History and General Information
Nestled in the Pioneer Valley Springfield Technology Park is a unique combination of technology, education, entrepreneurship and history. Springfield Technology Park provides attractive lease space.
Established in 1996 with funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, STCC Assistance Corporation, began to own and operate the Park overseen by a board of directors. The facility layout is flexible and facilities management is knowledgeable regarding telecom industry needs and expectations. Technology Park is the premier complex in Western Massachusetts for companies seeking a "totally smart" environment in which to locate their operations. The historic buildings are attractively renovated. Additionally, tenant companies have invested in excess of $300 million in equipment and technology, including fiber, telecommunications networks and switching equipment in the park.
Springfield Technology Park has played an important role in technology transfer in the Northeast since the Springfield Armory was founded in 1794 as the nation's first arsenal, and became a continual source of technological innovation. Springfield Armory was the source of the famed Springfield Rifle as well as the M1 Garand Rifle. Started at the Armory the manufacturing innovation of interchangeable parts, led to mass production and technological advances throughout the Connecticut River valley and the nation. When the Armory closed in 1968, the Federal Square site was used for light manufacturing by a Milton Bradley, General Electric, and lastly Digital Equipment Corporation. The Armory Square site across the street became the campus of Springfield Technical Community College. With Federal Square transformed into the Springfield Technology Park, the two main segments of the historic Springfield Armory are reunited, and are making a new connection to the future.
Springfield Technology Park is a place where calculated risks are welcome, innovation an asset and where academic assistance is literally next door. It is a place that welcomes, educates and trains the city’s next workforce and is very much a part of an exciting, changing neighborhood. It is also a place where businesses – from the community and beyond – can come to grow, taking advantage of the programs and expertise located within the Scibelli Enterprise Center. In short, there is no place quite like it in the City: It is here that one can see the legacy of Springfield’s economic past evolving into Springfield’s future. An Economic Impact Report on the contributions of Springfield Technology Park to the economy of the region was prepared by the Center for Economic Development at the University of Massachusetts in consultation with Mullin Associates Incorporated, and released in March 2003, update in December 2009.