Grand opening scheduled for coworking space

An event is planned to celebrate the grand opening of the Factory, a coworking  space in downtown Grand Junction.

The event is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Factory, 750 Main St., and will include tours, food, drinks and music. For more information, visit the website located at

The Factory occupies about 4,700 square feet of an 18,000 square-foot building once owned by Mesa County. The facility offers offices and space in which members can work as well as conference rooms and an event room with seating for up to 50 people that’s available for public use. One of the chief attractions of the Factory is high-speed Internet access with download and upload speeds 25 times faster than the average connection in Grand Junction.

The Factory constitutes a collaboration among five partners, starting with Launch West CO, a group founded two years ago to bring together software developers, designers and other entrepreneurs.

Proximity Space, a shared space facility in Montrose rated in Forbes magazine as the best in the world, also is involved in the Factory.

The Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance has opened in the Factory what it calls a Fuse Impact Center and provides monitors, computers and other equipment to conduct video conferences and share information.

Mesa County Libraries provides resources to the Factory and in return offers limited access to the facility to those with library cards.

Alpine Bank has agreed to serve as a corporate sponsor.

Brian Watson and Josh Hudnall, co-founders of Launch West CO, said the Factory offers a place that fosters collaboration and provides assistance.

The Factory is another example of a growing trend in providing shared space for software developers, graphic designers and others looking for an alternative to offices or working from their homes, Watson and Hudnall said. Moreover, computers and Internet connectivity makes it possible for people employed by larger firms to work remotely from any location they’d like.

Watson and Hudnall said the Factory offers yet another local resource that helps promote business startups, attracts new businesses to the area and encourages Colorado Mesa University graduates to stay in the Grand Valley to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Such efforts in turn creates jobs and diversifies an economy that’s long felt the effects of booms and busts in regional energy development, they said.