We are proud that in 2017, 8,200 Iowa businesses, website publishers, and nonprofits benefitted from Google tools and that we helped provide $899 million of economic activity for Iowa organizations (source). And we know that for many small businesses, learning how to harness the Internet can help them grow their business.
We also recognize the importance of digital skills when searching for a job in Iowa. According to the National Skills Coalition, middle-skills jobs account for 56% of all jobs in Iowa, but only 50% of state workers are trained to the middle-skill level.
Since 2013, Google has been deeply committed to the Iowan business community through our data center located in Council Bluffs, IA. The center has brought over 250 tech-focused jobs to western Iowa over the past 6 years. We’re excited to partner with terrific libraries and community organizations throughout the state to further this commitment by helping Iowa job seekers and small businesses access digital skills training.