JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- CoWork Jax hopes to be the future of business in downtown Jacksonville.
Local entrepreneurs who go to work in the company's office each day in the heart of downtown are hoping to become the pulse of the River City.
“I think that having this downtown is a sign that the urban core is really going to get moving and going to revitalize the Jacksonville area,” said Amanda Billy of CoWork Jax.
The 6000 square feet of office space is designed to attract telecommuters and entrepreneurs out of their homes to come to work in this second-floor office. Their presence will hopefully breathe even more life into downtown.
Instead of working in his bedroom in Mandarin to get his startup non-profit off the ground, Ryan O'Neill took advantage of CoWork Jax’s open house Thursday.
"The whole floor plan is built to work with other people. It's really awesome. This is my first time here," O'Neill.
"We open the space up to the community and let anyone who's interested come in and work for the space for a day," said Billy.
About 90 regular members include local small businesses that pay for office space in a place built for networking.
"I know for what I want to get done in the future, I'm going to have to meet people," said O'Neill, "because it’s not what you know, it's who you know for getting thing done in business. So this is what's so important about their set-up here."