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September 26, 2014

RE: New Jersey Makers Day 2015 Invitation

Dear Mayor:

On behalf of League 3rd Vice President and Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler, we are pleased to extend an invitation to learn more about and to participate in a unique opportunity.

On Saturday, March 21, 2015 makers from across New Jersey will be participating in the inaugural NJ Makers Day 2015, http://njmakersday.org, to celebrate and share maker culture.  Maker culture has been gaining significant speed and popularity with the general public throughout the last few years, especially among entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and young people. New Jersey boasts many locations with makerspaces and studios, and our state has certainly proven a com­mitment to supporting creation, development, and innovative play.

Commercial and pub­lic makerspaces will be hosting a wide variety of events and presenters, while other locations -- such as select public libraries -- will also host makerspaces for the day. In each location, NJ Makers Day 2015 will attract entrepreneurs, small business owners and young professionals, as well as children, teens and parents from across the state to share their enthusiasm for and interest in the culture of making and creating.

The ultimate goal of NJ Makers Day 2015 is to enhance community engagement and facilitate con­nections among New Jersey residents by exploring new and interesting opportunities for community-wide education, entrepreneurship and hands-on learning experiences. To support NJ Makers Day 2015, we have sponsorships and partnerships that will allow us to ensure that maker programming will occur in all twenty one counties in New Jersey simultaneously, and that the event will be success­fully marketed through print and social media.

NJ Makers Day 2015 exists due to the collaborative planning of a representative group of a variety of organizations in NJ, including Piscataway Public Library, Hoboken’s MakerBar, LibraryLinkNJ, Hillsdale Public Library, New Jersey Makerspace Association and the Gloucester County Library. The Piscataway Public Library’s “Make It Yourself” initiative has some great examples of current maker programming: http://piscatawaylibrary.org/miy

This event will create engagement with entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as the young makers of today who will be the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, and those who will be the driving force behind New Jersey economy for decades to come. Mayor Wahler invites you to join as a Partner in not just supporting but truly celebrating maker culture by participating in the first NJ Makers Day!

If you would like be listed as a Partner for New Jersey Makers Day, please contact:
James Keehbler, jkeehbler@piscatawaylibrary.org or732-463-1633.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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