At the National League of Cities Congress of Cities event in Nashville, TN on November 5, 2015, Philadelphia was selected as one of six winners of the inaugural Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards, presented by Next Century Cities, the National League of Cities, and Google Fiber. These awards celebrate city governments who are leading programs or empowering community-based organizations to tackle barriers to Internet adoption.
The Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards featured two categories, with two overall winners selected in each category. The categories, the Leader in Digital Inclusion Best Practices and the Most Promising New Plan awards, recognize established and newly-launched or planned programs, respectively. KEYSPOT, the City of Philadelphia's coalition committed to bridging the digital divide, was recognized in the Leader in Digital Inclusion Best Practices category.
Fifty public computing centers, also known as KEYSPOTS, are located in 19 of the City's Recreation Centers; three Free Library of Philadelphia-sponsored sites; and 28 additional neighborhood-based organizations, such as social service agencies, health clinics, and homeless shelters. Each KEYSPOT features a minimum of five high-functioning computer stations, delivers at least 15 hours of public open access computing per week, and is supervised by a qualified lab instructor. KEYSPOT is managed by a partnership among The Mayor's Commission on Literacy (MCOL), the city's Office of Innovation and Technology and Department of Parks and Recreation, and Drexel University.
"KEYSPOT has successfully helped hundreds of thousands of Philadelphians access the internet, learn to navigate the web, complete their education, search for job opportunities, and explore career opportunities," said Mayor's Commission on Literacy's associate director and KEYSPOT program manager, Jennifer Kobrin. "I'm thrilled to accept this award on behalf of all the hardworking program administrators, lab instructors, and volunteers who make this collaboration possible."
KEYSPOT represents Philadelphia's ongoing effort to equip all citizens with the work-ready skills required of today's technology-based economy. Mayor Michael A. Nutter and City Council made a commitment to continue the successful work of KEYSPOT, which began with federal funding in 2011. Seventy percent of KEYSPOTS receive funding support, and every site in the network benefits from free promotional outreach and professional development opportunities. This year, KEYSPOT partnered with city and non-profit agencies like Indego Philly Bike Share, The Mayor's Office of Education, and Fun Safe Philly Summer to help bring resources and job opportunities to KEYSPOT clients.
To learn more about this award, visit http://nextcenturycities.org/digital-inclusion-awards. To find a KEYSPOT in your neighborhood, call Philadelphia's 3-1-1 information line (215-686-8686),access the 311 mobile app visit phillykeyspots.org, or download this flyer.
Deana Gamble, Director of Marketing & Communications, Mayor's Commission on Literacy
Deana.Gamble@phila.gov | Office: 215-686-5254 | Cell: 609-214-1862