1. From the EDC

    1. Amherst BID hires Gabrielle Gould as new executive director

      Amherst BID hires Gabrielle Gould as new executive director

      A longtime Nantucket resident with extensive experience in starting businesses and fundraising is the new executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District. Gabrielle Gould, who moved with her family to Amherst in January after 20 years on the island, will assume the leadership role on Monday. Gould replaces Sarah la Cour, who stepped down in May after six years at the helm as the BID’s second executive director. Gould said she is prepared to work with downtown businesses and get ready for the annual Celebrate Amherst block party, which will be held Sept. 19. “My specific goals over ...

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    2. The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members

      The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members

      The Economic Development Council Western Mass/Springfield WORKS to host two full-time Commonwealth Corps service minded interns to serve as Community Alignment Specialists for the Springfield WORKS Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Working Cities Challenge initiative.  The Commonwealth Corps Community Alignment Specialists will build and align partnerships to promote two generation and whole family approach to jobs with residents, employers, education institutions, City and community leaders.  

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Holyoke Medical Center Opens New Service Location

      Holyoke Medical Center Opens New Service Location

      Holyoke Medical Center announced the opening of a new service location at 5 Hospital Dr., which will include the HMC Pulmonology Center, thoracic surgeons, the Lung Cancer Screening Program, and a new Pulmonary Function Testing Lab. The location opened Sept. 9. An open house has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. “Over the past six months, we have welcomed three new pulmonology physicians and have renovated the 5 Hospital Drive location to better meet the needs of our pulmonary patients. Bringing the services of pulmonology, thoracic, lung-cancer screening, and pulmonary functions tests together in ...

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    2. Women’s Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley to Present Awards on Oct. 24

      Women’s Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley to Present Awards on Oct. 24

      The Women’s Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley (WBOA) will hold its 2019 Business Woman of the Year Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Delaney House in Holyoke. Patricia Banas, owner and president of Latka Printing in Westfield, will be named the 2019 Business Woman of the Year, an honor given to a member who has contributed to WBOA in a significant way and is a role model who inspires other women to be successful.

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    3. Springfield gets $1.1 million grant to hire 8 new firefighters - masslive.com

      Springfield gets $1.1 million grant to hire 8 new firefighters - masslive.com

      The city will use a $1.1 million grant to hire eight new firefighters, allowing the Springfield Fire Department to add two firefighters to each shift.  Officials announced the $1,138,310 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Raymond M. Sullivan Public Safety Complex on Carew Street Tuesday. The grant is awarded over a three-year period under the SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response) program, local officials said.

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    4. Springfield Cultural Compact’s ‘Thank an Artist’ set for Saturday at MGM Springfield - masslive.com

      Springfield Cultural Compact’s ‘Thank an Artist’ set for Saturday at MGM Springfield - masslive.com

      The Springfield Cultural Compact is proud of the rich and diverse Springfield creative community, so to say thank you, it’s sponsoring a Thank an Artist event this weekend. “We want to recognize and showcase the work of all Springfield artists and create deep and lasting connections among Springfield’s creative community,” said Karen M. Finn, executive director of the Springfield Cultural Partnership.

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    5. Amazon delivery contractor lays off hundreds in Massachusetts, Connecticut, state documents say

      Amazon delivery contractor lays off hundreds in Massachusetts, Connecticut, state documents say

      A delivery service is ending its contract with Amazon and laying off 201 drivers in Massachusetts and another 74 who work out of Bristol, Connecticut. Urban Mobility Now, with offices in Boston and Bristol, told departments of labor in both states last week that the layoffs will be effective Oct. 9, according to documents made public under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The Massachusetts layoffs are in Chelsea, Dedham and Milford, according to WARN notices filed Sept. 12 with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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    6. History lesson: Massachusetts must not retreat from education reforms that drove student achievement (Guest viewpoint) - masslive.com

      History lesson: Massachusetts must not retreat from education reforms that drove student achievement (Guest viewpoint) - masslive.com

      If there’s one lesson we can take from the current debate about updating the Commonwealth’s public education funding formula, it’s the importance of understanding history. For over a decade, as memories of the success of Massachusetts’ 1993 Education Reform Act have receded, state policy makers have increasingly made decisions that reveal lack of awareness of what made it so successful. We must stem that tide if we are to get state education aid right.

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    7. Consumer Demand Is High in Home Improvement — but Skilled Labor Is Elusive

      Consumer Demand Is High in Home Improvement — but Skilled Labor Is Elusive

      With home-improvement demand surging in 2019, contractors say they can pick and choose from available jobs, which isn’t always ideal for consumers, who often have trouble finding a professional who can fit them in. In realty, most contractors would love to take on more jobs — but can’t because it’s not easy to find talent, especially young talent with the potential to grow with a company over the long term.

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    8. Valley Solar Shines a Light on Benefits of Solar Panels

      Valley Solar Shines a Light on Benefits of Solar Panels

      With green-energy usage in homes rapidly increasing, there is no shortage of competition in the solar field. Home and business owners are looking for ways to save money and protect the environment, and with 211 solar installers in the state of Massachusetts, there are plenty of options. This makes standing out even more important for companies like Valley Solar, which installs solar panels for families and businesses alike.

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    9. Sen. Eric Lesser Calls for East-West Rail at Western Mass. Transportation Forum

      Sen. Eric Lesser Calls for East-West Rail at Western Mass. Transportation Forum

      State Sen. Eric Lesser said the biggest step toward unlocking the vast economic potential of Western Mass. is solving the region’s transportation crisis. In a keynote address Friday at the Food Bank of Western Mass. Transportation Forum, the senator outlined a modern transportation network that would finally connect Springfield and its surrounding areas to Boston. “In many ways, Western Mass. has an inverse challenge from Metro Boston. We have a fantastic quality of life; we have a lot to offer,” Lesser said. “Imagine if we had a one-seat ride — 80 minutes — from Springfield’s Union Station to Boston’s ...

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    10. Family Business Center Announces Two Events This Week - BusinessWest

      Family Business Center Announces Two Events This Week - BusinessWest

      The Family Business Center’s (FBC) dinner forum on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke will address three issues that are critical to every business. The presenters are strategic partners of the FBC, including Ross Giombetti discussing “How to Not Go Off Track with Onboarding,” Lauren Ostberg of Bulkley Richardson on “Cybersecurity Is More Than Virus-protection Software,” and Tim Murphy of Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. on “Your Employee Handbook: Is It a Ticking Time Bomb?”

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    Aer Lingus Off Season Sale
    Aer Lingus Off Season Sale From the EDC
    Amherst BID hires Gabrielle Gould as new executive director
    Amherst BID hires Gabrielle Gould as new executive director From the EDC
    Manufacturing association to host event at STCC with Congressman Neal
    Manufacturing association to host event at STCC with Congressman Neal From the EDC
    The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members
    The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members From the EDC
    The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint
    The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint 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
    Holyoke Medical Center Opens New Service Location
    Holyoke Medical Center Opens New Service Location BusinessWest
    Women’s Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley to Present Awards on Oct. 24
    Women’s Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley to Present Awards on Oct. 24 BusinessWest
    Springfield gets $1.1 million grant to hire 8 new firefighters - masslive.com
    Springfield gets $1.1 million grant to hire 8 new firefighters - masslive.com masslive.com
    Springfield Cultural Compact’s ‘Thank an Artist’ set for Saturday at MGM Springfield - masslive.com
    Springfield Cultural Compact’s ‘Thank an Artist’ set for Saturday at MGM Springfield - masslive.com masslive.com
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