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WINSTON-SALEM TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL HIGH SPEED INTERNET SERVICE

The city of Winston-Salem is considering a list of different locations that will be home to free high speed Internet connections with an installation cost of $300 to $500. There will be no installation cost for small and midsize business locations and no obligation to purchase. According to a July 8 memo from City Manager Lee Garrity, the city will have between 90 and 120 days to prioritize the list of locations and turn it over to AT&T. The locations will then be taken into consideration by AT&T during their initial network design process.

The list was compiled by the technology company WinstonNet, and includes six city recreation centers as well as two libraries and a number of small businesses. In the North Ward there are 11 locations along with five in the Northeast Ward, 12 in the Northwest Ward, eight in the South Ward, five in the Southeast Ward, four in the Southwest Ward, 18 in the East Ward and two in the West Ward.

According to the minutes from the July 15 Community Development/ Housing/General Government Committee meeting, Chief Information Officer Dennis Newman said that the Winston Salem Chamber of Commerce as well as the Community and Business Development Department determined the criteria which businesses must meet in order to receive the internet service. At the meeting councilwoman Denise Adams expressed concern that many small businesses are not members of the chamber and may not be aware of the service.

The committee will further discuss the list of preferred locations at a meeting next month.

GREENSBORO WELCOMES THE FORGE

As of July 21, downtown Greensboro has its first makerspace! What’s a makerspace? It’s kind of like your typical coworking space, but with really cool machines. The simplest definition is that makerspaces are communities who design, tinker with and build things together.

More importantly it’s a way for young people, people who can’t afford to buy expensive tools of their own, or live in small apartments without a workshop, or anyone else who likes to make things to have access to a space and/ or social network for centered around the art of production.

For $45 a month, members can come in a use the space and the equipment at any time. In addition to the workshop area, The Forge also has a longue space that members can use to discuss ideas, take breaks, or simply share a sixpack of beer.

Founder and President Joey Adams currently works in the litigation technology business, but founded the Forge out of his own desire for such a space.

“I’m also an avid hobbyist,” said Adam. “I like woodworking, I like amateur science and all these different things and I was starting to outgrow my garage. And that’s what kind of started me on the path towards this.”

Adams put the word out online to see if other hobbyists in Greensboro were looking for a makerspace. One by one, interested parties started joining him at coffee shop meetups, until they were able to make The Forge a reality.

The community center is still looking to add more equipment to the warehouse, and is asking for taxdeductible donations from community members. Adams said that they especially wanted to acquire more metal working equipment along with 3D scanners.

The Grand Opening on July 21 was meet with a huge positive response from the community. Attendees marveled at the electric car and 3D printer on display, and were fascinated with a demonstration of how air from sound waves could shape the flames emitting from a ten-foot gas log.

Mayor Nancy Vaughan praised the space for embodying that all-important business element: coolness.

“On behalf of City Council and the City of Greensboro we just want to say thank you,” said Vaughan. “Thank you for this wonderful, cool space. Because that’s kind of the code word that everyone is looking for: something cool and different. And this is certainly a step in the right direction, so thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.” !

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