1. From the EDC

    1. Amherst BID hires Gabrielle Gould as new executive director

      Amherst BID hires Gabrielle Gould as new executive director

      A longtime Nantucket resident with extensive experience in starting businesses and fundraising is the new executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District. Gabrielle Gould, who moved with her family to Amherst in January after 20 years on the island, will assume the leadership role on Monday. Gould replaces Sarah la Cour, who stepped down in May after six years at the helm as the BID’s second executive director. Gould said she is prepared to work with downtown businesses and get ready for the annual Celebrate Amherst block party, which will be held Sept. 19. “My specific goals over ...

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    2. The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members

      The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members

      The Economic Development Council Western Mass/Springfield WORKS to host two full-time Commonwealth Corps service minded interns to serve as Community Alignment Specialists for the Springfield WORKS Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Working Cities Challenge initiative.  The Commonwealth Corps Community Alignment Specialists will build and align partnerships to promote two generation and whole family approach to jobs with residents, employers, education institutions, City and community leaders.  

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    3. AMHERST AREA CHAMBER TO HOLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PANEL & RECEPTION

      AMHERST AREA CHAMBER TO HOLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PANEL & RECEPTION

      The Amherst Area Chamber presents its first Economic Development Panel discussion on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 4-6PM at The Old Chapel at UMass Amherst. The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Bobrowski and Vickery, LLC and the University of Massachusetts Amherst and to make this event possible.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Westfield

      Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Westfield

      Holyoke Medical Center announced expanded healthcare services in Westfield, including family medicine, women’s services, gastroenterology, walk-in care, and more. Holyoke Medical Group Family Medicine, an affiliate of Holyoke Medical Center, has relocated to 140 Southampton Road in Westfield. The office offers care for the entire family, including pediatrics, adult primary care, women’s health, and geriatric care. Dr. Thomas Graziano and Deborah Pisciotta, MS, PA-C, are accepting new patients. The office is open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call (413) 535-4800.

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    2. Aerosmith delivers with first of 4 shows marking MGM Springfield anniversary - masslive.com

      Aerosmith delivers with first of 4 shows marking MGM Springfield anniversary - masslive.com

      For those who want loud, eardrum splitting rock 'n' roll music delivered with a blinding, stroke-inducing light show, veteran rockers Aerosmith delivered on Wednesday night and showed they have not lost their mojo.  It’s been nearly 30 years since the Bad Boys of Boston “walked this way” to downtown Springfield. Their appearance at the MassMutual Center — the first of four booked by MGM Springfield to celebrate the casino’s first year anniversary — was a sellout before a crowd of 5,128.

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    3. Springfield Public Schools head into new year with enhanced music and art programs, hiring 34 teachers - masslive.com

      Springfield Public Schools head into new year with enhanced music and art programs, hiring 34 teachers - masslive.com

      When students in Springfield head back to classes next week, they will be greeted by some new friendly faces.  To enhance the music and visual arts programs in the Springfield Public Schools, the school district has hired 34 full-time teachers for the 2019-20 school year, Chief Communications Officer Azell Cavaan said.

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    4. Learning Curves

      Learning Curves

      It’s been nearly a full year since MGM Springfield opened its doors in Springfield’s South End. It’s been a year of learning — for both the casino’s team and the consuming public as well. As the headlines have announced, the casino has fallen well behind projections for gross gaming revenues (GGR), but in most all of the other ways to measure the success of the operation, it has not underperformed.

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    5. Springfield OKs clean-wood processing facility at former Bay Street junkyard

      Springfield OKs clean-wood processing facility at former Bay Street junkyard

      Northern Tree Service was recently granted city approval to move forward with plans for a clean-wood-waste processing facility on Bay Street that will benefit the city financially and transform a blighted former junkyard. The city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development approved the application for the waste wood business this month after receiving a legal opinion the Law Department that the project does not need a special permit from the City Council.

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    6. Thorndike Mills closing: What’s replacing the rug maker at the Big E?

      Thorndike Mills closing: What’s replacing the rug maker at the Big E?

      Thorndike Mills will close forever by the end of this year and will no longer sell its locally manufactured, nationally famous braided wool rugs from a high-profile booth in the Massachusetts Building at the Big E. Instead, when the Eastern States Exposition opens Sept. 13, the space will be filled by the Springfield Thunderbirds American Hockey League team and by My Main Squeeze, a fresh juice company from East Longmeadow, said Frances Pearson, fairs coordinator for the state Department of Agriculture and Massachusetts Building manager for the Big E.

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    7. Manufacturers gather in Westfield for pig roast, networking

      Manufacturers gather in Westfield for pig roast, networking

      Nearly 100 people in the precision manufacturing industry and associated businesses gathered Monday night for the 13th annual Mainline Drive Pig Roast, sponsored by the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association.It’s a chance, said association president Kristin Carlson, for business networking and socializing and to raise some money for the Larry A. Maier Memorial Education Fund. Named in honor of Carlson’s late father, the fund supports and promotes manufacturing education for children in fifth grade and up.

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    8. Chicopee’s Downtown; a Developing Story

      Chicopee’s Downtown; a Developing Story

      our years ago, a $7,500 grant from MassDevelopment helped to fund the first annual Downtown GetDown block party in Chicopee. Mayor Richard Kos understands why that was a good investment. “They like the idea of people coming downtown, because when they do, it gives other people impetus to want to develop the downtown,” he told BusinessWest. In that first year, he went on, “the block party really removed a lot of question marks. People say there’s no parking downtown. Well, we had 15,000 people over a weekend, and no one complained about parking. It was not an ...

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    9. Quality Beveridge of Taunton buys Williams Distributing of Chicopee, making it leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch beers in Massachusetts

      Quality Beveridge of Taunton buys Williams Distributing of Chicopee, making it leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch beers in Massachusetts

      Quality Beverage of Taunton is buying 69-year-old Williams Distributing, the company that brings Budweiser, Yuengling and other beers to bars and store shelves across Western Massachusetts. The deal, which needs the approval of Williams Distributing’s suppliers, will make Quality Beverage the Bay State’s leading supplier of Anheuser-Busch InBev brand products. The transaction is expected to close in October, according to a statement issued Monday. The two sides didn’t disclose a sales price.

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    Amherst BID hires Gabrielle Gould as new executive director
    Amherst BID hires Gabrielle Gould as new executive director From the EDC
    Manufacturing association to host event at STCC with Congressman Neal
    Manufacturing association to host event at STCC with Congressman Neal From the EDC
    The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members
    The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members From the EDC
    AMHERST AREA CHAMBER TO HOLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PANEL & RECEPTION
    AMHERST AREA CHAMBER TO HOLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PANEL & RECEPTION 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
    Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Westfield
    Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Westfield BusinessWest
    Aerosmith delivers with first of 4 shows marking MGM Springfield anniversary - masslive.com
    Aerosmith delivers with first of 4 shows marking MGM Springfield anniversary - masslive.com masslive.com
    Springfield Public Schools head into new year with enhanced music and art programs, hiring 34 teachers - masslive.com
    Springfield Public Schools head into new year with enhanced music and art programs, hiring 34 teachers - masslive.com masslive.com
    Learning Curves
    Learning Curves BusinessWest
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