1. From the EDC

    1. FORM FOR QUESTIONS ON THE PLAN

      FORM FOR QUESTIONS ON THE PLAN

      The State is working through inquiries submitted regarding Reopening Massachusetts. Please note that every form containing comments is being reviewed and compiled, but only questions will receive a response. If businesses have reviewed the available guidance and have additional questions, they may submit an inquiry form here. Please share this link with businesses in your communities that have questions about reopening in Phase 1.

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    2. Interscape Donates Over $20,000 Worth of Furniture to Charitable Organizations

      Interscape Donates Over $20,000 Worth of Furniture to Charitable Organizations

      Interscape Commercial Environments welcomed the new year by teaming up and donating over $20,000 worth of furniture to 2 local charities. One of the charities chosen was The Hole in the Wall Gang, a camp that was founded by Paul Newman to provide opportunities for children with serious illnesses. The other local charity was Journey Home, an organization that provides shelters for the homeless in the Hartford area.

       

       

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    3. Eversource Reminds Customers to Remain Vigilant Against Scams

      Eversource Reminds Customers to Remain Vigilant Against Scams

      As part of Eversource’s efforts to support its customers and communities during the pandemic, the energy company is reminding people to remain vigilant and protect themselves against scams. The COVID-19 outbreak has led to an increase in scam activity, with sophisticated scammers finding unique and intimidating ways to exploit people and steal their money during these uncertain times.

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    4. MASSACHUSETTS PHASED REOPENING ANNOUNCED

      MASSACHUSETTS PHASED REOPENING ANNOUNCED

      Today, Governor Baker announced a four-phased approach to reopening the Massachusetts economy, and published Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards that will apply universally to all workplaces that are open in Phase 1, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers. As the Lt. Governor and I have mentioned on our weekly calls, this phased reopening (driven by public health indicators and guidance) charts a course to allow some businesses, services, and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. MassMutual’s Roger Crandall, heads of 3 other Massachusetts companies named to ‘Best CEOs in world’ list

      MassMutual’s Roger Crandall, heads of 3 other Massachusetts companies named to ‘Best CEOs in world’ list

      Roger W. Crandall, chairman, president and CEO of insurance giant MassMutual, is among four Massachusetts business leaders included on a list of the “Best CEOs in the World For 2020” published by the trade publication CEOWorld Magazine. Crandall ranks 39th on the list of 100 chief executives, which includes Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg at number 12, Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway at number 5, Apple’s Tim Cook at number 3 and JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon at number 1.

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    2. UMass report: More than half of major employers are not altering their hiring plans

      UMass report: More than half of major employers are not altering their hiring plans

      Findings by the University of Massachusetts Amherst career development office provide modestly encouraging news for new job seekers. The numbers nonetheless reflect the profound impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hiring. They paint a picture of jobs becoming available, but delayed in many situations as companies use staff for remote work or, in some cases, freeze hiring. According to Career Development and Professional Connections findings, 80 percent of employers in April said they were honoring full-time offers, though some said they have delayed start dates. A follow-up survey in May showed that 52.6% said they had no plan to ...

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    3. Rising Food Insecurity Prompts Big Y to Make Second Round of Donations

      Rising Food Insecurity Prompts Big Y to Make Second Round of Donations

      With regional food banks experiencing unprecedented demand, Big Y is providing an additional $125,000 in support to address the rise in food insecurity. With the donations made in March, Big Y has provided $250,000 in financial assistance to area food banks in addition to the healthy surplus food it provides to them on a weekly basis. Using the estimate that every dollar donated provides four meals, the Big Y financial assistance amounts to 1 million meals. “Our goal, our mission, is to feed families,” said Charlie D’Amour, president and CEO of Big Y. “We have people in ...

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    4. Developer renews plans for Dunkin’ donut shop in Springfield’s Hungry Hill

      Developer renews plans for Dunkin’ donut shop in Springfield’s Hungry Hill

      A developer is again proposing to build a Dunkin’ doughnut shop on Liberty Street in the Hungry Hill area. The City Council first approved the plans in January of 2018, but the special permit expired as a result of construction not occurring within the mandated two-year period. A new council hearing took place May 18, and there was no public opposition.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    5. White Lion Brewing getting ready to roar in downtown Springfield

      White Lion Brewing getting ready to roar in downtown Springfield

      The coronavirus pandemic has of course caused immense large tragedies in numerous lives. But it also has caused minuscule twinges of pain, which although may be microscopic in comparison, still elicit a sigh or two. One such local mild annoyance for beer fans is the delay in White Lion Brewing’s opening of its brewery and taproom in downtown Springfield. The company, which is set to become Springfield’s first fully operational independent craft brewery, has seen its launch delayed by the pandemic’s reach.

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    6. In a coronavirus world, how will malls be able to operate? Massachusetts retailers look to reopen May 25 with curbside delivery

      In a coronavirus world, how will malls be able to operate? Massachusetts retailers look to reopen May 25 with curbside delivery

      As the coronavirus pandemic ramped up earlier this year, Springfield’s Eastfield Mall was left with empty halls, an “ugly” decrease in revenue and a “skeleton crew” of workers, according to property manager David Thompson. When management found out in March that brick-and-mortar retailers and other businesses deemed non-essential would be forced to close due to the public health crisis, they announced the shopping center’s staff would be reduced.

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    7. As some Western Massachusetts colleges plan to reopen campus, others hold off

      As some Western Massachusetts colleges plan to reopen campus, others hold off

      College students sometimes list their majors as “undeclared.” That applies to colleges and universities that are eyeing the fall semester with mixtures of hope and caution - and weighing the practicality and risk of reopening campus. Virtually every institution has expressed hope of reopening campus in the fall, but some speak with more confidence that it will. All say any reopening would be accompanied by dramatic changes and new regulations that will affect dormitory life, classroom settings and everyday student movement.

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    8. Catholic Diocese of Springfield closes St. Francis Chapel downtown, puts building on the market

      Catholic Diocese of Springfield closes St. Francis Chapel downtown, puts building on the market

      The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield has closed St. Francis Chapel on Bridge Street in downtown Springfield and put the building up for sale. “We remember in prayer all who found spiritual comfort at St. Francis Chapel on Bridge Street, and we will be forever grateful to all who made this holy, special place possible,” said Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski in a statement. “Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us and for all who invoke your aid.”

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  3. Picture Gallery

    FORM FOR QUESTIONS ON THE PLAN
    FORM FOR QUESTIONS ON THE PLAN From the EDC
    Interscape Donates Over $20,000 Worth of Furniture to Charitable Organizations
    Interscape Donates Over $20,000 Worth of Furniture to Charitable Organizations From the EDC
    Eversource Reminds Customers to Remain Vigilant Against Scams
    Eversource Reminds Customers to Remain Vigilant Against Scams From the EDC
    MASSACHUSETTS PHASED REOPENING ANNOUNCED
    MASSACHUSETTS PHASED REOPENING ANNOUNCED 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
    MassMutual’s Roger Crandall, heads of 3 other Massachusetts companies named to ‘Best CEOs in world’ list
    MassMutual’s Roger Crandall, heads of 3 other Massachusetts companies named to ‘Best CEOs in world’ list masslive.com
    UMass report: More than half of major employers are not altering their hiring plans
    UMass report: More than half of major employers are not altering their hiring plans masslive.com
    Rising Food Insecurity Prompts Big Y to Make Second Round of Donations
    Rising Food Insecurity Prompts Big Y to Make Second Round of Donations BusinessWest
    Bacon Wilson Donates $10,000 to YMCA of Greater Springfield
    Bacon Wilson Donates $10,000 to YMCA of Greater Springfield BusinessWest
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

    1. (7 articles) Peter Rosskothen
    2. (4 articles) Kevin B. Vann
    3. (2 articles) John Heaps
    4. (2 articles) Charles D’Amour
    5. (2 articles) Carol A. Leary
    6. (2 articles) Paul C. Picknelly
  3. Western Mass EDC Staff in the News

    1. (11 articles) Rick Sullivan
    2. (7 articles) Mary Kay Wydra
    3. (1 articles) Ann Burke
  4. Companies in the News

    1. (44 articles) Baystate Health
    2. (40 articles) MGM
    3. (32 articles) MassMutual
    4. (30 articles) The Republican
    5. (25 articles) MassMutual Center
    6. (21 articles) Big Y Foods
    7. (16 articles) Amtrak
    8. (14 articles) United Bank
  5. Business Leaders in the News

    1. (4 articles) Timothy W. Brennan
    2. (3 articles) Kevin E. Lynn
    3. (2 articles) Judy Matt
    4. (2 articles) Robert Bolduc
    5. (2 articles) Roger W. Crandall
    6. (1 articles) Nick Fyntrilakis
  6. Government Officials in the News

    1. (56 articles) Domenic J. Sarno
    2. (55 articles) Congressman Richard E. Neal
    3. (8 articles) Alex Morse
    4. (6 articles) Kevin Kennedy
    5. (4 articles) Brian M. Connors
    6. (3 articles) Robert DeLeo
  7. Organizations in the News

    1. (83 articles) University of Massachusetts
    2. (43 articles) Springfield Technical Community College
    3. (28 articles) Holyoke Community College
    4. (23 articles) Basketball Hall of Fame
    5. (21 articles) Valley Venture Mentors
    6. (21 articles) Westfield State University
  8. Western Mass Cities in the News

    1. (579 articles) Springfield
    2. (197 articles) Holyoke
    3. (125 articles) Westfield
    4. (111 articles) Northampton
    5. (102 articles) Amherst
    6. (81 articles) Chicopee
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