1. From the EDC

    1. FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase

      FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase

      "I invite you all to attend the FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase happening tomorrow at 10am.  FORGE is a nonprofit with an office located here at Springfield at Tech Park that connects startups with compatible, forward-thinking regional manufacturers, design firms and engineers.  Meet hundreds of regional manufacturers and innovators and hear from Leader Joseph Wagner.  To register, please visit www.forgemass.org and click on the events page.

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    2. 2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference

      2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference

      Join us to explore the many development opportunities on the horizon in Western Mass!  The 2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference will connect business leaders, developers, real estate professionals, site selectors, economic development professionals, and public officials from Western MA and across the Northeast. 

      WHO: Economic Development Council of Western MA (EDC) and Economic Development Partners (EDP)
      What: The Western MA Developers Conference
      When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9am - 3pm

      Click Here to Register

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    3. Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

      Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

      The Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge  is the third in a series of innovation pitch competitions to identify and grow innovative solutions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Companies selected for the Challenge will attend a series of innovation workshops over five weeks, receiving critical mentorship, as well as access to a statewide network of manufacturers and advisors.  The program will culminate on October 30th with a virtual pitch event and a $25,000 prize awarded to the winner, funding which will help kick start the commercial development of their products or services.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Hiring of disabled workers results in lower turnover, higher production for Chicopee distribution company

      Hiring of disabled workers results in lower turnover, higher production for Chicopee distribution company

      Jocelyn Rodriguez hadn’t worked in five years because she suffers from problems with her hands and mental health illnesses, but when she found a job eight months ago at J. Polep she quickly became a star employee. The Springfield resident has been working at the company as a selector — locating and items ordered by convenience stores and packing them for delivery — and has consistently been a top performer in the division.

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    2. STCC Receives $662,000 in State Grants for COVID-19 Relief

      STCC Receives $662,000 in State Grants for COVID-19 Relief

      The state awarded Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) two grants totaling nearly $662,000 for COVID-19 relief, STCC President John Cook announced. The money will be used to help keep the campus safe during the pandemic, compensate faculty for their work developing online courses, and boost student aid, Cook said at a news conference at STCC. He spoke from Building 20, where check-in stations are set up to screen students, staff, and faculty who arrive on the campus.

       

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    3. People in Business: Jean M Deliso, CFP® named to New York Life’s Chairman’s Council

      People in Business: Jean M Deliso, CFP® named to New York Life’s Chairman’s Council

      Jean M. Deliso, CFP® has been named a member of the 2020 Chairman’s Council of New York Life. Members of the Chairman’s Council rank in the top three percent of New York Life’s elite sales force of more than 12,000 licensed agents in sales achievement. Ms. Deliso has accomplished this level of achievement for nine consecutive years.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    4. People in Business: Darcy Young Appointed to Executive Committee of The Children’s Study Home

      People in Business: Darcy Young Appointed to Executive Committee of The Children’s Study Home

      The Children’s Study Home recently appointed Board of Directors member Darcy (Fortune) Young to its Executive Committee. Ms. Young has been a member of the board since 2018 serving on the Communications Committee. She has consulted on everything from fundraising to digital marketing and, most recently, was part of the board effort to transition to a new executive director for the 155-year old agency.

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    5. Chicopee sets aside $2 million to reduce taxes, $1 million to beef up ‘conservative’ budget - masslive.com

      Chicopee sets aside $2 million to reduce taxes, $1 million to beef up ‘conservative’ budget - masslive.com

      The city will reduce the amount it will ask homeowners and businesses to pay in taxes in the upcoming year by using $2 million from the free cash account.  It will also set aside $1 million from free cash to supplement accounts that were slashed when the budget for this fiscal year was adopted in late June.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    6. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to announce COVID recovery plan with $115 million in new funding for small businesses, main streets - masslive.com

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to announce COVID recovery plan with $115 million in new funding for small businesses, main streets - masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker plans to announce Thursday a $775 million plan to support small businesses and stimulate the state economy, mostly through a mix of existing programs and $115 million in new funding.  The new funding is expected to cover grants to small businesses and Main Streets hit hard by COVID-19, offering resources to small business owners and job seekers who seek training and connections.

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      Mentions: MassDevelopment
    7. American International College to Host Mural Honoring Mason Square Resident

      American International College to Host Mural Honoring Mason Square Resident

      American International College (AIC) will honor a Springfield individual known to residents in Mason Square as Preacherman with a mural on the college’s maintenance building located at the corner of State and Reed streets. Born Randolph Lester, he was a well-known community member who was given the Preacherman moniker as he was often seen walking around the Mason Square area carrying a Bible.

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    8. Amherst Area Chamber Announces A+ Award Winners to Be Honored on Nov. 12

      Amherst Area Chamber Announces A+ Award Winners to Be Honored on Nov. 12

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce 2020 A+ Awards Show will be held virtually and broadcast live from Hadley Farms Meeting House on Thursday, Nov. 12, with PeoplesBank serving as presenting sponsor. Each year, the chamber gives A+ Awards to individuals and organizations that enrich the life of the community through their work in education, business, and civic engagement in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Leverett, Pelham, Shutesbury, Sunderland, and the Pioneer Valley as a whole.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    9. Research Team Including UMass Amherst’s Charlie Schweik and Brenda Bushouse Receives $3.4 Million in NSF Grants to Study Open-Source Software

      Research Team Including UMass Amherst’s Charlie Schweik and Brenda Bushouse Receives $3.4 Million in NSF Grants to Study Open-Source Software

      research team including Charlie Schweik and Brenda Bushouse of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded $3.4 million in grants from the National Science Foundation’s Growing Convergence Research program for their project, “Jumpstarting Successful Open-Source Software Projects with Evidence-based Rules and Structures.”

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    10. Convergent Photonics Partners with WNEU on Research and Development Center

      Convergent Photonics, which specializes in creating and supplying high-tech lasers, announced a partnership with Western New England University to establish a research and development center and strengthen the school’s education program with the help of a $2.5 million state grant, the Republican reported. The project is the fourth of its kind statewide and the first in Western Mass., and Springfield Technical Community College will also be involved. The money comes from the state’s Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative.

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    FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase
    FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase From the EDC
    2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference
    2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference From the EDC
    Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge
    Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge From the EDC
    Baker-Polito Administration revises the Executive Order on gatherings
    Baker-Polito Administration revises the Executive Order on gatherings From the EDC
    2020 Western Mass Developers Conference Slated for Oct. 21
    2020 Western Mass Developers Conference Slated for Oct. 21 BusinessWest
    Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts
    Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts masslive.com
    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
    Hiring of disabled workers results in lower turnover, higher production for Chicopee distribution company
    Hiring of disabled workers results in lower turnover, higher production for Chicopee distribution company masslive.com
    STCC Receives $662,000 in State Grants for COVID-19 Relief
    STCC Receives $662,000 in State Grants for COVID-19 Relief BusinessWest
    People in Business: Jean M Deliso, CFP® named to New York Life’s Chairman’s Council
    People in Business: Jean M Deliso, CFP® named to New York Life’s Chairman’s Council masslive.com
    People in Business: Darcy Young Appointed to Executive Committee of The Children’s Study Home
    People in Business: Darcy Young Appointed to Executive Committee of The Children’s Study Home masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

    1. (8 articles) Kevin B. Vann
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