Magic Johnson/HP Inventor Center Targets Digital Divide in Philadelphia

4/19/2004 - HP and the Magic Johnson Foundation brought their national community technology initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide to Philadelphia with the opening of the 14th Magic Johnson/HP Inventor Center at The Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia center joins 13 Inventor Centers in nine other cities across the country to offer training, skills development and online access for youth and adult residents in inner-city communities. Over the past year centers have opened in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Lansing, Mich., Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Seattle and Washington. HP's investment in the centers totals more than $1.4 million over three years.

"Computers are so widely used in our society today that their availability is often taken for granted," said Earvin "Magic" Johnson, founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation. "However, for many residents of underserved communities, ready access to computers and the training on how to use them is still the exception rather than the norm. This partnership with HP permits residents of the community to have access and training opportunities that are not otherwise available."

The Magic Johnson Foundation and HP selected The Enterprise Center as the location for the Inventor Center because of its focus on training and economic growth for its clients. The Magic Johnson/HP Inventor Center facility will support that focus with training opportunities and a powerful lineup of HP commercial and consumer products ranging from servers, desktop and notebook PCs to printers, projectors and digital cameras.

At the Inventor Center, local residents will have access to a host of HP technology and training services, including business development resources, computer skills training, and professional developmental seminars.

"Through its programs The Enterprise Center offers hope and opportunity for many who are working toward a better life," said Governor of Pennsylvania, Edward G. Rendell. "The addition of the Magic Johnson/HP Inventor Center will strengthen the offerings through TEC and will be a tremendous benefit not only to the individuals who use it, but to the community as a whole."

"In today's world it is critical that young and old alike are comfortable with technology and that they understand how it can improve the quality of their life," said Cathy Martin, director, state and local government marketing, Public Sector Organization, HP. "Through this effort, HP and the Magic Johnson Foundation combine the strengths of two organizations to open new doors of growth and prosperity for the residents of West Philadelphia."

Other sponsors supporting the Magic Johnson/HP Inventor Center include: DHL, Eastwind Consulting Group, Freddie Mac and the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Foundation.

About The Enterprise Center
The Enterprise Center is one of America's premiere urban business incubators. It was founded in 1989 with support from the Small Business Development Center at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. The Enterprise Center's mission is to nurture entrepreneurs and grow companies in urban communities.

About the Magic Johnson Foundation
The Magic Johnson Foundation is a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving and addressing the health, educational and social needs of those residing in the inner city. In addition, the Foundation has made a strong commitment to raise awareness about several health and social concerns that threaten underserved communities. Founded in 1991 by basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the Foundation has raised more than $20 million for charity.

About HP
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the last four fiscal quarters, HP revenue totaled $74.7 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at

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