BLACK RIVER INNOVATION CAMPUS (BRIC)

SPRINGFIELD, VERMONT

Springfield was once the center of Vermont’s innovation economy. Today, like many rural places, Springfield has struggled to reinvent itself. Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) and the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) have partnered with other local, state, and national organizations to catalyze Springfield’s transformation to a digital economy with the launch of The Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC). Leveraging the fastest internet speeds in the country (10 gigabit), the BRIC’s aim is to educate and train people in digital skills, employ them in digital economy jobs, and empower them to launch the startups that will continue to drive Springfield’s digital economy.


We have raised $1 million to date.
BRIC’s activities are launching this fall.


WAYS TO GET INVOLVED TODAY

1. Connect with us — sign up to get involved

2. Share the website with friends, family and colleagues

3. Help us find an executive director! Read the Executive
Director job description
, forward to people you believe have
the experience to shepherd BRIC into its next phase. Or if you
think that person is you — apply today!

4. Contribute charitable dollars to close on the $250k we need to complete the predevelopment work and move towards financing the project by the end of the year.

 
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STATE OF THE ART DIGITAL LIVE/WORK SPACE

To employ digital workers in Springfield, co-work space will be provided for people who work remotely for technology companies based elsewhere. The Campus will recruit from around the region and offer specific training to fill employer needs. The Campus will offer ongoing support, including onsite coaching and mentorship, allowing individuals to work for a diverse set of companies. Compensation packages will include loft apartments and other amenities to create energy, community and density.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER

The entrepreneurship center will drive the creation of new technology businesses on the Campus. The center will provide resources —funding, mentorship, and training — to empower entrepreneurs, and anchor the businesses they launch in the region. Uniquely, the center will provide housing and funding for selected entrepreneurs to spend a full year bringing their start up to fruition. The startups will receive training, connections to other innovation resources from around the country including those at Dartmouth College, and mentorship and support from LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of Greylock Partners.  

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COMPUTER SCIENCE & DIGITAL TRAINING

The Springfield School District in partnership with other local organizations plans to implement a full-spectrum computer science, robotics, and computational thinking initiative for area children. It will include robotics club competitions, hackathons, mentorship, and internships, and will explore the intersection of technology and personal interests. This program will be inclusive for all Springfield area children, including those traditionally left out of digital economy opportunities. At the same time, CORI has partnered with PurposeLab and the Vermont Training Program to provide digital training to adults in areas of competency defined by our partner companies. 


PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

BRIC is a 501(c)3 organization that is sponsored by a diverse and deep cross-section of contributors. Over $1 million has been committed to date. Our proud supporters:

With special thanks for the generous individual financial support of:

Heather Frahm
Peter & Jane McLaughlin
Bob & Lisa Rivers
Greg Vaut


Interested in supporting the The Black River Innovation Campus (BRIC)?

Contact springfieldvt@ruralinnovation.us to learn more.

BRIC is a 501(c)3. All financial contributions are tax deductible.

THE PARK STREET SCHOOL REIMAGINED

Before Silicon Valley there was Precision Valley. Springfield was the center of innovation, the world’s leader in the machine tool industry. Back then, the community thrived because high skilled jobs with high salaries supported multiple generations of families. And we're rebuilding that foundation, brick by brick, supporting the next generation of Springfield-based innovators, makers, and doers. 

The next step in Springfield’s evolution is for BRIC to develop its future home for job creating entrepreneurial innovation — the historic Park Street School.

Downtown Loft Living

The second and third floors of the Park Street School will be transformed into modern loft living spaces for 20 people. 
Video preview above.

State of the Art Auditorium

The former auditorium will be refurbished into a concert, event, presentation and theatre space. Video preview above.