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The CMURC entrepreneurial ecosystem in Mt. Pleasant will escalate soon, as the remodeling of the RC coworking space and business accelerator begins in November. The CMURC Mt. Pleasant facility located in the SmartZone District will be closed throughout the renovations, from October 31, 2023 through completion, estimated summer 2024.
What’s Happening: In May 2023, Central Michigan University announced a Request for Proposal seeking construction services to renovate CMURC Mt. Pleasant, and a bid has been accepted. Renovations are planned to begin at the start of November.
“As we prepare for construction, we’ve been working to refine our cowork memberships and solutions to better fit the dynamic needs of entrepreneurs, professionals and corporations in the region,” shares CMURC president and CEO, Erin Strang. “The new offerings are designed to foster collaboration, creativity, and productivity, further solidifying CMURC's position as a leading hub for business.”
“With an increasing demand for flexible work environments, CMURC recognized the importance of providing versatile spaces that cater to the diverse requirements of its community members,” she continues. “The introduction of new flex space options offers individuals and teams the freedom to adapt their workstations according to their needs, accommodating different project sizes, team dynamics, and work preferences.”
“In addition to flex space offerings, CMURC has introduced meeting room passes equipped with advanced technology and amenities,” concludes Strang. “These meeting spaces are purposefully designed to facilitate effective collaboration, brainstorming sessions, client meetings, and presentations. With an emphasis on functionality and comfort, CMURC's meeting rooms provide an inspiring environment for productive discussions and idea generation.”
Why It’s Important: The renovation of CMURC’s coworking spaces in Mt. Pleasant aligns with their commitment to attracting talent and businesses to the region, simultaneously supporting the success and growth of its entrepreneurial ecosystem. With private offices, flexible workspaces, and updated amenities, the CMURC anticipates the renovation to aid in optimizing productivity, accommodating growth, and fostering collaboration between businesses of all sizes.
Who Is Involved: Denali Construction was awarded the RFP. Investments have been committed by the Economic Development Administration, the Consumers Energy Foundation, the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, and Integrated Database Systems. CMURC shares the capital campaign is 75% complete to date, with a continued focus on securing the remaining funding from industry partners.
What They’re Saying: "At CMURC, we believe that investing in our coworking spaces is an investment in the entrepreneurial spirit and economic vitality of our region,” says CMURC president and CEO, Erin Strang. “These updates are not just about physical enhancements; they represent our commitment to empowering businesses and professionals to thrive.”
“By providing the tools, resources, and collaborative environment they need, we anticipate seeing a ripple effect of innovation, job creation, and economic growth, solidifying our role as a catalyst for success in our community."
What’s Next: CMURC Mt. Pleasant will officially be closed for renovations on October 31, 2023. They anticipate the construction will be completed by summer 2024, with a grand opening and ribbon cutting to follow.