Colorado Computer Centers

Bridging Colorado’s Great Digital Divide

Executive Summary

A Public Computing Center (PCC) for Your Community: The Colorado State Library, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, announces that it has been awarded a grant for federal stimulus money on behalf of 76 communities in Colorado.

This grant, totaling $3.3 million including 32% match will fund computers, training, partnerships and a public awareness campaign to develop or augment Public Computer Centers in public libraries and Tribal centers. Coloradans in need of computer training and assistance with education, work force, health, and other support will find support through these public computing centers. We have prioritized ADA compliance, low income and diverse populations. BTOP Public Computer Center Criteria and Project Goals: Increase public access to high speed broadband services in high‐need communities Serve vulnerable populations (unemployed, underemployed or other vulnerable populations: non‐English speakers, seniors, disabled, etc.) Provide training, technical support and other resources to support job search, career advancement and high school to college attainment through community anchor institutions such as public libraries Advance the use of E‐services for employment, digital literacy, business development, health, and education Enhance access to libraries and computers through ADA compliance

Key Dates

  • January 14, 2011 through February 4, 2011 site visits
  • February 10, onsite visit to all lcoations from cabling and power contractor
  • MArch 1, 2011 signed MOUs due to High Plains
  • March work onsite to complete facilities needs (power, data cabling, other)
  • APril computers installed
  • May training for invovled staff

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