Pharell Williams Planning Community Computer Center In Virginia Beach

Pharrell Williams

is in negotiations to build computer resource center for residents in his hometown

of Virginia Beach, VA. Virginia

Beach economic development director Don Maxwell told The Virginian Pilot

that the size, location and cost of the center are still being determined, but

plans could be finalized and presented to Virginia Beaches’ City Council as early

as next month.According

to reports, Williams is also in negotiations with computer giants Apple and Microsoft

to support the center, which will utilize a local architect to design the building.

"One

of these kids could be the next chemist for Pfizer," Williams said referring

to the health care giant Pfizer Inc. Williams

has also aligned with HP to appear in a new spot for the "Computer is Personal

Again," which debuted with rapper/mogul/Def Jam president Jay-Z.Others

featured in the "Computer is Personal Again" campaign include Dallas

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, U.S. Olympic, snowboarding gold medalist Shaun White

Shaun White and television executive Mark Burnett (The Apprentice, The Apprentice:

Martha Stewart, On the Lot). All

three spots will be available online prior to hitting major television networks."Online

video sites and their prominence in the blog community are today’s ‘word-of-mouth,’

providing a very personal avenue to help HP reach an audience that doesn’t necessarily

respond to traditional media, but who will watch an ad online if it’s been recommended

by a well-liked blogger or a friend," said David Roman, vice president of

marketing communications, Personal Systems Group, HP.Williams

is preparing to release his highly anticipated solo album In

My Mind July

25.

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