Coworking and flexible office software company Proximity Space, Inc., announced a contract award from the State of Utah to implement management software for coworking spaces across the state, including businesses that receive funding from the Rural Coworking and Innovation Center Grant Program. The grant is administered by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Office of Rural Development and is intended to help create more infrastructure for rural communities to participate in the digital workforce. In an effort to spur job creation, job diversity and boost wages in rural areas across Utah, the state-approved grant funding for the construction or renovation of coworking spaces and innovation centers. The grant also covers the improvement of broadband service in designated rural regions.
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Establishing a coworking space is often an early step for communities to attract and support more digital economy workers, entrepreneurs and employees with the flexibility to work remotely. Coworking spaces not only provide the infrastructure, equipment and professional setting for productive work, but also offer a support network for members to connect with potential collaborators, customers or mentors. Coworking spaces are typically hubs for community events including classes or workshops designed to teach new skills.
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“The rise of the digital economy has allowed cities of all sizes to attract high-paying jobs, diversify their industries and create revitalized entrepreneurial ecosystems,” says Brian Watson, Director of Community Development for Proximity. “Coworking spaces and the people who are attracted to them play a vital role in transformation. We’ve worked with hundreds of communities across the country and we are very encouraged by the work being done at the State of Utah to embrace the innovation economy. We believe initiatives like this will help secure Utah’s place as a leader in rural economic development for years to come.”
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