CO+HOOTS Movin' On Up!
May 6, 2013By CO+HOOTS Have you been wondering why we haven't had a 2-year anniversary party yet? Well, it's time to tell you why. We've solidified a new lease for CO+HOOTS 2.0. This renewed commitment to our community comes after two strong years of constant growth for the little coworking space that could. Yep, this little space is all growns up.
CO+HOOTS has taken the lead with us in helping to establish Washington Street as an entrepreneur corridor, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. Thriving entrepreneurs bring exactly the talent and vision critical to economic development and making our City competitive.
Our new space is located in a renovated 1940s autoshop at 1027 E. Washington, on the corner of 10th Street and Washington, a block from a light rail stop, three blocks from the stadium and one light rail stop from Cityscape. The move to this area is due to the explosive growth of members. In the last month, we have reached capacity and are no longer accepting any new members until we move to our new space on October 1. On a daily basis, we see more than 45 professionals work in our space. From Nest Members who are positioning to expand, to Frequent Fliers and Fly By members, we needed more space to grow our model. Besides space, we realized the CO+HOOTS 2.0 we dreamed of needed to do several things. 1. Strive to be a better role model to our community: It's happening. Phoenix is shifting. People are realizing Phoenix is an amazing place to live. But there is more. We all know there is more to come. So how can we make it happen faster? We need to lead it. So while designing our new space, we have worked hard to identify the goals we hold true and made sure that those goals are communicated in our layout. We believe in a bikeable, walkable, light railable (yeah, that's a word, wannamakesumthinofit?) city. Thus, we will be installing bike racks and building out a shower in our space for our members. We will be working with the city on designing a street that is more walkable on Washington. We will be supporting projects and concepts that bring people out of their buildings and onto the sidewalks, like food trucks, meetups, events, etc.
2. Support a wider range of independent workers: Our goal and our passions have always focused on giving independent workers a place to get work done and grow in all kinds of ways. We give businesses better footing through resources, connections and mentoring. We are no incubator, our friends down the street specialize in that. We are a group of talented business people who value the sharing of resources, ideas and values. But we can't do it all and we don't want to do it all. So we've created a new network of spaces that work together for this same mission. CO+HOOTS is not the end all. In this big city, we are just another passionate group pushing for the same thing as many are working for. So let's get everyone connected. This is why we have teamed up with SEEDspot and CEI Gateway to launch "Washington Row," a corridor specifically built to support the growing number of entrepreneurs today. We are three different spaces that all want the same thing. A stronger, more connected Phoenix for the wide range of entrepreneurs who are here and will come here. Together, we will be growing this concept.
On October 1 this year, we will enter a new phase of CO+HOOTS and with that will of course come a celebration. Every year better than the one before.
3. Be a catalyst for change: Our move to the Washington Street corridor is a statement. A statement that we are committed to this city. CO+HOOTS stands for cooperation and collaboration between all. We believe that we accomplish more together than we do alone. And by moving, we have aligned ourselves along a corridor that will be the future for entrepreneurs to come. With support from the City of Phoenix, The Discovery Triangle and Local First AZ, we will create a stronger support structure for entrepreneurs. We all know that the economy is shifting. This rise of the independent worker is happening. It's a big scary thing, but we've all been through it and we're happy to help others succeed. CO+HOOTS has taken the lead with us in helping to establish Washington Street as an entrepreneur corridor, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. Thriving entrepreneurs bring exactly the talent and vision critical to economic development and making our City competitive. On October 1 this year, we will enter a new phase of CO+HOOTS and with that will of course come a celebration. Every year better than the one before.
Where are we at now?*In the interim, starting on August 9, CO+HOOTS will be housed temporarily by one of our favorite collaborative neighbors, the art collective, monOrchid until the new space is built out. If you haven't visited monOrchid yet, it is absolutely incredible, a hidden treasure among all the revitalization efforts in the Phoenix downtown area. Even better, it's right down the street at 214 East Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ 85004! It is on the north side of Roosevelt just west of Third Street, unassuming in appearance and unique in nature.
Come visit us at monOrchid! We'll be in the upstairs lofts! Though we won't be accepting new Nest Members or Early Birds/Night Owls until October 1 (see wait list /15 spots remaining), we will still offer our Frequent Flyer and Flyby memberships. So be sure to come in and hang out with a ton of Phoenix creatives!
About Washington Row, the entrepreneur corridor: Washington Row is a unique network of incubators, accelerators and coworking spaces with a common standard of excellence who have set up shop on Washington Street and have come together to make Phoenix the entrepreneurial capital of the world through true collaboration. This trusted network of spaces along the light rail line from Tempe to Phoenix are committed to putting Phoenix on the map for entrepreneurial culture. Currently, the three founding venue partners for Washington Row are CO+HOOTS, CEI Gateway and SEEDspot (launches in October). READ FULL PRESS RELEASE Sign up for wait list for CO+HOOTS 2.0 Nest Membership (20 spots available) and drive by the window signs of our old space (see below) throughout August. Awesomeness has indeed left the building.