What’s the Buzz on the New BEAHIVE?
Albany’s New BEAHIVE
Beahive Opens a Branch in Albany
In May 2009, a unique community building opened in Beacon, NY, along the Hudson River Valley. That winter, another similar place emerged in Kingston. These “third spaces”—not home or workplaces—became hives buzzing with collaborative ideas, as community members with strategic and creative skills came in and worked both alone and together. Co-working is both a method of collaboration and a set of values: openness, accessibility, sustainability, and community. To call BEAHIVE a community center doesn’t do it justice; it is a community itself, a creative effervescence resulting in real community changes, boosts to the local economy, and general progress towards any endeavor. And one of these “hives” is set to open in Albany by March 2012.
The brainchild of communication and marketing genius Scott Tillitt, BEAHIVE is a community workspace accessible to paying members and available to rent for special events. The buildings are the homes of many workshops, social events such as film screenings and art receptions, and “solopreneurial” discussions.
Many members can offer strategic and creative suggestions in a variety of project areas. These human resources round off the shared amenities and equipment that go along with membership: DVD player, projector, lockers, a dry-erase easel, kitchenette, and many more perks for all your work needs. But the most valuable resource, say many of the testimonials, is the access to multidisciplinary talent from other community members and exposure to new projects and opportunities.
Albany partner Tracy Metzger, head of the consulting firm TL Metzger & Associates, jumped on board with the idea and agreed to have the BEAHIVE in the same building as her company. At 418 Broadway in Downtown Albany, we can expect a mixture of lounge and work areas with furniture ranging from sofas and armchairs to desks and meeting spaces. Membership here also boasts a 50% discount off monthly parking at the Green-Hudson Garage!
There are multiple tiers of membership to allow each person to pick the plan that works best for their needs. Choose the highest-level plan, a “Resident Desk” for $350 per month, and receive 24/7 access to a permanent desk on the premises. “Full Coworker” at $250 per month allows the same kind of access to the shared spaces. The lowest-access plan, “Community Member,” allows for 1 day per month access at $20 for the first day and $15 for each additional day of use. Of course, prospective members are encouraged to visit and discuss BEAHIVE with current members before making the decision to join.
In fact, an upcoming opportunity to get more information is coming up on February 8. The Albany Orientation will be taking place from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on location. You’ll have time to meet with the founder and partners, enjoy snacks, and discuss with other community members. They only ask that you RSVP to 518-426-5211.
For more information on how to engage in this working community, develop as a professional, and benefit your local economy, visit beahivebzzz.com. Information can also be found by following BEAHIVE Facebook and Twitter pages or signing up for the email listserv.
The Albany Hive will be located at 418 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207, (518) 426-5211.
–Kate Smith is an Assistant Editor for The Free George. Photos Courtesy of BEAHIVE.
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