1. From the EDC

    1. Forum on Impact of Poverty in the Pioneer Valley and Recent Report on Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity

      Forum on Impact of Poverty in the Pioneer Valley and Recent Report on Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity

       Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) will host an economic opportunity forum to review and discuss the findings from a new report on poverty written by MassBudget called “Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward Together.”  MASSCAP, Community Action of Pioneer Valley (CAPV), Springfield Partners for Community Action (SPCA), and Valley Opportunity council (VOC) will be co-sponsoring the event, where the results of the poverty study and the way forward will be highlighted by a panel discussion. 

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station

      Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station

      CTrail will have one additional Hartford Line train -- on weekends and on weekdays -- serving Springfield Union Station starting Monday, according to timetables released by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The new train arrives in Springfield at 9:47 a.m., having left New Haven at 8:15 a.m. It departs Springfield at 10:40 a.m. and arrives in New Haven at 12:12 p.m.  On weekends, it arrives in Springfield at 10:58 a.m., having left New Haven at 9:25 a.m. It leaves Springfield at 11:30 a.m. and arrives in New Haven ...

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    2. Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event

      Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event

      Mercy Medical Center's Spirit of Women network, which provides educational opportunities for women to learn about their health, is gearing up to present "Sparkle! Springfield" on Wednesday night. "At Mercy Medical Center, we strive to be a valuable health resource to our community," said Mark Fulco, president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates.  "Sparkle! is the premiere event for Mercy's Spirit of Women network, where the emphasis is on women and their personal health and wellness."

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    3. Westover Air Reserve Base economic impact dips slightly | masslive.com

      Westover Air Reserve Base economic impact dips slightly | masslive.com

      The 439th Airlift Wing at Westover Air Reserve Base added nearly $194.5 million to the local economy in the 2018 budget year, the base said Tuesday.  That includes a payroll of nearly $120 million in 2018 and $13.1 million in construction funding.  What it doesn't include is the economic impact of the 2018 Great New England Air and Space Show, according to the release. The air show generates $11.6 million in local spending, according to a 2015 UMass study.

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    4. UMass Amherst agricultural school launches student run vineyard

      UMass Amherst agricultural school launches student run vineyard

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst has launched a new vineyard that will allow students to gain first hand experience in growing and maintaining wine and table grapes, according to a statement from the school.  It will be a part of the UMass Stockbridge School program, which is devoted to agricultural education.  Created for the purpose of giving students hands-on viticulture experience, the vineyard will be located at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center on the former Wysocki Farmin Amherst.

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    5. 'Have a seat': Pvta, Aarp unveil bus stop benches across Springfield

      'Have a seat': Pvta, Aarp unveil bus stop benches across Springfield

      With funding from an AARP grant meant to improve public spaces for those of all ages, city and Pioneer Valley Transit Authority officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on a dozen new bus stop benches scattered around Springfield. "So come over and have a seat," Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said by way of an invitation following a photo opportunity in Court Square.

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    6. People in Business: Berdie Thompson joins JA of Western Massachusetts

      People in Business: Berdie Thompson joins JA of Western Massachusetts

      Berdie Thompson recently joined the staff of Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts as the Development Director. Before joining Junior Achievement of Western MA as development Director. Berdie served as the Charitable Gifts and Events Coordinator for Chicopee Savings Bank Foundation for 10 years. In addition, she has six years of fundraising experience and six years of office management in the non-profit sector and a solid track record of meeting and exceeding fundraising goals. She brings with her knowledge about fundraising from both sides of the table. Prior to her involvement in non-profits, Berdie was in the banking industry for fifteen ...

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    7. Environmental report on proposed Westfield industrial park finds no impact to aquifer

      Environmental report on proposed Westfield industrial park finds no impact to aquifer

       A draft environmental impact report says the proposed Westfield Turnpike Industrial Park is not detrimental to city water, a main concern of project opponents. The 265-page report states that the project "will not impact aquifers used for potable water, such as the Barnes Aquifer." In accordance with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, the report provides additional information and analysis about the proposed project. An Environmental Notification Form was completed in the spring, followed by comments from the public that are addressed in the report.

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    8. Downtown Westfield looks to capitalize on rail trail

      Downtown Westfield looks to capitalize on rail trail

      Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail Chairman Joseph Giffune and Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce Director Kate Phelon invited the Westfield City Council to join them in learning how other cities have capitalized on their downtown rail trails. "The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce is excited about being pro-active in learning and sharing any information with our downtown businesses and city leaders as to the economic impact our Columbia Greenway Rail Trail will have," Phelon said. "I think it is imperative for our businesses and the city to be proactive and not reactive to the number of users that ...

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    9. Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to host first Holiday Bazaar

      Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce to host first Holiday Bazaar

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce will host its first Holiday Bazaar Nov. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St. Jessica Roncarati-Howe, chamber president, said the 325-member organization has traditionally done an auction and tasting as its fall benefit. It decided to do a bazaar this year as a new approach to raising funds for the educational programs and community events it hosts as well as bringing people into downtown.  "We have just started to promote ticket sales, but we have had a great response from vendors and for prizes to raffle ...

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    William C. Sullivan Regional Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
    William C. Sullivan Regional Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening From the EDC
    EDC Supports a NO Vote on Question #1
    EDC Supports a NO Vote on Question #1 From the EDC
    Forum on Impact of Poverty in the Pioneer Valley and Recent Report on Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity
    Forum on Impact of Poverty in the Pioneer Valley and Recent Report on Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity From the EDC
    MEDIA ADVISORY
    MEDIA ADVISORY From the EDC
    UMass water technology lab could spur new developments
    UMass water technology lab could spur new developments masslive.com
    MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand
    MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand masslive.com
    Pre-opening VIP party underway as MGM Springfield poised to launch $960 million casino resort
    Pre-opening VIP party underway as MGM Springfield poised to launch $960 million casino resort masslive.com
    MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information
    MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information MGM Springfield
    Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station
    Hartford Line adds trains to Springfield Union Station masslive.com
    Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event
    Mercy Medical Center to host 'Sparkle! Springfield,' women's health event masslive.com
    Longmeadow Big Y reopens after renovations, expansion
    Longmeadow Big Y reopens after renovations, expansion masslive.com
    Westover Air Reserve Base economic impact dips slightly | masslive.com
    Westover Air Reserve Base economic impact dips slightly | masslive.com masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

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    2. Western Massachusetts' ranges and landscapes are a treasured resource. Hampshire's partnership with local and state organizations will help conserve these vistas and habitats for future generations.
      By Jonathan Lash
    3. Hampshire College is leading the way to show how educational institutions can protect and care for their land as part of a commitment to environmental sustainability, not only on their core campus but in natural areas that are critical to the entire Pioneer Valley.
      By Kristin DeBoer