Lorain County is once again making its mark on the high-tech map. And it’s doing it in a really big way.

With the opening of Lorain County Community College’s new SMART Center for Commercialization, Lorain County is poised to become a national leader in Microelectro Mechanical Systems (MEMs) chips packaging. If that seems like a lot to decipher, that’s because it is. For the non-scientists among us, it means in-demand, high-tech devices used around the world will be developed and tested right here in our backyard. MEMs sensor technology is used in airbags and Wii game controls, for example. It’s also important in the medical world.

Besides being really cool, the center has the potential to drive economic growth by attracting companies that want to tap its development potential. That’s language we can all understand. This issue of puLse Lorain County’s Magazine explores the new center — a place that will be one of only a few of its kind in the country and the only one in Ohio.

We’re also looking forward to the second-annual Best of Lorain County event in June, when we’ll honor the top restaurants, shops, attractions and people. Look for the ballot on page 17 or go online to pulselorainmag.com and nominate your favorites. This is your chance to acknowledge the places that make our communities special, so let your voice be heard. Then watch for the next issue in which we’ll name our finalists.