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Houston selected for Facebook's Community Boost project

Houston selected for Facebook's Community Boost project

In its announcement today, Facebook pointed to new research from Morning Consult Intelligence, which says that 62 percent of USA small businesses list digital and social media skills as an important factor for hiring decisions.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he is proud to welcome Facebook to Houston. Facebook says 70 million small businesses use its service. There'll also be guidance on digital literacy fundamentals such as online safety and privacy available to everyone in the community.

The other cities to be named in the program are St. Louis, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Des Moines, Illinois, Greensville, South Carolina. The company said the locations were picked based on feedback from businesses who want to improve the digital training opportunities in their community. Facebook presented evidence that shows how digital technology can help businesses to grow. The effort dubbed Boost Your Business, has been focused on getting businesses to learn how to create their own page on Facebook in order to give them a bigger online presence.

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According to reports by Tech Crunch, the skills that will be going on roadshow are (of course) very Facebook-centric, leading one to question who exactly is benefiting the most from this program. And we recently created a digital marketing curriculum that will help train 3,000 MI residents in digital skills development over the next two years. "We hope this will bring more tech skills and better job opportunities to our wonderful community".

THE LATEST in a long line of technology companies looking to reduce the damage their platforms have wrought on today's job market, Facebook announced that they would be rolling out "Community Boost", an in-person program that will retrain unemployed individuals with digital skills. According to Levy, Facebook has invested more than $1 billion to support small businesses on the social network, and Facebook Community Boost is not the company's first education program.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds: "It's my priority to ensure that Iowans have the skills they need to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow, and to ensure that Iowa businesses have the tools they need to thrive in the digital economy".


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