Atascadero Chamber relocating

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New location and co-working space to open summer 2018

The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce announced its plan to relocate its office and visitors center and to establish a co-working space at a press conference Thursday. The chamber will relocate to the Creekside Building, formerly Atascadero City Hall, at Colony Square Plaza, 6907 El Camino Real.

Atascadero Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Derek Kirk made the announcement at the future location and several community leaders spoke, voicing their support for the endeavor, including the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Board Director John Donovan, City Council member Heather Moreno, Mayor Tom O’Malley, and others.

“It is an exciting time for the Atascadero Chamber and the community as a whole,” Kirk, said. “We take seriously the charge to serve as a catalyst for business growth and a champion for a stronger community and we believe this move and the development of a co-working space are a strong testament to our continued efforts in Atascadero.”

Kirk said they had plans to “modernize” the office and bring “new life” to the visitors center by providing a space for members to sell their products and show off what the community has to offer.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our organization for the chamber to move to such a beautiful location,” Kirk said. “Our space will truly represent the best of who we are and show visitors why Atascadero is the place they want to be.”

Kirk also announced the launch of a capital campaign to raise money for the space and visitor center’s upgrades and he announced a formal partnership with Pacific Premier Bank, which pledged $15,000 to the center. The coworking space will be named BridgeWork Atascadero by Pacific Premier Bank and will offer business workshops and financial literacy classes to those who utilize the co-working space.

“We are honored to have been asked to support such an exciting new venture for the Atascadero Chamber and North County business community,” Robert Osterbauer, Market President of Pacific Premier Bank in Atascadero, said. “Our investment into BridgeWork will allow us to continue to fulfill our promise to give back to Atascadero’s entrepreneurs and small businesses.”

In fall 2017, the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce, the City of Atascadero, and members of the Economic Vitality Corporation, put together a task force to assess the viability of a co-working space in Atascadero. The task force conducted a survey that showed there was an immediate need for a co-working environment in the North County, with the closest co-working space located in San Luis Obispo.

City Council member, Heather Moreno, a member of the Co-Working Taskforce, said she was excited to see the plans for the space come together so quickly and that the space will “fill the gap” for small businesses that don’t have the budget for a full office space and work toward alleviating traffic for those who work out of the area.

“I’ve been saying for a couple of weeks, ‘I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it,’ and so here we are today,” Moreno said. “Atascadero is a wonderful place to live, and we all know that we also want it to be known as a great place to work, and it is.

A boutique hotel and additional retail are in the planning phase for Colony Square, which currently houses Galaxy Theaters, along with other restaurants and retail businesses. The new visitors center, chamber office and co-working space will sit on the South side of the newly constructed Centennial Plaza Bridge, linking the Colony District and Colony Square.

In addition to the relocation, the chamber will unveil new branding at the new office’s ribbon cutting, which will take place during a mixer in August.

For more information on or to sign up for a membership with BridgeWork, visit www.BridgeWorkAtascadero.org.


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