State Awards Over $231,000 for Collaborative Workspace in Provincetown

Will convert former school building at 46 Bradford Street...
A state grant will help develop collaborative workspace at the former Provincetown Community Center facility. (Google street view)

PROVINCETOWN – The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $231,372 to Provincetown Commons to support the conversion of a 10,000-square-foot former school building at 46 Bradford Street into a coworking facility for the organization. Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash joined Senator Julian Cyr, Provincetown Town Manager David Panagore and Provincetown Commons Interim Executive Director Jill Stauffer to announce the award today at an event at the site of Provincetown Commons’ future facility, the first award made in the third round of Collaborative Workspace Program grants.

The Collaborative Workspace Program aims to accelerate business formation, job creation and entrepreneurial activity in communities by supporting infrastructure that fuels locally based innovation. MassDevelopment manages the Collaborative Workspace Program.

“Collaborative workspaces create opportunity for idea sharing and community building, and play an important supportive role in our state’s innovation economy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We’re proud to empower this kind of entrepreneurship through the Collaborative Workspace Program and we congratulate Provincetown Commons on today’s award.”

“This program has already helped dozens of community-based organizations open or expand collaborative workspaces in Massachusetts, which helps to strengthen local and regional economies and supporting entrepreneurs statewide,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Today’s award will help create a new space for Cape Cod’s creative community to take their work to the next level.”

“It’s great to be in Provincetown today to announce funding to support the build-out of Provincetown Commons’ new coworking space,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Once complete, this facility will play an important role in enhancing collaboration and resource sharing in Provincetown, and throughout the Cape’s creative economy.”

Through its first two rounds of grants, the Collaborative Workspace Program provided $3 million in funding to more than 50 organizations for the planning, development, and build-out of different types of collaborative workspaces. The Baker-Polito Administration and MassDevelopment in July 2018 announced $2,155,000 in funding for the third round of grants. Eligible organizations could apply for either seed grants to plan and study the feasibility of new collaborative workspaces, or fit-out grants to develop and expand existing workspaces.

“The Collaborative Workspace Program bolsters small business growth, creativity, and entrepreneurship in communities across the Commonwealth,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “MassDevelopment is proud to administer this forward-thinking program and we congratulate Provincetown Commons on today’s award.”

"The Collaborative Workspace Program Grant Fund will allow Provincetown Commons to bring year-round life back to emerging artists and small businesses through the renovation of 46 Bradford Street,” said Representative Sarah K. Peake. This center has been an asset to Provincetown over the last century as a space for education and community gatherings. The revitalization of Provincetown Commons will beneficially contribute to our local economy and tourism in Provincetown by creating a welcoming space for artists and innovators for generations to come."

“Provincetown Commons is a true public-private partnership that started with an underutilized public building near and dear to the community,” said Provincetown Town Manager David B. Panagore. “Through the efforts of the team and supporters of the Commons, along with this substantial state grant, the space will find new life, providing needed space for local artists, entrepreneurs, and professionals to support our year-round economy and creating community space so necessary for our town.”

MassDevelopment’s continued partnership with the Barr Foundation broadens the reach of the Collaborative Workspace Program to include the creative sector, a critical source of innovation and positive community change.

“As we work to open our doors this winter, MassDevelopment's support will enable us to provide our community with much needed collaborative workspace, shared technological resources, educational programs and economic development initiatives,” said Karen Cappotto and Pete Hocking, Co-Chairs of the Provincetown Commons Board of Directors. “Through the development and management of accessible space and resources, Provincetown Commons will serve as a nexus for collaboration, vibrant relationships and new economic opportunity for creative people on the Outer Cape. This grant is a game changer for our non-profit.”

Provincetown Commons is a nonprofit that supports creative professionals, artists, small enterprise, scientific and technological projects and community initiatives on Cape Cod. The organization’s coworking facility at 46 Bradford Street will provide flexible spaces for individuals and groups of all sizes to gather, work and innovate. The Collaborative Workspace Program fit-out grant will support build-out costs including building materials, labor costs, and furnishings and equipment to create shared co-working desks, conference rooms, artists’ studios and a community room.

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2018, MassDevelopment financed or managed 384 projects generating investment of more than $4.1 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are estimated to create or support 10,994 jobs and build or rehabilitate 830 housing units.


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