For Immediate Release - March 08, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK MEETS WITH MASSACHUSETTS GREEN HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING CENTER LEADERS TO DISCUSS ONGOING HOLYOKE PROJECT, IDENTIFY POSSIBLE NEW INITIATIVES

Project to create 600 construction jobs, 130 research jobs at partnering universities

Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
Governor Patrick meets with university leaders and technology executives developing the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Cambridge. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor's Office). View additional photos.

CAMBRIDGE – Thursday, March 8, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined university leaders and technology executives developing the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) to receive an update on the Holyoke project, while exploring new avenues for keeping Massachusetts at the forefront of innovation. The state-of-the-art facility will support long-term economic growth for the region and the state by providing infrastructure for research computing in life sciences, clean energy, green computing and other areas.

“We have a great opportunity for our innovation economy to continue to grow in Western Massachusetts, and this meeting today is an opportunity for us to continue that commitment in the region and throughout Massachusetts,” said Governor Patrick. “The project and its continued progress is a result of the Administration’s commitment to being a reliable partner to our local communities and businesses.”

In March 2010, Governor Patrick designated the Holyoke Innovation District as the 20th Growth District in Massachusetts and announced $25 million in state funds to move the project forward. MassDevelopment has also been vital in supporting the project's progress, through awarding $14.5 million in Federal New Markets Tax Credits and $1.3 million in Brownfields funding for remediation. This past November, the Governor celebrated the project's “topping off” ceremony, marking the completion of the steel structure of the cutting edge facility. 

The project is expected to create a total of 600 construction jobs, 130 research jobs at the partnering universities and 13 permanent positions at the center.

Construction of the MGHPCC began in the fall of 2010 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2012. The estimated cost of the construction, $95 million, will be funded by the five universities, state government, the Federal New Markets Tax Credit program, EMC Corporation and Cisco Systems Inc. The universities will pay for the computer hardware to be housed in the facility. The next phase of construction will include the pouring of concrete floors.

The project is a collaboration between Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts in partnership with the Commonwealth, EMC and Cisco. The facility will also allow for unprecedented collaboration among the universities to help support research on issues such as cyber security and climate change, as well as advance and showcase both the research and practice of energy efficient computing and green building design.

Meeting with the Governor at MIT today were Susan Hockfield, President, MIT; Joseph Aoun, President, Northeastern University; Robert Caret, President, University of Massachusetts; Jean Morrison, Provost, Boston University; Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President, Harvard University; Joe Tucci; Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, EMC Corporation; and Paul Bosco, Vice President, Market Development & Strategy at Cisco.

For more information about the MGHPCC, please visit www.mghpcc.org or www.InnovateHolyoke.com.

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