City of Long Beach Celebrates National Digital Inclusion Week 2023
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Long Beach, CA ~ The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) has declared October 2-6, 2023 as National Digital Inclusion Week (DIW), and the City of Long Beach is joining in the celebration. DIW is an annual week of awareness, recognition and celebration where digital inclusion advocates across the country promote their digital equity and inclusion efforts.

Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson said, "In Long Beach, we are building connected communities so that everyone has access to technology resources that will help them thrive. We are advancing digital equity to ensure our residents can fully participate in programs and services we have to offer."

To celebrate DIW, the City of Long Beach will be offering resources and information on its social media channels promoting digital equity and inclusion in Long Beach. Residents are encouraged to visit the social media pages of the Department of Economic Development @LBEconDev and the City's primary social media pages @LongBeachCity to learn more about the City's free and low-cost digital inclusion resources and services. The City will also highlight various Long Beach Recovery Act (LB Recovery Act) digital inclusion community partners by sharing information regarding their programs and services they delivered in the past year. Residents can join the conversation online by using hashtags such as #DIW2023, #LBdigitalinclusion, #digitalequityNOW, #LBrecovers, and #BuildingConnectedCommunities.

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The City has contracted with nine community partners who implemented digital inclusion programming activities over the past year. These activities included distributing 1,262 hotspots and 1,269 Chromebooks to resident program participants; 112 hotspots and 114 Chromebooks to Businesses and non-profit program participants; conducting 368 community outreach activities; reaching 13,676 community members; distributing 14,798 multilingual outreach materials; implementing a Digital Inclusion Confidence Program providing one-on-one literacy support services; holding 49 session appointments totaling 44.75 session appointment activity hours at neighborhoods impacted by the digital divide; among other accomplishments.

Director of Technology & Innovation Lea Eriksen said "I am proud of our equity focused approach of partnering with community-based organizations to reach the residents most disadvantaged by the digital divide. This partnership has made a true difference in the lives of our residents and small business owners who have received digital inclusion resources from the City."

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In June 2021, The Long Beach City Council approved a Digital Inclusion Roadmap (Roadmap) which includes a vision statement, goals, objectives, strategies through a Collective Impact Approach & equity lens in three focus areas: capacity, connectivity & technology. More information about this initiative is available at

This year's National Digital Inclusion Week is an opportunity for Long Beach residents to learn more about how they can benefit from free or low cost technology resources & services that will help them stay connected & empowered both socially & economically.

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