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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (11/16/17) — It was standing room only at the former L and N Train Depot Station in downtown Madisonville.

The building exhibited a non-traditional office atmosphere, equipped with different seating along with computers and wifi capable of generating a gigabit.

For a nominal monthly fee, members receive access to office space, internet, use of printers, copiers as well as counseling, professional mentoring services from attorneys, accountants and marketing specialists.

The completely renovated Kentucky Innovation Station offers 56 shared workspaces.

City and county officials gathered around Ray Hagerman, president of the Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corp., for the official opening of the 4,700-square-foot EDC project this morning.

“It will be a great catalyst for economic development in the community, and we’re looking forward to everything that comes out of this,” Hagerman said.

Mayor David Jackson said he and Councilman Mark Lee had to opportunity to see a similar facility in New Orleans during a Delta Leadership Institute meeting a couple years ago.

“It’s the intersection of Madisonville’s past and Madisonville’s future,” the mayor said. “This Train Depot served this community for many, many years … now we hope it continues as the focal point into the future.”

City officials are hopeful that hi-tech businesses will be drawn to the area after the decline in the coal mining industry.

Jackson said there is a renaissance of entrepreneurs in Madisonville, making the facility a haven for opportunities and working relationships.

EDC Vice President Ruthann Padgett also spoke, saying the EDC is ecstatic about the collaborative efforts becoming a reality.

“Today, we’re participating in a dream come true,” Padgett said. “The Innovation Station will provide co-working space, but it also offers a welcoming atmosphere for entrepreneurs to network … and an opportunity to grow.”

The $549,000 project was funded by the city, which includes Delta Regional Authority grant funds.

Several classes are scheduled for the Innovation Station’s 2018 Learning Series that begins with a session on resources for women-owned businesses 10 a.m. Dec. 7.

For more information, visit http://www.kentuckyinnovationstation.com.

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Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Director
Region 2

 

 

 

 

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