Sioux Falls, South Dakota is still a fairly small town. The population is about 156,000 with the surrounding metro area of about 235,000. While this is easily the largest city in South Dakota (with a population of around 800,000) it is still small compared to a lot of other cities.
There are clearly advantages to Sioux Falls still being a small town. The drive to work is usually quite short, there is not a lot of traffic, crime is very low and our educational system is top notch.
However, one of the down sides is that it takes a while for things to catch on here. One of those is co-working spaces.
As wikipedia tells us, "Coworking is a style of work which involves a shared working environment, sometimes an office, yet independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization."
Citizen Space is another co-working space that is growing and expanding into different cities.
With this in mind, Josh Aberson of Green Acre Real Estate decided to set up Meso in Sioux Falls. Meso (short for Mesopotamia) is up and running and is offering to Sioux Falls the co-working experience that probably would not have reached us for a few more years without his doing.
I am excited about it because that is where I am now working out of. Communication is a big thing for me (which should be obvious to all of you) and the idea that I could work around other people from a variety of different industries was too much to miss out on. We'll be able to bounce ideas off of each other, give each other some ideas and offer a sometimes much needed different perspective since we come from different worlds.
I'm excited about the new space and hopefully it sets a new trend for Sioux Falls - that we don't have to wait forever for things to come our way. Sometimes we just have to bring it here ourselves!
Finally, I will say that this hopefully means that I will be posting more blog posts as well as starting some video posts! It's going to be a great fall and winter (as much as most of us don't want it to get here), so stay tuned!