Shawna Axenroth and her daughter got hiking in the scenic Berkshire hills, and talk about the environment. They run science experiments in their kitchen.
And they are both looking to pursue scientific careers.
The BIC, as an organization, is back on track after the infusion of money to get the center constructed.
"We're thrilled about the progress. It is great to be back in a posture of progression and see so many elements materialize," said Berkshire Innovation Center Chairman Stephen Boyd.
With commitments from the state, city, and the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, a project $3 million funding gap is reportedly now closed. Officials from all three agencies are now finalizing the legal documents and agreements.
PEDA will help close an operating funding gap for the Berkshire Innovation Center.
The Pittsfield Economic Development Agency pledged a grant of up to $300,000, subject to negotiations, to keep the BIC operating in 2018 and in hopes of releasing the state's commitment for construction.
The city is putting forth $1 million from the G.E. Economic Development Fund to jumpstart the stalled construction of the Berkshire Innovation Center.
The City Council unanimously approved using the money to help cover a $3 million funding gap for a 20,000 square-foot facility at the William Stanley Business Park. The remaining $2 million is expected to come from the state.