BRUNSWICK LANDING, Maine – The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority hosted a wall-breaking ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 4th at former Navy Building 250, the future home of TechPlace, Brunswick Landing’s Technology Accelerator.
Rep. Mike Michaud, Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais, State Sen. Stan Gerzofski, and Brunswick Town Council Chair Benet Pols were on hand to speak and take swings at a mock-up sheetrock wall. MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque also spoke and moderated the proceedings.
“It’s fitting that (TechPlace) will house the new generation of business technology and manufacturing,” Congressman Michaud said. “TechPlace will help ensure that the runways and roadways of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station are busy once again.”
“TechPlace will help improve Maine’s overall competitiveness,” Commissioner Gervais said. “It will enhance small business development and job creation by providing entrepreneurs a place to do research, build prototypes, and test products and do so all at a very cost-effective manner.”
About 60 folks, including several members of the press attended the event, which was held under a brilliant blue sky with bright sunshine and a warm breeze. Also present were representatives from many of MRRA’s TechPlace partners, which include the Economic Development Administration, the Town of Brunswick, Brunswick Development Corp., Coastal County Workforce, Inc., Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Southern Maine Community College, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Manufacturers Association of Maine, E2Tech, the Maine Composites Alliance, and the Maine Aviation Business Association, to name a few.