1. From the EDC

    1. Development Associates begins 3rd Northampton Office Building

      Development Associates begins 3rd Northampton Office Building

      Agawam MA based real estate firm Development Associates has begun construction of a 66,000 square foot 3-story office building at 15 Atwood Drive in Northampton, immediately south of I-91 Exit 18.  The project is being developed by Northwood Development LLC, whose owners are longtime local investors Edward J. O’Leary, and his daughters Eileen O’Leary Sullivan and Susan O’Leary Mulhern.  The project is located on the site of the former Clarion Hotel and Conference Center that was demolished in 2016 to prepare for redevelopment.  The overall site development plan was recently approved by the City of Northampton ...

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    2. The Connecticut Airport Authority Announcement

      The Connecticut Airport Authority Announcement

      The Connecticut Airport Authority is proud to announce that, after a year of major developments, Bradley International Airport has been rated as the 5th best airport in the nation in the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. The highly regarded travel magazine recently completed its 30th annual reader survey, which incorporated ratings from over 300,000 travelers.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Bradley International Airport Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler

      Bradley International Airport Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that Condé Nast Traveler has released the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and Bradley International Airport has been recognized as the fifth-best airport in the U.S. with a score of 82.35. “We are very proud to have earned this prestigious recognition, and we thank not only the many travelers who voted for us, but all of the millions of passengers who choose Bradley for their travel needs on an annual basis,” said CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon. “This distinguished award from the travel community is a testament to our ...

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    2. Springfield's Union Station wins national environmental award for brownfield redevelopment

      Springfield's Union Station wins national environmental award for brownfield redevelopment

      The Phoenix Awards Institute has recognized Springfield Union Station as the best example of brownfield redevelopment in the county for 2017. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, the driving force behind the station's $95-million rehabilitation into a modern intermodal transportation hub, gathered Monday with city officials to celebrate the award. The Phoenix Awards were announced at the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

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    3. Springfield Project Offers a Window to Changing Role of Libraries

      Springfield Project Offers a Window to Changing Role of Libraries

      As she talked about libraries, and borrowed (that’s an industry term) from Mark Twain when she said their death was greatly exaggerated, Molly Fogarty used some words and phrases that definitely brought her argument home. That’s because these are not the kinds of things that would have been said about these institutions a century ago, or perhaps even a decade ago. “Libraries help level the playing field,” said Fogarty, director of the Springfield City Library. “They help people cross the digital divide; they’re technology hubs.” Elaborating, he said that, in this computer age, access to the Internet ...

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    4. Ambitious Renovation Project Will Reshape the Basketball Hall of Fame

      Ambitious Renovation Project Will Reshape the Basketball Hall of Fame

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will soon commence work on an ambitious, $15 million renovation and expansion that will dramatically change the look and feel of the shrine. While the project represents the future, it also speaks loudly to just how far the Hall has come since the dark days — and years — earlier this century. John Doleva calls it a “spaceship.” That’s what he and others at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame have come to call the individual lights that sit atop the dome that defines the shrine on West Columbus Avenue and change color ...

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    5. A Host of Factors Are Lifting the Region’s Economy Higher

      A Host of Factors Are Lifting the Region’s Economy Higher

      The state of the region’s economy is strong, and the economic outlook is bright. That’s a simple statement, but let’s look at the facts that support that optimism. We all have read of the important investments that MGM and CRRC, the Chinese rail-car manufacturer, are making in Springfield. Less-reported is the some $5.2 billion of economic-development projects that have recently occurred or are currently underway in our region. In a 2016 study, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. (EDC) catalogued the growth in each community — from housing developments to manufacturing companies expanding and relocating to ...

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    6. Jim Ayres Directs the United Way Through a Time of Change, Challenge

      Jim Ayres Directs the United Way Through a Time of Change, Challenge

      Jim Ayres, who took the helm at the United Way of Pioneer Valley this past spring, arrived knowing he would be leading the organization through a time of significant change and challenge. His elaborate to-do list includes efforts to increase efficiency, do a better job of telling the United Way’s story to the younger people who probably don’t know it, and continuing the work of building coalitions to take on the many issues confronting the region’s communities and families. There’s an old map hanging on the wall just inside the door to Jim Ayres’ office within ...

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    7. UMass students vote to buy themselves a $50 million student union renovation

      UMass students vote to buy themselves a $50 million student union renovation

      Students this week voted to pay half the $50 million renovation cost by increasing student activity fees $100 annually. The UMass-Amherst campus has agreed to fund the other half. The Student Union referendum passed 1,246-1,012, with about 10 percent of the study body voting, about average for a student vote, said Student Government President Anthony Vitale.

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    8. UMass Amherst Receives $1.1 Million Grant for Large Battery Project

      UMass Amherst Receives $1.1 Million Grant for Large Battery Project

      UMass Amherst has been awarded a $1.1 million state grant from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) project to work with Tesla Energy to construct a large battery at the Central Heating Plant on the west side of campus. The project involves a 1-megawatt/4-megawatt-hour lithium ion battery storage system that will be designed and constructed by Tesla Energy adjacent to the campus power plant. Working with Tesla and the UMass Clean Energy Extension (CEE), the goal is to reduce peak energy demand on the Amherst campus and related costs. The battery storage system will provide power at times ...

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    9. Mass Cultural Council fetes lawmakers, arts leaders at Holyoke celebration

      Mass Cultural Council fetes lawmakers, arts leaders at Holyoke celebration

      Top leaders with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, touring the state with a new logo and four-point strategic plan, stopped at the Holyoke Cultural Arts Center on Thursday to honor local lawmakers and celebrate the role of arts and culture in transforming communities. The state agency's "bold and vibrant" new message emphasizes "the power of culture" to fuel economic development, enliven communities, transform lives, and support equity and inclusion, said Mass Cultural Council president Anita Walker.

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    Holiday Market Ribbon Cutting
    Holiday Market Ribbon Cutting From the EDC
    2017 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Luncheon
    2017 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Luncheon From the EDC
    Development Associates begins 3rd Northampton Office Building
    Development Associates begins 3rd Northampton Office Building From the EDC
    The Connecticut Airport Authority Announcement
    The Connecticut Airport Authority Announcement From the EDC
    “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies”
    “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies” From the EDC
    House Speaker DeLeo: 'Why don't you look at Springfield?'
    House Speaker DeLeo: 'Why don't you look at Springfield?' masslive.com
    Greentown/EDC Manufacturing Event - East is Coming Out West on June2
    Greentown/EDC Manufacturing Event - East is Coming Out West on June2 From the EDC
    Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville
    Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville masslive.com
    Bradley International Airport Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler
    Bradley International Airport Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler BusinessWest
    Springfield's Union Station wins national environmental award for brownfield redevelopment
    Springfield's Union Station wins national environmental award for brownfield redevelopment masslive.com
    Springfield Project Offers a Window to Changing Role of Libraries
    Springfield Project Offers a Window to Changing Role of Libraries BusinessWest
    Ambitious Renovation Project Will Reshape the Basketball Hall of Fame
    Ambitious Renovation Project Will Reshape the Basketball Hall of Fame BusinessWest
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