1. From the EDC

    1. So what is a college degree worth?

      So what is a college degree worth?

      So what is a college degree worth? The answer depends on whom you ask.

      Fewer than half of the adults surveyed in a Gallup Poll earlier this year had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the nation’s college and universities. When business executives and hiring managers were asked the question this past spring by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, in a recently released survey funded by Newman’s Own Foundation, the answer was a world apart: 63 percent expressed quite a lot or a great deal of ...

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    2. “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” A training series for Western Massachusetts business owners

      “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” A training series for Western Massachusetts business owners

      Common Capital is presenting a free training “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” beginning on Friday, January 18th, 2019.  This grant funded training series is available to all businesses in Western Massachusetts.      The goal of the program is to improve the digital marketing skills of small business owners and increasing their ability to bring in more customers and improve sales.  This training will be presented on Friday mornings between 9 and 11 AM and will continue through May 2019.  All participants will receive step by step actionable plans as well as guidance from experts to increase their success in ...

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Springfield Regional Chamber wants to be catalyst for continued growth (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Springfield Regional Chamber wants to be catalyst for continued growth (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      There is new energy in downtown Springfield. Sidewalks are filled with visitors and MGM employees, many of whom live downtown. Along Main Street, new businesses have launched and others are slated to open in 2019. MGM has put a spring in Springfield's step, and downtown has become a vibrant destination. Further north, the Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute opened in the Cubit Building in Holyoke, and Mercedes-Benz of Springfield opened a new dealership in Chicopee.

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    2. Economic Development Council chief says education drives strong Western Massachusetts economy (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Economic Development Council chief says education drives strong Western Massachusetts economy (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Western Massachusetts is fortunate to be home to some of the best colleges and universities, strong public and private secondary schools and technical programs in the country. Therefore, as a region, we are in position to meet the current and future needs of the business community. The major asset of the Western Massachusetts region is the presence of so many world-class colleges and universities. These institutions are educating and training the very talent that private business is seeking.

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    3. Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint

      Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint

      Progress, innovation, advancement, development; whatever words we use to describe humanity's march to an improved future state doesn't happen without learning. Learning is the essential ingredient for progress and innovation. Health care is no different. In fact, in healthcare, progress and innovation are happening at an ever accelerating pace. In 2018, Holyoke Medical Center marked its 125th year of continuous operation. It is a history very rich in experiences, lessons and advancement. Those years have afforded the medical center and the entire Valley Health System, many opportunities to learn and to teach.

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    4. Bay Path University's cybersecurity graduates well-positioned for jobs in burgeoning field

      Bay Path University's cybersecurity graduates well-positioned for jobs in burgeoning field

      There are currently 9,000 unfilled positions in major companies looking for cybersecurity experts - and Bay Path University's women graduates are uniquely well-qualified to help fill them, according to the university's associate provost. "Bay Path may be the first school in the country - certainly it's the first women's college - to offer a master's (degree program) in cybersecurity management," says Tom Loper, associate provost and dean of the school of arts, sciences and management.

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    5. Wmas, Whll radio stations in Springfield sold to Entercom Communications

      Wmas, Whll radio stations in Springfield sold to Entercom Communications

      Entercom Communications Corp. announced Thursday it will acquire WMAS-FM, 94.7, and WHLL-AM, 1450 (formerly WMAS-AM), as well as a New York City FM station from Cumulus Media Inc. in exchange for Entercom’s three-station cluster in Indianapolis. “We are excited to add NASH FM 94.7 to our outstanding lineup in New York City and to add WMAS and WHLL to our cluster in Springfield. These additions will enhance our ability to serve our listeners, partners and communities,” said David Field, Chairman, president and chief executive officer at Entercom in a prepared statement. “We are saddened to part ways ...

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    6. River Valley Market, seeking permit for new store, to appear before Easthampton Planning...

      River Valley Market, seeking permit for new store, to appear before Easthampton Planning...

      River Valley Market will appear before the Easthampton Planning Board on Feb. 19 for a continued public hearing on its plans for a 22,000 square-foot supermarket building at 220, 228 and 232 Northampton St. The Route 10 site, approximately 10 acres, contains the former Fedor auto dealership building, which would be torn down. It also contains Captain Jack's Roadside Shack. The popular seafood stand is proposed to remain and be incorporated into the new site design, according River Valley Market's special permit application.

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    7. Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

      Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

      CRRC MA plans to build a 42,500-square-foot warehouse at its Page Boulevard factory to house large components like wheel and motor assemblies and HVAC components for the transit cars it builds there. CRRC is selecting contractors now and completion is expected in August, said Lydia Rivera, a CRRC MA spokeswoman. It’s the first major expansion of the East Springfield facility, which began production in late 2018. CRRC also has an office building on the site that was once part of the old Westinghouse complex.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    8. Robert Kelley named Big E director of operations

      Robert Kelley named Big E director of operations

      Robert Kelley, of Westfield, has been named director of operations for the Eastern States Exposition, home to the annual Big E fair. “Bob knows the 175 acres of Eastern States Exposition better than anyone in the history of the company," Gene Cassidy, Eastern States Exposition president and CEO, said. "He is resourceful, conscientious and has a vast knowledge of the infrastructure and operation of our physical plant and its many nuances and challenges.”

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    9. Lego Systems Inc. builds on partnership with Square One children in Springfield with gift...

      Lego Systems Inc. builds on partnership with Square One children in Springfield with gift...

      When 20 representatives of Lego Systems Inc. spent a play date with children from Square One's Tommie Johnson Child & Family Center last fall, they promised they'd be back with a big surprise. On Tuesday -- to the delight of children and teachers -- Lego's community engagement division delivered on that promise as company executives and designers unveiled an eye-popping new Lego-themed playroom in the basement of Square One's 255 King St. facility. "It's truly transformational," Square One CEO Joan Kagan said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new playscape.

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    10. State estimates $29.5 million to $37.8 million cost for new MassPike exit between Lee and Westfield

      State estimates $29.5 million to $37.8 million cost for new MassPike exit between Lee and Westfield

      It’ll cost between $29.5 million and $37.8 million to build new highway exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) between Exit 2 in Lee and Exit 3 in Westfield, according to recently released Massachusetts Department of Transportation cost estimates. To supporters like state Sen. Donald Humason, R-Westfield, the new exit is a chance to bring people and investment to the lagging Hilltowns and solve a nagging rush-hour traffic snarl at Exit 3.

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    Cliff Effects: Turning Research into Action for Economic Mobility From the EDC
    So what is a college degree worth?
    So what is a college degree worth? From the EDC
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    MBAE Appoints New Executive Director From the EDC
    “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” A training series for Western Massachusetts business owners
    “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” A training series for Western Massachusetts business owners From the EDC
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    The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint From the EDC
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    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
    Springfield Regional Chamber wants to be catalyst for continued growth (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)
    Springfield Regional Chamber wants to be catalyst for continued growth (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint) masslive.com
    Economic Development Council chief says education drives strong Western Massachusetts economy (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)
    Economic Development Council chief says education drives strong Western Massachusetts economy (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint) masslive.com
    Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint
    Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint masslive.com
    Bay Path University's cybersecurity graduates well-positioned for jobs in burgeoning field
    Bay Path University's cybersecurity graduates well-positioned for jobs in burgeoning field masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

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