The following post is a cross-post of a press release that went out to media on Thursday last week (I’m a bit behind). I’ll have plenty to say about his in coming weeks and news to report as pre-party, launch date, etc.
I’m looking forward to connecting with our friends in south Louisiana (LaunchPad NOLA) on co-working and community organizing. Several of us from CoHabitat Dallas will be traveling to New Orleans for the sure-to-be-awesome TribeCon.
Co-working is an emerging trend that allows often-isolated workers, such as work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, and budding entrepreneurs to enjoy a supportive community setting while still working independently. Coworking in this type of social environment allows these independent workers to share values. It also allows them to fuel their interest in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.
Now CoHabitat Louisiana partners Blake Burris and John Grindley and the DDA (Shrevepor’s Downtown Development Authority) are bringing that synergy to the Shreveport-Bossier (Gmap) area.
CoHabitat Louisiana (Facebook Page) is a new co-working space with a cafe-like atmosphere that is designed to create and foster a micro-enterprise atmosphere within a targeted geographical market area of North Louisiana. CoHabitat Louisiana will benefit the greater Shreveport–Bossier area in a number of ways, utilizing a currently unoccupied building, encouraging an Earth-friendly work environment, and bringing creative, entrepreneurial-thinking individuals out of home offices and into downtown.
Co-working projects have been enjoying great success around the world including similar projects in Dallas (CoHabitat Dallas) co-founded by Burris and New Orleans (Launchpad NOLA) founded by Chris Schultz.
“I think the timing is right for co-working in Louisiana; clustering of entrepreneurs and freelancers in a strong community environment accelerates their success. Launch Pad NOLA looks forward to collaborating with CoHabitat to create a true network of entrepreneurs across the state of Louisiana.” Chris Schultz, owner of Launch Pad NOLA in New Orleans, LA.
“Co-working spaces tend to adapt to the local market and this has certainly been true in Dallas. A majority of our membership are building consumer web applications that tend to include Facebook and iPhone functionality. I am very excited to partner with the DDA and John Grindley to extend the CoHabitat brand from Dallas to my hometown area.” Blake Burris, co-founder of CoHabitat Lousiana and CoHabitat Dallas.
It is also a project that the City of Shreveport’s Mayor Cedric Glover believes will bring a new high tech and entrepreneural spirit to our area and to downtown.
“I am proud of the hard work that John Grindley and the Coworking team have done to bring this project very close to fruition here in Shreveport. This is the type of creative thinking that Shreveport needs to begin to create an innovation economy and revitalize downtown.” Cedric B. Glover, Mayor of Shreveport.
Interest in the project has increased rapidly over the last several months and those wanting to be involved in CoHabitat Louisiana are encouraged to fill out an online co-working survey to help build the environment conducive to North Louisiana’s needs.
That interest has further been increased by the support of The Downtown Development Authority of Shreveport. DDA facilitates initiatives that aid private and public development within the Downtown District of Shreveport, LA. CoHabitat Louisiana exemplifies that development and the DDA’s mission.
“The nature of work in our culture is changing rapidly, as more and more of the workforce, especially younger workers, are wanting to be independent of corporate structures, long commutes, and traditional definitions of the work day. Coworking presents an attractive alternative to independent contractors and work-at-home professionals, and has the potential to grow quickly into a major element of the workplace. At the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority, we believe strongly in this concept and its potential to help position our downtown as a viable and attractive location for coworking. That’s why we have committed to a major investment in CoHabitat Louisiana. We encourage other groups who are active in the economic development field to make CoHabitat Louisiana a priority in their efforts to expand and stabilize the job base.” Don Shea, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority of Shreveport.
The project still needs additional funding to begin operations downtown under Grindley and Burris’ three-year business forecast. The partners are actively seeking support from private individuals and other organizations in the community.
For more information please contact: CoHabitat Louisiana Managing Partner, John Grindley @ 318-230-0157 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder, Shreveport-Bossier locals interested in co-working, please take the survey.
For upates, join the Facebook Page.