1. From the EDC

    1. Big Y looks to hire 1,000 in all stores, HQ, distribution center

      Big Y looks to hire 1,000 in all stores, HQ, distribution center

       Big Y has more than 1,000 job openings in all areas of the company in response to its expansion and growth, the Springfield-based, family-run chain said Wednesday. There are openings at all Big Y supermarkets, as well as its Fresh Acres Specialty Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Spirits, Big Y Express gas and convenience stores, Fresh & Local Distribution Center and Store Support Center.

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    2. Mayor Sarno Joined with City and State Officials for the Reopening of Pynchon Plaza

      Mayor Sarno Joined with City and State Officials for the Reopening of Pynchon Plaza

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined with Executive Director of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management (PBRM) Patrick Sullivan, Chief Development Officer (CDO) Tim Sheehan, Director of Capital Asset Construction Peter Garvey, Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, Governor Baker’s Western Massachusetts Director Patrick Carnevale, President and CEO of the Springfield Museums Kay Simpson, Springfield Public Library Director Molly Fogarty, Executive Director of the Springfield Cultural Partnership Karen Finn, Executive Director for the Springfield Business Improvement District (BID) Chris Russell, and Attorney Melina Phelps from Bulkley Richardson for the reopening of Pynchon Plaza on Dwight Street.

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    3. Chicopee brownfield project that has cost millions -- and spanned 15 years -- close to completion

      Chicopee brownfield project that has cost millions -- and spanned 15 years -- close to completion

      A brownfield project that a former mayor described as the state’s worst legal and environmental quagmire is coming to an end, and the former factory property could be ready for redevelopment in a year. The city is scheduled to go out to bid to remove asbestos, PCBs and other hazardous waste from the last three contaminated buildings on the former Uniroyal factory complex at the end of November. The work is expected to take eight months to a year and will ready the property for development by the beginning of 2022, said Lee M. Pouliot, director of the city ...

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Law Firm to Present Free Paid Family and Medical Leave Webinars for Employers

      Law Firm to Present Free Paid Family and Medical Leave Webinars for Employers

      Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C. announced it will hold two complimentary webinars in December to help employers prepare for the new Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program. “On January 1, 2021, PFML will be a reality in Massachusetts,” said attorney John Gannon, a partner at Skoler Abbott. “Once the program takes effect, Massachusetts employees will be eligible to take up to 12 weeks of paid family leave — up to 26 weeks in certain circumstances — and up to 20 weeks of paid medical leave. We expect that employees will immediately start filing claims, as many may have been waiting for ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. Progress Continues on Projects in Longmeadow - BusinessWest

      Progress Continues on Projects in Longmeadow - BusinessWest

      For Longmeadow Town Manager Lyn Simmons, it’s been quite a first year on the job.  With 16 years of experience in municipal government in of Northampton — the last six years as chief of staff for Mayor David Narkewicz — Simmons became Longmeadow’s town manager a year ago this month. After three months on the job, Longmeadow — like the entire world — found itself in uncharted territory.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    3. Berkshire County COVID-19 Adaptation Fund to Benefit Small Businesses

      Berkshire County COVID-19 Adaptation Fund to Benefit Small Businesses

      The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), in partnership with the office of state Sen. Adam Hinds, announced the availability of grant funds through the Berkshire County COVID-19 Adaptation Fund. Grants through this program will help businesses and organizations with up to 25 employees address expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    4. Cannabis Industry Promises Workforce Opportunities

      Cannabis Industry Promises Workforce Opportunities

      When a new industry in Massachusetts reaches $1 billion in sales in only four years, it certainly gets people’s attention. The Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) recently announced that, four years after legalizing cannabis for adult recreational use, and only two years after the first retail shops opened, this relatively new industry surpassed that $1 billion mark on Oct. 30. “There are a lot of jobs that go along with a billion dollars in industry activity,” said Jeff Hayden, vice president for Business and Community Services at the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development at Holyoke Community College (HCC).

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    5. Bright Nights Will Be a Bright Spot in a Trying Year

      Bright Nights Will Be a Bright Spot in a Trying Year

      Judy Matt says the Spirit of Springfield (SOS) exists for one reason — to entertain residents across the region and create some memories. It hasn’t been able to do any of that to this point in 2020, obviously, and Matt, the long-time executive director of the nonprofit agency, has been frustrated and disappointed by this reality. Annual events such as the pancake breakfast (long heralded as the world’s largest), the Fourth of July fireworks, and the Big Balloon Parade have been wiped off the calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there remains uncertainty about whether any of those ...

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    6. Region’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Proves Resilient

      Region’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry Proves Resilient

      When the Big E recently announced the sale of 100 ‘golden tickets’ — lifetime passes for the holder and a guest, plus parking and other perks — for $1,000 each, it was an exciting promotion for fans of the annual fair and a way to keep the event top of mind during a year when it was called off because of the pandemic.

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    7. Holyoke Community College Honored for Pushing Electric-vehicle Adoption

      Holyoke Community College Honored for Pushing Electric-vehicle Adoption

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) was honored by the MassEVolves consortium for taking steps to expand the use of electric vehicles (EV) on campus. The third annual MassEVolves recognition ceremony was held on Nov. 18 to highlight Massachusetts leaders in the adoption of electric vehicles. The virtual event was co-hosted by the national nonprofit Recharge America, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

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    8. Local College Students Compete for $150 in Online Grinspoon Pitch Contest

      Local College Students Compete for $150 in Online Grinspoon Pitch Contest

      The Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative’s first online, fully remote regional pitch competition took place on Nov. 17. Twenty-one students from area colleges delivered 60-second pitches to an audience of their peers in Zoom breakout rooms. After a popular vote, four finalists were selected to receive $50 each. Next came the final competition. Winning the grand prize and a total of $150 was Jenny Jung, a junior at Amherst College.

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    9. A Paycheck Protection Program Update

      For many of us, 2020 has been nothing but a new four-letter word. Unemployment has run rampant, long-standing businesses have shuttered their doors, people have gotten sick, and many have lost loved ones. Those businesses remaining open have had to deal with shutdowns, employees on medical leave, and, ultimately, having to create a whole new way of doing business. To help businesses from a financial standpoint, the U.S. Congress intervened with the CARES Act back in March. A significant component of this act was the creation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a series of government loans overseen by ...

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    Virtual Town Hall: Latest on COVID-19 Safety - What You Need to Know for Yourself and Your Family
    Virtual Town Hall: Latest on COVID-19 Safety - What You Need to Know for Yourself and Your Family From the EDC
    Big Y looks to hire 1,000 in all stores, HQ, distribution center
    Big Y looks to hire 1,000 in all stores, HQ, distribution center From the EDC
    Mayor Sarno Joined with City and State Officials for the Reopening of Pynchon Plaza
    Mayor Sarno Joined with City and State Officials for the Reopening of Pynchon Plaza From the EDC
    Chicopee brownfield project that has cost millions -- and spanned 15 years -- close to completion
    Chicopee brownfield project that has cost millions -- and spanned 15 years -- close to completion From the EDC
    2020 Western Mass Developers 3D Virtual Conference
    2020 Western Mass Developers 3D Virtual Conference From the EDC
    2020 Western Mass Developers Conference Slated for Oct. 21
    2020 Western Mass Developers Conference Slated for Oct. 21 BusinessWest
    2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference
    2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference 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
    Law Firm to Present Free Paid Family and Medical Leave Webinars for Employers
    Law Firm to Present Free Paid Family and Medical Leave Webinars for Employers BusinessWest
    Demore’s Automotive Owner to Make Holidays Brighter for Palmer Families
    Demore’s Automotive Owner to Make Holidays Brighter for Palmer Families BusinessWest
    Progress Continues on Projects in Longmeadow - BusinessWest
    Progress Continues on Projects in Longmeadow - BusinessWest BusinessWest
    Berkshire County COVID-19 Adaptation Fund to Benefit Small Businesses
    Berkshire County COVID-19 Adaptation Fund to Benefit Small Businesses BusinessWest
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

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