Safran USA and Albany Engineered Composites partnered in the 1990s to create innovative aerospace products. In 2012, their partnership yielded a new type of fan blade for airplane engines. Constructed of composite materials, the blade promised greater cost- and fuel-efficiency for the airplanes used by many carriers. Safran and Albany needed to develop a manufacturing site and acquire a workforce of hundreds in a short period of time to meet the expected demand. Meanwhile, Rochester, New Hampshire was actively trying to improve economic development opportunities for its citizens following the relocation of several industrial companies, and recognized Safran and Albany’s need as an opportunity to increase jobs in the area. In partnership with Great Bay Community College, under the leadership of Will Arvelo, city officials proposed that the companies build their manufacturing site in a state industrial park. They likewise proposed that by training students of Great Bay Community College, they could provide a certified workforce. This cross-sector partnership resulted in a manufacturing site for the fan blades and an advanced education and work-training curriculum in aerospace technology. One and a half years later, in June 2013, the Advanced Technology and Academic Center (ATAC) of Great Bay Community College welcomed its first cohort of students.