Codefi and the Marquette Tech District Foundation earns recognition

Codefi and the Marquette Tech District Foundation earns recognition
The two recipients were selected from more than 130 communities in 40 states who applied to participate in the program. (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Codefi and the Marquette Tech District Foundation in Cape Girardeau, Mo. have been selected to participate in the inaugural Rural Innovation Initiative.

The two recipients were selected from more than 130 communities in 40 states who applied to participate in the program.

According to a news release, the program supports rural communities that work to create digital economy jobs with an innovation hub strategy. It’s supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

“These communities represent the best of what rural America has to offer: strong visions for the future, solid infrastructure, excellent quality of life, and the talented workforce needed to engage at a high-level in the digital economy. We’ve heard from more than 130 rural communities that are interested in pursuing an innovation hub strategy and these stood out. We’re excited to work with them and know that their energy, local assets, and innovative strategies are sure to deliver results for their communities.”
Matt Dunne, CORI Founder and former head of Community Affairs at Google.
“Being selected is just validation that our vision to help improve our region and all the hard work of our partners and staff is moving our region in the right direction. This program will assist us in making sure the work we’re doing is even more transformative for our communities.”
Chris Carnell, Co-founder of Codefi and Director of Programs of the MTDF.
“What may be surprising to most is that we built the technology with talent right here in Cape. Like carGO, other tech-based companies who started or are plugged into our local tech hub, are hiring local talent in high wage jobs to build these companies,”
Dr. James Stapleton, Co-founder of both Codefi and carGO.

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