There have been threads about coworking spaces working with local governments, and (I think) examples of city officials joining coworking spaces…but I’m pretty excited about the fact that one of our members has just been recruited as Philadelphia’s first Chief Data Officer as part of the city’s push towards open data for citizens.
We’ve played an active role in that initiative, and a very vocal supporter of some leaders in City Hall who have attempted to interact with the community in a way that’s a bit more coworking-like. Mark’s made it a point to say that he feels that in order for him to do this job effectively he wants to maintain strong ties to the community that supported him up through his appointment.
Related, but separately, we’re working on a program to invite city officials/workers to work from Indy Hall once a month as an opportunity to embed themselves in our community better as well
This post is partially to share my personal excitement for this milestone in OUR community, and wondering if anyone else has similar success stories.
I know that Gangplank has a very tight relationship with their local gov’t and a number of other spaces have casual/functional relationships (a lot like we’ve had up until this point), but I’m wondering mostly about examples about embedding city officials in coworking spaces and vice/versa.
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