This report and its findings resulted from a partnership between the Skills2Compete coalition, and the Office of the Future of Work in Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment. In many ways, it arose from an understanding by all partners of the importance of issues related to digital equity, inclusion, and literacy, and how those relate to the ability of low-income Coloradans to meet their basic needs.
The urgency of this work only intensified in a world transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. While we have since began to recover from the pandemic, it has left its imprint on our state—and the growth in importance of digital tools, technologies, and platforms that accelerated during the pandemic shows no signs of slowing.
This project is intended to provide findings and recommendations to the Office of the Future of Work to guide in the development and creation of the state’s first digital equity plan as part of the federal Digital Equity Act. This report serves as a summary of those findings and recommendations.