At the end of March, St. Louis will serve as the launch city for social media platform Facebook's first "Community Boost" - an initiative to help small businesses and job seekers hone digital skills.
Greenville was one of the first five cities chosen to host the program. It's created to help small businesses and job seekers sharpen their social media skills. People learning to get online can receive training on digital literacy and online safety.
The company said it will also help community members use technology to bring people together with features like Events and Groups.
"We're starting to see, in Iowa for example, 58 percent of small businesses say an individuals' digital and social media skills, a new applicants' skills, are important", Raman says. In a report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 57 percent of small business owners say they lack familiarity with available on-line tools.
Since announcing St. Louis was among 30 cities Facebook staffers plan to visit in 2018, the company surveyed more than 1,000 residents to determine what to include in Community Boost. "There are huge opportunities for companies like Facebook to have an impact on skills development", she said.