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Vermont’s Growing Ecosystem of Co-Working Spaces

The Block VT Co-working Space in Barree

For a small state, Vermont has a growing ecosystem of co-working spaces. This point was highlighted in a great recent article by Erica Housekeeper in the UVM Continuing and Distance Education blog.

A co-working space is different from a traditional office rental, as it’s generally paid by flexible membership tiers instead of a lease. Most co-working spaces are set up as a shared working environment, used by independent freelancers or remote workers from diverse companies. Desks, chairs, and couches are generally offered on first-come, first-served basis, though some spaces rent desks or offices workers can claim month to month.

In Erica’s article she notes:

“In Burlington alone, there are close to a half-dozen co-working offices located within a three-block radius, including Study Hall, Karma Birdhouse, Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), Hinge, and Office Squared. Every co-working environment offers something different in terms of atmosphere, space, and perks.”

The Vermont Department of Economic Development maintains a partial list of co-working spaces all over the state, including Bennington, Brattleboro, Barre, Middlebury and beyond.

Expect more co-working spaces to open in Vermont as the gig economy gains momentum. Indeed, Vermont’s increasing number of high-quality co-working spaces might entice more remote workers to relocate to our beautiful state.

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