Dumont Plaza Goes WiFi

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Downtown Meridian has gone wireless at Dumont Plaza.

This effort was announced by the mayor and several partners who made this happen, including Meridian Main Street, Comcast, Megagate and the mayor's office.

The Internet will be free and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Officials say this will go far in bringing people downtown.

"What we want the downtown to be is vibrant, exciting, and have things you can't get elsewhere, and recognizing what is special," said John McClure of Meridian Main Street.

The Internet is already up and running. All you have to do is log on.

Meanwhile, Internet was the main topic at the Riley Center as a workshop encouraging people to go into business through the web was held.

It was called the Nexus Hero Workshop for Tomorrow's Game Changers.

Organizer Clay Hamilton says there is plenty of opportunity on the Internet, but it requires a little creativity.

The goal is to create local businesses within Meridian and not just depend on people from out of town to create jobs for us.

"Try to give people a tool kit or a starter kit to get inspired to go out and start their own business or find work on the Internet so that they could bring revenue outside of Meridian into Meridian," said Hamilton. "In other words, we want to revitalize by bringing outside Meridian and you have to create businesses to do that."

Hamilton says the workshop was a success and he says it will likely become an annual event.

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