Latest News – September 24
Vortex WorkSpace To Open In Leadville
While the concept of shared work space has been prevalent in urban processional circles for years, the idea has finally reached the mountain top, right here in Leadville.
Welcome Vortex WorkSpace! Located at 1205 Harrison Avenue across from the Lake County Public Library, this 21st century office complex is the creation of Jane and Dave Horning. The couple is hosting an Open House next Thursday, Sept. 29 as an opportunity for the community to check out the new digs and see what type of rental space is available. Come by from 4 – 7 p.m. for a tour of the facility and dinner.
So what is the shared work space concept?
Co-working space is a shared workspace where freelancers and other independent workers can go and get the basics of an office – desk, internet access, conference room, shared printers, and mail service. Members buy time in the space from a few hours a week to full-time, sometimes even having a dedicated desk or small office.
At Vortex, the daily and monthly rates range from a Daily-Table use at $23/day to the $525 private office space with conference room privileges. Monthly rates do include a professional mailing address, kitchen access including free coffee and tea, print/scan/copy availability and free high-speed wireless internet.
In fact, it’s likely that last asset that will bring in the millennials, in constant search for a connection. This summer Leadville’s standard wireless access points started to go black afterhours, as many reliable portals were shutting down their wireless internet access along with their businesses at night. And for the younger set who keep more non-traditional hours, huddling in their car on Harrison Avenue or at the Laundromat in the early morning hours, waiting for a connection to finish an online class or make travel plans has been getting old. The new Vortex WorkSpace is the answer! It’s these young entrepreneurs who will appreciate the availability of After Hours Entry, from the standard Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. hours listed as standard business hours on their sales literature.
Typically, the shared workspace concept is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation. Co-working spaces also provide the positive attributes of social gatherings for a group of people who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with people who value working in the same place alongside each other.
Started by Dave and Jane Horning, the couple stated that they got the idea for the shared working space from Nicole Thompson, Director of the Leadville/Lake County Economic Development Corporation. While the building’s past had some issues that forced out a local charter school after several scares with gas issues, the Hornings have spent the past year addressing all of the pertinent safety issues that many older buildings in Leadville face. With a final seal of approval from the inspector the couple is ready to roll out their latest venture.
“We are confident that independent professionals will discover Lake County’s amazing assets,” said Jane Horning in a recent tour with Leadville Today. “Now they have the perfect place to work!”
So if you’re looking for a new work space or perhaps ready to move out of that basement home office, stop by next Thursday, Sept. 29 for the Votex WorkSpace Open House from 4 – 7 p.m. at 1205 Harrison Avenue.