March 26, 2018 - Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck and social media giant Facebook announced that Hampton is one of eight cities chosen today to be a Facebook Community Boost site.
Facebook is developing the community boost program to teach digital and social media skills to both businesses – especially small businesses – and job-seekers.
Tuck noted that: "Hampton has been repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s top digital cities, using Facebook and other social media to engage with residents and using technology to improve citizen services and enhance transparency. Our schools have been recognized for expanding students’ access to information beyond the classroom and building new technologies into its college and career Academies.
"Hampton also has a long history of business innovation in aerospace, sensors and virtual reality, among other new technologies. That doesn’t mean we know everything we need to know,” the mayor said. "Facebook’s Community Boost program will offer training to take Hampton’s business community to the next level." Watch the mayor's video online.
Seven other cities chosen by Facebook today include Buffalo, Columbus, Minneapolis and Denver.
After surveys of small businesses in Hampton and the region to determine their needs, Facebook will offer training to:
- help job-seekers with digital skills businesses needs
- help businesses grow using social media; and train on recruitment and metrics-related skills
The program will eventually reach 30 US cities. It will debut in St. Louis; Houston; Albuquerque; Greenville, S.C; and Des Moines. Follow Top News at Hampton.gov for more information as dates for the workshops are set.