LiquidSpace Announces Partnerships and Pilot Programs with Cities of Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and San Francisco

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Major Bay Area Cities Join with LiquidSpace to Provide Access to Community Workspaces, Bolster Local Economic Development and Reduce Carbon Footprint

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"We have enough built-out office space on the planet to meet all of our collective needs for the next fifty years. For the first time, leaders in both the public and private sectors are working together to put this inventory to work."
- Mark Gilbreath

LiquidSpace, the mobile application that helps everyone choose a better space to work, today announced a series of partnerships and pilot programs with the Cities of Santa Cruz, Palo Alto and San Francisco. Through these deployments, all currently in progress, LiquidSpace is helping municipal leaders to drive the utilization of their public spaces, provide their communities better places to work or collaborate, and reduce their carbon footprint by improving access to nearby workspaces.

To date, LiquidSpace has enlisted 16 government buildings, including 14 California public libraries, with 27 workspaces for employees and citizens. This includes spaces made available by local governments like San Mateo County and Sonoma County who have independently begun sharing their public facilities through the LiquidSpace web portal. LiquidSpace is also helping to connect government employees with new places to work around their communities, both public and private.

“City governments are recognizing the opportunity to make taxpayer purchased real estate assets work smarter and harder while increasing opportunities for the community to work and collaborate locally,” said Mark Gilbreath, CEO and co-founder of LiquidSpace. “We have enough built-out office space on the planet to meet all of our collective needs for the next fifty years. For the first time, leaders in both the public and private sectors are working together to put this inventory to work. Why force your residents to drive elsewhere to work when you’ve got the space for them to do it in their hometown? LiquidSpace is thrilled to be able to facilitate these new initiatives.”

The City of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment just launched a pilot program with LiquidSpace to help further reduce the city’s carbon footprint. Director Melanie Nutter has been leading the city’s sustainability efforts and continues to set forth ambitious goals. The city, recognized as the greenest in America, has already achieved a reduction of 12% below 1990 levels and is driving to reach a 20% reduction by the end of 2012. The two biggest levers in further reductions and reaching Nutter’s goals are transportation and building utilization.

“We, as government entities, must lead by example in the area of sustainable economic development policies and practices,” said SF Director of the Department of the Environment, Melanie Nutter. “We’re especially thrilled to partner with LiquidSpace and see tremendous potential for positive impact. Commercial real estate accounts for 55 percent of our carbon footprint, and when mobile workers can leverage spaces nearby, we can optimize that building use and shorten commutes. By helping our workers locate and connect to those great spaces that are intrinsically shared environments, LiquidSpace helps make our vision a reality.”

Specifically, LiquidSpace has engaged with the City in order to share the Department of Environment’s Eco-Center with the community as a place to gather and collaborate. The Eco-Center is conveniently located near the Civic Center BART station just off Market Street, and is used for educational events and trainings.

Nutter is also encouraging her team to use LiquidSpace to access spaces throughout San Francisco to support the many regular meet-ups between her team and external partners, colleagues and constituents. In the future, LiquidSpace also hopes to help the city connect city employees with working and meeting spaces across government departments to drive the utilization of the city’s existing space and relieve overcrowding. Nutter hopes to learn from these initial engagements on how to work with LiquidSpace to further reduce the city’s carbon footprint.

In Santa Cruz, Former Mayor Ryan Coonerty and Director of Libraries, Teresa Landers, leveraged LiquidSpace to deploy workspaces and meeting rooms in 10 Santa Cruz public library locations to provide local places to work and help cut down on commutes.

“Over 30% of our local work force commutes to Silicon Valley on a daily basis, and so we’ve recognized the tremendous opportunity to create more opportunities for our citizens to work closer to home,” said Former Mayor of Santa Cruz, Ryan Coonerty. “Supporting mobile working is absolutely vital to the economic health and well being of the community.”

In Palo Alto, LiquidSpace has opened two meeting spaces in the newly renovated and beautiful downtown Public Library. The City’s leadership is actively seeking opportunities to use technology specifically to foster and support the burgeoning startup community. Former Mayor Espinosa recently highlighted the unique opportunity Palo Alto has to test the latest technologies and practices right in their own city.

“Here in Palo Alto we’re specifically engaging in a number of public and private partnerships with local tech companies like LiquidSpace. We not only want to support the companies that keep the Bay Area at the forefront of the technology industry, but want to use their unique products and services to support other entrepreneurs and the community as a whole,” said Former Mayor of Palo Alto Sid Espinosa.

LiquidSpace recently launched an Android app and enhanced Web search interface. Their signature real-time search and immediate booking functionality now extends to over 100 venues in the Bay Area and over 1,000 workspaces across the country. These new pilot programs and partnerships represent just a sampling of the various work environments now available through LiquidSpace.

“We see amazing potential in these City pilot programs and partnerships and have high hopes for what’s to come,” continued Gilbreath. “We have every intention of partnering with all levels of government, from community to city to federal, to continue the pursuit of sustainable redeployment of unused real estate assets and to open up even more venues to support mobile work.”

For more information on any of the above, available spokespeople include:

●    Mark Gilbreath, CEO and co-founder, LiquidSpace
●    Ryan Coonerty, Former Mayor of Santa Cruz
●    Teresa Landers, Directory of Libraries for Santa Cruz
●    Sid Espinosa, Council Member and Former Mayor of Palo Alto
●    Monique LeConge, Director of Libraries for Palo Alto
●    Tommy Fehrenbach, Economic Development Manager of Palo Alto
●    Melanie Nutter, Director of the Department of the Environment of San Francisco

Publicly-accessible and Bookable City Venues:

●    East Palo Alto Library
●    Palo Alto City Library, Downtown Branch
●    Portola Valley Library
●    Santa Cruz Public Library, Branciforte
●    Santa Cruz Public Library, Capitola
●    Santa Cruz Public Library, Felton
●    Santa Cruz Public Library, Garfield Park
●    Santa Cruz Public Library, Live Oak

About LiquidSpace
Founded in 2010 and based in San Francisco, California, LiquidSpace is a real-time trusted-sharing marketplace for people to confidently choose a better space to work or meet by the hour or day – online or from a mobile phone.

Whether a coworking venue, business center, hotel lobby, library or private office, LiquidSpace lets people find, book, and share over 1,000 great workspaces across the US. And, businesses and government can earn more, inspire loyalty, reach prospects, and incubate new communities by sharing their extra space in the expanding LiquidSpace connected workspace ecosystem.

For more information, visit: or follow us on Twitter at @LiquidSpace.


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