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Collaboration On River’s Edge

Gilmer County’s Workplace Innovation Space

Gilmer County Is Thriving.

You can see it in the growing number of people,
businesses and opportunities here. It’s most apparent, however, in the
yes-we-can spirit that energizes our unique community.

Collaboration on River’s Edge, CORE, is an initiative of The Greater Gilmer Community Foundation that embodies that spirit.

Part resource center, part collaborative workspace, CORE:

  • House entrepreneurs and start-up.
  • Offer co-working and mentorship opportunities.
  • Serve as a new venture incubator/accelerator.
  • Teaches and trains for employment success.
  • Provide a community meeting space.

CORE Assets

CORE occupies a 6,400-square-foot building at 142 River Terrace. The Foundation has entered a lease/purchase option for the space, which currently offers 13 private offices and a large conference rooms. It has been renovated in phases to create:

  • Co-working and incubator pods with annual, monthly, daily and hourly rental rates
  • The Collaboration Café
  • Training resources
  • Small group collaborations

Renovation and expansion of the site is supported by a Foundation-led capital campaign, Gilmer 2020 Better Together. This campaign anticipates a two year build out, with completion in 2020. The name also reflects the Foundation’s “perfect vision” for this innovative facility.

CORE Values

CORE is rooted in the belief that we are better together – that our unique talents and experiences can multiply exponentially through collaboration and shared purpose.

CORE creates a dynamic environment and collaborative space to help Gilmer County:

  • Nurture and retain talented, forward-thinking individuals
  • Attract, and assist startups
  • Leverage educational resources

CORE Competencies

Collaboration is the heartbeat of CORE. Entrepreneurs and developers of start-ups will be paired with complementary tenants, mentors and others. The creator of a new social media business, for example, would have regular access to an experienced marketing director. Informally throughout the day, they would share ideas and refine plans, bringing in colleagues as needed.

Partnering with local educational resources, CORE’s Partners in Education Program helps prepare those just entering the workforce, and those redefining their work path. Through traditional classes, online training and TED-style talks, experts share their knowledge with CORE colleagues and with members of the community.

Yes, I want to support our community at the CORE. Count me in for the next 3 years!

HOMETOWN HERO – Donations above $10,000

COMMUNITY BENEFACTOR – Donations from $5000 – $9999

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE – Donations from $1000 – $4999

COMMUNITY PATRON  – Donations from $500 – $999

COMMUNITY SUPPORTER – Donations from $100 – $499


Click here to download a donation form.
Checks made payable & mailed to:
Greater Gilmer Community Foundation P.O. Box 129 | Ellijay, GA 30540

Better Together

Collaboration On River’s Edge is poised to become a vibrant, innovative tool for business and community building. Its reach is limited only by the passion and resources it can attract. In  coming weeks, you will hear more about CORE and efforts of The Greater Gilmer Community Foundation to make this dream a reality. In the meantime, we invite you to join friends and neighbors who have already committed to CORE. One meaningful way to do that is by becoming a charter contributor through an annual, three-year pledge.

The great visionary Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” Supported by Gilmer 2020 Better Together, CORE offers a unique vehicle for doing “so much” together. We welcome your participation in this exciting initiative.