An initiative aiming to support independent and freelance workers launched in Kansas City this week, with leaders expressing hopes that it will foster equity in entrepreneurship.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James spoke at Monday’s launch for Kansas City’s Digital Workforce Development Initiative, and emphasized his goal of helping a diverse group of workers flourish.
The program will provide training and support to independent workers. That includes a free course offered by Samaschool at the Kansas City Public Library, where students will learn to build networks and brands.
The Digital Workforce Development Initiative was founded by Samaschool and Udemy, two internet-based education services, and Fiverr, an online marketplace for freelance work. It previously launched in two California cities, Stockton and Richmond.
In Kansas City, the program is partnering with the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, the mayor’s office and KC Social Innovation Center.
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