Attention Marley Park entrepreneurs. Did you know that just minutes from Marley Park is the West Valley’s first collaborative workspace and idea incubator? The Innovation Hub @ GoodyearAZ opened in February and is the fourth location of the Alexandria Co-working Network, a partnership of ASU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group and the Maricopa County Library District. The Goodyear co-working location joins three other incubator sites also located in libraries in Scottsdale, Mesa, and Phoenix.
The Innovation Hub @ GoodyearAZ is located at the expanded library at the Goodyear Municipal Complex at 14455 W. Van Buren Street, a $1.1 million facility that contains 9,600-square-feet, more than 5,000 books, eight computer stations and a multi-purpose room. Its purpose is to help provide more support and resources to entrepreneurs, innovators, and small businesses for turning their ideas into reality. The Innovation Hub @ Goodyear AZ is free and open to the public during normal library hours.
The Alexandria Co-working Network was inspired by the world’s first great library in Alexandria, Egypt. In addition to housing books, the library was a gathering place for sharing information and knowledge. The digital age has transformed how libraries serve their communities, and the Alexandria Co-Working Network is helping them to repurpose available space to encourage and support local innovation and entrepreneurship.
Goodyear’s entrepreneurship and small business incubator is the latest addition to an ever-expanding mecca of opportunity in the West Valley–from medicine and technology to retail and entertainment–and a big part of what makes life at Marley Park so enticing.