Bridging the
Digital Divide in Detroit

We are a citywide, data-driven digital inclusion strategy.
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OUR MISSION

To put in place by 2024 the means for all Detroiters to have access to appropriate devices, internet connections, technical support and digital resources for improved learning, employment and wellbeing.

CONNECT 313 is a citywide, data-driven digital inclusion strategy that brings countless organizations together with the bold goal to make Detroit a national model for digital inclusion and ensure all Detroiters can access the digital world and the opportunity it brings.

The Founding Members

This operation is made possible by the City of Detroit, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Rocket Mortgage and Microsoft.
OUR VISION

Ensure every Detroiter is fully digitally included, improving the quality of life for all residents.

OUR VALUES

Our work is informed by our commitments to:

Inclusivity

Inclusivity

We recognize that Detroit is made up of diverse people and we strive to reflect the many faces, cultures, and walks of life that make up the community we serve.

Accountability

Accountability

We believe that our work is valuable to Detroiters and we are committed to listening and learning to ensure our work continues to benefit our community.

Collaboration

Collaboration

We are committed to making pathways for Detroiters to give input and direction to our work as well as working with experts in their fields to create ecosystem.

Sustainability

Sustainability

We aim to maintain a culture of hard work, resourcefulness, and an additive attitude that will attract new resources and extend the life of the operation.

Transparency

Transparency

We believe that trust is everything and that we can only progress together at the speed of trust.

Adaptability

Adaptability

We are committed to meeting and exceeding the moment by developing innovative strategies that are iterative and transformational.
The Fund

The Connect 313 Fund was formed in 2020 to coordinate and support city-wide digital inclusion efforts with a data-driven, community-based philosophy.

The Connect 313 Fund was launched at the Rocket Mortgage Classic PGA Tour event as part of the tournament’s “Changing the Course” initiative.

Through the contributions of Rocket Mortgage and other tournament partners, the Connect 313 Fund was developed to support the strategy of Connect 313. The Connect 313 Fund is administered by United Way for Southeastern Michigan. To donate to the fund, please click here or use the donate link below!

Community Governance

The team that makes it all happen for our community.

Structure & Operations

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Margrit Allen

Executive Director, Urban Alliance
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TeQuion Brookins

Executive Director, Minority Freedom Community Fund
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Jordan Falby

Equity-driven nonprofit professional

Devices & Connectivity​

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David Underwood

Retired - DTE Energy​
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Dan Irvin

President & CEO, 123 Net

Digital Literacy & Skilling​

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Heidi Raubenolt

Executive Director of Mercy Education Project

Policy, Advocacy, & Ecosystem

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Jillian Blackwell

Sr. Business Development Manager, Well-Architected at Amazon Web Services
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Lashawna Manigault​

Director of Small Business Attraction & Retention at Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Special Projects / Shared Resources

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Jamie Harris

Owner at DSDT a Detroit School for Digital Technology​
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Jesse Love

Training Consultant, Quicken Loans

Request for Proposals

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING SERVICES  

Inquiries regarding this RFP may be submitted to info@connect313.org no later than February 4, 2022, by 3:00 p.m.  Proposers shall submit proposals electronically to info@connect313.org by 5:00 p.m. on February 4, 2022. 

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