The Generating Innovative Network (G.I.N.) will soon open in Downtown Paragould. The G.I.N. will be a one stop shop for resources for business in our community. From entrepreneurial support, to workforce development training, to a makers-space for the home crafter, the G.I.N. will become a collaborative space for all.
The G.I.N will occupy 200-212 N. Pruett Street in Downtown Paragould, Arkansas. Construction officially began in December of 2022. Once complete, the G.I.N. will offer co-working spaces that will provide a unique office space and collaboration. Also housed in the G.I.N. will be a food incubator kitchen, this a kitchen that a home-baker could use to scale up their business or any restaurateur looking for a commercial space. It will also house an event space that can be used for cohorts, meetings, art shows and more. The G.I.N. will also be home to a small business incubator. Plans include four small start-up spaces for a small business to grow and receive mentorship from our partners, such as the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center.
Workforce Development is key to the future of our businesses in Paragould, no matter the size. This space will also offer services to strengthen our workforce, such as improving soft skills of the Greene County residents, from resume building workshops, mock interviews, job resource pairing and more! We will work with students to incumbent workers to meet the needs of our communities’ employers.
Looking for space to try a new trade? We will have that too! The Makers Space will be home to all sorts of equipment like 3-D Printers, glowforges, power tools, pottery wheels, and will evolve with the interests of the community.
The G.I.N. will be home to the entrepreneurial spirit of the community as well as serve existing businesses to produce up-skilled workers and expose youth to the opportunities right here in Paragould, Arkansas.
The G.I.N. will be owned and operated by the Economic Development Corporation of Paragould (EDC), a private 501c6 based in Paragould, Arkansas. The EDC will construct and operate the G.I.N. through membership revenue, investments, and partnerships, such as the City of Paragould. If you or your business are interested in being part of this project, please contact Allison Hestand, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-236-7684.