1. From the EDC

    1. Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

      Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

      The Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge  is the third in a series of innovation pitch competitions to identify and grow innovative solutions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Companies selected for the Challenge will attend a series of innovation workshops over five weeks, receiving critical mentorship, as well as access to a statewide network of manufacturers and advisors.  The program will culminate on October 30th with a virtual pitch event and a $25,000 prize awarded to the winner, funding which will help kick start the commercial development of their products or services.

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    2. MA Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) Webinar

      MA Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) Webinar

      The Mass Office of Business Development (MOBD) will be holding a webinar to increase awareness of the Massachusetts Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP). This program first became available through the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) in 2019, and can be used to help municipalities in their efforts to revitalize their downtowns and commercial areas.

       

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    3. TARGETED FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES

      TARGETED FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES

      Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of free COVID-19 testing sites in eight communities from July 10 to August 14 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This “Stop the Spread” initiative is a data-driven effort to reduce the prevalence of COVID-19 in communities that are above the state average in total cases and positive test rate, and have experienced a decline in testing levels since April. The initiative is being launched in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, and New Bedford. Residents of these communities can take advantage of the availability of these new testing ...

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Asnuntuck Graduate Opens 413 Café in Downtown Springfield

      Asnuntuck Graduate Opens 413 Café in Downtown Springfield

      Beginning a business at any time is taking a leap of faith, but for Christina Raschi, starting a business during a pandemic could be considered something much bigger. Her journey toward owning her own bakery — a new business in downtown Springfield called 413 Café — began when she attended Longmeadow High School and the Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center in West Springfield and studied culinary arts. She graduated in June 2010 and decided to take a gap year following graduation.

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    2. MassDevelopment Awards $86,415 to Assist Local Economic Recovery Efforts

      MassDevelopment Awards $86,415 to Assist Local Economic Recovery Efforts

      MassDevelopment awarded $86,415 for 10 projects, three of them in Western Mass., through the Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places, a program made available specifically to assist local economic recovery efforts as community partners prepare public spaces and commercial districts to serve residents and visitors. Projects receiving awards include the creation of outdoor dining spaces, sidewalk retail venues, and partitions to support social distancing.

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    3. Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley to open as day care center during COVID-19 shutdown - masslive.com

      Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley to open as day care center during COVID-19 shutdown - masslive.com

      The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School plans to open its doors Monday as a supervised remote learning and day care site operated by the Hampshire Regional YMCA.  It will be at least the second such site in Western Massachusetts, following Interskate 91 South in Wilbraham. Since many school districts offer only remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents who continue to work are in the market for safe places to drop their children off during the day.

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    4. Berkshire Bank Foundation Contributes More Than $1 Million in COVID-19 Relief

      Berkshire Bank Foundation Contributes More Than $1 Million in COVID-19 Relief

      The Berkshire Bank Foundation announced that, due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has contributed more than $1 million to collaborative efforts supporting nonprofit organizations responding to community-based needs. Guided by the foundation’s mission of investing in those living and working in its local communities, the total relief provided represents an additional $1 million over the foundation’s $3 million total annual grant budget. The organizations supported in the Pioneer Valley through Berkshire Bank Foundation’s contributions include the Mental Health Assoc. Inc., YMCA of Greater Springfield, the SCORE Foundation – Western Massachusetts SCORE, and the Community ...

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    5. Bradley to Launch Expanded Service on JetBlue with Four New Non-stop Routes

      Bradley to Launch Expanded Service on JetBlue with Four New Non-stop Routes

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced non-stop service to four new destinations from Bradley International Airport on JetBlue. These new destinations include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cancún, Mexico. “One of Connecticut’s best competitive assets is its international airport in such close proximity to so many of our communities and employers,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said. “This strengthening of the partnership with JetBlue shows once again how important Bradley International Airport is to our present and our future. More routes and a strong international airport are key to Connecticut’s success.”

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    6. Chicopee to study contaminated land in Willimansett with first grant dedicated to that neighborhood

      Chicopee to study contaminated land in Willimansett with first grant dedicated to that neighborhood

      After years of focusing on industrial land cleanups in Chicopee Center, Chicopee Falls and near Westover Air Base, the Willimansett neighborhood is now getting some attention. The city recently received the first federal grant to identify and assess contaminated properties, also known as brownfields, for the neighborhood. Half of the $300,000 grant will be spent on creating a neighborhood brownfields plan and the remaining $150,000 will be used for assessing parcels that would be key for redevelopment, City Planner Lee Pouliot said.

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    7. Springfield electrical contractor M.L. Schmitt purchased by two employees

      Springfield electrical contractor M.L. Schmitt purchased by two employees

      The ownership of M. L. Schmitt Electric Inc. was recently transferred from Thomas Schmitt to new co-owners Peter Coppez and Jean Pierre Crevier. Coppez, of Southampton, joined M. L. Schmitt as an apprentice in 2000. He’s a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 7 apprenticeship program and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He graduated this spring with a bachelor’s degree in project management.

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    8. Hearing set on pending sale of Mount Saint Vincent in Holyoke

      Hearing set on pending sale of Mount Saint Vincent in Holyoke

      The Massachusetts Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. for a change of ownership request for Mount Saint Vincent Care Center. The Connecticut-based iCare Health Network is seeking ownership of the 125-bed skilled nursing facility from Trinity Continuing Care Services, part of the Michigan-based Trinity Health, through a corporate entity, Holyoke Care Center, iCare created for that purpose. Trinity has been operating Mount Saint Vincent through a lease agreement with the Sisters of Providence Ministry Corporation.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    9. Beveridge Family Foundation Boosts Nonprofits, Partners with Innovation Accelerator

      Beveridge Family Foundation Boosts Nonprofits, Partners with Innovation Accelerator

      The Beveridge Family Foundation provides support to nonprofits within Hampden and Hampshire counties. While continuing that critical work, it has started investing directly into social-impact projects and ventures. By leveraging its endowment, the Beveridge Foundation is significantly increasing the amount of funding it can deploy. Local organizations with proposals for economically sustainable programs can now apply for investments of up to $250,000. These proposals must be at the pilot stage or later and already have significant evidence of demand and viability.

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    Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge
    Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge From the EDC
    Baker-Polito Administration revises the Executive Order on gatherings
    Baker-Polito Administration revises the Executive Order on gatherings From the EDC
    MA Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) Webinar
    MA Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) Webinar From the EDC
    TARGETED FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES
    TARGETED FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES From the EDC
    Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts
    Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts masslive.com
    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
    Asnuntuck Graduate Opens 413 Café in Downtown Springfield
    Asnuntuck Graduate Opens 413 Café in Downtown Springfield BusinessWest
    MassDevelopment Awards $86,415 to Assist Local Economic Recovery Efforts
    MassDevelopment Awards $86,415 to Assist Local Economic Recovery Efforts BusinessWest
    Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley to open as day care center during COVID-19 shutdown - masslive.com
    Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley to open as day care center during COVID-19 shutdown - masslive.com masslive.com
    Berkshire Bank Foundation Contributes More Than $1 Million in COVID-19 Relief
    Berkshire Bank Foundation Contributes More Than $1 Million in COVID-19 Relief BusinessWest
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

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  9. Recent Quotes

    1. This is a very exciting time for us.
      By Scott Goldman
    2. Western Massachusetts' ranges and landscapes are a treasured resource. Hampshire's partnership with local and state organizations will help conserve these vistas and habitats for future generations.
      By Jonathan Lash
    3. Hampshire College is leading the way to show how educational institutions can protect and care for their land as part of a commitment to environmental sustainability, not only on their core campus but in natural areas that are critical to the entire Pioneer Valley.
      By Kristin DeBoer