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Mancos seeks input on coworking space, business incubator idea

The town of Mancos is conducting a survey on the idea of establishing a coworking space in town. (Journal file)
Survey is available online; trails meeting is Feb. 8

The town of Mancos is conducting a survey to gauge interest in establishing a coworking space and business incubator.

The owner of a coworking space would provide an office with shared equipment and amenities for individuals working independently or collaboratively.

The town has identified the Mancos Marshal’s Office as a possible site.

“We have received reports that as more and more people work from home and there is a need for a quiet space with copiers, scanners, telephones, fax machines and meeting areas,” said Town Manager Heather Alvarez in an email to The Journal.

The survey and a study would help determine whether such a space is needed in Mancos, Alvarez said. If results show there is no need, the project will be dropped.

If there is a need, the town consultant will draft a business plan including startup costs and pricing plans for daily drop-ins, monthly use and conference room reservations.

The market research portion of the survey will assess the need for a business incubator.

The incubator would help foster new businesses, according to survey information, and would provide support services and resources in an effort to create jobs, enhance an entrepreneurial climate, retain businesses, build industry growth and diversify the economy.

“A business incubator aspires to have a positive impact on its community's economic health by maximizing the success of emerging companies,” according to the survey.

Results of the study and survey will be presented to the Mancos Town Board of Trustees for review and input, Alvarez said. Analysis is expected by June 2022, and if warranted, the town will proceed with implementing the business plan.

Surveys are administered by Alt Space Coworking, and can be accessed from the town website. Email altspacecommunity@gmail.com for additional information.

The survey will be available until Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

Trails meeting

The town plans a trail meeting Feb. 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom for residents to share their ideas for improvements to the parks and trail systems around Mancos. Visit the town’s Facebook page on how to join the meeting online.