Mayor Berry in his efforts to build sustained economic and educational opportunity here in this great city.”

Microsoft’s work with the City of Albuquerque is part of Microsoft’s CityNext program to empower people—whether governments, citizens, or businesses—to transform their cities and their future. Through CityNext, people can take advantage of a broad portfolio of products and technologies, a global network of partners, and a long track record of successful education and social programs.