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Canada’s First Rural Co-working Takeover Week Comes to High River

Rural on Purpose connects the High River Business community with entrepreneurs, contractors and remote workers

HIGH RIVER, AB — Rural on Purpose has chosen High River to launch Canada’s first Coworking Takeover Week—a pilot project that will run from April 23 to April 27, 2018—highlighting the growing global trend of shared workspaces.

Coworking Takeover Week, initiated by High River Economic Development, will connect the High River business community with entrepreneurs, contractors and remote workers in and around the town. According to the 2018 Global Coworking Forecast, coworking spaces are projected to grow to just over 30,000 by 2022, and the Alberta economy is seeing evidence of this growth in both urban and rural communities.

High River businesses with unused space in their facilities will create temporary workspaces for use during Coworking Takeover Week, providing opportunities for home-based workers to meet, collaborate and work alongside one another while connecting with the High River business community.

Coworking Takeover Week is part of High River’s innovative strategy to grow entrepreneurship, and comes on the heels of the announcement that the town will be bringing high speed internet to the community to better serve businesses and residents. The event will also provide an opportunity to gauge the interest and viability of coworking in High River while highlighting a growing group of independent professionals in the local workforce.

 “High River is home to a dynamic, diverse and growing business community, and the town is continuously seeking new ways to support entrepreneurs, whether it’s offering a business tax rate of 0% or offering free business licenses to entrepreneurs under age 25” says Angela Groeneveld, Business Development Specialist for the Town of High River. “This is a wonderful chance for local business owners to interact with one another, and for professionals in nearby communities to experience everything High River has to offer.”

“With this pilot, existing businesses have an opportunity to explore coworking ‘add-ons’ that can potentially increase their bottom line, while at the same time build a support system around freelance workers that will make the town very attractive to independent professionals looking for a place to live,” says Mary Doyle, Program Developer for Rural on Purpose.

Business owners, home-based workers and community members are invited to attend an information session about Coworking Takeover Week on Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at Bottled Up (120 3 Avenue, SW, High River). Those interested in attending the event can rsvp at /bit.ly/2tEQElf and those interested in participating in Coworking Takeover Week can learn more by visiting coworkhighriver.com or searching for @ruralonpurpose or #cwtakeover on social media.

About Rural on Purpose Pilots:

Rural communities are dealing with certain challenges that are systemically global, like youth retention and attraction, aging workforce, declining populations and the changing nature of work. A new way forward is needed that relies on the collective insight and intelligence of our communities. The Rural on Purpose Pilots are collaboration projects with rural communities worldwide designed to test concepts and serve as a resource for future-focused program development. To learn more go to www.ruralonpurpose.com

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