On International Coworking Day, here’s a look at Missouri’s shared workspaces

Coworking space operators and supporters are celebrating International Coworking Day on Thursday. In honor of the occasion, we’re bringing you the who, what and where of coworking — that is, the sharing of office space among workers employed by different companies — in Missouri

The Kansas City Coworking Alliance is celebrating by hosting an event featuring rapid-fire presentations from local entrepreneurs, artists and freelancers. In previous years, the coworking alliance has tried to make a splash with its International Coworking Day events. In 2017, the group hosted an event to set a world record for the largest single gathering of coworkers.

Elsewhere in the state, the Hatchery in Columbia is celebrating International Coworking Day by offering free coworking for the day. The Hatchery opened last summer and is encouraging anyone interested to stop by and check out the space. 

With companies considering coworking for cheaper real estate and more access to networking opportunities, the coworking industry is growing at a rapid rate of 16.1 percent per year since 2010, according to the Global Coworking Unconference Conference. 

Companies like WeWork provide further evidence of the rise of coworking as a business model. In June, Bloomberg reported that WeWork, the operator of coworking spaces across the globe, was raising money at a $35 billion valuation.

Below is a map of the coworking spaces in Missouri. Some are industry-specific and others are general coworking spaces.

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