About 45 people, including members of the Queen Creek Town Council and Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Office, officially opened Gangplank Queen Creek April 9. Gangplank provides free space and resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs to collaborate and share ideas. It shares the historic building at 22246 S. Ellsworth Road, just north of town hall, with the chamber. In addition to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, informal tours were given of the new office space, according to a press release.
On Feb. 18, the Queen Creek Town Council approved a one-year partnership with Gangplank Collective LLC, an Arizona-based collaborative workspace model.
Gangplank’s name comes from the ramp or bridge that goes between land and ship and is a metaphor where someone is in the “old world” and uses the gangplank to get on the ship to take them to the new world, according to the release.
Gangplank is intended to connect creative, business-minded people to the physical and intellectual resources they need to grow.
“Our vision for the Gangplank cooperative is to have a resource right here in Queen Creek to help small businesses grow and stay in Queen Creek. If we help small businesses grow here and stay here, the entire community benefits.” Mayor Gail Barney said in the release.
“Queen Creek is different than what we have tackled in the past,” Gangplank co-founder Derek Neighbors said in the release. “The data tells us there is a strong base of creative people with an attachment to the area. We are looking to have Gangplank surface the creatives and get them collaborating. Gangplank will serve as the environment to allow serendipity to do its magic.”
Gangplank Queen Creek is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. It is free of charge.
For more information on Gangplank Queen Creek, e-mail Jennifer Lindley at Jennifer.email@example.com or call the chamber at 480-888-1709.
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