1. From the EDC

    1. MA Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) Webinar

      MA Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) Webinar

      The Mass Office of Business Development (MOBD) will be holding a webinar to increase awareness of the Massachusetts Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP). This program first became available through the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) in 2019, and can be used to help municipalities in their efforts to revitalize their downtowns and commercial areas.

       

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    2. TARGETED FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES

      TARGETED FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES

      Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of free COVID-19 testing sites in eight communities from July 10 to August 14 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This “Stop the Spread” initiative is a data-driven effort to reduce the prevalence of COVID-19 in communities that are above the state average in total cases and positive test rate, and have experienced a decline in testing levels since April. The initiative is being launched in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, and New Bedford. Residents of these communities can take advantage of the availability of these new testing ...

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    3. MASSACHUSETTS - PHASE III, STEP ONE TO INITIATE ON MONDAY, JULY 6TH

      MASSACHUSETTS - PHASE III, STEP ONE TO INITIATE ON MONDAY, JULY 6TH

      The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that on July 6th, Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin and updates on gatherings will be in effect. For the City of Boston, Phase III and the gatherings order will take effect on Monday, July 13th. The Department of Public Health (DPH) also issued updated guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Provisions wine, craft beer, cheese and specialty food store moving into The Mill District in North Amherst

      Provisions wine, craft beer, cheese and specialty food store moving into The Mill District in North Amherst

      Provisions – the wine, craft beer and specialty meat and cheese store in downtown Northampton – will soon open a second location in space at The Mill District in North Amherst. Both Mill District owner and developer Cinda Jones and the owners of Provisions – Bruce McAmis and Benson Hyde – announced the deal Tuesday afternoon.

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    2. Employers lose confidence; but see Massachusetts recovery outpacing national economy during COVID-19 pandemic

      Employers lose confidence; but see Massachusetts recovery outpacing national economy during COVID-19 pandemic

      Business confidence fell in July, four months after the index suffered the largest one-time decline in its history a coronavirus hit followed by a modest spring recovery, Associated Industries of Massachusetts said Tuesday. Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index fell 3.2 points to 45.8, showing a predominantly pessimistic outlook among businesses throughout the commonwealth, according to a news release Tuesday. Confidence was 16.2 points less than in July 2019.

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    3. IT Bond Bill Includes $300,000 for Town of Amherst

      IT Bond Bill Includes $300,000 for Town of Amherst

      State Rep. Mindy Domb announced designated funding in the amount of $300,000 for the town of Amherst for information-technology (IT) upgrades in the recently passed IT bond bill. Domb joined her colleagues in the state Legislature to pass the legislation, which authorizes up to $1.7 billion in spending for the improvement of IT equipment and related projects in Massachusetts.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    4. State Allocates $50 Million in CARES Act Funding to Schools and Colleges

      State Allocates $50 Million in CARES Act Funding to Schools and Colleges

      The Baker-Polito administration announced last week it will allocate more than $50 million in federal CARES Act funds to benefit education in elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities. The funding from the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund will improve early literacy, expand remote learning opportunities, and cover costs associated with reopening certain schools and colleges, as well as boost financial aid for college students in greater need of financial assistance.

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    5. Hampton Ponds Market, now open in Westfield, saw opportunity for a new supermarket

      Hampton Ponds Market, now open in Westfield, saw opportunity for a new supermarket

      Jorge Alvarado and his wife, Rosana, moved to Westfield five years ago after working for years in supermarkets in New York City. They were close to her family here. And they started working for a demolition company in Holyoke while living near East Mountain Road near Hampton Ponds. Problem was, Jorge Alvarado said, there wasn’t a food store he liked really close by. He was thinking of a neighborhood-type place where busy commuters could stop by on the way home from work.

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    6. As legislative session gets extended, Massachusetts lawmakers send $1.8 billion IT bond bill to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk

      As legislative session gets extended, Massachusetts lawmakers send $1.8 billion IT bond bill to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk

      The Legislature enacted a $1.8 billion information technology bond bill after lawmakers reached a deal on a finalized proposal late Friday. The bill now heads to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk. The IT bond bill offers cybersecurity and technology improvements to early child care, classrooms, law enforcement, the food industry and other areas — all in the midst of a global pandemic that has made internet access, teleconferencing platforms and secure, efficient websites crucial for remote work.

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      Mentions: Robert DeLeo
    7. Small Businesses Need Support

      Small Businesses Need Support

      The recent news that two small businesses located in the Shops at Marketplace in downtown Springfield — Serendipity and Alchemy Nail Bar — will be closing permanently due to a sharp decline in business from the pandemic provides more direct evidence of the damage being done to the business community from this crisis. A number of small businesses have already closed over the past four and a half months, and those numbers will surely rise as the pandemic continues to keep people in their homes. Many of these closings are seemingly unavoidable — they involve businesses, such as event venues, bars, and restaurants ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    8. Paul Belsito Eyes ‘Impact Philanthropy’ as He Takes Helm at Davis Foundation

      Paul Belsito Eyes ‘Impact Philanthropy’ as He Takes Helm at Davis Foundation

      Paul Belsito admits he’s struggling somewhat with Zoom and conference calls — not the technology, but the nature of those forms of communication. He’s a people person, and he likes meeting them face to face — and not on screen or over the phone. “I enjoy going to events and networking — that’s how I meet people,” he said, noting that there haven’t been any opportunities like that since he’s arrived, and he’s looking to the day when they return. “Zoom is OK, and I’m getting good at it, but it’s not the same.”

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    MA Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) Webinar
    MA Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) Webinar From the EDC
    TARGETED FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES
    TARGETED FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES From the EDC
    MASSACHUSETTS - PHASE III, STEP ONE TO INITIATE ON MONDAY, JULY 6TH
    MASSACHUSETTS - PHASE III, STEP ONE TO INITIATE ON MONDAY, JULY 6TH From the EDC
    Massachusetts link to resources
    Massachusetts link to resources 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
    Provisions wine, craft beer, cheese and specialty food store moving into The Mill District in North Amherst
    Provisions wine, craft beer, cheese and specialty food store moving into The Mill District in North Amherst masslive.com
    Employers lose confidence; but see Massachusetts recovery outpacing national economy during COVID-19 pandemic
    Employers lose confidence; but see Massachusetts recovery outpacing national economy during COVID-19 pandemic masslive.com
    IT Bond Bill Includes $300,000 for Town of Amherst
    IT Bond Bill Includes $300,000 for Town of Amherst BusinessWest
    State Allocates $50 Million in CARES Act Funding to Schools and Colleges
    State Allocates $50 Million in CARES Act Funding to Schools and Colleges BusinessWest
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

    1. (8 articles) Peter Rosskothen
    2. (6 articles) Kevin B. Vann
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  3. Western Mass EDC Staff in the News

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  4. Companies in the News

    1. (42 articles) MGM
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  5. Business Leaders in the News

    1. (3 articles) Kevin E. Lynn
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    1. (54 articles) Congressman Richard E. Neal
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    3. (8 articles) Robert DeLeo
    4. (7 articles) Alex Morse
    5. (4 articles) Congressman John W. Olver
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  7. Organizations in the News

    1. (85 articles) University of Massachusetts
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    3. (32 articles) Basketball Hall of Fame
    4. (29 articles) Holyoke Community College
    5. (18 articles) Westfield State University
    6. (17 articles) Springfield College
  8. Western Mass Cities in the News

    1. (591 articles) Springfield
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    3. (104 articles) Westfield
    4. (100 articles) Amherst
    5. (98 articles) Northampton
    6. (71 articles) West Springfield
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