DETROIT’S DIGITAL DIVIDE
The vision of "Changing The Course" is a Detroit where every resident has access to technology, internet and digita literacy, which is the baseline for education and opportunity in today's economy.
At the inception of the Changing The Course initiatve, Detroit was rated the least connected large city in America. Now, through the hard work of Rocket Mortgage and other tournament partners, more and more Detroiters are gaining access to the internet as a result of the Changing The Course initiative.
The Changing The Course mission is largely executed by the Connect 313 Fund, which was founded through the 2020 Rocket Mortgage Classic and is rooted in the City of Detroit's digital inclusion strategy. The Connect 313 Fund is a coordinating mechanism for all digital inclusion stakeholders driving collectively toward the singular vision of bridging the digital divide.
The Connect 313 Fund has tirelessly worked to impact the outcome for Detroit residents, ensuring that households become digitially included and that residents are able to access job training, educatioin, telemedicine and other necessities that are the hallmark of a connected and thriving community. As of May 2022, these efforts have allowed a vast majority - 67.5 percent - of Detroit households to become digitally included after only 30 percent enjoyed that status 3 years ago.
Connect 313 Impact Report