World's First Makervillage Launches in Rome

                 World's First Makervillage Launches in Rome

Entrepreneurs invited to join maker-minded approach to business and product

PR Newswire

ROME, Ga., Feb. 21, 2013

ROME, Ga., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --SAI Digital and 7hills Makerspace
have partnered together to launch the world's first Makervillage in Rome,
Georgia. The first of its kind, Makervillage is a member-owned initiative that
encourages innovation, invention, and the expansion of tech-based businesses
by providing advanced infrastructure, access to funding, and startup-friendly
rent packages.

Makervillage was formally announced today at Confluence, a two-day innovation
event held in Rome.

"It is appropriate that we are launching this maker-centered initiative
alongside one of the world's most renowned thought leaders within the
movement, Chris Anderson, and a manufacturer like Boeing Company that embraces
a form of maker principles within enterprise, all within the scope of a
conference aimed at inspiring innovation," said Tricia Steele Seifert, CEO of
SAI Digital.

Makervillage consists of five historic properties atop Clocktower Hill in
downtown Rome. Owned by Wilson Burgess of Rome Paper Company and managed by
Howard Realty, these properties are zoned Neighborhood Office Commercial,
allowing selected tenants to live and work in the same location if desired.
Each property can be subdivided to meet the growing needs of entrepreneurs.
Information on Makervillage properties can be found at

Makervillage tenants will have access to GigNet, the recently-launched
Gigabit-speed Internet service from Parker FiberNet. GigNet is more than 200
times faster than the current national average.

"We can't wait to see what motivated engineers, programmers, artists, and
entrepreneurs do with the speed and power of GigNet," said David Parker of
Parker FiberNet.

Each Makervillage tenant will also be granted membership to 7Hills Makerspace,
located in the renovated Masonic Lodge on Broad Street. As members, they will
be able to tap into a diverse pool of creative talent and access a variety of
cutting-edge tools.

"The number of makerspaces around the world has grown dramatically in recent
years," said Greg Richardson, Founder of 7Hills Makerspace. "However, most
have been contained within a facility, and have remained a part of the
subculture. We envision Makervillage as a way to expand maker principles
throughout the community, while offering entrepreneurs new opportunities to
commercialize their inventions," he added.

Makervillage will provide to its members educational opportunities, project
promotion, unified messaging, and professional support through a democratic,
peer-based management model.

"This is fundamentally different from an incubator, accelerator, or
traditional urban coworking space," said Seifert. "The resources made
available to entrepreneurs are member-owned, not tied to equity or ownership,
and entrenched in the maker values of trust, collaboration, openness, equal
decision making, mentorship, and community."

An open house is scheduled for February 22nd from 2-3pm. More information can
be found at Applications are now being accepted for
individuals, teams, and businesses interested in joining Makervillage. The
application process can be started by visiting

SAI Digital specializes in web design, web app development, and inbound
marketing. Founded in August of 2008, the company has grown from solo
operation to a team of 10 employees headquartered in historic downtown Rome,
Georgia as an anchor tenant of Makervillage.

7hills Makerspace is a membership-based, not-for-profit, community workshop
located in Rome, Georgia, where local artists, engineers, business people,
educators, and economic developers get together to make things.

Parker FiberNet is a leading provider of communications services in Northwest
Georgia, connecting hundreds of anchor institutions across an eight-county
area through its extensive fiber optic network. Parker is a homegrown, local
company with roots in the community and a deep belief in the industrial,
cultural and creative potential of Northwest Georgia.

Tricia Steele
CEO, SAI Digital

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