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Community Leaders, Microsoft to Discuss AI and Economic Growth Opportunities at Wyandotte Economic Development Council

Posted on Friday, November 03, 2023

Community leaders and technical experts will gather at the Wyandotte Economic Development Council on Friday, November 3 to learn more about Microsoft’s TechSpark Community Engagement Fellowship program.

During this two-hour meeting, panelists will discuss digital inclusion and economic growth, generative AI, ways in which stakeholders can leverage generative AI and prompt engineering, and the Microsoft TechSpark Community Engagement Fellowship program. Panelists for the session include, Lazone Grays, President and CEO of IBSA, Inc., Dr. Greg Mosier, President of Kansas City Kansas Community College, Gabriel Nelson, CEO of MADE MEN, Inc., Greg Kindle, President of the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, and Robert Milan, Member of the Board of Public Utilities and the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, and Erika Smith, Manager, Microsoft TechSpark Metro.

Earlier this year, IBSA Inc., located in Topeka, Kansas, was selected to participate in the Microsoft TechSpark Community Engagement Fellowship program, which seeks to spearhead local efforts to help foster digital inclusion and transformation, as well as targeted digital skills education for youth and adults facing economic barriers.

During the meeting, IBSA, Inc., will outline work completed during the program in Kansas community. IBSA President/CEO, Lazone Grays will continue working with other local, state and regional partners to expand digital equity and inclusion in the region. IBSA advocates for equitable public policies, more trade and tech skill development opportunities, and increased supplier diversity efforts. They provide employment training and related support services to those referred for job search, youth development programs or entrepreneurial support and services.

Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) has served Wyandotte County and its communities for 100 years and is currently leading efforts to build a $71 million Community Education, Health and Wellness Center in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Education is an essential gateway to help individuals enhance economic mobility and employability. KCKCC is a natural partner in providing opportunities to increase digital access and computer education in the area.

MADE MEN, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit based in Kansas City, Kansas, focused on providing programs that tap into the mindset of those they serve and “Empowering men and women to do great things”.

Wyandotte County Economic Development Council works to strengthen the county’s economy through innovative programs, partnerships and leadership in workforce development. WYEDC works to build a dynamic local community and a vibrant economy, enhancing the quality of life for residents and creating a climate conducive for business. Digital access, computer education and digital transformation are important building blocks for workforce solutions and a vibrant economy.


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Keywords: AI, Microsoft, IBSA, Made Men, WyDEC, TechSpark

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