Learn how a technology company transformed a city

Growing together

A historic city takes its new technology focus to a more personal level.

How new industry fits in a town famous for its past.

Mayor Lorena Martinez knew she had a great city. Commonly known as "the land of the good people," Aguascalientes, Mexico is known for its friendly nature, matched only by its soft colonial charm.

Founded in 1575, the city has hosted the largest festival in the country, the San Marcos Fair, for hundreds of years. It's also home to the famous Baroque Government Palace, a building made entirely out of red volcanic stone. Each year, millions of tourists flock to Aguascalientes for historic delights like bullfighting and delectable wines, not to mention its mild climate.

But Aguascalientes is not simply a charming city; it's becoming a major player in the technology industry. As a sizable contributor to Mexico's high-tech manufacturing business, the city has experienced sudden commercial growth, while retaining its famous colonial appeal.

Unfortunately, Aguascalientes' citizens were not feeling the same positive effects as the commercial side of the city.

Despite the area's new industrial focus on technology and its benefits, city residents were feeling left out of these developments when it came to their personal lives. In fact, only a handful of Aguascalientes residents knew how to use—or even had access to—personal technology.

Out of 190,000 Aguascalientes households, only 41% had a computer and 28% Internet access.

Aguascalientes households, only 41% had a computer and 28% Internet access

Mayor Martinez recognized that this lack of technology had produced a wide developmental gap in the city. Citizens felt as though they were missing out and being deprived of important skills and resources.

"Although the town is nationally recognized as one of the institutions with the highest educational level, there [was] a significant lag in the development of skills, especially in information technology."

- Lorena Martinez, Mayor of Aguascalientes

Martinez wanted every citizen to benefit from the opportunities technology offered. So the city partnered with the Compax computer company to open a new kind of community center throughout the city. One completely focused on technology.

The centers had Internet access, English courses, and educational programs for elementary and high school students. They also included work training to teach computer skills to adults. The programs were powered by Windows 8.1, and aimed to unlock opportunities much of the community wouldn't have enjoyed otherwise.

The centers addressed the Aguascalientes' technology gap head-on.

Thanks to Martinez's efforts and resources from Compax, residents who had been excluded from the workforce because of their lack of technology skills can now build their knowledge and strengthen their training.

Citizens once again feel at peace in their city, knowing that they are part of what makes Aguascalientes great. And now that the city has been able to effectively incorporate technology at both a commercial and personal level, its famous allure can continue to shine on for many generations to come.

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