Our History

Over a 32-year history, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has supported the evolving needs of the state's innovation economy in many ways. 

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative was founded in 1982 as the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation. It was established by the legislature to advance the growth of the technology sector of the state’s economy.  The enabling legislation is available here.  The Corporation's founder, first Chairman, and unpaid Executive Director was George Kariotis

  • On October 18, 2016, the “Massachusetts Robotics Cluster” report is released by the Innovation Institute

  • On September 28, 2016, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the hiring of Timothy J. Connelly as the new Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

  • On August 17, 2016, MassTech joined Governor Charlie Baker and UMass leaders in Springfield for the announcement of a $5 million grant to establish the UMass-Amherst Data Science/Cybersecurity Research and Education Collaborative, a public-private partnership designed to accelerate data science innovation in the Pioneer Valley.

  • In early August 2016, the MBI made two award announcements, including a $4 million dollar grant to expand broadband connections in nine ‘partially-served’ Western Mass. towns and a $1.6 million dollar grant to Charter Communications to expand broadband in three unserved towns (Hinsdale, Lanesborough, and West Stockbridge).

  • In June 2016, MeHI leaders traveled to Brockton to announce $3,038,000 in total grants to seven projects across the Commonwealth under the “Connected Communities” program, an effort which seeks to enhance collaboration and communication among healthcare providers within a community through the use of innovative technologies, such as electronic health records and health information exchanges.

  • On April 19, 2016, the Innovation Institute at MassTech joined state leaders in Burlington, Mass., for the awarding of a $3 million dollar grant to Northeastern University to establish the Advanced Nanomanufacturing Cluster for Smart Sensors and Materials (“ANSSeM”).

  • On December 21, 2015, MeHI announces the second round of eQIP Behavioral Health grantees, covering total of 25 project grantees that manage 179 Facilities in 64 Mass. municipalities.

  • In March 2016, MassBigData launched “Massachusetts Big Data Indicators 2015”.

  • The report “Growing Innovative Companies to Scale: How does Massachusetts Measure Up?, research supported by the Innovation Institute, is released by MIT’s Industrial Performance Center in December 2015.

  • On October 2, 2015, the LeverettNet fiber-optic network becomes the inaugural “Last Mile” network to launch, building off of the MassBroadband 123 'middle mile' to connect residences and homes in Leverett, Mass., to gigabit-level broadband.

  • The Innovation Institute announced a new initiative on July 17, 2015, to grow entrepreneurship in the South Coast, providing a grant to Entrepreneurship for All to kickoff a three-year partnership to expand mentoring activities and events in the region.

  • MeHI launches the RFP to build ‘Connected Communities’ on June 8, 2015.

  • On April 9, 2015, MeHI announced nearly $1 million in the first round of eQuality Incentive Program (eQIP) grants to behavioral health providers aimed at spurring technology investments to improve patient care and reduce overall healthcare costs.

  • On January 13, 2015, Gov. Charlie Baker joined MassTech leaders at UMass-Lowell for the announcement of a $4 million grant to support the Printed Electronics Research Collaborative (PERC), an award matched by $12 million in industry support.

  • MassTech announces the second award under the Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant Program in December 2014, a $5 million dollar grant to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to expand testing infrastructure aimed at bolstering the Commonwealth’s marine robotics sector.

  • MeHI launches the “2014 MeHI Provider and Consumer Health IT Research Study,” on July 17, 2014. The study found that 96 percent of primary care practices and nearly 80 percent of all healthcare organizations in Massachusetts reported they were using electronic health records.

  • On April 25, 2014, MassTech joined leaders at the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) in Holyoke for the announcement of a grant to the Mass Open Cloud project, the first award made under the Commonwealth’s Collaborative Research and Development Matching Grant Fund, created as part of the 2012 Economic Development Bill. The event also launched the 2014 MassBigData Report, which found 3,000 ‘big data’ jobs in Massachusetts.

  • In February 2014, the MBI completes construction and turnover of the 1,200 mile fiber-optic ‘middle mile’ network, MassBroadband 123, in western and north-central Massachusetts.

  • In January 2014, MassBigData.org is launched.

  • On August 26, 2013, the Innovation Institute at MassTech launched an RFP to drive entrepreneur mentoring across Massachusetts.

  • In March 2013, MassTech joined public leaders for the launch of the MassTech Intern Partnership, a public-private partnership to generate tech sector internship opportunities, a program created by the 2012 Jobs Bill.

  • On February 28, 2013, the Innovation Institute at MassTech joined legislative leaders for the launch of the Tech Hub Legislative Caucus.

  • The Massachusetts Big Data Initiative is launched at MIT, with the aim of growing the Commonwealth’s advanced computing and analytics industries, on May 30, 2012.

  • In June 2011, then Secretary of Housing and Economic Development and Chairman of the MassTech Board of Directors, Greg Bialecki, named Pamela Goldberg to the position of MassTech Chief Executive Officer.

  • The Commonwealth created the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, when the Broadband Act was signed into law in August 2008. The Act gave the MBI the authority to invest up to $40 million of state bond funds in necessary and long-lived infrastructure assets, such as conduits, fiber-optic cable, and wireless towers.

  • In August 2008, the state provided $15 million in initial funding and established the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) within the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The goal is to implement EHR in all provider settings as part of an interoperable health information exchange by the end of 2014.

  • Massachusetts Technology Collaborative appointed Mitchell Adams as its new Executive Director in the fall of 2001.

  • On March 15, 2001, MassTech announced plans to use $100 million from the Renewable Energy Trust. Major initiatives included: 1) Renewable Energy -- $47 million in grants, loans and other support to promote green power, green buildings, and premium power; and 2) Waste-to-Energy -- a one-time $53 million grant program to help Massachusetts cities and towns reduce their costs for pollution control equipment at waste-to-energy plants.

  • On April 20, 2000, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts gave a green light to the Renewable Energy Trust. This decision upheld the constitutionality of the energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives established by the Massachusetts electric industry restructuring legislation.

  • In May 1999, the University of Massachusetts located its Center for Professional Education at the Westborough campus, offering MBA-level courses in business management, information technology, computer science, and manufacturing.

  • The Renewable Energy Trust began receiving funds in March 1998 to promote the use of cleaner sources of electricity and the expansion of the Commonwealth's renewable energy industry.

  • The I-495 Technology Corridor Initiative was established in 1998 as a joint project of MassTech and the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission to promote business competitiveness, fiscal stability, and environmental protection in the face of rapid growth for the communities of the I-495 region.

  • Berkshire Connect and Cape Cod Connect, high speed Internet access projects, were established in 1998.

  • In October 1997, the first annual Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy was published.

  • With MassTech’s technical and financial support, the Mass Networks Education Partnership was incorporated in 1996 to promote the use of information and communications technology as a tool for education reform. In that same year, MassTech provided staff support for the newly formed Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council.

  • In 1995, MassTech published the first in a series of reports on the structure and performance of technology-based industries in Massachusetts; the distinctive role of research universities and academic health centers in the State’s economic vitality; and projected impacts of likely R&D reductions on these institutions and the economy. These reports include: Technology Development in Massachusetts (1995); Planning For Change/Preparing For Growth (1996); and Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of the FY '97 Federal R&D Budget (1997).

  • In 1994, MTPC changed its name and mission to the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative becoming a strategic agent and a facilitator of innovative and collaborative ventures.

  • In 1988, the Massachusetts Microelectronics Center was built on the Westborough campus in response to the serious labor shortage constraining the computer and defense electronics industry. A 74,000-square-foot integrated circuit fabrication facility, the center was used to provide workforce training to more than 10,000 Massachusetts students and is now leased by Kopin Corporation.

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