CommunityWorks has opened a Learning Center in the Judson Mill Community Innovation Hub (Jud Hub for short), a social innovation hub located in the historic Judson Mill District.
The Learning Center is a collaborative space that allows CommunityWorks to host more in-person community economic development training and provide entrepreneurs and community partners with hands-on support, learning opportunities and resources, according to a CommunityWorks news release.
“The purpose of the Learning Center is to help small business owners access knowledge they can use to build greater capacities for their businesses,” said incoming CommunityWorks CEO Latorrie Geer in the release. “The Jud Hub is committed to bringing in non-profits and entrepreneurs who can work collaboratively throughout the space, and we couldn’t be more excited to be here.”
More than 100 CommunityWorks employees, partners, and investors attended a grand opening event last week, where they explored the Learning Center, learned about what it offers, and engaged in networking opportunities, according to the release.
“CommunityWorks provides financial equity and economic achievement for everyone,” said Jud Hub Community Director James Abbott in the release. “CommunityWorks fits squarely within our vision to facilitate relationships and provide access between various segments of our community. We look forward to working with them to impact our neighbors here in the Judson Mill community and beyond.”
A long-term partner of the Judson Mill project dating to its inception in 2018, CommunityWorks, which is a community development financial institution, provided $500,000 for the mill’s acquisition and an additional $500,000 to Jud Hub’s development, the release stated.
“We believe in the community economic development that is happening in this area, and we know that new growth and opportunities will help this community thrive by offering benefits they didn’t have before,” Geer said in the release.