CO-WORKING FACILITY: EDC launches outpost downtown

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. To read the rest of this story, see the Nov. 7 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.