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Innovation Lab Receives $7,500

Sonora, CA — One of Tuolumne County’s efforts to help grow the local economy has received a notable donation.

The Sierra Pacific Foundation, a non-profit organization connected to Sierra Pacific Industries, has donated $7,500 to the Tuolumne County Innovation Lab.

“Primarily, the dollars will be used for purchasing additional equipment, and then also offering opportunities to be able to learn at the center,” says Larry Cope, Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority Director. “Right now we are formulating what the dollars will be used for. We’ll bring it back to our advisory committee, and with their suggestions and input, we’ll move forward and make very good use of the $7,500 donation.”

The Innovation Lab is designed to be a do-it-yourself fabrication and prototyping center, incubator, maker space and learning center. As reported previously, it is situated on the former Tuolumne General Hospital Campus. Inside there are 3-D printers, gaming and application equipment, design software, video and audio production equipment, prototyping metal work and wood equipment.

The Innovation Lab is a project of the Economic Development Authority and Economic Prosperity Council.