Federal, State, and Local Economic Development Officials Join the Community in Supporting The Stourbridge Project at Open House
Officials from federal, state, and local economic development organizations gathered on July 9 to launch the Co-?working Space at The Stourbridge Project, a new business incubator / accelerator facility serving Wayne County and the region.
Located in the former gymnasium of the original Stourbridge Elementary School, 648 Park Street, Honesdale, the Co-?working Space is a new creative environment for business activity. Completely refurbished, the gym’s institutional look is gone and architectural features and textures create an edgy home for workstations and state-?of-?the-?art technology.
Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO), who is spearheading the project along with the Wayne County Commissioners and other community partners, wants the Co-?working space to be a focal point for business support services. Federal agencies have added another dimension by providing funds for technology equipment, which creates high-?tech functionality within the work area.
According to WEDCO executive director Mary Beth Wood, the selection of equipment and software has been very strategic and supports the organization’s goal of fostering higher wage technology-?related jobs. “Among the high-?tech tasks that can be performed in the Co-?working Space are animations, printing of 3D prototypes, GIS mapping, editing a video or recording a song, simulating liquid, articles, soft and hard object movements, and the list goes on,” stated Ms. Wood.
“The talent is here in Wayne County. Our job is to harness our region’s resources, provide a creative environment, and support our entrepreneurs”.
The Co-?working space is free to use and open Monday through from 10 AM to 6 PM. It features high speed internet access and data storage, media equipment, 3D printers, specialty software
packages, worktables and chairs. There will be a nominal fee for use of the software and equipment.
The Stourbridge Projet is supported by a $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Commission (ARC) , a $50,000 grant from the United State Department of Agriculture -? Rural Development (USDA), a $204,313 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, and County CDBG funds contributed through the Wayne County Commissioners.
In-?kind investment has also been provided by area institutions, including Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance, LaBar Computer Service, Northeast Analysis, Bricyn Networking, the Pocono Film Commission, and the County.
Attending the event were ARC Federal Co-?chair Earl Gohl, Director of ARC Initiatives for Pennsylvania Neil Fowler, USDA State Director Tom Williams, State Representative Sandra Major, Wayne County Commissioners Brian Smith, Jonathan Fritz, and Wendell Kay, Northeast Pennsylvania Alliance President & CEO Jeffrey Box, and numerous business support organizations throughout to the region.
For more information about the Co-?working Space, visit stourbridgeproject.com or call (570) 253-?5334.