Construction Beginning at FORT GALT
VALDIVIA, Chile - Feb 20, 2017 - A new intentional community specifically designed for entrepreneurs and innovators is now under development on the Pacific coast of Southern Chile.
After two years of exploration, design, planning, and gathering members, the project founders have purchased the land for their new residential community center and are now proceeding with its construction. The community lands around the first build site consist of a hundred acres of rainforest and are subdivided into individual residential lots, which are available to those who prefer to build their own home rather than buying into the private rooms in the community center. Power lines, lighting, and a self-sufficient water system are already installed and ready to service residents. Because it's being developed with entrepreneurs and innovators in mind, Fort Galt is designed to encourage social interaction and cross pollination of ideas. It's described as a place for “doers,” not mere theoreticians. As co-founder Luke Crowley put it, "the maker space is the heart of the place.”
Having worked entirely out-of-pocket from the beginning, the founding team is driven by the desire to combine the values of self-reliance and community synergy. "We're proceeding incrementally so that nobody has to invest too much of their capital all at once," explained co-founder Patrick White. "We all know what it's like to bootstrap our dreams on a tight budget and this way, we can build trust over time."
"Chile is already attracting a lot of budding entrepreneurs by offering funding and education through programs like Start-Up Chile," explained co-founder, Gabriel Scheare. "Those bases are already well-covered but there's still a major gap left at the end of the pipeline. Most of the graduates of these programs just end up returning to their countries of origin, even though many would much rather stay. To meet this demand, we're offering the affordable residential options and work space they need.”
Membership includes a private room in the community center as well as access to the various common amenities, which include a maker space as well as the lush natural features of the surrounding grounds. Project details, pricing information, blueprints, and photos are all available at www.fortgalt.com