More than a decade in the making from concept to opening, the $13.7 million hub for technology, training and entrepreneurship was packed on Friday morning with business and community leaders, and state and local officials past and present who have helped shepherd the project over the years.
After sending a special tax agreement and an Economic Development Fund allocation for Electro Magnetic Applications Inc. to subcommittee for consideration, the full city council cast its vote Tuesday in favor of the incentives that will help the aerospace company take off in Pittsfield.
The globally recognized company is a leader in technical consulting, software, and test services to promote safety and mission assurance in electromagnetic environments. It is negotiating with the center to house its new space environment test facility.
Construction on the Berkshire Innovation Center is ramping up, according to Executive Director Scott Longley.
"We are literally within weeks of starting to frame interior walls. The momentum and the progress of the BIC construction have definitely begun to pick up," Longley told the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority on Wednesday.
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.