National Urban League to Open Baltimore Technology Center with $650,000 Grant From U.S.Department of Commerce
Partnership with Bell Atlantic Establishes Urban League as
December 18, 1997
National Urban League
U.S. Department of Commerce
Bell Atlantic Foundation
BALTIMORE, MD - A community technology center will officially open
early next year at the Baltimore Urban League on Orchard Street with
the aid of grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National
Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Bell
A $650,000 grant through NTIA's Telecommunications and Information
Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) partially matches a $1
million Bell Atlantic Foundation grant to establish inner-city
technology centers in partnership with National Urban League
affiliates throughout the northeast.
TIIAP provides matching grants to nonprofit organizations and state and
local government entities for innovative projects that demonstrate the
benefits and practical applications of telecommunications and
information technology, while extending their reach to underserved
"We started this unique, extremely competitive program in 1994 as part
of our vision to have an advanced National Information Infrastructure
that reaches all Americans," said Commerce Secretary William Daley.
"TIIAP is helping us realize that vision by serving as a catalyst. It
is bringing together the public and private sectors to figure out how
to realize the potential that the Internet and other new
telecommunications technologies offer."
The National Urban League's Technology Access Center in Baltimore will
provide public access to information technology as a means of
delivering and enhancing existing educational and employment support
programs. New offerings will include online training in word
processing, database management, spreadsheet applications and the
Internet. Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation and resume
writing courses, which have traditionally been instructor-led, will
shift to self-study, computer-based training -- affording students of
all ages more hands-on experience with personal computers.
The TIIAP grant expands on Bell Atlantic's support for similar Urban
League technology access centers in Boston, Mass., and Binghamton and
White Plains, NY. The four centers will be linked via a Wide Area
"Our partnership with Bell Atlantic to build these community
technology centers supports our mission, which is to help African
Americans and other urban poor obtain social and economic equality,"
said Hugh B. Price, president of the National Urban League.
"Knowledge of emerging technologies enhances the opportunities
available to members of our community to compete and succeed in a new
global economy. We are very grateful to Bell Atlantic for making
these centers possible and stimulating our drive to lead all of our
affiliate organizations into the information age."
The state-of-the-art technology center announced today will be
equipped for a range of uses. It will include networked computer
workstations with access to the Internet and other information
services for online research and programs. The sites also will allow
for video conferencing and distance learning.
"We are excited that our corporate support of the National Urban
League's technology initiative has attracted the support of the U.S.
Department of Commerce and created the possibility for a center in
Baltimore," said Sherry F. Bellamy, president and CEO of Bell
Atlantic-Maryland. She announced a supplemental grant of $25,000
targeted toward supporting the Baltimore Urban League's welfare to
work programs at the technology center.
"Access to technology is critical for the future development of our
community and its participation in our national and global economies,"
said Bellamy. "The National Urban League is a dynamic leader in the
nationwide effort to provide access to the vast universe of
information and prepare urban communities for the future challenges of
Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is the premier social
service and civil rights organization in America. The mission of the
league is to help African Americans and other urban poor achieve
social and economic parity. The League has affiliates in 114 cities,
34 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on the
National Urban League, visit www.nul.org on the Internet.
Established in 1994, the Telecommunications Information and
Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) is a highly-competitive,
merit-based grant program that brings the benefits of an advanced
national information infrastructure to communities throughout the
United States. TIIAP is administered by the United States Department
of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information
Administration. Information about TIIAP, including descriptions of
the grants the program has awarded and information about how to apply
for 1998 funds, is available on the NTIA Home Page at
The Bell Atlantic Foundation administers all domestic and
international philanthropic grants on behalf of Bell Atlantic. The
Foundation's philanthropic emphasis is on providing safe havens for
youth and grants to technology and education, arts and human services.
For additional information on the Bell Atlantic Foundation, visit
www.bellatlanticfoundation.com on the Internet.