Sitting in the southwest of Connecticut, Norwalk is in the southern Fairfield County and was settled in 1649 with a population today of around 88,483 inhabitants. Most of the town was burnt during the Revolutionary War, it was the scene of the first ever train disaster in the United States, the Ku Klux Klan showed their pointed hats (aka capirotes) for a brief period during the 1920s and Norwalk has suffered from multiple hurricanes. It was in the 1970s when steps were taken to preserve the historic area of South Norwalk that created the "Washington Street Historic District". A city with a patchwork woven into its past is now a vibrant hub overflowing with art and culture and home to companies such as Frontier Communications and Xerox to name a few.
Coworking venues have opened in its streets giving its intrepid and innovative locals somewhere to hang out in collaborative bliss with likeminded souls.
Norwalk is no tech hub per se, but it does sit in Connecticut that is being touted as the least likely destination to become an innovation hub. For those thinking this, Connecticut has actually been flying under the radar and has so far produced 2 unicorns, startups valued at more than one billion. The region has engaging universities offering mentorship, programs and seed funding to help fledgling startups grow. There are plenty of talented graduates looking for fun places to work in their own hometowns, rather than having to leave for the big smoke of cities such as Boston or New York. Connecticut's ecosystems are diverse and in viable locations. To-date the floodgates have opened and the region is home to around 1,000 tech startups.
Connecticut shines as a place to live and work at a fraction of the cost of some other locations, plus it has a great outdoor lifestyle. Local economies are being rejuvenated and the number of funky cafes, bars and restaurants is growing to cater to the increase of relocating or stay-at-home entrepreneurs. Coworking venues opening their doors is one more step in this gradually maturing ecosystem.
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