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The City of Holyoke’s economic development efforts have been featured in this summer’s edition of CommonWealth magazine. The feature, titled Booting Upshowcases the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) as a great step forward in revitalizing Holyoke’s city center. MGHPCC is a $90 million joint supercomputing center operated by five of the Commonwealth’s most renowned research institutions: Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts. Holyoke’s inexpensive power, vacant industrial infrastructure and the Pioneer Valley’s availability of college graduates helped draw MGHPCC and is paving the way for more businesses to settle in the city. 

The feature also commends Holyoke’s police force and its “Take Back Our Streets” campaign designed to crack down on crime across the city and provide a clean slate for development. In 2012, for the first time in more than a century, Holyoke went the entire year without a murder.

These economic development projects and improvements in city services bring a positive outlook for the City of Holyoke. Although MGHPCC is a project that can potentially anchor economic development in Holyoke, there are other initiatives at work throughout Holyoke:

  • The restoration of passenger rail and a new train station on Dwight Street
  • $14.5 million in renovations to the Holyoke Public Library
  • Rehabilitation of Old Holyoke Catholic School into over 50 units of market-rate housing
  • Canalwalk Phase II on the second level canal between Appleton and Dwight Streets.

For more information on current projects please visit Holyoke Redevelopment Authority.



Posted on July 17, 2013 by