A new Digital Wolverhampton Strategy is set to be approved at next Wednesday’s (23 March) Council Cabinet meeting.
The strategy has been informed by engagement with key stakeholders and consultation with residents and businesses.
It sets out the vision and aims for digital development in Wolverhampton and will act as a framework to update the city’s current Digital Infrastructure Strategy.
It will be delivered through a city partnership approach and will look to further develop three key areas.
- Wolverhampton is a Gigabit and Smart City – using future-proofed digital infrastructure, including full-fibre broadband and 5G, to transform the delivery of services and develop new applications to unlock the city’s potential.
- 100% digitally included Wolverhampton - ensuring all residents have the access to devices, connectivity and skills to take advantage of what the digital platform has to offer.
- Growing the digital economy and talent pipeline - building on the city’s futureproofed infrastructure to start and grow businesses, creating jobs for residents and meeting skills needs for the future.
The Council’s Director of Strategy, Charlotte Johns, said: “This strategy is aimed at improving digital infrastructure and capability as an important driver of economic and business growth – helping increase employability for city residents.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the importance of digital connectivity and skills even more into focus and the Council is committed to digital inclusion.
“Digital is the primary means of connection and access to essential services and digital skills are crucial for economic resilience and growth, providing a gateway to jobs, progression, social inclusion and cohesion.”
To view the proposed strategy please visit https://wolverhampton.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s201815/Appendix%201%20-%20Digital%20Wolverhampton%20Strategy.pdf