Governor and First Lady To Open Exmore’s GIG

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By Stefanie Jackson – The GIG in Exmore, the Eastern Shore’s first high-tech coworking space, will celebrate its grand opening Saturday, March 14, 3 p.m., with special guests Gov. Ralph Northam and first lady Pamela Northam.

The GIG, or Gather, Innovate, Grow, was started for anyone who needs office space with access to high-speed internet and other technologies – from entrepreneurs to small-business owners and other professionals – where they can work either independently or collaboratively.

As the governor and first lady participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, another event will be underway – an Eastern Shore Foundation fundraiser called the Battle of the Oysters, which will be held on the GIG property at “The Shed.”

The family-friendly event will feature oysters, clams, hot dogs, and other foods fresh from the Shore.

Fundraiser tickets and sponsorships are available. Sponsors will get sign recognition at the event, plus one, two, or four tickets, depending on the level of sponsorship chosen. Sponsors should sign up by Monday, March 9.

The GIG will also offer Welcome Wednesdays starting this month.

Every Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the GIG will host open hours when anyone can stop by to meet the staff, settle into a comfortable work area, and sample the high-speed guest Wi-Fi.

New clients can purchase monthly memberships that include key cards for 24/7 access to the office space, 1-gigabit broadband internet, printers, and other amenities.

Day passes are also available for access during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The meeting room, which includes high-speed internet, high-definition television, and teleconferencing capability, can be rented by the hour. Meeting-room time is included with monthly memberships.

The GIG is located at 3292 Main Street, Exmore. For general information, stop by or email info@thegig.com

For more information on sponsoring the Battle of the Oysters fundraiser, contact Ron Matthews at 757-894-4329.