Microsoft building AI hub in Louisville to boost local healthcare industry

Louisville, Ky., Mayor Greg Fischer announced June 7 that the city has formed an "AI Innovation Digital Alliance" with Microsoft to provide support to the local healthcare and manufacturing industries as they implement artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies.

Through the partnership, the city will team up with education, workforce and business partners to strengthen Louisville's healthcare and manufacturing sectors, its two core industries and those most vulnerable to automation. The digital alliance will help healthcare providers and other organizations train employees in AI, the "internet of things" and data science.

"Artificial intelligence is the next frontier in technology, and through this collaboration with Microsoft, we will prepare our workforce for the tech revolution and create economic opportunity, while not losing sight of the need for equity within economic growth," Mayor Fischer said.

Additionally, amid these and other tech-related initiatives, Louisville and Microsoft will use their experiences with the digital alliance to develop a guide for other cities to help usher their own workforces into the age of automation.

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