The Birmingham Times
Google plans to bring its ‘Grow with Google’ tour to cities and towns across Alabama this month including to the Birmingham Public Library on Aug. 6.
The economic opportunity initiative aims to help job seekers and small businesses learn the digital skills they need to succeed through onsite instructional training led by visiting Google teams, presenters and coaches.
“Alabama is a center for innovation, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. By bringing the ‘Grow with Google’ tour to the state, we are making a commitment to help develop a skilled workforce that can meet the needs of Alabama’s growing economy,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement.
Alabama tour dates, cities and locations include:
Monday, Aug. 6, Birmingham – Birmingham Public Library Central Branch
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
2100 Park Pl, Birmingham, AL 35203
Wednesday, Aug. 8, Opelika-Auburn – Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
200 South 6th Street, Opelika, AL 36801
Friday, Aug. 10, Jackson County – Scottsboro Public Library
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1002 S Broad St, Scottsboro, AL 35768
“Digital skills are necessary to succeed in a modern world. Now more than ever, job applicants and entrepreneurs must leverage technology to improve career prospects, increase brand awareness and target potential customers,” said Floyd Council, executive director of Birmingham Public Library. “We are excited to partner with Google to bring this initiative to Birmingham to benefit small businesses, students, job seekers, and the community as a whole.”
Organizers anticipate that their onsite ‘Grow with Google’ instruction will ultimately enable job seekers to grow their skills and advance their careers; provide small business owners with tips to increase their online presence and find new customers; and assist startups in generating exposure for their ideas.
Throughout the course of the scheduled events, Google representatives will provide:
- Workshops focused on digital skills, coding, online safety, data analytics, improving online business presence – and more
- Available one-on-one coaching sessions on Google Spreadsheets and other GSuite Tools, in addition to Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Google My Business, Gmail and Google Calendar
- Onsite training for library, nonprofit and education professionals on how they can use Grow with Google’s free tools & resources to help small businesses & jobseekers in their own communities
In addition to its host libraries, Grow with Google is working with a number of partners across the state to promote this initiative, including the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and Birmingham Business Alliance.
Attendance is free for all participants; however, pre-registration is required. To register, please visit g.co/GrowAlabama.
For more information, visit Google.com/Grow.