LIMA — Members of The Coworking Center, a startup office-sharing space in downtown Lima, met with U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to talk business, startups and public policy.
“We discussed our values, our efforts to keep creative professionals in Lima and how the federal government could support our efforts,” said Jennifer Brogee, operations director for The Coworking Center. “We believe our community can be a welcoming place for a diverse population, and we want to keep promoting it as such.”
The group discussed its strategy to combat “brain drain” through promotion of the arts and entertainment and recruiting freelancers or employees who telecommute, according to a news release from The Coworking Center.
“Why move to a large city with a long commute to work when you can take a 10-minute drive to The Coworking Center and either work remotely or build and run your own business?” said Ambyr Rose, community outreach director for The Coworking Center. “That’s who we are trying to reach — the individual who’s looking at the cost of living in Silicon Valley but could instead work remotely in Lima. Or the individual who’s building their dream job and needs low overhead to thrive.”
The Lima-based startup was approached by Engine, which lobbies for startup-friendly policies in Washington, D.C., to hold dialogue with Jordan as part of Congressional Startup Day in August.