Statement by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh regarding Common Council approval of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds:

“No one person, organization or government entity can bridge the digital divide, but working together we can break down barriers to access and build a more connected community. The investment of $430,835 in ARPA funds to support a new and innovative ‘Digital Empowerment Program’ will help us improve digital literacy and provide support in accessing affordable high-speed internet services and devices to City residents. The funds will also be used to hire a Digital Empowerment Program Manager and four “Digital Navigators” to work directly with residents to better access digital and online services like applying for jobs and public benefits, accessing social services, and staying connected to their family and friends. I thank the Common Council for its unanimous approval, the Syracuse Northeast Community Center for its leadership in proposing this innovative program, and Microsoft Philanthropies for its additional funding to support the Program.”

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