CapeSpace selects OpenCape to Power First Full-Service Workspace Facility
Barnstable, MA — Epitomizing a booming national and global trend, Cape Cod’s first full-service, shared workspace facility has opened its doors in Hyannis with high-speed, fiber-optic fed WiFi.
The CapeSpace facility includes private offices “touch down desks,” a shared business lounge, a café and meeting space complete with video conferencing and audio/visual equipment.
One of the leading selling points for CapeSpace is “The Cape’s fastest and most reliable Wi-Fi.” CapeNet, the local company that delivers high-speed broadband on the OpenCape fiber optic network, is the service provider making that claim possible.
“Having truly fast and reliable high-speed broadband is critical to the services we’re offering” said Robbin Orbison, president of CapeSpace.
While every town government and most schools on Cape Cod are already using the OpenCape network, Gigabit Internet speeds are not common for commercial businesses on Cape Cod. Neither is shared workspace.
As an industry-wide average, shared workspace is 30-40% less expensive than conventional commercial office space when all the costs of renting are considered. Shared workspace operations also offer many more amenities than traditional office space.
Between 2005 and 2012 the number of telecommuters in the U.S. increased by 79%. Today there are 3.2 million. The number of independent workers is currently 30 million, and that’s expected to hit 40 million by 2019. Worldwide, the mobile worker population is projected to reach 1.3 billion this year.
With growth like that, it’s no wonder Orbison saw the opportunity to establish a shared workspace facility on the Cape.“Today’s modern, mobile workforce wants space that accommodates their needs in terms of technology, equipment, budget, even amenities like coffee and snacks,” Orbison said. “For independent workers in particular, the biggest factor is the social aspect. We offer a way to belong to a community again and reduce the sense of isolation inherent in the nature of their jobs.”
Businesses in conventional office space can also turn to CapeSpace for swing space, or for offsite meetings, which surveys indicate are more productive than those held in-house. And, for Cape Cod’s countless business and vacation travelers, CapeSpace fills a critical need for temporary work and meeting space with connectivity.
CapeSpace is located at 100 Independence Drive in Hyannis. Online booking and more information are available via the CapeSpace website at http://www.capespace.com/
Published on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine
Barnstable startup on investors' radar
By Lorelei Stevens
Cape Cod Times
August 30. 2016 2:00AM
Remote Sensing Solutions wins second grant to bring technology to market.
Michel Fernandes, James Canniff and James Carswell, from left, plan to keep engineering and manufacturing jobs on the Cape with the latest grant their business, Remote Sensing Solutions, has received to commercialize cutting-edge radar technology. Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times
BARNSTABLE VILLAGE — A local technology company has earned recognition and critical funding from MassVentures, a quasi-public venture capital firm that invests in Massachusetts startups with high growth potential to help them progress from the development stage into the market.
Remote Sensing Solutions will use its $200,000 grant to commercialize technology that company President James Carswell described as “a game-changing solution for radar digital subsystems.”
Illuminated by the natural light streaming through the rooftop windows of their Route 6A office and workshop building, CFO James Canniff and CEO Michel Fernandes later offered a nuts-and-bolts explanation of what the scientist-engineers at Remote Sensing Solutions do.
“We work with remote sensing, acquiring information without contact,” Fernandes said. “Everything our company does, all our products and services, is around that field.”
At the heart of it is a miniaturized radar sensing and data collection and analysis system capable of “seeing” through dust and clouds and darkness with such accuracy that it can pinpoint the barrel of a gun before a shot has been fired, Canniff said.
The technology obviously can be of use to the military, but its small size and light weight means it could potentially enable safe operation of drones in U.S. airspace, allow researchers to locate, track and count whales and monitor marine debris, help Coast Guard search-and-rescue personnel find mariners in distress and change the way autonomous cars avoid collisions, he said.
The two key products in the system are called PathIn, which stands for Phased Array Terrain Hazard Interferometer, and ARENA, which stands for Advanced Reconfigurable Embedded Network Appliance. Basically, Canniff explained, PathIn collects the data and ARENA processes it.
The ARENA is about the size of a cellphone and weighs less than 2 pounds. That compares with an older-model radar unit in the workshop that resembles a computer tower and weighs about 40 pounds.
Remote Sensing Solutions, which currently employs nine people, has done much of its development work with funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy and the U.S. Geological Survey through the Small Business Innovation Research program.
While the small-business program provides seed money so entrepreneurs can fill out their concepts, it does not help with the next step, commercialization, meaning lots of funded product and service ideas end up on the shelf and never get to market.
Canniff said the phenomenon is well known in the tech startup world as the “SBIR valley of death.”
Now in its fifth year, MassVentures’ START program, which stands for SBIR Targeted Technologies, helps companies “bridge the gap between innovation and commercialization,” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said in the statement announcing this year’s awards.
The START program is a three-year, highly competitive process that funds a select few Massachusetts companies that have received the awards, according to MassVentures.
The 2016 START grant is Remote Sensing Solution’s second. It received a $100,000 Stage I grant last year for its PathIn technology. This year, it was one of only five companies in the state to win a $200,000 Stage II grant.
Remote Sensing Solutions will use the money to hire additional engineers and sales staff, file patents and attend trade shows and the company expects to open a new manufacturing site in the next year or two, Fernandes said.
While the sales staff can work from anywhere and the company also has an office in Monrovia, California, the plan is to keep the engineering and manufacturing jobs on the Cape.
“The goal is to have that here,” Canniff said.
David Wiley, research coordinator for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, is enthusiastic about early discussions he has had with Remote Sensing Solutions about partnering for testing.
Because PathIn-ARENA systems can be installed on vessels and aircraft and detect minute differences in the heights of objects, they could allow researchers to detect, count and track whales without putting sound in the water that can harm marine life.
“A lot of testing still has to be done, but the possibilities are really exciting. It’s a very different way to gather information,” Wiley said. “And the fact that the lab is on the Cape is pretty amazing, too.”
SBA launches new website for America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs
August 09, 2016
Certify.sba.gov will assist small firms doing business with federal government; streamline applications and eliminate documentation obstacles
OpenCape launches CrowdFiber site
Published on Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Online tool allows Residents & Businesses to express desire for 100% Fiber based Internet service at opencape.org
OpenCape’s Executive Director Steven Johnston announced today that the organization has launched a new website that includes a CrowdFiber tool aimed at allowing businesses and residents the ability to express their interest in connecting to the OpenCape 100% Fiber Network, offering Gigabit+ speeds.
CapeFLYER 4th of July Ridership Exceeds 2,000
About the CapeFLYER: The CapeFLYER operates as a dedicated train on Friday nights leaving South Station at 5:50 PM with stops in Braintree, Brockton, Middleboro, Wareham, Buzzards Bay and Hyannis. Trains also operate on Saturdays and Sundays and holiday Mondays until Labor Day weekend. The complete schedule is available at www.capeflyer.com.
In addition to a convenient trip to Cape Cod, the CapeFLYER works closely with the ferry operators to provide convenient connections to and from Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Cape Cod RTA buses are available at Buzzards Bay and Hyannis to bring passengers to the Cape communities. Finally, the CapeFLYER operates a café car that sells excellent food and drinks, including beer and wine, provided by Blonde on the Run Catering.
The CapeFLYER is a unique partnership between the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. For additional information, including a complete schedule, fares and information about connections, please visit: www.capeflyer.com
The United States Department of Labor announced today that the long-awaited and much-debated new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations will be effective December 1, 2016. These regulations represent the most sweeping changes to federal wage and hour law since the FLSA became law nearly 80 years ago. Most significantly, the new regulations change the exemptions to required overtime by updating the salary and compensation levels needed for workers to be exempt. Specifically, the Final Rule:
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Creative Sector Proposals for FY2017 Economic Development Legislation
Nonprofits in the MCC’s Cultural Investment Portfolio fueled the Massachusetts economy with $1.2 billion in direct spending in 2014, and their audiences spent an additional $1 billion—making the total economic impact of our arts and cultural nonprofits more than $2.2 billion. This combined spending generated $124 million in revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its communities through taxes and fees. And this cultural activity supported 68,000 jobs for the nonprofits and the companies and individuals that do business with them.
Economic development legislation in 2006 established the Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF), which has invested $82 million and leveraged more than $1.9 billion in spending on arts and cultural building projects statewide. Those projects provided more than 19,000 jobs, restoring many important historic structures, and attracting more than 18 million cultural tourists to Massachusetts annually. MCC has also invested nearly $10 million to advance local creative economy strategies in cities as diverse as Pittsfield, Lowell, Holyoke, and Lynn over the past decade via its Adams Arts Program and Cultural Districts Initiative. These grants have inspired new creative placemaking investments by private funders like the Barr Foundation, Boston Foundation, and others.
Proposed state economic development legislation offers new opportunities to invest in the state’s creative economy in ways that further build community vitality, expand cultural tourism, and drive innovation in the nonprofit arts sector. This document broadly outlines how MCC would invest additional resources to realize these goals in three main areas: creative placemaking, cultural tourism, and creative technologies.
The year 2020 marks the 400 anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in Plymouth, a seminal event in American history. The MCC is working with the Mass 400 Inc. to leverage this milestone to not only draw millions of new visitors to Plymouth, Cape Cod and the Islands, but to then launch a series of commemorative events leading to 400th anniversary of the founding of Boston and Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. This effort has enormous potential to grow our cultural tourism sector. Similar efforts in Jamestown, VA (2007) and Santa Fe, NM (2010) show that state investment and leadership is essential to ensuring these efforts succeed.
Working with the Mass Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), Mass 400 and regional partners, MCC seeks funding for the following:
To boost the economic impact of the performing arts sector, MCC will establish a Theatre Revitalization Fund to catalyze the development of world premier and pre-Broadway theater productions using proceeds from a new tax credit program. Fees from tax credit applications will support the Fund. This will build off the initial ideas put forward by Reps. Nick Collins of Boston and Paul McMurtry in House Bill 2471.
Created by the Legislature in 2010, state-designated Cultural Districts now exist in 32 cities and towns across Massachusetts. They range from downtown commercial centers in Gateway Cities like Springfield, Lowell, and New Bedford; to major arts destinations like Boston’s Fenway neighborhood; to communities like Concord and Williamstown that attract cultural tourists year round. MCC has provided modest funding to the Cultural Districts through its Adams Arts Program and direct, $5,000 grants in FY16. The districts now seek state support for local wayfinding—highway signs, local street signage, banners, and lighting—to better define the districts and help visitors better navigate their experience.
Future City Mass: Funding for major demonstration projects and development of a toolkit to bring the ideas of London-based Futurecity to the United States. Futurecity has successfully integrated arts and culture into major real estate development projects in cities across the U.K. and Australia. In addition, funds would enable Massachusetts to map its cultural assets to better align them with local community development strategies, and attract more cultural tourism. The demonstration projects would take place in our three largest cities: Boston, Worcester & Springfield.
Adams Arts Program/MA Cultural Districts Initiative
Massachusetts Cultural Council
10 St.James Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston MA 02116
TDI DATA REPORT
On February 3, MassDevelopment released its 2016 Transformative Development Initiative Gateway City Economic Snapshot, which revealed varied community characteristics and distress levels in the 26 gateway cities. You can view the report here. Below are the infographics from the report that detail the economic analysis:
Business Investments Map
This interactive GIS map displays new, expanding or redeveloped businesses and commercial properties within the Town of Barnstable. This reference tool shows recent commercial growth and economic development in Barnstable's activity centers: http://www.businessbarnstable.com/barnstable-massachusetts-new-business-investments.asp
Barnstable Village, Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, West Barnstable