Why is coworking good for cities? Real estate crowdfunding platform Small Change answers this question on its blog.
One reason: “Coworking can help transform neighborhoods by providing affordable, flexible work space for people who live nearby. Most coworkers say they choose their coworking space based on proximity to their home.”
And sometimes people choose their neighborhoods based on proximity to a coworking space. That’s my experience, at least.
I often get calls from people wanting to connect to BEAHIVE in some form before they’ve actually moved to Beacon, sometimes before they’ve even decided to move. Sometimes they want to set up membership, so they have a place to work as soon as they hit town. Sometimes they want to get a feel for the community to which they’re moving (or considering).
In essence we’ve helped to promote and represent the cities we populate as progressive, creative, lively, living communities throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.
“Coworking not only keeps talent local; it also creates stronger, more connected communities,” Small Change continues.
“Plus, many coworking spaces offer programs and events to boost morale, teach new skills, and foster creative problem-solving. Coworking is a great way to share ideas, get feedback, and form connections with brilliant people in all sectors in your city.”
My vision for BEAHIVE from the beginning has been to inspire and facilitate new thinking and action to address community issues and economic development in a sustainable way that meets the needs of all our citizens.
(One of our newest Beacon members, Ben Schulman, works as head of developer & investor relations for Small Change, which is based in Pittsburgh.)