The Long Beach City Council agreed Tuesday to collaborate with Microsoft, bringing digital expertise to Long Beach staff and digital capacity building workshops aimed at inspiring young people, the city announced Wednesday.
Microsoft will bring these Digital Alliance programs to Long Beach in the near future, starting with Digi Camps and BizSpark sessions.
“This new partnership is part of our commitment to creating a tech culture and economy in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “Microsoft is a global leader in innovation and I'm excited that they are going to leverage their expertise and talent to support workforce and economic development programs for local residents and students.”
The date of the sessions will be determined by the City of Long Beach and Microsoft, with up to 100 girls, 100 boys and 200 local businesses eligible for participation.
The Digi Camps will consist of separate sessions for girls and boys, offering them opportunities to engage with Microsoft executives, learn through small group sessions and hear about technology-related careers.
The BizSpark session focuses on technology demonstration to local entrepreneurs, including how it can simplify everyday tasks, increase productivity, reduce business operations costs, and grow business.
“By combining the numerous digital and training assets of Microsoft with the Mayor and City of Long Beach’s focus on education and investing in the technology sector, we know that this relationship will empower the citizens of Long Beach to realize their full potential,” said Tori Locke, General Manager for Microsoft’s State and Local Government business in a statement. “Microsoft is excited to support the City in its efforts to create more economic development and educational resources for the businesses and youth in Long Beach.”