While the potential of the digital transformation to advance economic development is indisputable, its net impact depends on the digital readiness of communities and citizens. Many people, especially the most rural, are inadequately prepared to capture opportunities emerging from digitalization. Unless concerted efforts are undertaken to address digital preparedness, Idahoans may face challenges taking advantage of the digital transformation.
The Digital Economy Program (DEP) serves entrepreneurs and workers in Idaho. Its mission is to reduce the digital divide and enable the benefits of digitalization to reach all Idahoans. The DEP devotes its resources and efforts to achieve its vision of an Idaho where all residents are prepared to lead and thrive in today’s digital economy and where communities across the state have the right economic and social conditions to support a fair digital transformation.