Public Partners

Connect Chicago is implemented by the Smart Chicago Collaborative and advised by a dynamic leadership group of Chicago’s key public institutions.

The Connect Chicago Steering Committee informs the strategy of Connect Chicago and is comprised of representatives from government agencies under the direction of Mayor Emanuel, institutional funders, and program partner organizations:

City of Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology:  DoIT is the key department for the City in matters of digital access and skills, and will convene staff from City departments and agencies that provide direct digital skills and access programming to ensure that efforts are coordinated under the Connect Chicago program. DoIT also supports the technology infrastructure (including the network and workstations) at the over 100 City-managed public computer centers (community service and senior centers and libraries).

Chicago Public Library: The Library is the largest public-facing institution that delivers digital access and skills. Coordination and amplification of these activities is key to our success.

LISC Chicago: LISC was key to the creation of the Sustainable Broadband Adoption BTOP grant and it delivered on their Smart Communities program.

Smart Chicago Collaborative: Connect Chicago is housed at Smart Chicago.

World Business Chicago: WBC’s Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs, which calls for inclusive investments in our workforce, the cultivation of a more dynamic technology sector, and a focus on neighborhood-based economic development. Digital access and skills are critical to the city’s economy and future, sustainable growth.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: The Foundation is a longstanding supporter of digital access and skills. It is also one of the three founding organizations of the Smart Chicago Collaborative.

Chicago Public Schools: CPS delivers programs designed increase parents’ digital skills and promote student achievement through and in technology.