Today, I had the pleasure of joining other City commissioners and hundreds of Orlando residents to celebrate the grand opening of Canvs, Downtown Orlando’s newest co-working space.
You might ask, why is a co-working space important to the future of Orlando?
Orlando has already grown into a hub for tech startups. Today, technology-based companies represent Orlando’s second largest industry behind tourism and one in five jobs in Downtown Orlando are tech related.
As co-founder of Canvs, Philip Holt says, “the future of our City will be defined by a company that does not yet exist.” Canvs will make it easier for anyone to start and grow a technology company in our City by providing flexible workspace options, mentorship, programming and regular events. Simply put, Canvs will help nurture startup businesses into full grown successful companies
Canvs is a welcomed addition to Orlando’s tech ecosystem and is helping to activate the iconic Church Street Exchange Building that has been vacant for a number of years.
I also announced today that others will now call the Exchange Building home including the Orlando Tech Association which is our new “digital main street,” the new Iron Yard Orlando which is a 12-week program to train computer developers and the third location of Downtown Credo, a local, non-profit donations only coffee shop.
Canvs and other Church Street Exchange Building tenants will transform Orlando into a nationally recognized center for technology and startups.
I hope you’ll join me in welcoming these new tenants to Downtown Orlando and share in my excitement about the future of Orlando as a growing tech hub.
Click here to view photos of the event on Flickr.
Click here to watch a video from the event on YouTube.