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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Saratoga teleworkers: Gather Nov. 5 with real live 'colleagues'

You’ve probably noticed the trend: People are choosing to live in Saratoga, because it’s a wonderful place to be, while their employers are in other parts of the country or world.
Others have noticed, too. And the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is doing something about it – reaching out to these local professionals with global jobs, to address such questions as “what can our community do to be more welcoming and inclusive.”
So, teleworkers are invited to an informal chat over coffee and light refreshments at 5 p.m. Monday at the Masie Center, located at 95 Washington St., Saratoga Springs. Elliott Masie could have located his highly successful think tank on the changing workforce and how people learn just about anywhere. But he wanted to live here.
“You love living in Saratoga even though your company doesn’t have offices here,” reads the promotional flyer from the chamber and Masie Center. “We’d like a chance to introduce you to other teleworkers from Saratoga and to chat informally with you.”
The organizers hope to learn more about how to engage teleworking professionals in the community and provide a setting to meet other teleworkers and discuss the opportunities, benefits and challenges that they’ve had to overcome.   
Interested people are asked to contact Bridget DeVaney at or 584-3255 to be sure there are enough chairs and refreshments.


Anonymous Elliott Masie said...

To echo Barbara's comments ... Saratoga Springs is a great place to work from.

17 years ago, when we moved here, every business was growing by adding more office space.

Now, many groups are hiring people who can live anywhere. There are senior, middle and starting level employees of companies as diverse as General Electric, Cisco, IBM, drug companies, retail companies and others ---- who live in Saratoga but work for managers and teams elsewhere.

In fact, we predict that Saratoga Springs will grow as a key destination for teleworkers to live.

We now have great bandwidth, community involvement, several coffee shops to work from and other resources.

The Chamber of Commerce and The MASIE Center are intrigued to help organize a network of "teleworkers" to expand the assets and support of this Digital Age Saratoga resident.

Come join the conversation on Monday if you are intrigued.

November 2, 2012 at 10:07 PM 

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