Guest blogger Greg Morgan promotes Co-Work space as aid to Local Economy

co work spacePlease take this Survey: for Essex Entrepreneurs, Creative Types, Freelancers, and Home Business Owners, and Heart & Soul Coffee Shop Supporters:

Kip Steele, an Essex Junction resident who is committed to creating a creative economy in Vermont and in his hometown, is trying to assess interest in creating a Co-Working Space in Essex or Essex Junction. The Essex Economic Development Commission is following his efforts closely.

Co-Working is accurately defined in Co-Working in Vermont: A Start-Up Guide. This Guide has led to the creation of at least 6 of these unique spaces in Vermont:http://www.local64.com/coworking/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/coworking_in_vermont_FINALb.pdf

Coworking is a solution to the problem of workplace isolation faced by growing numbers of independent, freelance, and telecommuting workers. By coworking, creatives easily establish a low-cost and flexible business presence, connect with others, and build communities of interest, ideas, and talent.

As a growing share of the U.S. workforce gravitates toward “independent” and off-site work, coworking spaces are becoming important places for freelancers to gather, connect, and get work done. Vermont, with its high rates of entrepreneurship, innovation, and independence — paired with an outstanding quality of life — may be well positioned for a rapid growth of coworking spaces.

If you think Essex should explore the creation of a space to promote Co-Working, please fill out the survey below. We need to know if you would use this type of space, would help create it, and would like to see your community keep pace with the creative energy of our neighbors. And, please share this survey via social media or e-mail with others you know who might be interested.

You can find the survey here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_dJLitJu-WLjJS6hvxg3e_j9cPK317XaCtg-8IIbH7Y/viewform

Greg Morgan

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