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Computing Center Construction Completed

A state of the art energy efficient high performance computing center is going on line in Holyoke Massachusetts.    WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

A formal ribbon cutting ceremony with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is set for Friday afternoon.   Partners in the $165  million dollar project include the state, the University of Massachusetts, Harvard, MIT and high tech companies EMC and Cisco.  At a topping off ceremony, a year ago, Gov Patrick predicted the computing center would bring the state’s renowned innovation economy to economically struggling Holyoke.

Holyoke was chosen as the site for the computing center because  of the availability of  inexpensive hydropower, and water from industrial canals to help cool the facility.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.