Holyoke Innovation Week April 22nd-29th Text Size

The Holyoke Innovation District Task Force is celebrating the fifth full year of joint work in the community by launching and inviting everyone from the city and beyond to Holyoke Innovation Week. The week will feature events led by multiple Holyoke organizations doing business and providing services in the Holyoke Innovation District from April 22-29, 2018.


“It’s so gratifying to see the increased vibrancy at the heart of the City, and in the middle of all that buzz is the will and determination of the Innovation District’s tenant businesses and organizations, who democratize innovation every day through their goals and work,” said Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. 


“The Week will feature more than 15 community events and workshops that highlight Center City Holyoke’s creative people and places, providing residents and visitors the opportunity to experience the exciting and transformative activities underway,” said Marcos Marrero, the City’s Director of Planning & Economic Development, who also co-chairs the Innovation District Task Force.


This year’s Holyoke Innovation Week, the first-ever celebrated, will highlight the work of businesses, organizations and local stakeholders in the City’s Innovation District. Over the past five years, these organizations have worked to start, increase or make more visible their economic activity. Their efforts have led to new business ventures, job creation, filling of vacant space, and a resurgence of downtown’s vibrancy.


The week will feature a kick-off party at the Depot Square Train Station, dubbed “Mercado on Main Street,” on April 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Other events include:

  • A discussion with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • An event with Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash to celebrate a Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) investment in the Holyoke TDI District

  • Behind-the-scenes experiences at Holyoke Community College’s Culinary Arts Institute and the Holyoke Dam

  • Workshops, cultural events, open houses and announcements about innovative projects throughout the district


“This is a celebration for the District, truly led by the District itself,” said Insiyah Bergeron, Innovation District Manager and MassDevelopment TDI Fellow assigned to Holyoke. “The community’s excitement to lead and collaborate has been very impressive. I invite everyone to come and join in the festivities.”


The Holyoke Innovation District was created to leverage the state’s investment in the Massachusetts High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) to catalyze more innovation-based economic development in Center City Holyoke. As part of this effort, Mass Tech Collaborative assembled the Innovation District Task Force, a group that consists of local and regional stakeholders in economic development, planning, education, and workforce development.  Building on this work, MassDevelopment named Holyoke a Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) District in 2015, a designation to further catalyze development and activity. Over the years, the task force has assisted in the development of a variety of groundbreaking projects, including the new train station and restoring train service to Holyoke, and locating the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute in downtown Holyoke. These projects have brought multiple agencies together to create a physical and intellectual landscape that facilitates innovation.


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