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Port 100 in Geneva to close

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Port 100 is shutting down later this year.

The six-year downtown Geneva staple has been home to around 100 members and upwards of 50 businesses. However, the pandemic took its toll.

Co-working spaces have sprouted up across Upstate New York and across the U.S. Intended for sole proprietors or small businesses, the space provides room for collaboration, meetings, and offices.

DiSanto Propane (Billboard)

Port 100’s co-owner Maureen Ballatori told the Finger Lakes Times that things were on a great trajectory before the pandemic.

Just a few years ago, Port 100 lost City funding, which would’ve been a difficult blow to overcome. However, the Ontario County IDA stepped up and provided $30,000 over three years to make up the lost funding.

From the start, Port 100 was a collaborative effort that brought in public and private investment and energy.

As for whether it was a success or not, Ballatori told the Times that she didn’t see it as a failure. “The space ran its course,” she said. “But I think shared spaces are here to stay.”

At this point it’s not clear what will be next for the space. It’s owned by Dave Linger.