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Workforce Group with Ties to Microsoft, Linkedin Chooses Indiana for 2nd Location

  • Publication: 
    Indianapolis Business Journal
    Date: 
    October 11, 2018

    A workforce development not-for-profit that's backed by two national tech giants is expanding to Indiana, with the goal of helping people obtain skills needed in growing industries and businesses market themselves to potential employees.

    Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the launch of Skillful Indiana on Thursday morning, along with Skillful CEO Beth Cobert, Markle Foundation CEO and President Zoe Baird, and Microsoft Philanthropies leader Mary Snapp.

    Skillful is an initiative from the New York City-based Markle Foundation that started in Colorado in 2016 in partnership with Microsoft and LinkedIn. Microsoft Philanthropies gave Skillful a $25.8 million gift last year. LinkedIn, now owned by Microsoft, provides networking services to Skillful.

    The Indiana location will mark the program's first expansion.

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