Press Room

“The Lightning Jar” Coworking Space Developing in Downtown Bennington



Dimitri Garder, Lightning Jar
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Yvonne Garand, VSECU

Visit the future home of coworking inside the new VSECU Bennington branch location
Tours: June 9, 9am-5pm
194 North Street, Bennington VT

Bennington, Vermont – June 7, 2015 – A group of business and community leaders in Bennington are developing Vermont’s newest coworking space. Named “The Lightning Jar,” the space is expected to begin operations by the end of summer 2015. Located inside of the new VSECU branch in downtown Bennington, The Lightning Jar is planning to offer roughly 1,200 square feet of open concept office space, meeting rooms, and a shared break room, to serve entrepreneurs, innovators, knowledge workers, telecommuters, and remote workers.

The Lightning Jar is partnering with VSECU, a not for profit banking alternative for all Vermonters offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member owners. VSECU is collaborating with The Lightning Jar to create the coworking space within VSECU’s Bennington retail branch that will forward its shared principles of membership participation, autonomy, independence, education, cooperation, and community sustainability.

“The Lightning Jar is an exciting new project designed to promote Bennington’s creative economy and foster collaboration, networking, and ultimately new business development,” stated Dimitri Garder, the Lightning Jar’s Interim Director and project lead. “Coworking spaces situated in other Vermont towns and throughout the country have demonstrated great success in generating energy and interaction among knowledge workers leading to new business startups and innovation,” said Garder. “VSECU is proud to be hosting and partnering with The Lightning Jar,” stated Rob Miller, CEO of VSECU. “The vision and purpose of the coworking space is an ideal fit for VSECU’s principles of cooperation and community sustainability.”

The Lightning Jar will host tours of the soon-to-be coworking space on June 9 from 9am to 5pm, as part of VSECU’s Grand Opening Celebration of the Bennington retail branch. Members of The Lightning Jar will be available to speak about coworking, what it means for Bennington, and answer questions about the project and how it will impact the Bennington economy. The event will take place at 194 North Street in Bennington.

The project’s name, “The Lightning Jar,” is based on the famous canning jar of the same name, which was invented by former Bennington resident, Henry Putnam in 1882.