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CO-WORKING FACILITY: EDC launches outpost downtown

November 7, 2013

Kellie Scheiss, left, and Liane Minier visit at the Whitley County EDC’s open house for the EDC Outpost held Wednesday. Post & Mail photo / Brett Myers

COLUMBIA CITY— Whitley County’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) opened a co-working facility in downtown Columbia City this week.

The EDC Outpost is intended to be a flexible space for EDC clients and service partners, located at 114 N. Chauncey St., Columbia City.

EDC CEO and President Alan Tio said the diversity for possibilities at the Outpost means it could be used by a broad spectrum of individuals.

“We could add or change things from what we have now,” he said.

Currently, Tio said members pay a fee of $40 per month to use the Outpost, and membership is month-to-month.

Other amenities include Wi-Fi, tables, printers, work stations and coffee. Members receive a key pad code and can have access to the building 24 hours a day.

Besides providing physical space for entrepreneurs and business owners, collaboration possibilities are also available.

“Long-term, it would be fantastic to see people with different kinds of businesses get to know each other, and develop a kind of camaraderie where they could share problems, good news, bad news, or whatever,” Tio said. “We could begin to build a network of entrepreneurs. We would love to see that — to grow that base of entrepreneurs in the area.”

In the future, Tio said the building could be occupied by one of the entrepreneurs.

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