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Valley Vision: Bringing inspiration and hope to Sacramento with the Digital Skills Initiative (DSI)

Valley Vision is collaborating with regional partners to advance a regional initiative that works to improve digital skills for students and adults across the Greater Sacramento region with a specific emphasis on inclusion.

Valley Vision’s Digital Inclusion Summit on February 5, 2019 at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria.

Although Valley Vision has worked on 21st century workforce, it is not until recently that their Digital Skills Initiative came to be. The Digital Skills Initiative came out of Valley Vision’s regional call to action from the Brookings Institute market assessment that found the Sacramento region trailing most other metropolitan areas in the nation in growth, prosperity, and inclusion. A specific call out in our regions workforce is in digital skills, including an emphasis on inclusion of attaining digital skill.

Valley Vision is working with partners to advance a regional initiative that works to improve digital skills for students and adults across the Greater Sacramento region. The Digital Skills Initiative is the Sacramento region’s solution to educate and train a broad and increasingly diverse homegrown labor supply to fill jobs in demand today, and into the future.

We are creating an inventory of programs and efforts that are taking place within our community in efforts to share stories of success, elevate the issue of digital literacy and skill development, and build a better understanding of programs and resources available.

For 25 years and with offices in Sacramento and Stockton, Valley Vision has been the Capital Region’s trusted interpreter, commentator, forecaster and work partner for community inspired solutions and widely recognized as leading research, civic planning and action agency that takes an independent systemic approach to solving economic, social, and environmental issues.

Recent milestones:

  • Leataata Floyd Elementary School (LFE) – Valley Vision has been one of LFE’s partners in delivering the School2Home Program, which is bridging the Digital Divide and Achievement gap through equitable access to technology, as part of an overall neighborhood transformation strategy. This work is supported by the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), which has invested more than $250,000 over the past four years, through a partnership with LFE, the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento. On February 7th, Valley Vision, with generous support from the Stuart Foundation, convened a learning and funders forum with LFE, CETF, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), and others to showcase LFE as a community school, highlight the need for equity in our educational system, and explore public/private/philanthropic partnership opportunities to advance progress. The moral imperative for this work: we cannot leave our children behind.

  • The Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE) – a premier program for countries to establish long-term global partnerships, foster innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems, accelerate collaboration, and build economic links and business opportunities. 50+ high-level public, private, and academic decision-makers from across the Americas paid a visit to Northern California to experience our culture of innovation and stimulate ongoing research, trade and other partnerships.

  • Farm to Fork Live launch – Greater Sacramento is America’s Farm to Fork Capital. To highlight our regional milestone, and to strengthen the overall initiative, Valley Vision is working with Visit Sacramento and launched the Farm to Fork Live event series: conversations on a range of topics in food and agriculture, that explores what it means to be America’s Farm to Fork Capital and how we can strengthen our food and agriculture economy.

A lot of Valley Vision's milestones have been made possible through the great fortune and ongoing hard work amongst partnerships, leaders, and an engaged region.


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