1. From the EDC

    1. Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives

      Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives

      Urban Agenda Grant Program builds on community-driven initiatives to create new economic opportunities for residents

      BOSTON, MA - February 12, 2018 - Today, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $500,000 to nine projects through the Urban Agenda Grant Program. The program seeks to unlock community-driven responses to local obstacles, and promote economic development opportunities through partnership-building, problem solving, and shared accountability in urban centers. The competitive awards offer flexible funding for local efforts that bring together community stakeholders to pursue economic development initiatives. These awards will fund projects in Boston, Clinton, Framingham, Greenfield, Holyoke, Lowell, New Bedford, Revere and Springfield. Funding will support ...

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    2. Bay State Business Link - Greentown Labs Event - February 15

      Bay State Business Link - Greentown Labs Event - February 15

      Last year, I was proud to join Dr. Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs, to announce that Greentown Labs Manufacturing Initiative would be opening an office in Springfield. By opening in Springfield, Greentown Labs is exemplifying the spirit of the Bay State Business Link. To support Greentown’s efforts in expanding the circle of prosperity beyond Greater Boston, the House provided $150,000 for a clean energy economic development grant program in Springfield.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. United Personnel Wins Inavero’s 2018 Best of Staffing Awards

      United Personnel Wins Inavero’s 2018 Best of Staffing Awards

      United Personnel announced it has won Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to clients and job seekers. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings by their clients and the employees they have helped find jobs. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.3 times more likely to be completely satisfied. Job seekers who work with winning agencies are 1.7 times more satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. Community Music School Receives Grant from MDRT Foundation

      Community Music School Receives Grant from MDRT Foundation

      The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to Community Music School of Springfield (CMSS) through its Quality of Life Grant Program in honor of Jeanmarie Deliso, CFP. Through its global grants programs, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award more than $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 200 charitable organizations worldwide. Representing the MDRT Foundation, Deliso will present this grant to Community Music School of Springfield on March 23 at its board meeting.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. Big Y plans to double size of Springfield distribution hub, add over 30 new jobs with $35 million investment in city

      Big Y plans to double size of Springfield distribution hub, add over 30 new jobs with $35 million investment in city

      Over the next 18 months, the family owned Big Y Foods Inc. will expand the distribution center at its Roosevelt Avenue headquarters with 232,000 square feet of additional space. Plans include an expansion in order to provide capacity for the next 20 years including 20 new supermarkets, Big Y said Friday. It's a $35-million to $40-million warehouse project that is expected to take 18 months and will result in 32 new jobs, according to a company news release. There are currently 92 employees working at the distribution center now and collectively they move 20 million cases of food ...

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    4. Chicopee to spend $2.89 million to demolish 5 more Uniroyal buildings

      Chicopee to spend $2.89 million to demolish 5 more Uniroyal buildings

      The city will remove five of the largest buildings on the Uniroyal property this year but at a higher cost than was originally expected. The City Council voted 13-0 to allocate $2.89 million to tear down the five largest remaining buildings on the Uniroyal campus after learning the cost of demolition skyrocketed due to deterioration of three attached buildings. "The cost has gun up unfortunately but it is a necessary expense," Councilor Joel McAuliffe said.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    5. Long-time Northampton state representative Peter Kocot dies at 61 | masslive.com

      Long-time Northampton state representative Peter Kocot dies at 61 | masslive.com

      Peter Kocot, a long-time state representative from Northampton, has died.  Kocot has served in the state Legislature since 2002 representing the 1st Hampshire District.  He was chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.  He was 61 years old.  Kocot had been ill.  House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, emailed state representatives Thursday afternoon to inform them that Kocot had passed away Thursday morning.  'Chairman Kocot was one of the most kind, decent and selfless individuals that I have had the pleasure to know,' DeLeo wrote.

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    6. Agawam considering tax breaks for targeted redevelopment zone near Big E | masslive.com

      Agawam considering tax breaks for targeted redevelopment zone near Big E | masslive.com

      The city is working on creating a District Improvement Financing zone, or DIF, around the former Games & Lanes property, a longtime eyesore and bulwark to revitalizing the Walnut Street Extension business district.  The formerly toxic Games & Lanes site has undergone extensive environmental remediation and the dilapidated building that long dominated the lot has been demolished, prompting city officials to declare the area primed for redevelopment.  DIFs channel dollars into targeted districts by offering tax breaks and other incentives for redevelopment.

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    7. Dress for Success, Thunderbirds Partner for Hockey ‘N Heels

      Dress for Success, Thunderbirds Partner for Hockey ‘N Heels

      Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts will host its second annual Hockey ‘N Heels night before the Springfield Thunderbirds game against the Utica Comets on Saturday, March 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Baystate Health and Health New England will sponsor “Pink in the Rink” as part of the game. Attendees are invited to put on their best heels and join a fun ladies’ night. A donation of $50 buys entrance to the pre-game reception, as well as admission to the Thunderbirds game, starting at 7:05 p.m. The $50 also includes ...

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    8. Development of vacant Chicopee industrial parks could get a boost with state grants

      Development of vacant Chicopee industrial parks could get a boost with state grants

      The Chicopee River Business Park always seemed to be the perfect spot for new industry since it is situated just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate-291 and has a number of "shovel ready" parcels complete with roads and water and sewer connections. But for nearly three decades and through good and bad economic times few businesses have ever shown interest in moving there. Now it seems the fortunes of the industrial park may finally be turning around.

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    9. Women in leadership speaker series offered by Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      Women in leadership speaker series offered by Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      The "Women in Leadership: Leadership in Your Future" speaker series by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will begin March 7 and include four events. "We recognize the importance of creating local and affordable professional opportunities to help people grow professionally and personally," said Christina Royal, president of Holyoke Community College, one of the speakers. She will be joined by Kathleen G. Anderson, Chamber president and president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation, Shannon M. Rudder, executive director of Providence Ministries Inc. and Tricia Canavan, president of United Personnel.

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    10. 'A dream come true': Springfield plans $12 million early education center aimed to serve...

      'A dream come true': Springfield plans $12 million early education center aimed to serve...

      Mary E. Walachy, executive director of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, said that $13.5 million has been raised in private funds for the center and its programs. That amount came from three donors -- two anonymous contributors and the Davis Foundation. The Davis Foundation was the lead partner in pushing for the new center that is tied to the nationwide Educare program.

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    Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives
    Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives From the EDC
    MASSMUTUAL ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION AND REINVESTMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS
    MASSMUTUAL ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION AND REINVESTMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS From the EDC
    Bay State Business Link - Greentown Labs Event - February 15
    Bay State Business Link - Greentown Labs Event - February 15 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
    “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
    Greentown/EDC Manufacturing Event - East is Coming Out West on June2
    Greentown/EDC Manufacturing Event - East is Coming Out West on June2 From the EDC
    United Personnel Wins Inavero’s 2018 Best of Staffing Awards
    United Personnel Wins Inavero’s 2018 Best of Staffing Awards BusinessWest
    Community Music School Receives Grant from MDRT Foundation
    Community Music School Receives Grant from MDRT Foundation BusinessWest
    Big Y plans to double size of Springfield distribution hub, add over 30 new jobs with $35 million investment in city
    Big Y plans to double size of Springfield distribution hub, add over 30 new jobs with $35 million investment in city masslive.com
    Chicopee to spend $2.89 million to demolish 5 more Uniroyal buildings
    Chicopee to spend $2.89 million to demolish 5 more Uniroyal buildings masslive.com
    Long-time Northampton state representative Peter Kocot dies at 61 | masslive.com
    Long-time Northampton state representative Peter Kocot dies at 61 | masslive.com masslive.com
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