- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Southern Virginia is among the six communities selected for a Microsoft program designed to foster greater economic opportunity and job creation.

The Roanoke Times reported Monday that Virginia’s Halifax, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Lunenburg and Charlotte counties will receive special attention as part of Microsoft’s new TechSpark initiative. The tech company had previously built a data center in Mecklenburg County.

TechSpark Virginia manager Jeremy Satterfield says the program focuses on helping businesses use technology to expand, working with schools to promote computer science, job training, expanding rural broadband access and supporting nonprofits with donations and advice.

The company hasn’t disclosed how much money it plans to invest.

The other TechSpark regions are El Paso, Texas; the North Central Basin of Washington state; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Fargo, North Dakota and northeast Wisconsin.


Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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