Lancaster’s Candy Factory to host state conference

The Candy Factory in Lancaster will be hosting a statewide co-working conference this April.

The three-day conference will run from April 26 through April 28 and feature panel discussions and industry speakers.

Among the speakers is Sean Fedorko, founder of Radius CoWork in Erie. Fedorko said he is eager to meet fellow co-working leaders from across the state. Many of them know each other but haven’t formally met.

“This is the first time that some of the top talent in the state are getting together to exchange ideas and we’re wildly excited to see what comes out of it,” Fedorko said.

He and his peers hope to learn from one another about operating more effectively and building communities that enable freelancers, remote workers and small businesses to succeed, Fedorko explained.

The co-working industry is about 10 years old. But until now there has been no summit for the industry in Pennsylvania.

The co-working movement has been gaining momentum in Central Pennsylvania.

Spaces such as st@rtup in Harrisburg and Lancaster’s The Candy Factory, as well as its Warwick Township Rock Candy on the Rock Lititz production campus, are gaining traction.

Downtown York’s CoWork155, on the other hand, closed last fall after nearly four years in operation.

At the conference, topics will include: changes in co-working trends and culture; building community within the workspace; community dynamics and engagement; co-working and politics; marketing your space; collaboration between spaces; funding; open concept versus hybrid spaces; shared spaces; co-ops; co-living; open discussions about what leaders enjoy in their co-working spaces and what they’d like see moving forward.

Shelby White
Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at swhite@cpbj.com.

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