PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Lead for America (LFA) and Heartland Forward have announced the placement of four members of the American Connection Corps (ACC) in Illinois.
These fellows will work to increase broadband access and digital literacy and contribute to critical community development initiatives in the Chicagoland area, Metro East, Quad Cities and Greater Peoria.
Peoria’s mate is Grace Clucas. She graduated in 2021 from Saint Mary’s College, where she earned a double major in political science and history and was an active leader in student groups on campus including Student Government and Model UN. In her role as a Fellow, Grace will provide digital navigation and technical knowledge to support the community in tandem with local partner organizations and conduct outreach activities with local educational institutions to help them leverage the Connectivity Fund of ’emergency.
“The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council (GPEDC) views the expansion of broadband access, affordability and utilization as integral to our development strategy,” said Casey Peterson, director of outreach and rural development at Greater Peoria EDC. “With the addition of Grace to our team, we will be able to significantly expand our broadband development and digital inclusion efforts in the five counties we serve. The GPEDC is delighted to be among the first organizations to welcome an American Connection Corp Fellow.
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