1. From the EDC

    1. Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Common Capital, Inc.

      Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Common Capital, Inc. are excited to bring a Speed Coaching event to Holyoke! The event will kick off with a networking reception at 6:00. During the reception you will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and sign up for the consulting stations that are most relevant to your business such as: 
      Marketing and E-Commerce 
      Packaging 
      Sales and Distribution 
      Business Financing 
      Legal Advice for Your Business

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    2. Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members

      Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members

      The Economic Development Council Western Mass/Springfield WORKS to Host Three Half-time (18 - 20 hrs/wk) Commonwealth Corps members to serve as Community Outreach Support Specialists providing community resident, leader and employer outreach and mentor recruitment. Through their service, members will increase access to a greater number of residents who are underemployed or unemployed, and community leaders and employers who are vital to sustained employment.

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    3. Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts

      Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts

      Please join us for a conversation on the status of education in Western Massachusetts.  The event will put a local focus on findings from the Rennie Center's Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report.  We'll discuss the latest data on the impact of early learning in Western Massachusetts and you'll hear from local educators and leaders about promising programs in the area.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Bloomberg Philanthropies names Holyoke national finalist for $1 million art grant

      Bloomberg Philanthropies names Holyoke national finalist for $1 million art grant

      Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday named the El Corazon de Holyoke (The Heart of Holyoke) and the city, along with 14 communities nationwide, as finalists for a Public Arts Challenge Grant. Holyoke competed with more than 200 applicants for the coveted grants of up to $1 million. Bloomberg Philanthropies will name three winners in the fall. The applications hail from communities with 30,000 or more residents.

       

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    2. PVTA gets boost in state budget, still plans service cuts

      PVTA gets boost in state budget, still plans service cuts

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority will get more money under the state budget passed Wednesday by the Legislature than it expected under the governor's budget proposal, but it might not be enough to stop planned service cuts. The Legislature's budget adds $455,605 in funding for the PVTA as compared with the last two budget cycles. Additional funding could come from the state Department of Transportation. But the gains could also be wiped out by Gov. Charlie Baker if he decides to veto portions of the budget.

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    3. Springfield officials celebrate opening of Holiday Inn Express in downtown (photos)

      Springfield officials celebrate opening of Holiday Inn Express in downtown (photos)

      City officials and other well-wishers gathered Wednesday at the new Holiday Inn Express on State Street, celebrating its recent opening which ended years of delays and anticipation. The 98-room hotel opened in April at the former Epiphany Tower, 145 State St., across the street from the MassMutual Center and a short distance from the MGM Springfield casino project.

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    4. Environmental bond bill could extend Western Massachusetts bike paths, fix water and sewer...

      Environmental bond bill could extend Western Massachusetts bike paths, fix water and sewer...

      Western Massachusetts could see an infusion of public dollars for capital projects under a $2 billion environmental bond bill passed by the state Senate last week. Wish-list amendments to the bill, successfully tacked on by the region's senators, include extending bike paths, upgrading water and sewer plants, fixing dams and reservoirs, cleaning up lakes and rivers, boosting outdoor recreation and improving urban parks.

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    5. Work Opportunity Center Receives Westfield Bank Foundation Grant

      Work Opportunity Center Inc. announced it is a recipient of a $5,000 grant donation from the Westfield Bank Foundation. The money will be put toward the purchase of a vehicle for the Community Based Day Services (CBDS) program. The CBDS program of supports enables individuals with developmental disabilities to enrich their life and enjoy a full range of community activities by providing opportunities for developing, enhancing, and maintaining competency in personal, social, and community activities.

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    6. United Financial Bancorp Announces Q2 Earnings

      United Financial Bancorp Inc., the holding company for United Bank, announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The company reported net income of $15.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to net income for the linked quarter of $15.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. The company reported net income of $16.2 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

       

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    7. Health New England president and CEO Maura McCaffrey steps down

      Health New England president and CEO Maura McCaffrey steps down

      Maura McCaffrey, president and CEO of Health New England, has resigned effective immediately, according to  message Tuesday from Dr. Mark A. Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, which owns Health New England. She's stepping down to focus on her health and be with her family, according to Keroack's message.  Health New England is a nonprofit health plan serving Western Massachusetts, Worcester County and members in Connecticut employed by Massachusetts companies.

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    8. Developer signs option agreement to preserve Mt. Tom land in Easthampton

      Developer signs option agreement to preserve Mt. Tom land in Easthampton

      If all goes as planned, nearly 24 acres on the northwestern flank of Mount Tom will be preserved as open space, with parking and access to hiking trails, rather than built as a subdivision called "Red Tail Drive." Developer Gary Campbell last week signed an option agreement with the Amherst-based Kestrel Land Trust, confirmed Mark Wamsley, the organization's conservation manager. He said Easthampton's Passcommuck Conservation Trust helped with funding, and that a pot of money is now being held in escrow.

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    9. Springfield City Council approves tax incentives for Willys-Overland downtown housing...

      Springfield City Council approves tax incentives for Willys-Overland downtown housing...

      The City Council approved tax incentives for the historic Willys-Overland property on Chestnut Street on Monday, providing property tax relief to the new owner to assist plans to convert the site to market-rate housing. The vote was 8-0 to approve the 10-year tax increment exemption agreement with Davenport Companies, under the name Chestnut Acquisitions LLC. Under the agreement, Davenport will have a total tax savings estimated at $310,000 over 10 years, according to the Assessors Department.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    10. PeoplesBank buys First National Bank of Suffield for $60M

      PeoplesBank buys First National Bank of Suffield for $60M

      PeoplesBancorp, parent of PeoplesBank, will buy First Suffield Financial, Inc., parent company of The First National Bank of Suffield, Connecticut, for $60 million. First Suffield Financial shareholders will receive $12,001.85 in cash per share, according to a news release. PeoplesBank is mutual bank and has 18 banking offices in Western Massachusetts and assets exceeding $2.4 billion.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
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  3. Picture Gallery

    Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members
    Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members From the EDC
    Love Bradley International Airport?
    Love Bradley International Airport? From the EDC
    Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts
    Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts From the EDC
    MassMutual decision adds to Springfield's 'momentum,' Western Massachusetts development official says
    MassMutual decision adds to Springfield's 'momentum,' Western Massachusetts development official says masslive.com
    MASSMUTUAL ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION AND REINVESTMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS
    MASSMUTUAL ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION AND REINVESTMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS From the EDC
    “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies”
    “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies” From the EDC
    House Speaker DeLeo: 'Why don't you look at Springfield?'
    House Speaker DeLeo: 'Why don't you look at Springfield?' masslive.com
    Bloomberg Philanthropies names Holyoke national finalist for $1 million art grant
    Bloomberg Philanthropies names Holyoke national finalist for $1 million art grant masslive.com
    PVTA gets boost in state budget, still plans service cuts
    PVTA gets boost in state budget, still plans service cuts masslive.com
    Springfield officials celebrate opening of Holiday Inn Express in downtown (photos)
    Springfield officials celebrate opening of Holiday Inn Express in downtown (photos) masslive.com
    Environmental bond bill could extend Western Massachusetts bike paths, fix water and sewer...
    Environmental bond bill could extend Western Massachusetts bike paths, fix water and sewer... masslive.com
    Health New England president and CEO Maura McCaffrey steps down
    Health New England president and CEO Maura McCaffrey steps down masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

    1. (9 articles) Paul C. Picknelly
    2. (7 articles) Carol A. Leary
    3. (5 articles) Kumble Subbaswamy
    4. (3 articles) Anthony S. Caprio
    5. (2 articles) John Heaps
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  3. Western Mass EDC Staff in the News

    1. (26 articles) Rick Sullivan
    2. (6 articles) Mary Kay Wydra
  4. Companies in the News

    1. (78 articles) MGM
    2. (48 articles) The Republican
    3. (41 articles) MassMutual
    4. (36 articles) MassMutual Center
    5. (35 articles) Baystate Health
    6. (27 articles) Peter Pan Bus Lines
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    1. (6 articles) Kathleen G. Anderson
    2. (6 articles) Timothy W. Brennan
    3. (4 articles) Nick Fyntrilakis
    4. (4 articles) Robert Bolduc
    5. (2 articles) Kevin E. Lynn
    6. (2 articles) Dr. Robert L. Pura
  6. Government Officials in the News

    1. (69 articles) Domenic J. Sarno
    2. (32 articles) Congressman Richard E. Neal
    3. (26 articles) Kevin Kennedy
    4. (13 articles) Governor Deval L. Patrick
    5. (12 articles) Alex Morse
    6. (8 articles) Joseph Wagner
  7. Organizations in the News

    1. (112 articles) University of Massachusetts
    2. (56 articles) Holyoke Community College
    3. (50 articles) Springfield Technical Community College
    4. (34 articles) Basketball Hall of Fame
    5. (32 articles) MassDevelopment
    6. (28 articles) Valley Venture Mentors
  8. Western Mass Cities in the News

    1. (688 articles) Springfield
    2. (239 articles) Holyoke
    3. (153 articles) Chicopee
    4. (146 articles) Westfield
    5. (136 articles) Amherst
    6. (114 articles) Northampton
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    1. This is a very exciting time for us.
      By Scott Goldman
    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