Events to showcase coworking spaces and remote work opportunities

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Aaron Bolzle
Brian Watson

Two events will offer insight into coworking spaces as well as discussions on how to attract remote workers to western Colorado

“The West Rim is a perfect place for those working in the remote economy to land,” said Brian Watson, co-founder and co-owner of Alt Space.

The company has planned opening parties at its coworking spaces in Montrose and Grand Junction. The events will also include discussions with Aaron Bolzle, founder of a remote work recruitment program.

Events are scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 9 at the Alt Space location at 210 E. Main St. in Montrose and 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Alt Space location at 750 Main St. in Grand Junction.

Events are open to the public free of charge. Online registration is required at Where

Watson and his wife, Bonnie, purchased three coworking spaces from Proximity last year, including space at Colorado Mesa University’s Maverick Innovation Center in Grand Junction as well as spaces in Montrose and Ridgway. They opened two more spaces in downtown Grand Junction and Telluride.

Brian Watson said they wanted to hold opening parties last year to celebrate the new owner, but postponed them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upcoming events will offer food and drink as well as an opportunity to experience coworking spaces, Watson said. Additionally, he said he looks forward to the events as a way to talk with attendees about the resources they need in coworking spaces.

Bolzle will join what’s billed as 6-7 p.m. fireside chats at both events to discuss his experiences recruiting and retaining remote workers and best practices that might work in the workplace. western Colorado.

Bolzle was founding executive director of the Tulsa Remote Program, which provides grants and other benefits to remote workers who travel and work from Tulsa, Okla. He now runs a consulting firm that helps communities attract and retain remote workers.

Watson said Alt Space not only caters to entrepreneurs starting businesses, but coworking places also serve the growing number of remote workers who have moved to western Colorado and are looking for an alternative to working remotely. residence.

The pandemic has accelerated the trend towards remote working, Watson said. What was envisioned at the start of the pandemic as a temporary measure has become for many companies a permanent transition to remote working forces.

This has allowed remote workers to live wherever they want. Many of them moved to western Colorado to take advantage of the quality of life, recreational opportunities and a relatively lower cost of living, he said.

With high-speed internet access, dedicated workspaces and conference rooms, coworking spaces offer an alternative to working from home, he said.

The Watsons operate one of the first fully automated operations of its kind in the country. They use Proximity software to manage most functions – from memberships to access to scheduling conference room usage. They also offer access to one of their five locations, allowing members to travel and work throughout the region.

Rates range from a daily rate of $30 during business hours to a flexible monthly rate of $199 that provides 24-hour access. Dedicated offices are available for $350 per month.

Watson said western Colorado is well positioned to attract even more remote workers, and coworking spaces are an important part of the resources they need.

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