TechPlace, Brunswick Landing’s Technology Accelerator, supports the business development needs of early stage companies in a shared workspace. TechPlace will give entrepreneurs a place to network with others, research and develop ideas, build prototypes, test products, assemble, grow, and become successful manufacturing and technology companies.
TechPlace Community to Include:
- Co-working office space
- Co-working manufacturing / prototype lab
- Private office / shop space
- Shared administrative equipment
- Shared administrative services
- VTC enabled conference room
- Access to support programs and networks
About the project The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) has established “Tech Place” a Science and Technology Business Incubator at Brunswick Landing: Maine’s Center for Innovation on the campus of the former Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) to prompt new small business development and job creation to replace the 4,800 jobs lost as result of the base closure. The incubator will support the business clusters of aerospace/aviation, composites/advanced materials, biotech/biomed, renewable energy and information services technologies.
To initiate this project, a matching federal grant of $1.5 million has been invested in former Navy Building 250 located at 74 Orion Street to meet Americans with Disabilities Act and Life Safety Code requirements and other infrastructure and building improvements to support the identified industry clusters, along with the start up cost of creating and marketing a science and advanced technology business incubator.
Funding of this project allows MRRA to build a new foundation for sustainable economic growth in Maine, building on the important and growing technology clusters that are developing at Brunswick Landing and in the State, particularly in the areas of aerospace research & development, composites technologies, energy, biotech/biomed and information services & technologies.
In our increasingly interconnected and globally competitive world economy, unleashing innovation is an essential component of economic development. The key to developing more jobs and more prosperity in Maine will be to create and deploy new products and processes. There is a significant need for entrepreneurial incubator space in the Midcoast region to support the business development needs of early stage businesses in these critical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.
Innovation is essential for creating new livable wage jobs in both the high-tech and traditional business sectors in Maine. In recent years, innovation has led to new jobs in high-tech and advanced manufacturing sectors as diverse as aerospace, nanotechnology, life sciences, and alternative energy. This investment in innovation in the Midcoast region will lead to a more productive and faster growing economy, with higher returns to workers and increases in living standards.