IBM established its first office in Massachusetts in 1914. Since that time, IBM has been a key economic contributor to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2010, IBM received a Gold award from MassEcon for its economic contributions to the Central Massachusetts region. The IBM Innovation Center in Waltham is the heart of IBM's collaboration with the Massachusetts ecosystem. Through the Innovation Center, IBM is partnering with more than 100 Venture Capital backed, small technology companies in Massachusetts and 1,600+ business partners in New England. IBM also has a Research Lab in Cambridge, and its largest software development Lab in North America -- the IBM Mass Lab -- is a campus in the towns of Littleton and Westford. At the IBM Mass Lab, IBM is creating software that manages some of the world's most complex process and infrastructure problems such as modernizing and automating the world's physical infrastructures -- from railroads, water management, food traceability and healthcare modernization. Much of the demand for software is being created by the need to automate and modernize virtually every system today such as electronic medical records, fraud detection and energy management through smart grids. The IBM Mass Lab is also developing software for the new era of enterprise mobile computing fostering more effective collaboration and integration to support an increasingly mobile workforce.