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. HCC president first speaker in Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series

      HCC president first speaker in Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series

      Holyoke Community College president Christina Royal will be the first featured speaker in a monthly Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series hosted this spring by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.  The four-part series kicks off March 7, with Royal’s talk, “Managing Up.”  All the events will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race St. The lunches will be prepared and served by students in the HCC Culinary Arts program.

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    2. Federal broadband solicitation could help rural unserved Massachusetts census tracts, says FCC | masslive.com

      Federal broadband solicitation could help rural unserved Massachusetts census tracts, says FCC | masslive.com

      The Federal Communication Commission says it will launch an auction on July 24 for private telecom firms to provide broadband to 13,000 rural premises in Massachusetts that still don't have high-speed internet service.  Dozens of state census blocks are eligible under the next phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund, which offsets provider costs of extending broadband service into rural areas, the FCC said in a press release.  The 'reverse auction' will provide opportunities for new entrants to the marketplace, regardless of technology, including phone companies, fixed wireless service providers, satellite providers, cable companies and electric utility ...

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    3. ‘Partners’ Becomes Public Health Institute of Western Mass.

      ‘Partners’ Becomes Public Health Institute of Western Mass.

      Partners for a Healthier Community recently initiates a rebrand, and is now known as the Public Health Institute of Western Mass., a name that officials say more accurately reflects what this agency has evolved into over the past 22 years and the critical role it plays within the region.  As she talked about a rebranding effort involving the agency now formerly known as Partners for a Healthier Community Inc. (PFHC), Jessica Collins said the project wasn’t initiated because the name chosen in 1996 didn’t convey what the nonprofit is or does. .

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    4. Springfield officials praise $3.5 million renovation project at Central Library slated for...

      Springfield officials praise $3.5 million renovation project at Central Library slated for...

      A $3.5 million renovation project at the Central Library on State Street is slated for completion by late summer, designed to preserve and enhance the historic building for generations of visitors. "We are really, really pleased," said Molly Fogarty, city library director. "The Central Library is an information and cultural resource for the entire city and is one of Springfield's most historically significant and heavily used public buildings." The project includes reconstruction of the front marble stairs, a new rear entrance including new granite stairs and handicap accessible ramp, and improvements to the roof and masonry, officials said.

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    5. 2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing

      2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing

      State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, chairman of the economic development committee, announced the awards of two Site Readiness Program grants. A total of $255,200 will go to Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation to develop the relatively new Air Park South and $70,000 will go to Westmass Area Development to help in master planning and marketing for Chicopee River Business Park. "The Site Readiness Program is designed to facilitate development at the local level by providing targeted resources for sites with great potential as these Chicopee projects," he said.

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    6. Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)

      Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)

      With a reputation as a hub for arts and culture, Berkshire County also boasts a rich history of manufacturing and technology. That's something local business leaders and officials are looking to highlight and build upon with the creation of the long-awaited Berkshire Innovation Center. The project, which has faced delays due to funding shortfalls since it was proposed nearly a decade ago, is expected to break ground in Pittsfield this year. Stephen Boyd, BIC president and chairman since 2014, said he hopes to open the 20,000-square-foot facility at William Stanley Business Park, part of General Electric's former ...

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    7. East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      Local workers will once again make Craftsman tools here in the Pioneer Valley. Stanley Black & Decker, which bought the Craftsman brand from ailing Sears in January 2017 for $775 million, will likely start making Craftsman-brand saw blades and other tools at the former Lenox American Saw plant in the second half of 2018, said spokesman Tim Perra.

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    8. Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower

      Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower

      The city is advertising for proposals for the redevelopment of two adjacent parcels on lower Worthington Street that 30 years ago was considered for the "Spire," a 32-story condominium tower nicknamed "Springfield's Space Needle." The site is now mostly vacant with just a lean-to structure and roof, and the city is particularly interested in uses that would be compatible with a downtown dining district, said Brian Connors, the city's deputy director of economic development.

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    9. New Projects Energize Palmer’s Neighborhoods

      New Projects Energize Palmer’s Neighborhoods

      In a neighborhood struggling to regain some momentum, any new development matters — no matter how humble. Literally, in the case of Humble Pie, a restaurant with a façade as nondescript as its name and a farm-to-table ethos that has quickly won over locals since opening in December on Main Street in the Three Rivers section of Palmer. “They’ve been getting excellent reviews, and people are literally standing in line,” said Town Planner and Economic Development Director Linda Leduc. “That’s good because it’s another catalyst to get other business owners and developers to invest in Main Street ...

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      Mentions: Palmer
    10. Bradley International Airport to Launch Non-stop Service to St. Louis

      Bradley International Airport to Launch Non-stop Service to St. Louis

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the debut of new daily, non-stop service between Bradley International Airport and St. Louis Lambert International Airport on Southwest Airlines. “I’ve long advocated that we need to utilize Bradley International Airport as an economic driver to boost growth in our region, and adding an additional direct flight to a major hub is another component toward increasing these efforts,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said. “As we add more airlines and increase the number of routes offered at our state’s premier airport, we are opening the door for increased economic opportunities for business travelers who ...

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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
    HCC president first speaker in Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series
    HCC president first speaker in Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series BusinessWest
    Federal broadband solicitation could help rural unserved Massachusetts census tracts, says FCC | masslive.com
    Federal broadband solicitation could help rural unserved Massachusetts census tracts, says FCC | masslive.com masslive.com
    ‘Partners’ Becomes Public Health Institute of Western Mass.
    ‘Partners’ Becomes Public Health Institute of Western Mass. BusinessWest
    Springfield officials praise $3.5 million renovation project at Central Library slated for...
    Springfield officials praise $3.5 million renovation project at Central Library slated for... masslive.com
    2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing
    2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing masslive.com
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