If you have been looking for an affordable space to plug in and connect with other tech-professionals, Co Work Fort Wayne is the place to be. Located on the fifth floor of the famed Murphy Building at 809 S. Calhoun Street, Co Work Fort Wayne is filling the void that many locals felt when Founders closed. This new space is clean, quiet, and located in the heart of downtown.
I stopped in to talk with Chad Clabaugh and Dave Sanders about Co Work Fort Wayne and find out more about this great, new effort. Dave mentions that “Many here have a home office and needed a place to group together. Looking for an office space grew into a co-working space.”
Chad tells me that they “both live in West Central. We wanted to be downtown so we can walk and bike. I think the downtown scene is up and coming. We want to bring more to the table and see what we could cultivate.”
The current monthly rate is $125 but with every new signup that price goes down. There is no long term lease or commitment, and they will prorate the cost for those that join mid-month. For those interested in stopping by for the day, Co Work Fort Wayne offers a daily drop in fee of $7 that includes access to WiFi, coffee, and either of their conference rooms from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The conference rooms can be a great selling point for those interesting in Co Work Fort Wayne, as well. For many people, having a place where they can meet and conference with others is often hard to do at noisy establishments. This added feature is a nice inclusion for members.
“We are aimed at tech folks or anyone that wants to come in and work as long as it’s not disruptive. Diversity helps. Being around others allows for more knowledge and growth. It’s a micro-community in the downtown community.”
In addition to their current operations, Dave and Chad are open to using the space for possible events and other opportunities to help advance the downtown community. They see many possibilities for the future and are taking each one a month at a time. I see those opportunities too and can tell that this has clearly been a positive addition to downtown Fort Wayne that will only help to grow and nurture the downtown scene. Welcome to downtown, Co Work Fort Wayne!
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By Stephen J. Bailey for the Downtown Improvement District