Microsoft Eyes El Paso by Aaron Montes, El Paso Inc.

Microsoft considers El Paso for TechSpark program

Company president to visit El Paso, give talk on AI

Microsoft president Brad Smith is scheduled to visit El Paso next week to give a talk on artificial intelligence. But his visit may signal a larger commitment to the Sun City by the tech giant.
El Paso is one of six communities Microsoft is considering for a new program called TechSpark, which would bring Microsoft’s attention and investment to the region. It’s aimed at fostering economic opportunity and job creation through partnerships in rural areas and smaller cities.
“It’s a huge opportunity for students,” said Ann Quiroz Gates, the chair of the computer science department at UTEP. “Microsoft has always reached out to us and delivered a number of programs.”

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Montes, Aaron. “Microsoft Eyes El Paso.” El Paso Inc, 11 Mar. 2018, pp. 1A–16A.