Holyoke Innovation District

Group photo in Holyoke

The Mass Tech Collaborative is the steward for the Commonwealth’s investment of $25M into creating the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC).  In 2010, the Innovation Institute was charged by the Patrick Administration with building a regional effort to leverage economic impact for Holyoke and the Pioneer Valley from the state’s investment in MGHPCC. 

With staff expertise and various targeted investments, the Innovation Institute:

  • organized a region-wide economic development task force with over 30 local and regional leaders;
  • completed a 5 year strategic planning effort containing approximately a dozen targeted initiatives which was adopted by the task force;
  • dedicated a project manager and began implementing the plan through an ad hoc leadership team utilizing web-based project management software with over a dozen local, regional and state entities;
  • facilitates 90 day progress review meetings with all leaders in the Holyoke Mayor’s office;
  • convenes the 1st annual task force review meeting;
  • drives and tracks dozens of specific efforts with detailed impacts spanning:  urban policy, transportation, digital tech cluster development, K-12 computer science initiatives, entrepreneurship, manufacturing; creative economy, clean energy technologies; site remediation and enhanced economic development coordination for business retention and attraction.

During the August 2012 quarterly review session, regional leaders with Holyoke Mayor Morse, Secretary Gregory Bialecki, concluded the two-hour meeting with the statement that the Holyoke Innovation District initiative is the best example of economic development implementation taking place anywhere in the Commonwealth.

This ad hoc leadership team and the local-regional-statewide leadership alliance has now become the primary vehicle through which leaders collaborate opportunistically to improve the economic prospects for citizens in the Holyoke Innovation District and beyond.