Ramsey County TechPak Initiative [Archived]

The Ramsey County TechPak initiative, a partnership between Tech Dump, PCs For People, Literacy Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Library, Ramsey County Library and Ramsey County, brought computers, internet and digital literacy training into the homes of Ramsey County residents who have experienced economic impacts due to COVID-19. A total of 2,150 residents received TechPaks from September to December 2020.
TechPaks supported economic inclusion by connecting recipients with job skills and opportunities, providing families access to computers and internet supports, and promoting learning and health literacy. Most recipients worked closely with a Digital Literacy Navigator from Literacy Minnesota who provided individual support with required digital literacy classes and referrals on workforce training and job searches.
TechPak distribution was prioritized by residents with the most significant technological barriers and took place through Ramsey County Community Career Labs, and community partners: Ain Dah Yung Center, American Indian Family Center, Face to Face, Hmong American Partnership, JK Movement, Literacy Minnesota, Project Restore MN and Truce Center. The data below focuses on the 1,232 TechPaks that were distributed through the Ramsey County application process.
The TechPak initiative is a part of the Ramsey County Investment and Support Efforts (RISE) program, which invested $72 million of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding in the community by the end of 2020.

TechPak eligibility

Ramsey County residents who were economically impacted by COVID-19 were eligible to apply for a TechPak. 
This chart shows TechPak distribution by the type of economic impact recipients experienced: job loss, reduced hours, change in or loss of household income, uncertainty in the industry worked or other reasons related to COVID-19.

Recipients by age

Ramsey County residents between the ages of 35 and 44 made up the largest share of TechPak recipients (30%) followed by residents 25-34 (28%).

Recipients by race/ethnicity

Almost half the TechPaks were awarded to African American residents (49%), followed by white (25%) and Asian residents (9%).

Recipients by ZIP code

For more information on TechPaks, see ramseycounty.us/TechPak
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