Datacenter Community Development

Investing in people, developing communities

Hear from Microsoft leaders about why datacenter community development is important

Community engagement is core to the Microsoft mission

Microsoft is committed to supporting the communities in which our datacenters are located. Through the Datacenter Community Development initiative, we work to build local partnerships that deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. This work furthers our company mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

Community Empowerment Fund

The Datacenter Community Development initiative sponsors the Community Empowerment Fund to support nonprofits and community-led projects. Through a transformational approach that encourages increased collaboration between contributors and award recipients, we partner with communities to identify local needs and priorities.

Learn how the fund is helping Youth Emergency Shelter Services (YESS) in Des Moines, Iowa

See how YESS is using Azure and other Microsoft cloud services to support their mission

Workforce Development

This initiative establishes global education programs, experiences and training opportunities for local community members and datacenter employees.

In partnership with higher education institutions, industry leaders, public sector organisations, NGOs and community-led organisations, we develop and sponsor IT skills training for the local workforce with paths to careers in Microsoft datacenters for some students.

Learn about the Microsoft Datacenter Academy, first deployed in Southside, Virginia

Community Broadband

An extension of the Microsoft rural broadband strategy, this initiative focuses on enabling access to affordable, reliable high-speed broadband service in datacenter communities. We partner with equipment suppliers, local utility companies, local internet service providers and other stakeholders to identify and deliver the most effective solutions. We also collaborate with community groups and elected officials to apply broadband technology for social, economic and environmental benefits.

See broadband initiatives in action in Boydton, Virginia

Community Environmental Sustainability

Through community engagement, we identify the top environmental challenges in datacenter communities and sponsor strategic projects to address them. In the process, we help build ecosystems of local partnerships that strengthen the communities and drive enduring, sustainable solutions.

Projects we sponsor include developing community renewable energy sources, improving air quality and access to fresh-water resources and enhancing biodiversity.

SSE Airtricity and Microsoft team up for energy and education project