FORA seeks input on coworking in the Monterey Bay region
By Sara Isenberg
Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Santa Cruz Tech Beat
August 18, 2016 — Monterey, CA
The survey is actively seeking responses from Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey County residents.
The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) and CSUMB, Institute of Innovation and Economic Development (IIED) are collaborating on a new study to assess market feasibility for additional coworking spaces in the Monterey Bay region.
The study aims to inform continued regional economic development by assessing current and near term market demand. In particular, the continued growth of Startup Monterey Bay, the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, expansions in agtech innovation, and broad market growth in flexible and remote work options, suggest additional coworking spaces would meet increasing demand. The survey is actively seeking responses from Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey County residents. Anonymous survey results will be compiled and made publicly available in a final report to the FORA Board.
“This study grew out of our collective experiences working on regional economic development,” says Josh Metz, FORA Economic Development Coordinator. “As new communities emerge on historic Fort Ord properties, regional efforts to stimulate entrepreneurship advance, and CSUMB enrollment grows, we are seeing increased demand for coworking spaces and community. We hope this study and survey will provide a deeper understanding of the current market conditions, and hopefully lead to new coworking space options in the near future.”
In his role at FORA, Metz is focused on advancing land use opportunities, business innovation and regional economic development. He invites anybody living in the tri-county central coast region to participate in this survey.
FORA is the special district of the State of California responsible for oversight of Monterey Bay area economic recovery from the closure and reuse of the former Fort Ord military base. CSUMB is the centerpiece of Fort Ord reuse and is actively engaged in its leadership role as a Monterey Bay regional economic development catalyst. The IIED, housed within the CSUMB College of Business is focused on supporting the entrepreneurial community and economic development through education, expertise, and financial resources.
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