“It is very accessible and very visible for the public,” says Keith Lawing, president and CEO of the agency that connects workers with employers.
“I really think it’s going to be a perfect location for their new home, although some would have liked for it to stay downtown, I suppose,” says City Council member Jeff Longwell.
“They are at least for a little bit going to keep some of the administration stuff down in the Garvey building,” he says.
The Workforce Alliance had been at the former Commerce Bank building at First and Main downtown and had to scramble to find new space along with other tenants there when building issues, such as a broken elevator and suspended gas service, forced them to go elsewhere.
A site a few blocks down from First and Washington is where the Workforce Alliance temporarily is until the new space is ready.
Lawing says parking had become an issue where the Workforce Alliance was at First and Main.
“We definitely looked downtown,” he says seeking new space. “If we could have found a place that would have been adjacent to a parking garage … it would have been great.”
He says no such place could be found.
Longwell says that initially the Workforce Alliance will take about 26,000 square feet at New Leaf, which is on the southwest corner of the intersection and is home to a Walmart Neighborhood Market.
He says it “is going to be a really nice space.”
“It’s a good location, easily accessible, on a bus route,” Longwell says. “I really like that whole area. It’s kind of coming back a little bit.”