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Woman-owned and run space in Central East Side was victim of coronavirus, along with eight other Riveters

PMG: JONATHAN HOUSE  - Tami Wood, general manager of the coworking space for women The Riveter in Portland in July 2019.

The Riveter is closing all nine of its coworking facilities, according to CEO Amy Nelson. The coworking space by and for women opened in Southeast Portland at 501 S.E. 14th Ave., in July 2019. It was in the in the old Washington High School building, which also houses Revolution Hall.

Nelson opened her first Riveter location in 2017 in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood in Seattle, then added on in Seattle's Fremont district.

Named after Rosie the Riveter, a World War II icon of women in the workplace, the company planned to expand to the Southeast and Midwest of the U.S., but uncertainty about the coronavirus caused coworking spaces to close in March.

Nelson wrote to members: "As these safety concerns and unforeseen circumstances continue, we've been forced to make the tremendously difficult decision to close our coworking operations. The Riveter will be shifting focus towards strengthening our online community — 30,000 and growing — and continuing to be a resource for all working women during this unprecedented time."

"We launched our digital community in February, and then the world changed," Nelson said in a statement. "The need for support increased, and our mission became more urgent. The Riveter's online community has been sharing their stories, resources and experiences, learning new skills and attending virtual events."

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