Coworking space is well established throughout the nation, and now it is an option in eastern Utah for companies. Coworking space is a product of the modern era, all that is needed is a wifi connection and a professional work space. With Emery County communities like Orangeville City and its surrounding area of Joe’s Valley and the San Rafael swell quickly becoming bouldering meccas, climbers and other traveling professionals come to the area to recreate, but often times need some space to work while enjoying the area.
Eastern Utah is excited to begin multiple coworking spaces in the Carbon and Emery County areas. The Southeastern Utah Business Technical Assistance Center (BTAC) was recently awarded grant funding from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development for three coworking and business resource center spaces through the Rural Coworking and Innovation Center Grant Program (RCIC). Locations will be in Price, Orangeville, and Green River. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020 and be completed later in the year.
The coworking space in Price will be located in the BTAC building on 375 South Carbon Avenue. Price City is located just 60 minutes from Spanish Fork and is literally the gateway to all the outdoor adventures in eastern Utah including; Goblin Valley, San Rafael Swell, Joe’s Valley, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Lake Powell. Locally attractions include; 9 Mile Canyon and Historic Helper which is quickly becoming an artist community. The site in Price will include; privacy booths, conference room space, a large meeting room space, and a coworking/networking lounge. The BTAC is an ideal location for a coworking space since it already operates as business technical assistance center and an incubator for businesses in the region.
Serving the bouldering community is the primary reason for locating a coworking & business resource center in Orangeville. The center will be located in the Orangeville branch of the Emery County Library system. Renovations to the library will include; a coworking/business resource lounge, a separate entrance to the building for working during non-traditional business hours, and copy and printing capabilities.
Green River, Utah is at an eastern Utah crossroads. Located along Interstate 70 and Highway 6. Green River is only 50 minutes from Moab, 60 minutes from Price, 1 ½ hours from Grand Junction, and it is surrounded by a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. This location is a great fit for a coworking space too. It will be located in the Green River branch of the Emery County Library system. Like the Orangeville location this site will include; a coworking/business resource lounge, a separate entrance to the building for access during non-traditional business hours and copy and print capabilities.
Eastern Utah is embracing technology and the coworking revolution as it transitions from energy production and mineral extraction. Coworking in eastern Utah is just one element of the economic shift that is taking place in Carbon and Emery Counties. Other elements include a research facility in Castle Dale, Aviation education through USU Eastern, and manufacturing business developments and expansions.
With the Wasatch Front quickly getting overcrowded by growth eastern Utah presents a pleasant alternative to live, work and play. The development of coworking spaces makes this transition even easier for urban business professionals to work and live in a rural area.