On June 21, Connect Ohio revealed its newest initiative, Digital Works: Connecting People & Jobs, with the grand opening of the first Digital Works center located in Zanesville, OH at the Muskingum County Business Incubator. The Digital Works program is an extension of Connect Ohio's Every Citizen Online (ECO) digital literacy training program. Using the digital learning model, the Digital Works program trains, places, and mentors high-quality business process candidates and locates co-working centers in rural America settings where job demand is high, few employers exist, and the cost of living is the lowest. At the end of training the workers are guaranteed placement in a position that matches their skills and interest.
Since launching in mid 2013, nine Digital Works locations have opened across Ohio with additional sites in the process of opening this year.
"I've been working in economic development for 30 years, assisting communities recruit businesses and creating job opportunities, but I have felt something missing, that there was a void," said Logan Mayor Martin Irvine. "That there were employable people out there and a piece of the economic development puzzle was missing, connecting people to the job market. I think that Digital Works could be that final piece to the puzzle."