1. The EDC Facilitates Collaboration Between Western Mass and International Firms

    The EDC has established relationships with companies that assist international firms that want to enter the U.S. market. Two of them are involved in an upcoming trade mission of ten companies from a French IT cluster, which arrives in Boston next month. The EDC is one of the partners that will host the welcoming reception. We are inviting regional IT companies and our economic development partners to meet the French firms and cluster officials. The EDC has also been asked to recommend western Mass companies for matchmaking opportunities with the French firms. This mission precedes a subsequent mission from a related French IT cluster in September. The second cluster has a specific focus on high performance computing, so we will be connecting the companies from this cluster to the partners in the Green High Performance Computing Center project planned for Holyoke.

    While the EDC retains a mid-term goal of recruiting some of these firms to western Mass when they decide to locate a facility in the U.S., we are addressing a more immediate goal of connecting our companies to international opportunities previously available exclusively to companies in Boston and Cambridge. If you are interested in being involved with either of these cluster opportunities or if you want more information about our initiatives in this regard, please contact Mike Graney @ 413-755-1300 or m.graney@westernmassedc.com

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