1. From the EDC

    1. 100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19

      100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19

      TURNERS FALLS, MA - On Friday, May 19, fourteen advanced manufacturing trainees will receive certificates of completion and start down the pathway toward precision machining careers in Pioneer Valley manufacturing companies.  The current cohort of students come from across Franklin and Hampshire counties, including Belchertown, Colrain, Easthampton, Greenfield, Montague, Northfield, South Hadley, and Shelburne.  Among these trainees will be the 100th graduate of a successful job training partnership that began four years ago to address a shortage of skilled machinists in the Valley’s precision manufacturing industry.  The event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Franklin County Technical ...

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    2. Massachusetts Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum

      Massachusetts Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum

      The Massachusetts Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum will be a one-day event jointly hosted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (EEA, HED and MassCEC).  The goal of the Forum is to bring together key offshore wind developers, turbine manufacturers and industry suppliers with the local and regional small businesses, manufacturers and supply and service providers.  The Forum will provide local companies an opportunity to learn about this emerging industry in Massachusetts and schedule match making sessions with key industry players to explore business opportunities. 

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    3. Greentown/EDC Manufacturing Event - East is Coming Out West on June2

      Greentown/EDC Manufacturing Event - East is Coming Out West on June2

      I am excited to announce that on June 2 we will be bringing a van of Greentown Labs Member Companies out to visit Western Massachusetts.  The van will be leaving Greentown Somerville at 9:00 am headed West! We will be starting our day with a manufacturers luncheon in Springfield and ending our day with pizza and beer at New City Brewery in Easthampton. Between lunch and the evening we will be spending the afternoon touring a couple of Western Mass' premier manufacturing facilities.  

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate

      Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate

      Massachusetts state Sen. Eric Lesser's years-long bid to study high speed train service from Springfield to Boston appears to be back on the rails. Lesser's proposal for the state Department of Transportation to study the expansion of East-West rail service unanimously passed the state Senate Thursday afternoon as an amendment to the Senate's version of the state budget. The measure also made it into the final budget last year, but was axed by the veto of Gov. Charlier Baker.

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    2. Tickets still available for 'Seussian Celebration' fundraiser to benefit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      Tickets still available for 'Seussian Celebration' fundraiser to benefit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum

      The Seussian Celebration fundraiser is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, 1 Monarch Place, Springfield. The cost is $100 a ticket and all of that money is a straight donation to the museum, Picknelly said, which makes it tax-deductible. The money will go toward the museum's $7.5 million capitol campaign, Seuss in Springfield: Building a Better Quadrangle. Registration is available online here or through the Springfield Museums.

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    3. MGM Springfield's housing development at historic Court Square building may include 'affordable housing' component

      MGM Springfield's housing development at historic Court Square building may include 'affordable housing' component

      An MGM Springfield official told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday that it has delayed a market rate housing project due to a new location under consideration at Court Square that may include affordable housing units. Seth Stratton, vice-president and general counsel for MGM Springfield, said the site under consideration, a long-vacant block at 31 Elm St., is being discussed by city officials, Peter Picknelly's OPAL Real Estate Group and MGM. City officials and MGM have agreed that restoring that vacant block could be "transformative" event for that area, but those negotiations have delayed development of the housing component ...

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    4. People In Business: Tricia Canavan of United Personnel

      People In Business: Tricia Canavan of United Personnel

      The Springfield Regional Chamber has named Tricia Canavan, President/Owner of United Personnel as its 2017 Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year. The award is given annually to honor the memory of Richard J. Moriarty, a long-time active participant in the Chamber and individual who gave of his time, talent and personal and professional resources to the local community. "In 2007, the Springfield Regional Chamber wanted to honor the legacy of longtime Chamber board member Rick Moriarty, and so the Chamber created the Richard J. Moriarty Citizen of the Year Award," said Chamber President Nancy Creed. "Since then, the ...

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    5. Greater Holyoke Chamber Business Breakfast Slated for June 14

      Greater Holyoke Chamber Business Breakfast Slated for June 14

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce’s end-of-year Business Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, June 14 at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke. The agenda includes the chamber’s 2016-17 accomplishments, a look ahead to future initiatives, and recognition of the change of leadership in its board of directors. The breakfast will welcome new board members and recognize outgoing board members. The incoming board members are Eileen Leahy, senior manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Comcast; Jay Candelario, proprietor of Jay’s Bed & Breakfast; and Zuleika Rivera, co-owner of Appliance Bargain.

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    6. West Springfield gives tax break to Agri-Mark, agricultural cooperative planning multimillion-dollar expansion

      West Springfield gives tax break to Agri-Mark, agricultural cooperative planning multimillion-dollar expansion

      Agri-Mark, a farmer-owned cooperative best known for its Cabot and McCadam brands of cheese and butter, is planning a multimillion-dollar expansion at its West Springfield facility, according to Mayor William C. Reichelt, whose administration sweetened the deal by offering tax breaks to the co-op. Reichelt said Agri-Mark, which has facilities in upstate New York and across New England, is planning a project in the neighborhood of $12 million at its plant at the corner of Riverdale Street and Morgan Road. The expansion will create 12 new jobs, according to the mayor, with first dibs given to qualified West Side residents ...

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    7. Chicopee company plans $9 million expansion, city officials approve tax agreement

      Chicopee company plans $9 million expansion, city officials approve tax agreement

      A local distribution company plans to build an about $9 million addition onto its existing building in Willimansett and will add 22 new jobs in the process. J. Polep Distribution Services, located on 705 Meadow St., is planning a 32,000 square foot expansion to create a new cold dock and freezer and cooler area to its current building, City Council members said. The City Council recently approved a tax agreement that will give the company a five-year break on real estate taxes as an incentive for the company, which currently employs 486 full-time people, to remain in the current ...

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    8. Seven more rural hilltowns win state broadband grants

      Seven more rural hilltowns win state broadband grants

      Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has released state broadband grants to six more rural towns that plan to build their own high-speed fiber-to-the-home networks. Announced Wednesday were $6.8 million in direct infrastructure grants to Charlemont, Colrain, Cummington, Heath, New Salem, Otis, and Rowe. Earlier this month, the Baker-Polito administration awarded $4.6 millionto Ashfield, Leyden, Mt. Washington, Plainfield, Shutesbury, and Windsor.

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    9. MassMutual gives $1 million and Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield goes with $30 million renovation and endowment plan

      MassMutual gives $1 million and Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield goes with $30 million renovation and endowment plan

      Promising to create the most technologically advanced sports museum in the world, officials at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday accepted a $1 million donation from the Springfield-based MassMutual Foundation. The money will go toward creating the hoop shrine's first endowment, which has a $15 million goal to ensure its financial security, and toward $15 million in renovations to the building at 1000 Hall of Fame Ave. on Springfield's Connecticut River waterfront. The Hall of Fame is at $22.7 million toward its total $30 million goal in a campaign that began two and a ...

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    10. Five College Consortium to celebrate opening of book annex in Hatfield

      Five College Consortium to celebrate opening of book annex in Hatfield

      The Five College Consortium is celebrating the opening of its $14 million annex in Hatfield with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday and tours of the 35,000-square-foot facility.  The annex provides shelf space for up to 2.5 million items from the Five College Repository Collection and from libraries of the campuses of the consortium --Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. That frees up space on the campuses for new materials and other academic needs.

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    100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19
    100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19 From the EDC
    Massachusetts Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum
    Massachusetts Offshore Wind Supply Chain Forum From the EDC
    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
    Baker - Polito Administration: Small Business Listening Session
    Baker - Polito Administration: Small Business Listening Session 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
    Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville
    Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville masslive.com
    Gov. Baker to keynote Western Massachusetts Developers Conference highlighting sites,...
    Gov. Baker to keynote Western Massachusetts Developers Conference highlighting sites,... masslive.com
    Western Massachusetts Developers Conference Set for June 23
    Western Massachusetts Developers Conference Set for June 23 BusinessWest
    Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate
    Study of high speed rail between Springfield and Boston clears Massachusetts Senate masslive.com
    Tickets still available for 'Seussian Celebration' fundraiser to benefit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum
    Tickets still available for 'Seussian Celebration' fundraiser to benefit The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum masslive.com
    MGM Springfield's housing development at historic Court Square building may include 'affordable housing' component
    MGM Springfield's housing development at historic Court Square building may include 'affordable housing' component masslive.com
    People In Business: Tricia Canavan of United Personnel
    People In Business: Tricia Canavan of United Personnel masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

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