Digital Excellence Initiative

Building a strong, equitable, and resilient digital community in Greater Cleveland


We launched our Digital Excellence Initiative in 2017 to ensure all residents can successfully participate in the digital world and economy, and to elevate Greater Cleveland’s infrastructure, talent, and research prominence in digital technology and innovation.

We work to position Greater Cleveland as a leader in digital innovation and access by investing in five areas:  

  • Creating a more connected community
  • Supporting digital skills development
  • Improving digital civic engagement
  • Elevating regional digital leadership 
  • Encouraging technology innovation for social good.

Ctrl + Alt + CLE

logo featuring Ctrl + Alt + CLE text over silhouette of Cleveland skylineLaunched in 2018, Ctrl + Alt + CLE is a collaborative effort to provide resources and opportunities for individuals and organizations to find innovative solutions to community needs through the use of data and technology. 

Ctrl + Alt + CLE offers special events, access to co-working space at the DigitalC MidTown Tech Hive, hands-on data and skills training, and challenge grants. By providing these resources, Ctrl + Alt + CLE aims to convene and empower those working in our region’s data, tech and civic ecosystem to  improve the quality of life in our region through innovation.

On the first and third Thursdays of each month, Ctrl + Alt + CLE hosts free events focused on various topics related to civic tech and digital inclusion. These Ctrl + Alt + CLE Convenes events are free to attend and open to the public.


Building on a History of Support 


The 2017 launch of the Digital Excellence Initiative started with two grants:

The initiative builds on the foundation’s history of support for technology, innovation and connectivity in Greater Cleveland, including: