The Communitech Hub digital media centre in Kitchener, Ont., is expanding, the centre announced Thursday. The centre, which opened in October 2010, now occupies 30,000 square feet in Kitchener’s downtown Tannery building, but will take up another 12,000 square feet of space on the building’s first floor by early 2012, a release said. The centre said that the expansion will accommodate more peer-to-peer programs and “strategic partner” space, and more room for established companies. The digital media centre now houses a mix of tenants that include 28 startup companies; five tech multinationals, 14 innovation partners, including legal, advertising and accounting firms; three post-secondary institutions (Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo); and provincial and federal government partners, the release said. “It’s rewarding for everyone involved to see how quickly The Hub has become a venue for nurturing digital media entrepreneurship,” Kevin Tuer, vice-president of digital media at Communitech, said in a statement. “We’ve learned a great deal about the support needs in the digital media ecosystem, and are filling more gaps and expanding our programs to meet those needs.” Tuer said companies and entrepreneurs are attracted to the centre because they receive office space, get an opportunity to work with former experienced executives, and can collaborate with partner companies such as RIM, OpenText, Desire2Learn and Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc. The centre said that federal and provincial contributions, as well as that from the City of Kitchener, made its creation possible.