Clinton County Indiana

Ironblock Engagement &
Innovation Hub

A strong foundation for the future, a network of opportunities for today.

Where Your Dreams Take Flight

This is a place where your dreams begin to take flight and, with a little help from your friends, can become a reality. This is a place designed and designated for you, the entrepreneur who understands that you are not always understood. This is a place where no idea or dream is too crazy or out of reach. This is a place of imagination and creativity where you will find help and hope in setting your idea into motion. We want to help you set a strong foundation for the future while building a network of opportunities today.

History

The Ironblock was built in 1876 for Hiram H. Bradly (1828-1894), Joseph Etherton Hillis (1840-1904) and Elwood Avery (1845-1922). Bradly’s drug store occupied the south storefront while Hillis & Avery’s grocery store occupied the north storefront. The Ironblock building, as it was named in 1876, was the largest metal-fronted building built in Frankfort’s downtown during the nineteenth century.

The Clinton County Chamber of Commerce purchased the building in February of 2016 with the vision of bringing back life to a highly visible corner of our county seat and saving a building doomed for demolition due to the neglect of care over the years. The original name of the building “Iron Block” was removed from its facade sometime during the 1920s. The building has been home to many businesses including Freedman’s, which had been a long time staple in downtown Frankfort’s thriving retail era.

Vision

It is the vision of the Clinton County Chamber to completely rehab the Ironblock and restore its historic significance to our downtown. It is also the vision of the Chamber to move beyond mere brick and mortar to see the human impact the Ironblock Engagement & Innovation Hub can make in the lives of entrepreneurs, locally and regionally, in offering them space to grow their business ideas. There are over forty coworking facilities now in the state of Indiana with over 2,000 nationwide. The coworking idea is not new. In fact, artists around the world have been modeling this same concept since the 1600s. Recently there has been a surge of interest in sharing space to save money and also share ideas regarding business and innovation. The Ironblock Engagement & Innovation Hub is a place where people from all ages and backgrounds can affordably come to foster and grow their business.

"Iron sharpens iron so a friend sharpens another friend."

PROVERBS 27:17

It is the Ironblock’s desire to give opportunity to all who seek to be sharpened as well as allowing folks to use their skills and talents to sharpen others.

Member Benefits

Coffee & Snack Bar

Affordable Space to Grow

Flexible Time (24/7 Keycard)

high-speed internet access

exclusive workshops

discounted printing

conference room use

networking opportunities

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