PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

8/10/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:081018
Subject:
Long Beach Residents Encouraged to Participate in the City’s Digital Inclusion Survey
Contact:
Rebecca F. Kauma
Project Manager
Department of Economic Development
562.570.7441
Rebecca.Kauma@longbeach.gov





Long Beach residents are encouraged to participate in a community-based digital inclusion survey that the City’s Technology and Innovation Commission (TIC) is conducting to assess how residents are currently accessing the internet and the barriers they face to connect to internet services.

“The survey will provide the City with quantitative community feedback that will help us develop and implement initiatives to support low-income communities to overcome the digital divide. I would like to encourage Long Beach residents to participate in the survey within the next week,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

The survey is currently available online, in community centers and at all Long Beach Public Libraries until Friday, August 17, 2018. More information about the survey and the City’s digital inclusion efforts can be found at www.longbeach.gov/ti/digital-inclusion/.

“Digital Inclusion is necessary for economic, workforce and community development,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “I am looking forward to truly making our city a leader in the movement to close the digital divide through innovation partnerships.”

On January 23, 2018, City Council voted unanimously to approve the creation of a Digital Inclusion Master Plan that addresses the "Digital Divide" communities in Long Beach, at the request of Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez as well as Vice Mayor Dee Andrews and Councilmember Roberto Uranga. City staff have since established the Digital Inclusion planning initiative, which includes a community-based survey as a component. The City has also hired a Project Manager who will help lead the City’s digital inclusion efforts. In addition, yesterday local stakeholders convened for the first time at a Digital Inclusion Roundtable hosted by Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez, which started the process for the stakeholders to provide essential input on current and future technology initiatives to support the efforts.

The survey has been translated into multiple languages, and distributed at community hubs, community-based organizations, and was distributed at the Digital Inclusion Community Forum, which took place on July 26 of this year.

The Digital Inclusion Forum provided a community-friendly space for Long Beach residents to learn more about the City’s digital inclusion efforts. During the Forum, the TIC and City staff facilitated an open dialogue where they co-developed solutions with residents that would address the digital divide and advance digital equity in Long Beach.

Residents can stay engaged and informed on social media by using the following hashtag: #LBdigitalinclusion.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Technology and Innovation

The Technology and Innovation Department provides a centralized resource for technology deployment and support throughout the City. It is our mission to provide a customer-focused environment that integrates people, processes, and technology to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of City services. To learn more about Technology and Innovation, visit: www.longbeach.gov/ti.