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a decreased rate for the first three years, and the city’s Redevelopment Commission donated $50,000 to the startup. Their investment has given them some- thing irreplaceable: a makerspace in a city of 47,000. “I haven’t seen any other ones around in a community of our size,” said Rob Waiz, the director of redevelopment and economic development for the city of Jeffersonville. Louisville does have at least two mak- erspaces and Floyd County and Jefferson- ville’s public libraries plan to open their own as well, but they’re expected to be dif- ferent than Maker13. The Rileys are help- ing to develop the one in Floyd County to complement their space, while Jefferson- ville’s will be more geared toward hobby- ists, according to Director Libby Pollard, with a craft station and recording studio, as well as a 3D printer and laser printer. Galloway, who chose to move her award-winning startup’s operations from Louisville to Jeffersonville, thinks that Maker13 says something about Inscope’s 28 July / August 2018 Photos Provided Above, Josh Craft uses Maker13’s router to cut out letters that were originally hand written and uploaded to the machine via computer. Patrick Brown used equipment at Maker13 to transform a 2006 Sprinter van into a portable home and studio. Cut out pieces lay out on the floor of the makerspace along with Brown’s dog and travel buddy. adopted city. “It’s an exciting thing for this area, for the city, to have that kind of innovator resource right downtown, particularly with all the growth happening in Jeff,” she said. Maker13 is located in the heart of