2021 POLICY AGENDA > Digital Equity and Workforce Development

Digital Equity and Workforce Development

sf.citi firmly believes that all San Franciscans should have full and equal access to technology and workforce development opportunities to participate in the digital economy. We strive to build productive public-private partnerships with the City and nonprofit community to help San Francisco reach its goal of eliminating the digital divide. sf.citi also supports all facets of workforce development within the tech industry and encourages pathways to connect disenfranchised communities and those negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to opportunities within the tech sector. 

  • sf.citi recognizes the impact the pandemic has had in exacerbating the digital divide and encourages efforts to provide hardware in the form of laptops, tablets, and other materials to students, seniors, and other communities disproportionately impacted by this issue. In addition, we support efforts to eliminate tech inequity through digital inclusion initiatives, resources, and tools that increase access to technology and improve practical skill-building.
  • sf.citi supports and understands the necessity of having reliable and accessible broadband for all San Franciscans in today’s modern world, and champions the expansion of 5G technology and infrastructure in San Francisco to provide high performance and efficient internet accessibility, create an improved and more uniform experience for all users, and increase capacity to keep up with the burgeoning number of connected gadgets and vehicles.
  • sf.citi supports proactive initiatives that allow for advancement in tech-related opportunities within SFUSD classrooms, programs, and overall schooling experience, such as SFUSD’s Computer Science for All initiative and participation in career development programs outside of the classroom such as the Mayor Breed’s Opportunities for All initiative.
  • sf.citi supports efforts to increase workforce development pathways into the tech industry for all residents after high school—from recent high school graduates to those making a mid-career switch—by building skills applicable to careers in tech through fellowships, apprenticeships, and job programs/initiatives made available by member companies both internally and in partnership with local nonprofits and City programs, such as Tech SF. 
  • sf.citi supports efforts to invest in underserved communities through coalition-building between private stakeholders, businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations, such as The Partnership for HOPE SF and other public/private collaborations that bridge communities of concern and the tech industry.