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December 12th, 2019

The Root – One Year In

By Rachel Smith, Communications Specialist

Sitting next to the Ohio River, New Albany is home to a unique blend of old and new. The city’s downtown is home to four locally regulated historic districts, each with a rich heritage. Today, many of the historic buildings are being redeveloped to create an economically vibrant downtown district.

On December 3, 2018, The Root coworking space opened its doors in the heart of downtown New Albany. Brigid Morrissey co-founded the space with her father Mark Morrissey with a desire to be part of the growth and development of the city.

The growth is apparent. The 8,000 square-foot space began 2019 with 23 members and one year later has grown to 66 members; 17 in private suites and 49 on the collaborative floor. The space is home to innovators and entrepreneurs including Elevate Ventures’ portfolio companies Total MINDCARE and Inscope Medical. The members represent a variety of industries, including marketing, branding, photography, engineering, legal, medical device, and IT.

Members are utilizing the space as well as the connections gained from the community. Annette Miller, CEO of Enriched Couples says, “I love The Root. Having a dedicated space has helped us make a great deal of progress, and we’re really grateful to have a community of other members here.”

Morrissey says connections made through Elevate Ventures and Entrepreneur-in-Residence Kyle Keeney have played an important part in the Root’s growth, “Elevate has made a tremendous impact on the number of business owners we’ve been able to serve. The Root is excited to announce that we will be expanding our footprint in downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana in early 2020. The second location is comprised of private offices and meeting rooms.”

In addition to providing a collaborative working space, the Root has helped catalyze an underground arts movement by growing an event series called “Heart Behind the Art”. Morrissey said that many entrepreneurs and startup founders are also creative in some other form, and their medium is often used as an outlet from their “day job.” This series fosters community, inclusivity, and inspiration in a refreshing and unique way. The Root features 5-6 local artists in a demonstration, or experiential gallery exhibition, followed by an artist Q&A.

If you are in the area and want to learn more, stop by the Root for a tour – 110 E Market Street New Albany, IN 47150!

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