Starting later next month, businesses and community members will have access to the Lacey MakerSpace on the Saint Martin’s University campus. The space, created thanks to a partnership between the university, the City of Lacey, and the Thurston Economic Development Council, will be “a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship,” according to a news release.
Housed inside Saint Martin’s Zaverl Hall, the MakerSpace will provide information, training, and access to industrial quality equipment including CNC machines and other computers. The Lacey City Council earmarked $200,000 of economic development funding to support the space for the next three years.
“The Council’s vision is to create an economic environment for innovation, accessible to the whole community. An environment where innovative ideas can be developed, prototyped, and brought to market, stimulating entrepreneurism, business startup, and expansion, and also growing a skilled workforce. The City sees the Lacey MakerSpace as a key spark to igniting this economic innovation,” Rick Walk, Lacey’s director of community and economic development, said in a statement.
“Saint Martin’s University is pleased to be a partner in the Lacey MakerSpace,” added Roy F. Heynderickx, the university’s president. “Our students will be equipped to transfer concepts and ideas, developed during their education, into viable commercial opportunities that can be pursued in the South Puget Sound region.”
The Lacey MakerSpace launch event will take place at 4 p.m. on Sept. 25 at The Hub in Woodland Square.