ALFOND TEAMS UP WITH LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR TO PITCH CO-LOCATION WORKSPACE TO WATERVILLE AREA LEADERS
AUGUSTA–Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond and ThinkTank’s Pat Roche will be leading in Waterville’s first strategic meeting to create co-location workspace in downtown Waterville. Sen. Alfond will also detail his bill to create statewide incentive for entrepreneurs to choose Maine as a place to start their business.
Sen. Alfond is sponsoring a measure, LR 1431, An Act To Attract Skilled Professionals and Families to Maine. The measure, Alfond says is “a way to throw some energy behind a movement already taking off in other parts of the country. Co-location spaces foster synergies and collaboration that might not happen if you’re working in a cubicle or alone in your home-office.”
Alfond added, “I hope that this will be a part of recruitment message to entrepreneurs: Come to Maine and be a part of our vibrant entrepreneurial culture.”
Co-location workspace, often referred to as coworking space, is physical space offering workers a collaborative environment to solve problems. Typically coworking spaces can be themed to a specific sector (e.g. like technology, art or finance) or broadly themed to accommodate any persuasion of an individual or organization.
Alfond’s bill will offer a $250,000 competitive grant for towns, individuals, or nonprofits to create or build upon existing co-location space.
WHEN: Monday, January 26th @ 2PM in the
WHERE: Mid-Maine Chamber Conference Room
50 Elm Street, Waterville, ME
WHO: Pat Roche, founder of ThinkTank
State of Maine:
Senate Democratic Leader, Justin Alfond
City of Waterville:
Mayor, Karen Heck
Mayor Elect, Nick Isgro
City Manager, Mike Roy
President, David Green
Director of Planning, Brian Clark
President, Laurie LaChance
Exec. Assistant to President, Mikaela Ziobro
Kennebec Valley Community College:
President, Richard Hopper
Executive assistant to President, Monika Wood
Skowhegan Savings Bank
Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce
2:00p – 2:15 Introductions
2:15p – 2:25 Patrick Roche (Think Tank) on Coworking as economic engine and catalyst for community.
2:25p – 2:35 Open Discussion with Senator Justin Alfond about roll out of state in the development of incubators.
2:35p – 2:45 Address colleges’ role in developing incubator spaces in downtown Waterville. Partnership opportunities, Off-campus programming, Job placement.
2:45p – 2:55 Open Discussion with Nate Rudy from Waterville Creates about creative place-making and the revitalization of downtown districts.
2:55 – 3:15 Open forum / Q & A / Next Steps