An engine of progress for communities and small businesses
Google’s core mission is to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Not only is Google the world’s dominant Internet search engine, but the company also offers dozens of products and services, including various forms of advertising and Web applications for all kinds of tasks, in scores of languages.
Google describes itself as “aggressively inclusive in our hiring,” explaining on its website that “We have offices around the world, and dozens of languages are spoken by Google staffers, from Turkish to Telugu. The result is a team that reflects the global audience Google serves.” A culture of rich diversity has helped make the relatively young company one of the most innovative when it comes to corporate responsibility, too, and Google is passionately committed to giving back tremendous value to the communities it serves worldwide.
Through its Community Partnership initiative, for example, Google actively builds relationships that strengthen communities by creating sustainable opportunities — especially through support of education and small business.
Google wants to make super-high-speed Internet connectivity a reality for communities all across America, for instance, because, in this day and age, that kind of access can bring global resources to one’s doorstep, classroom, or storefront. “Like the railroads in the 1800s — which laid the foundation for progress, innovation, and growth in America — we believe that ultra-high-speed Internet connectivity is a platform for the 21st century,” explains Kevin Lo, GM of Access for Google.
To that end, Google has designated Kansas City, Kansas, and neighboring Kansas City, Missouri, as the first recipients of a major Internet network-access initiative sometimes referred to as “Gigabit City.”
The Google Fiber initiatives launched in Kansas City will drive innovation and entrepreneurship and become a model for similar Google efforts in other communities, both large and small. Bringing ultra-fast fiber networks to these communities is expected to spur business growth and much-needed job opportunities, while greatly enhancing the educational resources of schools and libraries. Students can sit in on virtual 3D lectures delivered by professors in institutions all over the planet, for example, while educators download the newest state-of-the-art teaching tools.
Because Google Fiber delivers the fastest Internet speed of all, it has already generated excitement among entrepreneurs and startup companies, and, as the experiment in Kansas City unfolds, Google is eager to expand the high-tech Community Partnership initiative. Wherever Google Fiber goes, it will save computer users countless hours by speeding up their productivity and boosting performance while simultaneously creating jobs related to everything from installation and maintenance to app development, cyber commerce, and healthcare.
As Sergey Brin, the Co-Founder and President of Google, said, “It is a privilege for us to deploy this high-speed network, together with the hardworking people of Kansas City.”
CareerFOCUS Magazine™ and the National Eagle Leadership Institute® salute Google — winner of the 2011 NELI Award honoring stellar leadership in corporate and social responsibility.
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