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Today, 23 Seattle organizations were awarded a total of $320,000 in Technology Matching Funds.

The Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, which Councilmember Bruce Harrell Chairs and on which I serve as Vice-Chair, recently voted to approve the awards unanimously. Watch the video here. The full City Council appproved them this afternoon.

girl_computerThe money supports projects throughout the city to ensure all Seattleites have access to and proficiency using internet-based technologies. Selected by Seattle’s Technology Advisory Board from more than 67 applicants, these projects will contribute a projected $685,711 in community matching resources, more than double the City’s investment.

The awards support greater digital equity in Seattle. Several projects will help Seattle build a diverse technology workforce, by providing STEM education programs for youth of color and computer and applications training to immigrants and low-income adults.  Other programs will help seniors and people with disabilities better engage using a variety of tools, including tablets, touch screens and social media. The projects will also enable greater electronic civic participation for many disadvantaged residents.

The 2014 Technology Matching Fund award recipients include:

  • Ballard NW Senior Center
  • Casa Latina
  • North Seattle Family Center/ Children’s Home Society of WA
  • Denny Terrace Computer Lab
  • Elizabeth Gregory Home
  • Filipino Community of Seattle
  • Helping Link
  • Hilltop House
  • Lao Women Association of Washington
  • Literacy Source
  • North Seattle Boys & Girls Club
  • Northaven Retirement and Assisted Living
  • Open Doors for Multicultural Families/STAR Center at Center Park
  • Ross Manor Computer Lab
  • Seattle Neighborhood Coalition
  • Solid Ground Sand Point Housing Campus
  • Somali Community Services of Seattle
  • South Park Area Redevelopment Center
  • The Jefferson Terrace Computer Lab Committee
  • University of Washington Women’s Center
  • Vietnamese Friendship Association
  • Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH)
  • YMCA of Greater Seattle – Y @ Cascade People’s Center.

For more information and a map of Technology Matching Fund awardees visit

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