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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    3. The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint

      The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint

      As you know, the Workforce Skills Cabinet (WSC) is requiring a Mid-Point Report be submitted to the WSC by December 15, 2018.  We have been given a template to follow and are aggressively assembling the required collateral to form our narrative.  We are excited about sharing with the WSC the progress that has been made since we began the Implementation phase in the late spring, 2018.  As with the Blueprint, we expect the Secretary’s and/or their staff and others will review the Mid-Point Report and share their thoughts with us.  We continue to believe that as we begin ...

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Community Bank reopens renovated Tower Square office in Springfield

      Community Bank reopens renovated Tower Square office in Springfield

      Community Bank cut a ceremonial ribbon Thursday to mark a renovation of its offices in the Tower Square retail mall, and announced $12,500 in donations to three local groups. Springfield Boys & Girls Club received $7,500 and YMCA of Greater Springfield and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County each received $2,500 in a brief ceremony attended by Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno at the branch office. The bank was once Nuvo Bank & Trust Co., which changed its name in May 2017 to Community Bank following a series of mergers that ended with Community Bank System buying Merchants ...

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    2. Massachusetts thinks regionally about manufacturing workforce; ‘413’ gets $650K to school for jobs

      Massachusetts thinks regionally about manufacturing workforce; ‘413’ gets $650K to school for jobs

      Precision manufacturers recruiting workers with much-needed skills look across the region, not community by community. Now, with the most recent set of grants from the state’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Program, the agencies that train unemployed and underemployed adults for those jobs are thinking regionally as well. “We are going to be looking all across the 413 area code, which is not something that has been done before,” said David M. Cruise, MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board president and CEO. “We think this makes great sense because it consolidates the boards into regions, and the regions, we think, are reflective ...

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    3. Springfield Works, with pilot program taking 2-generation approach to job readiness, wins 1 of 9 Massachusetts Urban Agenda Program grants

      Springfield Works, with pilot program taking 2-generation approach to job readiness, wins 1 of 9 Massachusetts Urban Agenda Program grants

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts' Springfield Works program uses an online portal to match job seekers with opportunities and training to better their chances of landing a good job. Now, with the help of Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Head Start and Dress for Success Western Massachusetts, Springfield Works will provide the early education programs needed for a whole family to work its way out of poverty. Springfield Works received a $75,000 grant Thursday from the state, one of nine programs sharing $500,000 from the Urban Agenda Program.

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    4. Staples to close East Longmeadow store | masslive.com

      Staples to close East Longmeadow store | masslive.com

      Staples will close its store at 433 North Main St. in East Longmeadow on March 8. The Framingham-based office supply retail has other locations nearby in Enfield, Connecticut, on Boston Road in Springfield and at 129 Riverdale St, West Springfield.  The East Longmadow store opened February 14, 2004 , company spokeswoman Jocelyn Thomas said in an email.

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    5. Café Du Jour auction planned; downtown Springfield location will become 2nd Delaney’s Market

      Café Du Jour auction planned; downtown Springfield location will become 2nd Delaney’s Market

      The storefront will be home to a new Delaney’s Market location set to open in the early part of this year. Auctioneers Aaron Posnik & Co. of West Springfield will conduct the sale beginning at 11 a.m. Cafe Du Jour, in business since 1995 and owned since 2009 by the Saleh family, closed earlier this month. The Salehs had been on a month-to-month lease and the landlord, Glenn Edwards, of Chart Organization, of Lynbrook, New York, told them they would have to vacate.

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    6. MassHousing announces $50M in financing for Chestnut Park Apartments, part of a package of $87M

      MassHousing announces $50M in financing for Chestnut Park Apartments, part of a package of $87M

      MassHousing, the state’s quasi-public housing finance agency, will provide $50 million in affordable financing to the owners of the long-troubled Chestnut Park Apartments in Springfield, part of an agreement that will raise $87 million to refinance the purchase and renovation of the complex. MassHousing approved the deal in December. Related Companies that month shifted ownership of Chestnut Towers between business entities it controls with the on-paper selling price of $12 million.

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    7. New Florence Bank branch in Springfield features fast cash-handling technology, coffee bar (photos, video)

      New Florence Bank branch in Springfield features fast cash-handling technology, coffee bar (photos, video)

      Local officials, employees and stakeholders were on hand Wednesday to officially cut the ribbon on Florence Bank’s newest Pioneer Valley branch on Allen Street in Springfield. The new branch, which officially opened in December, has an open floor plan with two teller pods and technology for quick cash handling. The location also features a drive-up ATM with SMART technology for easy depositing and a comfortable waiting area inside with a coffee bar and free Wi-Fi.

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    8. Holyoke City Council approves zone change to pave way for proposed 100-unit apartment...

      Holyoke City Council approves zone change to pave way for proposed 100-unit apartment...

      The City Council on Tuesday approved a zoning change for a property near Whiting Farms Road, the proposed site of a 100-unit apartment complex. Developer Tom Adamczyk asked the city to change the zone for the parcel at 15 Holy Family Road from residential to multifamily, which allows the project to move forward. Adamczyk estimated the project would cost $10 million. The developer plans to build 76 one-bedroom and 24 two-bedroom market-rate apartments. The development includes several green spaces and a playground.

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    9. Hampshire College Seeks Partner, Grapples with Future

      Hampshire College Seeks Partner, Grapples with Future

      Citing financial strain, Hampshire College on Tuesday outlined its desire to merge with another educational institution. The school is also evaluating whether to admit a freshman class for the fall. The news came in an e-mail from President Miriam Nelson. “I’m announcing today our intent to find a long-term partner that can help us achieve a thriving and sustainable future for Hampshire,” she wrote. “With the guidance and passion of Hampshire’s trustees we’ve begun a process to seek a strategic partnership to address the challenges we’ve faced as an underendowed institution, really from our very first ...

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    10. Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands buys laser sight, laser training company LaserLyte

      Smith & Wesson bought Crimson Trace for $95 million in 2016 before changing its name to American Outdoor Brands. Both moves, along with Tuesday’s purchase of LaserLyte, were part of a long-term strategy to diversify into hunting and camping equipment, shooting accessories and gunsmith tools and equipment.

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    So what is a college degree worth?
    So what is a college degree worth? From the EDC
    MBAE Appoints New Executive Director
    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
    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
    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
    MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information
    MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information MGM Springfield
    Community Bank reopens renovated Tower Square office in Springfield
    Community Bank reopens renovated Tower Square office in Springfield masslive.com
    Massachusetts thinks regionally about manufacturing workforce; ‘413’ gets $650K to school for jobs
    Massachusetts thinks regionally about manufacturing workforce; ‘413’ gets $650K to school for jobs masslive.com
    Springfield Works, with pilot program taking 2-generation approach to job readiness, wins 1 of 9 Massachusetts Urban Agenda Program grants
    Springfield Works, with pilot program taking 2-generation approach to job readiness, wins 1 of 9 Massachusetts Urban Agenda Program grants masslive.com
    Staples to close East Longmeadow store | masslive.com
    Staples to close East Longmeadow store | masslive.com masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

    1. (7 articles) Kumble Subbaswamy
    2. (5 articles) Carol A. Leary
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  3. Western Mass EDC Staff in the News

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  4. Companies in the News

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  5. Business Leaders in the News

    1. (8 articles) Kathleen G. Anderson
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    1. (81 articles) Domenic J. Sarno
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    3. (27 articles) Kevin Kennedy
    4. (13 articles) Governor Deval L. Patrick
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  8. Western Mass Cities in the News

    1. (712 articles) Springfield
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    4. (131 articles) Chicopee
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    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