Governor Jane Swift joined state, local and university officials on November 14 for the grand opening of the new 60,000-square foot Advanced
Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC) at the former Kerr Mill in Fall River. The state-of-the-art facility will spur economic investment and lead
to the creation of 120 jobs in the region.
This cutting edge technology center has risen from the embers of a devastating fire to become a symbol of progress and economic hope for families living in Fall River, said Swift, during a day-long tour of Southeastern Massachusetts as part of her Administration's Cabinet Day.The ATMC will not simply create jobs, it will generate the intellectual capital that fuels emerging companies and spawns new technologies that are the hallmark of the Massachusetts economy.Swift cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the official opening of the ATMC, the anchor for the redevelopment of the 33-acre former mill site. MassDevelopment, the state's quasi-public economic development agency,
managed and financed the 14-month construction of the ATMC, and owns the building and future 200,000 square foot Research & Technology Park, expected to create 600 new jobs, including the ATMC. Parcels adjacent to the center are now ready for development.
UMass Dartmouth will occupy 50 percent of the ATMC, while the remaining space will be leased to private companies conducting research, development and engineering. Companies will tap into applied research and technology transfer from UMass faculty and students to increase productivity and help grow their businesses.The University of Massachusetts and the region's business and political leadership saw this as the right opportunity at the right time and in the right place to build the kind of R&D facility this region needs, said UMass Trustee Robert S. Karam 67, 91. The ATMC engages the intellectual resources of UMass Dartmouth faculty and students with the important task of solving the challenges of today's industries and developing the technologies of tomorrow, said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. Students who work alongside their faculty in this exciting facility in partnership programs with industry will be exceptionally well-prepared.