Sioux Falls, SD: Midco has provided a $50,000 gift to the City of Sioux Falls to launch a task force focused on addressing digital equity in city. The Inclusive Digital Equity Alliance, or IDEA, task force will develop a comprehensive digital equity plan for Sioux Falls and the region.
Digital equity refers to access to internet connectivity, devices and digital literacy. According to 2017 American Community Survey data, 13 percent of households in Sioux Falls had no internet access, or 9,399 households. Digital equity is essential for individuals to fully participate in our society, democracy and economy.
“The intent of this financial investment is to look into digital equity more broadly and find solutions to address community needs at a deeper level,” said Midco President & CEO Pat McAdaragh. “We’re looking forward to partnering with the City and the Inclusive Digital Equity Alliance to really dig in and do the work to solve digital equity challenges.”
“Far too many individuals in Sioux Falls — especially youth — lack the technology and digital access necessary to succeed in our increasingly connected world,” said Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken. “To achieve digital equity in Sioux Falls and help our next generation succeed, we must be intentional about looking at technology gaps and strategies to address them. The Inclusive Digital Equity Alliance will help us kick-start this important work.”
The task force will launch later this year. It will include 12-20 appointed members, including government agencies, school districts, community organizations, employers and residents. Midco’s gift will support a consultant with digital equity expertise and implementation of initiatives produced by the task force.