We think there is a natural fit between coworking and local economic development. A growing number of local government groups are agreeing and starting to explore the use of coworking to promote jobs and economic growth.
Several towns in Iowa are looking at adding coworking for economic development reasons. Another example is Hillborough County, Florida. They have added coworking to their strategic plan for economic growth.
Their plan calls for considering coworking facilities to help drive entrepreneurship and growth in a few, key industry clusters. These include health records, business analytics, medical devices and IT.