New CommunityWorks Learning Center Opens at Judson Mill – News


New CommunityWorks Learning Center Opens at Judson Mill – News

The past few weeks have been busy for the non-profit organization CommunityWorks.

In September, LaTorrie Geer will officially step down as CEO after being tipped for the role in August, and the company is also opening its new learning center at the newly refurbished Judson Mill at 701 Easley Bridge Road.

LaTorrie Geer

After spending 10 years with the company, including the last four as chief operating officer, Geer said he felt well prepared for the role, crediting the training he received while there. in the business.

“We are really investing in our team and I think they are excited about the opportunities they have to grow in the organization,” Geer said.

After joining the team as Program Manager, rising from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Operating Officer and now CEO, he has seen the organization grow and develop to meet today’s needs. At the same time, he served the team through an unprecedented health crisis caused by the pandemic. In response, CommunityWorks was able to support small business owners by administering more than $9 million to more than 600 people across the state.

“I’m very grateful that we were nimble and able to adapt quickly to the needs of the community,” he said.

Now, as another way to continue improving the local community, CommunityWorks has opened its new Education Center located in Judson Mills.

Considered the ancient juggernaut of local mills, the Judson Mill was once the largest mill in Greenville County, operated by Milliken, just outside of downtown and west of Greenville.

Feed and sow

In recent years, the mill has undergone a major transformation, with over 800,000 square feet of historic building space converted into lofts and amenities such as a community pool, fitness center and courtyard, as well as a a recreation center with Block Haven Climbing. . Jim and the country-themed concert venue Cowboys Up Night Light, not to mention the massive Feed & Seed food center, which provides food to underserved communities in the substate.

Now add that to the Community Works Learning Center.

JudHub’s CommunityWorks Learning Center opened on August 25 and will offer events to help community members, free or low-cost training sessions for finance and entrepreneurship, and office hours to entrepreneurs to meet business coaches.

“We’re bringing community resources to a community that once felt left out, but now they really see more benefits in the area,” Geer said.

Its vision is to be as community driven as possible through affordable housing or job creation.

“We’re excited about our learning center…and the training opportunities we’ve been able to provide,” Geer said.

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