Progress Report: New Social Enterprise Building

June 30, 2011 at 9:15 am Leave a comment

The new Social Enterprises building, which has been under construction since October 2010, promises to be a spacious and welcome addition to the Southwest Key National Headquarters.  Funding for the 14,000 square foot building came from a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  On July 25, 2011, the building will be completed and ready for employees to move in.

The administrative departments of the Southwest Key’s various for-profit subsidiaries will be housed in the new building.  These social enterprises include Southwest Key Maintenance, Green Energy, Café del Sol, and Workforce Development, which offer many and varied employment opportunities to the East Austin community.   While these ventures face the common struggles of starting and maintaining a new business in an uncertain economy, Southwest Key’s social enterprises continue to bolster the East Austin community through their services and employment opportunities.  Learn more about Southwest Key’s Social Enterprises.

In addition to housing the social enterprise departments, the new building will also provide a large boardroom and common room.  The common room is a multi-purpose meeting room that can be used for candidate forums, community events, etc., and is available for rent to community members for a reasonable rate.

A separate classroom building is also being constructed at the Southwest Key Headquarters and will contain two classrooms.  These classrooms will be used by the East Austin College Preparatory Academy for the next couple of years, and will later be used for Southwest Key’s Adult Education programs.

– Kelle Kampa
Communications Intern
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Entry filed under: Community Resource, EAustin College Prep Academy, Social enterprise, Southwest Key Programs.

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