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Microsoft and the City of Atlanta lead coalition of partners to close the digital skills gap and build a more inclusive workforce

We proudly announce “Accelerate,” a new program designed to address economic recovery through skilling both underserved communities and re-skilling the many Americans impacted by COVID-19. Accelerate: Atlanta is the first US implementation of Microsoft’s global skills initiative, an ambitious plan to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills by the end of the year.

With support of the Atlanta Mayor’s office and additional public and private partnerships, the initiative aims to expand access to digital skills, which is a critical first step in improving employability to help build local economic recovery, especially for the people hardest hit by job losses.

Accelerate: Atlanta brings together civic, learning, and corporate partners to provide skills across the spectrum of digital proficiency to build a more inclusive workforce for all.

Microsoft is backing the effort with over $1 million dollars in investments. Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations led by and serving Black/African American communities will be among the organizations across the United States receiving cash grants to aid in this skills initiative.

“Atlanta is the first US city in our ambitious national investment plan to support our country’s economic recovery,” said Kate Johnson, President of Microsoft US. “We’re delighted that we can bring the breadth of the Microsoft technology ecosystem in partnership with the mayor to provide communities within Atlanta with the digital skills needed for a more equitable, prosperous future.”

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