Before Microsoft executives signed deal with Syracuse, they met with YWCA

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The day before Microsoft executives gathered at Syracuse University with the Mayor of Syracuse and Onondaga County Executive to sign a designation of Syracuse as a “smart city,” the executives met with the YWCA.

The organizations already have a relationship. When the Microsoft Store opened at Destiny USA four years ago, the company gave $50,000 worth of computers and software to the YWCA.

In the years since, the YWCA has used the computers to train the homeless women who come through its doors. Many of them suffer from what’s called a “skills gap,” a common problem in many communities that mean that there are not enough qualified people to fill the jobs open.

When Microsoft establishes itself as a bigger partner to the Central New York Community, that will increase its partnership with groups like the YWCA.

While Microsoft is focused on training lower-income people to help them find a job, the training the company brings to Syracuse will be open to just about anyone.

The company is looking for space in Downtown Syracuse to open its hub for this smart city training.

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