Ethan Stewart had a vision that one day he would make his impact on the local entrepreneur and small business scene happening in Johnstown.
On Thursday, Stewart’s vision turned into something tangible as the Cambria County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 814 Worx.
Founded by Stewart, 814 Worx is a co-op space geared toward professionals seeking the benefits of an office.
The co-op space, located along Main and Feeder streets, is now a goal accomplished by Stewart.
The 814 Worx founder said the space already is being utilized by some of the area’s small-business owners.
“It’s exciting,” said Stewart. “Today is great because it’s helping to create awareness.
“Partnering with the chamber is a great way to get the word out, network with some people and getting some people out to see the space.”
Stewart said that he is hoping to provide the community with a location downtown that can be used for collaboration and creativity.
“That’s the short-term goal,” he said.
Stewart’s long-term goal is to convert 814 Worx into an incubator and entrepreneur space.
Chamber President and CEO Mike Artim was one of several community leaders who attended Thursday’s ceremony.
Artim said the new co-op space will help to foster the area’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
“We’re tremendously excited about 814 Worx,” Artim said, “and the opportunities it has for people to come down with flexible office space and being able to have a place where they can come in and work and collaborate and really build a capacity for our community.”
After the ceremony, Cambria County President Commissioner Tom Chernisky said the new co-op space is an asset to the city of Johnstown and Cambria County.
“Ethan is thinking out of the box, and this is going to make an immediate impact,” Chernisky said.