1. From the EDC

    1. 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. AMHERST AREA CHAMBER TO HOLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PANEL & RECEPTION

      AMHERST AREA CHAMBER TO HOLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PANEL & RECEPTION

      The Amherst Area Chamber presents its first Economic Development Panel discussion on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 4-6PM at The Old Chapel at UMass Amherst. The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Bobrowski and Vickery, LLC and the University of Massachusetts Amherst and to make this event possible.

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    3. Governor Baker to Brief Business Leaders on June 11, 2019

      Governor Baker to Brief Business Leaders  on June 11, 2019

      Springfield Business Leaders to Host Education Briefing with Governor Baker. I’d like to invite you to join Springfield Business Leaders for Education for a session with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. on the Center Court of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame where he will discuss public education and pending legislation on school finance reform with area business leaders.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Hot Oven Cookies plans Agawam expansion; eyes Northampton, Westfield and additional Springfield shop

      Hot Oven Cookies plans Agawam expansion; eyes Northampton, Westfield and additional Springfield shop

      Sheila Coon and her Hot Oven Cookies have made enough dough to fund making more dough. Coon's cookie-fueled expansion plan that will see Hot Oven Cookies open a manufacturing and production hub in Agawam in a former pizzeria at 369 Walnut St., probably in September that will work in tandem with a bakery Coon and her husband, David Coon, opened last year at 1597 Main St., in Springfield's historic Worthington Building at the SilverBrick Lofts complex.

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    2. Agawam High School, Atlantis Charter School, Brockton High School and Burlington High School to launch ‘Innovation Pathways’ job training programs

      Agawam High School, Atlantis Charter School, Brockton High School and Burlington High School to launch ‘Innovation Pathways’ job training programs

      Students at Agawam High School and three other Massachusetts schools will have the opportunity to get a head start on their career plans with the launch of Innovation Pathways programs that offer job training in fields from information technology to advanced manufacturing. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced the award designations Friday, bringing the state’s number of schools offering the programs to 25.

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    3. Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture in Westfield has new owner, $1M redevelopment planned

      Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture in Westfield has new owner, $1M redevelopment planned

      The new owners of the old Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture buildings on Elm Street in the heart of the city’s downtown business district plan to begin $1 million worth of renovations in as little as two weeks. "We want to clean the thing up immediately," said Eugene J. Borowski Jr. "Structurally the building is in great shape." Borowski, owner Beyond Builders, heads a group of investors who bought the buildings at 81-83 Elm St. and at 87-89 Elm St. for $275,000, according to a deed filed Monday at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds.

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    4. Bradley Begins Construction on New Ground Transportation Center - BusinessWest

      Gov. Ned Lamont, state leaders, Connecticut Airport Authority officials, and project stakeholders held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site of Bradley International Airport’s new Ground Transportation Center on July 18. “Undoubtedly, Bradley International Airport is rapidly rising in popularity and ridership, with more airlines and routes being added regularly,” Lamont said. “More and more people throughout New England are recognizing the multiple benefits this airport provides — a convenient, centralized location and growing amenities that make travel easier.

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    5. WGBY changing its over-the-air frequencies on Monday - masslive.com

      WGBY changing its over-the-air frequencies on Monday - masslive.com

      Public television station WGBY will be changing its frequencies on Monday.  Over-the-air antenna users must rescan their TVs on or after Monday or they will lose the local PBS signal. Cable and satellite viewers are not affected.  Approximately 1,000 television stations across the country will experience frequency changes between now and July 2020 because of a FCC plan designed to make room on the airways for new 5G and other mobile broadband services.

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    6. Springfield eyes creating 2 historic districts around Innovation Center, ‘unusual’ house (photos) - masslive.com

      Springfield eyes creating 2 historic districts around Innovation Center, ‘unusual’ house (photos) - masslive.com

      The city is considering the creation of two local historic districts downtown, aimed at preserving the home of the Springfield Innovation center on Bridge Street and a deteriorated, “unusual” house at 60 Byers St.  Both the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Springfield Historical Commission have approved the proposed districts in recent months, and the City Council added its first-step approval on Monday night. Final approval from the council is pending at a future meeting.

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    7. Dunkin’ opens ‘next generation’ store in Holyoke

      Dunkin’ opens ‘next generation’ store in Holyoke

      Dunkin’ Donuts officially cut the ribbon on a “next generation” store at 473-489 Pleasant St. Thursday morning. The new Dunkin’ features a unique, modern design equipped with the latest in brewing and pouring technologies, including Nitro Cold Brew, a richer, foamier offering. Freshly baked donuts, muffins and bagels filled the shelves. Franchisees Derek Salema and Peter Martins welcomed Mayor Alex B. Morse and City Councilors David Bartley and Peter Tallman to the ceremony. Aides to state Sen. Donald Humason and state Rep. Aaron Vega presented proclamations to the owners.

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    8. Toys R Us plans to reopen stores before Christmas

      Toys R Us plans to reopen stores before Christmas

      Toys R Us will be back in business in some locations just in time for the Christmas shopping season. The former toy retailer has teamed up with software retailer b8ta to reopen 10 Toys R Us stores across the country after the company went out of business last year. The first two stores will be located in Paramus, New Jersey, and Houston, Texas, according to b8ta. The initial stores will each be about 6,500 square feet, roughly a quarter of the size of a traditional Toys R Us store.

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    9. New owner of Strathmore Paper mill in Russell works on cleanup, mulls plans after tax sale

      New owner of Strathmore Paper mill in Russell works on cleanup, mulls plans after tax sale

      The new owner of the old Strathmore Mill #2 in Russell has begun working on the property while he considers plans for reuse and redevelopment. “I really don’t have any 100% set plans,” said Jacob Trudeau of Pittsfield. “I really just want to get it cleaned out. The real goal is just to get it clean, get the outside clean and get it in better shape.” Trudeau said he’s been talking with experts in mill redevelopment and might have more to share in a few weeks.

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    10. Edward Wingenbach, Hampshire College’s new president, ‘understands the challenges,’ say those who made the hire

      Edward Wingenbach, Hampshire College’s new president, ‘understands the challenges,’ say those who made the hire

      Hampshire College’s new president, Edward Wingenbach, has already raised morale at the beleaguered liberal arts college. Now he’s got to start raising money. “I think there is a new attitude and new energy here,” said Luis Hernendez, a member of the founding class of 1970 and chairman of the Hampshire board of trustees. “Sometimes, when you are in the midst of challenges, its easy to get down, to lose hope. In order to be a leader, you need confidence and you need to instill confidence that we’ll get through this.”

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  3. Picture Gallery

    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
    AMHERST AREA CHAMBER TO HOLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PANEL & RECEPTION
    AMHERST AREA CHAMBER TO HOLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PANEL & RECEPTION From the EDC
    Governor Baker to Brief Business Leaders  on June 11, 2019
    Governor Baker to Brief Business Leaders on June 11, 2019 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
    Hot Oven Cookies plans Agawam expansion; eyes Northampton, Westfield and additional Springfield shop
    Hot Oven Cookies plans Agawam expansion; eyes Northampton, Westfield and additional Springfield shop masslive.com
    Agawam High School, Atlantis Charter School, Brockton High School and Burlington High School to launch ‘Innovation Pathways’ job training programs
    Agawam High School, Atlantis Charter School, Brockton High School and Burlington High School to launch ‘Innovation Pathways’ job training programs masslive.com
    Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture in Westfield has new owner, $1M redevelopment planned
    Bentley Billiards/ Lambson Furniture in Westfield has new owner, $1M redevelopment planned masslive.com
    WGBY changing its over-the-air frequencies on Monday - masslive.com
    WGBY changing its over-the-air frequencies on Monday - masslive.com masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

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