Datacenter Community Development

Investing in people, developing communities. Hear from communities and Microsoft leaders about why datacenter community development is important.

Community engagement is core to our mission

To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, we work to build trust and transparency with the communities where our datacenters are located. Through the Datacenter Community Development Initiative, we partner with local communities to foster social, environmental, and inclusive economic opportunities by supporting workforce development, skills training, and expanding broadband connectivity.

Investing in community-led initiatives

The Community Empowerment Fund supports local nonprofits to help each community address their highest priorities. Project investments may be used to help build leadership, connect local organizations, and cultivate solutions for environmental sustainability, workforce development, youth development, digital transformation, and community broadband.

Partnership spotlight: COMEA House, Cheyenne

Watch how COMEA House provides secure shelter, meals, and other support to homeless men, women, and children of Laramie County, Wyoming, with support from Microsoft.

Making a positive local impact

Learn how the Sandvikens IF football club in Sweden partners with Microsoft on outreach and education activities to help refugees overcome the challenges of coming to a new country.

Addressing environmental challenges

Through the Datacenter Community Environmental Sustainability initiative, Microsoft helps local communities to improve their air quality, cut emissions, sequester carbon, alleviate competition for water resources, and reduce waste.

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Sponsoring community workforce development

In partnership with education institutions and community-led organizations, Microsoft helps ensure economic opportunities are inclusive for every resident and organization in our datacenter communities with technical training and career paths. We strive to staff our datacenters with local talent and provide employees with career growth within the company.

Addressing the broadband gap

To empower communities to thrive in the digital economy, Microsoft partners with local groups, equipment suppliers, utility companies, and other stakeholders to help implement accessible, sustainable broadband solutions.