The Station, a brand new coworking location on Fairmount Ave in downtown Chatham hosted a grand opening celebration July 2nd.  Jeff Garibaldi, of the Garibaldi Group presided.  A 3-piece jazz band performed.

Mikie Sherrill at The Station Opening

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11th Dist.) provided remarks.  Sherrill is a big supporter of the innovation economy and MCEDC initiatives.  Sherrill told the audience that she has instructed her county-based staff to assist Startup Moveup Morris projects any way it can.

As part of the Entrepreneur and Business Resources Committee, Startup Moveup focuses on small businesses and helps promote coworking spaces, incubators and accelerator programs housed in municipalities within the county.  The Station shines a spotlight on MCEDC’s campaign.

The Station will also double as event space to accommodate networking groups, panel discussions and company parties along with its own regular programming.

Welcoming The Station to Morris County’s entrepreneurial ecosystem was Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris, along with Meghan Hunscher of the Morris County EDC and Chatham Borough Council member Thad Kobylarz.  Notes on their remarks are appended.

Conveniently located next to the town’s train station, the aptly-named coworking space will aim
to serve as a collaborative destination for entrepreneurs and startup businesses seeking flexible
lease options and conference room rentals.

Locally, the space will serve as an anchor to Startup Moveup Chatham as the borough rebrands itself as a hub for innovation with plans for redevelopment and future retail opportunities. For more information about The Station, contact Jeffrey Garibaldi at jeffrey@sharethestation.com.

Appendix below….

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Mayor Bruce Harris:  “We owe success to those who have great ideas and see them through”

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Jeff Garibaldi: Company has been in business 100 years.  The last 30 were in Chatham.  The owner of Bell Works calls the facility a “metroburg”, meaning the best of suburb and metropolitan areas.  This is what’s needed to bring in young talent from the cities.

Young people want experiences.  As a countervailing narrative to the digital world in which they’ve grown up, today’s young talent wants real and authentic experiences.  That’s what The Station will offer.  Bring on the competition.  It will expand the market, and highlight the value-add of programming such as will be available at The Station.  Also music.

The Station is meant to be a stop along the way.

The Station will provide a “different opportunity every day.” Jeff Garibaldi

 

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Thad Kobylarz:  Welcome to the 21st Century.  We had to enter it a big way because Chatham was already very well run.  There were no inefficiencies to exploit, no good way to lower costs, all the space is leased.  And no one wants to raise property taxes.

Q: So what does a borough do knowing that costs to provide services will increase and the revenue stream will remain flat?

A: Pivot to the new economy.  Bring in businesses/ratables that grow big and fast without major infrastructure costs.  Leverage the sustainable growth of the knowledge economy.

Q:  How?

A: Have Chatham recognized as an innovation hub.  Starting with The Station.

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Mikie Sherrill

The Station is the “Best government building ever!”

“The suburbs are an incredibly exciting place to be.  Silicon Valley was/is a suburb.”

Look to NJ Greats such as  John Stevens, inventor of Patent Law; TA Edison.  NJ is the original Menlo Park!  We have highest density of engineers and scientists.

She loves Startup Moveup Morris; her office will help.  She’s also obsessed with the Gateway Tunnel