I am pleased to announce that My Way Village, in partnership with DSSA and Habilitative Systems, Inc., launched the first of 23 technology centers for senior buildings across the State of Illinois earlier today. The project was funded by President Obama's Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP), and will provide technology centers, training and laptop computers for building residents who complete the training, as well as a year of free high speed internet service. The project was championed by Congressman Danny K. Davis, Governor Quinn, Commissioner Robert Steele and Don Samuelson, a local attorney and expert on broadband technology. Sankofa Safe Child Initiative, (also in North Lawndale) and Beth-Anne Place (in Austin) will also be launching technology centers in the near future.
I am deeply honored to have provided technical assistance in the development of the $7 million proposal as a consultant to the Illinois ResourceNet, a Funding Initiative based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Illinois ResourceNet provides technical assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities seeking federal funds. We provide proposal reviews within the federal grant guidelines; assist in brokering partnerships among grant seekers; deliver online courses; provide workshops and conferences on federal funding. For further information on the initiative, visit http://illinoisresource.net/.