Cuyahoga County enters new digital alliance with Microsoft

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 18 July 2016
Cuyahoga County enters new digital alliance with Microsoft

Cuyahoga County in Ohio, US, has entered into a new digital alliance with Microsoft that will enable the county’s citizens to enjoy increased access to technology and take advantage of computer-skills training.

The new initiative will help provide improved resources for students in Cuyahoga County, and help to implement development initiatives aimed at helping small businesses and start-up organisations.

Residents will enjoy access to issue reporting and other county information thanks to the MyCuyahoga Mobile App. This CitySourced mobile service request system is built on Microsoft’s Azure Government cloud platform.

The MyCuyahoga Mobile App allows citizens to identify issues and immediately report service requests. Citizens can also pay parking tickets, report potholes, and find and access park trails.

The digital alliance forms part of Microsoft’s CityNext initiative, which allows people to capitalise on a broad portfolio of products and technologies.

“In our region, like everywhere else, the demand for digital skills has never been higher,” said Armond Budish, executive at Cuyahoga County. “The strategic relationship we are establishing with Microsoft is an important step towards providing new resources and training to our citizens and new ways to learn for our students.”

As part of the digital alliance, Microsoft will provide a Digital Literacy Curriculum, which offers a framework for residents to develop the digital skills required for many of today’s entry-level jobs. Candidates across a range of government organisations will be identified and helped to develop their digital literacy.

Initiatives such as Microsoft BizSpark and Microsoft YouthSpark will also be embraced by the county, while Microsoft’s Community Connections Program will connect local business organisations with Microsoft partners to help further the value of technology solutions.

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