We believe identifying and helping rural workers of all backgrounds move up the rungs of the digital skilling and employment ladder is essential in closing the rural tech gap while also closing the gap in tech job openings.
Hard data and our personal experiences prove that America’s small towns are diverse and dynamic, home to people of all races and ethnicities. In fact, more than 22% of people living in rural America are people of color.
This week, we were thrilled to announce that two communities in the most recent cohort of the Rural Innovation Initiative (RII) were selected for Build to Scale (B2S) Venture Challenge grants through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)
At CORI, we believe we might be witnessing the start of what we call the Great Tech Migration: a widespread exodus of tech workers from urban areas to the small towns — where they bring their jobs with them.
Data can be a powerful way for community leaders to add rigor and persuasiveness to their pitches. Data can identify a community’s strengths and needs. Data can prove your value to grantmakers and other stakeholders.