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MakerSpaces in Georgia

Under the auspices of the Georgia Technology Authority, funded by a State Broadband Initiative grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Georgia’s regional commissions participated in the Digital Economic Planning Program, to develop digital economy plans for their respective regions. Several initiatives have developed because of these digital economy plans. For instance, the Middle Georgia RC presented a digital economy summit to a statewide audience in October 2014. Additionally, MGRC partnered with other interested parties to establish a “makerspace” in Macon, known as SparkMacon, which is up and running successfully. A "makerspace" is an innovation center that provides free (or very reduced cost) technology, facilities and equipment for entrepreneurs and creative souls to develop their ideas. More information about SparkMacon can be found at http://www.sparkmacon.com/.

The River Valley RC was also involved with the development of a makerspace in downtown Columbus, Columbusmakesit.com. The RC effort has raised nearly $200,000 in space donations, equipment donations and support. Also, the makerspace has nearly 1,000 friends following the project on Facebook. The makerspace was included in a White House press release on makerspaces across the country. The press release may be found at http://www.rivervalleyrc.org/index.php/planning-community-development/digital-economy. A video that was created for the first meeting in April 2015 is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ2vgniNBjQ .

http://www.sparkmacon.com/; www.columbusmakesit.com

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