Springfield’s got its share of problems, but it also has a powerful jobs magnet that few other communities enjoy: 10-gigabyte internet speed. It’s the basis for a tech incubator proposed by former senator and gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne and local development official Bob Flint.
“Scott praised the Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC), a tech-business incubator at the Park Street School, which Bob Flint, president of SRDC, and former gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne first shared as an idea at the SRDC’s 2017 annual meeting.
By leveraging Springfield’s 10-gigabyte internet speed, one of the fastest in the country, BRIC aims to cultivate a digital economy in the region. The non-profit business provides business support, coding and computer education and community space to facilitate tech-based entrepreneurs and opportunities for tech workers to relocate to Springfield. Scott, along with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch, toured the campus in August when BRIC’s business incubator received a $235,000 economic development grant through the Northern Border Regional Commission."