Howard County’s first “co-worker” space officially opened this week during a Monday ceremony at Inventrek Technology Park held by Indiana University Kokomo and the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance.
The 3,000-square-foot allotment — made possible through a $25,000 grant from Innovate Indiana — offers park members any-time access to work and meeting space, desk and lounge areas, conference rooms and fiber and WiFi connections. It also has copy/print/scan capabilities, secure storage, a CAD lab, mail room and coffee bar access. Members pay month-to-month or yearly rates, with students receiving a discount.
IU Kokomo Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke described the space — also known as The Shared Drive — as yet another component of the bicentennial initiative by Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie to help build a more prosperous and innovative Indiana by creating a statewide culture of “building and making.” IU will celebrate its bicentennial in 2020.
— Susan Sciame-Giesecke, IU Kokomo chancellor
— David Gard, IU’s assistant vice president for economic development
Indiana University Kokomo has been involved with Inventrek since its inception in 2004, as Chancellor Emerita Ruth Person helped secure a $1 million grant to renovate the building for use as an incubator. At present, 28 businesses rent dedicated office space at Inventrek.