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Mozilla meets with local officials to discuss how grant will be distributed

Mozilla held its first executive meeting with local leaders in Eugene Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The meeting discussed how the city will distribute the $150,000 in grants. (SBG photo)

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EUGENE, Ore. - Mozilla, the company best recognized by its Firefox web browser logo, visited Eugene Tuesday.

The company held its first executive meeting with the mayor of Springfield, mayor of Eugene, University of Oregon, and other local officials.

The meeting is an initial step in implementing plans after Eugene was named a “Gigabit City." They discussed how they would award the $150,000 in funding from Mozilla.

RELATED | Eugene becomes a Gigabit City: 'I think it's an opportunity for folks'

The money will be distributed for projects in the form of grants. Those projects will help teachers and technologists leverage high speed internet for education.

Mozilla Gigabit Fund manager Jenn Beard said the money will create educational technology - things like virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

"To help students learn about the work force of the future," Beard said.

Beard said the big work formally starts in May. The money will be distributed throughout one year.

They're looking for local technologists, teachers, and innovators to give the grants to.

Links to the grant applications will be posted in mid-May. The first grant deadline is August 1. Officials say $75,000 will be distributed after that August deadline.

The next $75,000 will be awarded in late winter of 2018.

For a look at other city programs that have received a grant from Mozilla click here.

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