Pittsfield, MA: Berkshire Community leaders discuss the allure of the William Stanley Business Park - http://williamstanleybp.com/
- and the excitement of its newest tenant, the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), a $9.7 million state-of-the-art collaborative workspace.
The innovation center will enable and accelerate innovation and growth of small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in Life sciences, the Life Sciences Supply Chain, and Advanced Manufacturing & Technology. Funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the Berkshire Innovation Center, promises to be the largest R&D center in Western Massachusetts. Business leaders are enthusiastic that it will attract other businesses to the park and spur economic development in Berkshire County.
Corydon Thurston, Executive Director, of the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, which manages the park, highlights its many amenities: construction-ready sites, beautiful views and a walking/biking path along Silver Lake as well as strong financial incentives and expedited permitting. Within three hours of New York City, less than three hours from Boston and under an hour from Albany, NY, the park is centrally located in the heart of the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. The park’s current tenants include solar panels for Eversource, New England’s largest energy provider, and the headquarters for MountainOne Bank.
William Mulholland, VP of Community Outreach & Workforce Development at Berkshire Community College, in Pittsfield, MA explains how old style of manufacturing is being replaced by Advanced Manufacturing. Educational collaborations with the college and Taconic High School provide students with hands-on Advanced Manufacturing skills at the Intelitek Training System Lab.
Hannah DeLisle, Senior Director of Quality and Materials at Boyd Technologies in Lee, MA share the appeal of the city to young families with its a affordable housing market, diverse neighborhoods and abundant cultural and recreational activities. Other speakers include Paul Dalton, Program Manager at General Dynamics, in Pittsfield, MA and Dr. Ellen Kennedy, President of Berkshire Community College.