1. From the EDC

    1. Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives

      Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives

      Urban Agenda Grant Program builds on community-driven initiatives to create new economic opportunities for residents

      BOSTON, MA - February 12, 2018 - Today, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $500,000 to nine projects through the Urban Agenda Grant Program. The program seeks to unlock community-driven responses to local obstacles, and promote economic development opportunities through partnership-building, problem solving, and shared accountability in urban centers. The competitive awards offer flexible funding for local efforts that bring together community stakeholders to pursue economic development initiatives. These awards will fund projects in Boston, Clinton, Framingham, Greenfield, Holyoke, Lowell, New Bedford, Revere and Springfield. Funding will support ...

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    2. Bay State Business Link - Greentown Labs Event - February 15

      Bay State Business Link - Greentown Labs Event - February 15

      Last year, I was proud to join Dr. Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs, to announce that Greentown Labs Manufacturing Initiative would be opening an office in Springfield. By opening in Springfield, Greentown Labs is exemplifying the spirit of the Bay State Business Link. To support Greentown’s efforts in expanding the circle of prosperity beyond Greater Boston, the House provided $150,000 for a clean energy economic development grant program in Springfield.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. 2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing

      2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing

      State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, chairman of the economic development committee, announced the awards of two Site Readiness Program grants. A total of $255,200 will go to Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation to develop the relatively new Air Park South and $70,000 will go to Westmass Area Development to help in master planning and marketing for Chicopee River Business Park. "The Site Readiness Program is designed to facilitate development at the local level by providing targeted resources for sites with great potential as these Chicopee projects," he said.

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    2. Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)

      Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)

      With a reputation as a hub for arts and culture, Berkshire County also boasts a rich history of manufacturing and technology. That's something local business leaders and officials are looking to highlight and build upon with the creation of the long-awaited Berkshire Innovation Center. The project, which has faced delays due to funding shortfalls since it was proposed nearly a decade ago, is expected to break ground in Pittsfield this year. Stephen Boyd, BIC president and chairman since 2014, said he hopes to open the 20,000-square-foot facility at William Stanley Business Park, part of General Electric's former ...

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    3. East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      Local workers will once again make Craftsman tools here in the Pioneer Valley. Stanley Black & Decker, which bought the Craftsman brand from ailing Sears in January 2017 for $775 million, will likely start making Craftsman-brand saw blades and other tools at the former Lenox American Saw plant in the second half of 2018, said spokesman Tim Perra.

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    4. Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower

      Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower

      The city is advertising for proposals for the redevelopment of two adjacent parcels on lower Worthington Street that 30 years ago was considered for the "Spire," a 32-story condominium tower nicknamed "Springfield's Space Needle." The site is now mostly vacant with just a lean-to structure and roof, and the city is particularly interested in uses that would be compatible with a downtown dining district, said Brian Connors, the city's deputy director of economic development.

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    5. New Projects Energize Palmer’s Neighborhoods

      New Projects Energize Palmer’s Neighborhoods

      In a neighborhood struggling to regain some momentum, any new development matters — no matter how humble. Literally, in the case of Humble Pie, a restaurant with a façade as nondescript as its name and a farm-to-table ethos that has quickly won over locals since opening in December on Main Street in the Three Rivers section of Palmer. “They’ve been getting excellent reviews, and people are literally standing in line,” said Town Planner and Economic Development Director Linda Leduc. “That’s good because it’s another catalyst to get other business owners and developers to invest in Main Street ...

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    6. Bradley International Airport to Launch Non-stop Service to St. Louis

      Bradley International Airport to Launch Non-stop Service to St. Louis

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the debut of new daily, non-stop service between Bradley International Airport and St. Louis Lambert International Airport on Southwest Airlines. “I’ve long advocated that we need to utilize Bradley International Airport as an economic driver to boost growth in our region, and adding an additional direct flight to a major hub is another component toward increasing these efforts,” Gov. Dannel Malloy said. “As we add more airlines and increase the number of routes offered at our state’s premier airport, we are opening the door for increased economic opportunities for business travelers who ...

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    7. MassMutual Foundation donates $1 million to Springfield schools

      MassMutual Foundation donates $1 million to Springfield schools

       The MassMutual Foundation Inc. will grant $1 million to Springfield Public Schools to expand the City Connects program into eight additional elementary schools throughout the city.  City Connects is a national program executed by the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The program supports students based on their individual needs by addressing out-of-school challenges that affect student success, and leverages existing community resources and support services to optimize students' readiness to learn.

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    8. Chicopee downtown mill renovation project granted special permit

      Chicopee downtown mill renovation project granted special permit

      A Holyoke businessman who plans to convert a historic mill building that dates to the 1840s has been given the go-ahead to begin the project. The City Council voted 12-0 last week to grant a special permit to Mount Holyoke Development, owned by Herbert Berezin, which will allow him to convert the long-vacant 65,000 square-foot, five-street mill located off the corner of Front and Depot Streets into live-work apartments. The City Council also agreed to waive parking requirements and allow the project to go forth with 109 instead of the 179 spots needed under zoning regulations. It also agreed ...

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      Mentions: Chicopee Holyoke
    9. Valley Venture Mentors co-founder Paul Silva is 'rock star' of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.: Outlook 2018

      Valley Venture Mentors co-founder Paul Silva is 'rock star' of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.: Outlook 2018

      As a senior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000, Silva cofounded the Entreclub because he needed help building his start-up Zform. That's where his duck tie first made its appearance as a silly way to make his fellow students feel less nervous when pitching their ideas. Since then, the ducks have been on quite a ride. They've accompanied Silva from college competitions to his work in angel investment to the co-founding of Valley Venture Mentors, the region's leading start-up accelerator, and now to his two latest endeavors, Launch413 and the Lean Innovation Institute.

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    10. Springfield recycler Northstar Pulp & Paper repurposes to meet 21st century demands

      Springfield recycler Northstar Pulp & Paper repurposes to meet 21st century demands

      Thirty years ago, when Lori Goodman Novak was a teenager, she worked in the office for the family business, Northstar Pulp & Paper, answering the phone, weighing trucks on the scale and sorting mail. Nearly two decades later, while Novak was teaching kindergarten, her half-brother, Aaron Goodman, was old enough to work at the plant as a forklift operator, before he launched his college education and a career in commercial banking. After making radical professional moves in recent decades, the two siblings - Novak is 49, and Goodman is 31 - have committed to Northstar. With their father David Goodman, they serve as ...

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    Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives
    Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives From the EDC
    MASSMUTUAL ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION AND REINVESTMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS
    MASSMUTUAL ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION AND REINVESTMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS From the EDC
    Bay State Business Link - Greentown Labs Event - February 15
    Bay State Business Link - Greentown Labs Event - February 15 From the EDC
    MassMutual decision adds to Springfield's 'momentum,' Western Massachusetts development official says
    MassMutual decision adds to Springfield's 'momentum,' Western Massachusetts development official says masslive.com
    “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
    2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing
    2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing masslive.com
    Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)
    Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video) masslive.com
    East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools
    East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools masslive.com
    Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower
    Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower masslive.com
    New Projects Energize Palmer’s Neighborhoods
    New Projects Energize Palmer’s Neighborhoods BusinessWest
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