Verizon Grants $100K to TechSTL to Launch Digital Inclusion Program

St. Louis, Missouri


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Verizon awarded $100,000 to TechSTL to support the TechLAUNCH program in St. Louis, Missouri. The program aims to address the digital divide in Greater St. Louis by establishing a regional partnership to train 10,000 underserved residents in critical tech skills for the jobs of the future.

"The Community Enhancement Award reflects Verizon’s commitment to advancing digital literacy and inclusion in the communities we serve. We are committed to listening to and meeting communities where they are by partnering with innovative organizations, such as TechSTL, to ensure communities have the digital skills and tools they need to thrive in a rapidly evolving digital economy.”
Tony Lewis, Vice President of Public Policy for Verizon

Verizon joins TechSTL’s partnership with Cortex Innovation District, the State of Missouri, the City of St. Louis, CompTIA, Urban League, and the St. Louis Public Library System to address this critical need.

"Verizon is thrilled to expand our partnership with TechSTL to promote digital equity in St. Louis. Through the Verizon Forward Community Enhancement Award, we are committed to helping bridge the digital divide and empower communities in the region with the tools and resources they need to thrive in the digital age."
Andy Brady, Verizon Great Lakes Market President

The partnership is part of the Verizon Forward Community Enhancement Award, a $1 million national initiative equipping communities with the tools to navigate an increasingly technological world. The company’s goal is to prepare 500,000 individuals for the jobs of the future by 2030.

To learn more about Verizon’s Digital Inclusion efforts, visit