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HP and Magic Johnson Foundation Partner to Address Digital Divide in Bladensburg, Maryland

Magic Johnson/HP Inventor Center featuring HP technology opens in Prince George's County
BLADENSBURG, Md., April 23, 2004

HP and the Magic Johnson Foundation bring their national community technology initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide to Prince George's County today with the opening of the 15th Magic Johnson/HP Inventor Center at the Autumn Woods housing complex in Bladensburg.

The Bladensburg center joins Inventor Centers in 10 other cities around the country to offer training, skills development and online access for youth and adult residents in underserved communities. Since the launch of the program, centers have opened in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Lansing, Mich., Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington, D.C. HP's investment in the centers totals $1.4 million over three years.

"In today's world, a lack of knowledge and understanding of technology puts an individual at a distinct disadvantage," said Earvin "Magic" Johnson, founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation. "Many of us use technology daily in our homes, our schools and our businesses. Yet, for residents in underserved communities, access to technology is not a given. This partnership with HP enables residents of the community to have access and training opportunities that are not otherwise available."

Autumn Woods was selected as the location for the Inventor Center because of its commitment to bringing together nonprofit, private sector and community groups to collaborate for the benefit of the Bladensburg area.

The Magic Johnson/HP Inventor Center will provide residents in the Autumn Woods housing complex with access to the state-of-the-art technology and training opportunities using a powerful lineup of HP commercial and consumer products ranging from PCs to the latest in digital imaging technology.

"The center will help ensure that Bladensburg residents have access to computer technology so they can continue to develop indispensable skills for a technologically driven world," said Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. "We thank HP, the Magic Johnson Foundation and the other organizations that came forward to make this happen."

The technology deployed in the Inventor Center, valued at more than $80,000, includes HP servers, notebook and desktop PCs, flat panel monitors, digital cameras and photo printers, and all-in-one fax, scanner and printer units. These products combine to offer center users a state-of-the-art technology experience.

"In order to have the best chance for success in many aspects of life, it is critical that young and old alike become comfortable with technology and understand how it can improve the quality of their life," said Cathy Martin, director, state and local government, Public Sector Organization, HP. "HP's partnership with the Magic Johnson Foundation is one of the ways we are helping open new doors of growth, prosperity and long-term success for community members."

Training available through the Inventor Center will include courses ranging from basic computer knowledge and entry-level word processing and spreadsheet development to resume writing and financial and credit literacy, among others. The personal development and technology training available to the residents are provided through the collaboration of HOPE worldwide, Mid-Atlantic, and Housing Opportunities Unlimited.

"The opening of the Magic Johnson/HP Inventor Center at Autumn Woods will add a new dimension to the lives of our residents, providing a benefit available at very few other housing developments in the country," said Judy Siegel, president of Landex Corporation, owner and operator of Autumn Woods. "For some, the opening of this center will put them in touch with one of the most rewarding opportunities of their lives."

Other sponsors supporting the Magic Johnson/HP Inventor Center include DHL, Eastwind Consulting Group and Freddie Mac.

About Autumn Woods

Landex Management, owner and operator of Autumn Woods, was formed as an independent company in 1990 to extend the Landex vision of "creating a better quality of community living" into the management phase of properties. Over the last 10 years, the company has employed a proven methodology for efficient and effective property management that achieves results for investors while ensuring high-caliber service for residents.

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 http://www.hp.com.

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.