The program, capitalized with $787,650 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds, is aimed at providing new job skills to 40 people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg emphasized the impact it could have on a larger scale in the city, if expanded.
“In many ways, it has never been easier to implement digital services. Our partners within the city are finding it much easier to think about small, iterative services that improve over time. In less wild times, we likely wouldn’t have put these services live in their current state.”
Government technology veteran Abhi Nemani, who has experience both inside government as well as with prominent civic tech organizations such as Code for America, is leading the new startup company.
“Asking the major service providers to step up has failed, and California, as the fifth-largest economy in the world, should not have to run around, tin cup in hand, begging for broadband.”