Coworking was gaining traction across the state in 2019, including support from the state it hadn’t had before. But like so many other things that were gaining traction in 2019, 2020 was a huge brick wall.
Now those who run coworking spaces from York to Aroostook county are waiting to see if the vacuum of empty office space sucks up the state’s pandemic-fleeing new residents. They say it’s about more than just a business, but a loss of a community and culture that was becoming part of the state’s economic fabric.
“COVID’s had an impact,” says Marc Feldman, director of Think Tank in Biddeford. On a recent Zoom call with Mainebiz he sits in front of a background that shows an obviously pre-pandemic group of Think Tank members sitting around a large table, talking and laughing.
“The people in that picture, they’re not here anymore,”…