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‘Makerspace’ concept being explored in Bluefield

On Tuesday, Dr. Ron Williams, with Coppin State State University and Phillip Imel, Dean of the School of Business at Bluefield State College, stopped by the WVVA studio to talk about a way to help entrepreneurs start or expand their businesses.

The concept is called a ‘makerspace,’ and there is one currently up and operating in Baltimore, Maryland. “A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools,” according to

Right now, the idea is being explored to create a makerspace in Bluefield, WV. Currently, the community is being asked to fill out surveys expressing their opinions about a makerspace. Dr. Williams is working with Bluefield State College to explore the idea further. The decision to create a makerspace in Bluefield will ultimately be up to the City of Bluefield.

To learn more about makerspaces, you can watch In Focus on Sunday March 10th at 9 a.m. on WVVA.

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Melinda Zosh

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