In a small rural community that has no less than five chambers of commerce groups (Greater Grass Valley Chamber, Nevada City Chamber, South County Chamber, Penn Valley Chamber and a “Regional” Chamber), I guess it’s no surprise that we’d now have two co-working facilities being marketed from two different economic groups — all within 0.7 miles of each other in Nevada City.
“Sierra Commons is where Nevada County entrepreneurs come together to get work done,” according to this group. “With blazing internet, strong coffee, professional conference facilities and flexible work options, it’s an inspired professional community – a place where coworkers share their knowledge, skills and energy in an atmosphere that thrives on collaboration. Two memberships are available.”
The price is either $150 a month or $200-$225 per month, depending on the services and whether you’re a resident or “nomadic.” What you get is here.
Now, the Nevada County Economic Resource Council’s “Green Screen Institute,” a few blocks away, is jumping into the market with its own co-working space, or “lab.” (The NCERC depends on county funding).
“Emulating the pricing tiers of popular collaborative workspaces like WeWork, GSI also announced several monthly membership options,” according to this group. It ranges from $25 basic membership for one-work day per month to $500 per month for private office spaces. Details are here. An open house is planned in July.
This seems a little redundant to me in such a small community. I wonder if the “sharing economy” will lead to homeowners offering up office space, adding further options. I just wish there were more entrepreneurs around to fill all the empty desks. That’s going to require the real heavy lifting.