For next month’s Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, a partnership of corporations and philanthropic organizations is expanding “technology hubs” in downtown Detroit.
The Connect 313 Fund, which includes Rocket Mortgage, the City of Detroit, Microsoft and the United Way for Southeast Michigan and aims to “bridge the digital divide in Detroit,” announced the hub’s expansion in a press release Monday.
Technology centers provide Detroit residents with access to computer hardware, Internet access, and digital literacy training initiatives.
According to a press release, the expansion will add 17 hubs, bringing the effort to a total of 22 technology hubs. The expansion aims to establish at least one center in each of Detroit’s seven city council districts.
A full list of organizations and locations hosting technology centers can be found here.
“We set out two years ago to provide Detroiters with significant access to equipment and technology. The opening of these new technology centers is a major step toward that goal,” said Bob Walters, CEO of Detroit-based Rocket Mortgage. said in the publication. “These additional neighborhood technology hubs will help connect even more Detroiters to educational and employment opportunities, unlock their potential, and grow the community.”
The expansion is part of Rocket’s “Changing Course” initiative, now in its third year, aimed at ensuring that every Detroit resident has access to internet, technology and digital education programs within a 10-minute walk of their home . gets access.
Since its inception in 2019, the Rocket Mortgage-sponsored PGA golf tournament, held at Detroit Golf Club, has raised more than $5.25 million for local charities, including $3.2 million through Changing the Course initiative, which was first launched in 2020.
Rocket Mortgage Classic Executive Director Jason Langwell said, “We are proud that Rocket Mortgage Classic can so effectively continue on its important mission of changing course and bringing Detroit one step closer to closing its digital divide. Is.” “Rocket Mortgage is much more than classic golf—it’s about giving back to the city we call home and to everyone who lives in the Detroit neighborhood.”
Joshua Edmonds, director of digital inclusion for the city of Detroit, said the Technology Hub initiative represents a total investment of $300,000 to date, including $15,000 in grants for neighborhood sites and $45,000 for various marketing initiatives for the Program.