The Minnesota High Tech Association said on its website that it plans to move its offices to the Minneapolis Grain Exchange Building in downtown Minneapolis later this year.

MHTA President and CEO Margaret Anderson Kelliher said construction would likely begin soon on a suite of offices on the building's fourth floor near the historic trading floor.

That space is now home to CoCo Minneapolis, a collaborative workspace where independent workers and small businesses can gather to share ideas, and team up on projects, acccording to MHTA.

"It is important for MHTA to connect to the growing community of entrepreneurs. Many of them meet at CoCo Minneapolis," Kelliher said in a statement. "We're very excited about the move and building new partnerships."

The Grain Exchange buildings in downtown Minneapolis are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Daily trading at the exchange ended in 2008, but continues electronically.

Rita Maloney, spokeswoman for the Exchange, said MHTA will have its own offices on the fourth floor of the building separate from CoCo's space. "We're very happy to have them," she said. "They add to the growing number of tech companies at the Exchange."

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