Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Microsoft Expands Presence in Cambridge

Microsoft's plan to expand its formidable research and development footprint in Massachusetts is a huge boost to our tech community and the state's economy. Since the company's Northeast Research and Development Center opened, it has become a central gathering place for the Commonwealth's technology ecosystem hosting events and driving initiatives in multiple sectors ranging from mobile to social media to robotics.

Microsoft's commitment to expansion in our community will add jobs to the local economy, while also adding to the region's cache thus helping to attract and retain entrepreneurs and innovators, who themselves are creating new companies and new jobs for the Greater Boston area. I am pleased to share with you some thoughts about the expansion from Gus Weber, Business Development and Community Relations Manager, Microsoft.

It's All About the Community!
When I'm asked what is so special about being a technologist in Boston -- my answer is always simple: It's the community. But more than that, it's the way that the community comes together, often fostered by a fantastic champion. Here in Boston, we're lucky that the Mass Technology Leadership Council, with its deep roots in the industry is that ardent champion. The work that MassTLC has done to increase the visibility of the industry locally and nationally, to inspire young entrepreneurs, to provide a forum with our elected officials, and to create opportunities for the industry to collaborate are key reasons why the greater Boston tech community is one of the most vibrant in the country, and in turn a big reason why Microsoft has laid down roots in Kendall Square.

It's an honor to have the opportunity to partner with an organization as tireless as MassTLC. Our partnership with them goes back many years (and through many renditions of the council), and as we look ahead to next year -- we're excited to see so many new opportunities to do more for the community. A core part of our mission at NERD is to be a great supporter and enabler of the tech ecosystem in Boston -- and we're proud of the work we have done with MassTLC and the community since we first opened our doors two years ago!

Today, we're thrilled to announce that we are expanding NERD and further deepening our community roots. We are leasing and renovating 113,000 sq. ft. of office space at One Cambridge Center in the heart of Kendall Square in order to accommodate our growing R&D presence. This expansion represents our continued commitment to and investment in the greater Boston technology ecosystem. You can learn more about our expansion by visiting our NERD blog.

We're excited about continuing our mission to enable the technology ecosystem in Boston and to work with great partners, like MassTLC. Hopefully we'll see you at an upcoming MassTLC Tech Tuesday event at NERD, or at one of the many other great tech events in the community.

Contributed by Gus Weber, Business Development and Community Relations Manager, Microsoft

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