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November 8, 2013

Funding expired

Digital Bridges location closing

MILLEDGEVILLE — Since 2010, Digital Bridges provided resources for Milledgeville and Baldwin County citizens in an effort to increase digital literacy and promote innovative uses of technology.

Due to a dry funding source, the tech center at 127 W. Hancock St. received official word the current physical operation would end. Digital Bridges will remain open and operational through Nov. 29. 

“We’ve held tech training courses, hosted educational classes, provided online resume workshops, a lot of different things to help bridge the digital divide in our community,” Digital Bridges Director Tommy Cook said. “The goal set in front of us four years ago was to make the project self-sustainable. We weren’t able to completely achieve that.”

Digital Bridges is a venture of Georgia College with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Dr. Dale Young, interim dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, stated that GC, like other community higher learning institutions, continues investing in economic development initiatives that directly benefit all residents of Milledgeville and Baldwin County. The college wants to realign the downtown center’s mission.

“For several years Digital Bridges has been an active and successful participant in extending digital literacy across Milledgeville and in providing a location for public service events,” Young said. “It is now appropriate that those services to area residents be provided by our community partners, enabling the university to focus limited resources directly toward economic development.”

Digital Bridges was awarded $1.5 million in 2009. 

Originally, the grant money bought all of the computers and equipment to retrofit the digital facility. The full grant went through the Digital Innovation Group at Georgia College.

“Over the next few years, we worked doing everything from digital literacy to helping people apply for jobs online. General economic development through workforce development was kind of the focus we went toward trying to help people use computers to be more effective in the workplace,” Cook said. 

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