WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Microsoft Corp. and the District of Columbia government are launching a venture to promote job training, economic growth and education in the nation’s capital.

Mayor Vincent Gray’s office says the partnership between the district and Microsoft is the first of its kind in the nation. Microsoft will provide residents with skills training and help small businesses grow.

“This strategic relationship between the District government and Microsoft is an important step towards helping our citizens expand their employment opportunities and providing pioneering technology to our classrooms,” Mayor Gray said.

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