Massachusetts Expands Collaborative Workspaces

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(Photo: Greentown Labs in Somerville)

Every place you turn, collaborative workspaces are cropping up in Massachusetts, drawing together innovators, entrepreneurs and creative types seeking affordable space, partnering and mentoring opportunities, and just pure inspiration. These workspaces are being hailed as a viable and practical way for individuals, small business and daring thinkers to flourish in an open environment where creative collaboration yields positive results.

Massachusetts is at the forefront of encouraging these workspaces, says Helena Fruscio, head of Creative Industries, which is part of the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development. Just this week, Fruscio and her colleagues staged a kick-off event at two collaborative workspaces in Somerville: the Artisan’s Asylum, a 25,000 square foot cluster of physical/manufacturing entrepreneurs, and Greentown Labs, a 24,000 square foot space for the growing community of energy and cleaning technology entrepreneurs.

EOHED Secretary Greg Bialecki attended, and expressed Governor Deval Patrick’s support of expanding these workspaces, as stated in the Governor’s bill, An Act to Promote Growth & Opportunity, currently before the legislature.

For example, collaborative workspaces would be an ideal solution in many Gateway Cities, where officials believe underutilized buildings could house innovative and creative clusters that stimulate economic growth and help to transform these older cities.

The Somerville event kicked off a series of three workshops across the state this month for prospective developers, operators, funders and public officials:

Central Massachusetts
Thursday, May 8
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Becker College
Borger Academic Center
9 Washburn Square
Leicester

Eastern Massachusetts
Tuesday, May 13
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Quincy Chamber of Commerce
180 Old Colony Avenue
Quincy

Western Massachusetts
Thursday, May 15
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street
Holyoke

For more information about the training series, or to get involved in collaborative workspaces, contact Helena Fruscio at Helena.fruscio@state.ma.us or 617 788-3602.