As I write this, I’m just settling in to my office at the Co-op Resource Center, an office building in White River Junction that houses our team that works, for the most part, behind the scenes. The building also serves as a creative hub for our employees, members, and board members, so needless to say it has great potential.
This past January I wrote about the new location, but in case you missed it, some of the key details bear repeating. Our new Resource Center is located in a professional office park on Holiday Drive, a quiet street about a mile or so from the spirited shopping and restaurant district of downtown WRJ. The building has solar power, with plenty of parking, and easy access to free public transportation on the Advance Transit Orange Line. The rent is quite reasonable, nearly $50,000 per year less than what we pay to rent offices at Buck Road.
But these are purely pragmatic matters. The real advantage of the new space, as I see it, is its potential to bring people together to serve our Co-op and communities. I envision this space buzzing with energy and ideas. In one of my first GM Reports, I wrote about the collective genius of this organization, something I see all around me. This building is 15,000 square feet, a significant upgrade from the 10,500 square feet of our Buck Road offices, which gives us plenty of room for people to put their collective genius together. The new facility not only houses the offices of our employees who work in various support roles, but it also features a spacious training room and two large, multipurpose rooms–enough space for meetings, events, and anything else our members and employees might dream up.
When we developed the Resource Center, our goal was to expand the vision of what this sort of location could be. I believe we’ve done that, and I’d like to thank all of our members for making this possible. Remember this facility belongs to all of us, so I encourage you to take advantage of all that it has to offer. Want to learn more? Reach out to me anytime. My door is always open.