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NERDiT Cares is open for business in downtown Wilmington

Device repair is now on Ninth Street, as the workforce development IT program officially opens its new home.

Jess Gibson-Brokenbaugh speaks at NERDiT Cares' ribbon-cutting event. (Technical.ly/Holly Quinn)

It’s officially official: NERDiT CARES is open on Ninth Street in downtown Wilmington, after its grand opening last week drew a standing room-only crowd out in front of the storefront.

Technical.ly first told you about the NERDiT CARES workforce development program in July, when the space was being used while undergoing the now-completed renovations.

Having an IT workforce development program downtown is a big deal, but it’s actually more than that, because, people of Wilmington, that storefront at 212 W. Ninth St. is also a device repair shop run by graduates of the program. No more driving to Newport to get a cracked phone screen repaired or your laptop debugged.

It’s big for NERDiT founder Markevis Gideon; his wife and behind-the-scenes NERDiT champion, Kristen; and CARES Executive Director Jess Gibson-Brokenbaugh — but also for Rob Herrera, founder of The Mill, who took on a project to reinvigorate the entire Ninth Street block. It’s now home to Faire Café, Girard Wine and Spirits, WhyFly and Blitzen, with NERDiT CARES capping it off.

Companies: NERDiT NOW / The Mill
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