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LISC Chicago

October 25, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times

Getting connected: Program brings Internet to Chicago neighborhoods


Over the past three years, five Chicago communities have made huge strides towards bridging the digital divide.

Coordinated by Local Initiatives Support Corporation and operated by grass roots organizations in Auburn-Gresham, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Humboldt Park and Pilsen, Smart Communities is a strategic and comprehensive program that provides both computer access and literacy to community residents.

Through public computer centers, digital literacy trainings, community web pages and the creation of business networks and youth job training, the program has allowed thousands of students, seniors, local businesses, job seekers and other residents to join the digital revolution by providing free technical resources.

Together, these programs are building a culture of digital excellence that supports neighborhood goals in the five communities. Through a partnership with the City of Chicago funded primarily by the federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the Smart Communities program is building a culture of digital excellence that supports neighborhood as well as individual goals.

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