1. From the EDC

    1. Legislative Update - Paid Family and Medical Leave

      I wanted to notify you that the Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave has developed templates to assist you with the required notice to your workforce informing them of the PMFL program, contribution rates, benefits, etc.. The notice must be delivered to your current employees or self-employed individuals you are currently contracting with no later than May 31, 2019. The notice must be delivered to new employees within 30 days of date of hire or at the time of contract with respect to self-employed individuals.The notice may be provided electronically, but, if you choose to do so, it ...

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      Mentions: Westfield
    2. The Ad Club of Western Massachusetts Announces Jury for the 2019 Creative Awards

      The Ad Club of Western Massachusetts Announces Jury for  the 2019 Creative Awards

      The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts, the area’s foremost non-profit organization celebrating creative excellence in advertising, video, photography, and design, today announced the creative leaders selected to serve as judges for the 2019 Creative Awards (www.adclubwm.org/events/creativeawards2019). Our jury represent more than fifty years of award-winning industry experience. They will judge work stretching from the Berkshires into the Pioneer Valley, and from Vermont to Connecticut. They have worked agency-side, client-side, in higher education and beyond. The Ad Club of Western Massachusetts is honored to host this panel of judges to help make the 2019 Creative Awards ...

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      Mentions: Northampton
    3. MGM Springfield Brings Steve Martin and Martin Short

      MGM Springfield Brings Steve Martin and Martin Short

      MGM Springfield is pleased to announce comedic icons Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their new comedy special “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t” to Symphony Hall Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. The comedy legends Martin and Short will present new material in a variety of musical sketches and conversations about their careers, most memorable encounters, and of course, their legendary lives in show business. The duo will be joined on stage by GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! band member Jeff Babko.

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    4. Springfield Regional Digital Equity Walk

      Springfield Regional Digital Equity Walk

      Is the share of women in the computing workforce expected to increase or decrease in the future? Find the answer to this question and many others at the Springfield Region Digital Equity Walk. This event is a chance to explore how well Massachusetts does when it comes to digital equity – equitable access to the technology and computer science skills needed for full participation in our society and economy – and generate ideas about what we can do better.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Pier 1 Imports could close as many as 145 stores this year - masslive.com

      Pier 1 Imports could close as many as 145 stores this year - masslive.com

      Pier 1 Imports could close up to 145 stores this year as the home goods retailer continues to struggle with sluggish sales.  The company said in a statement this week that its net sales decreased by 19.5 percent in the fourth quarter compared to last year, with a net loss of $68.8 million. As part of its 2020 fiscal action plan, Pier 1 plans to close 45 stores with the possibility of shuttering 100 more.

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    2. JA Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Life Lessons - BusinessWest

      JA Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Life Lessons - BusinessWest

      The 100th Anniversary Gala for Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts will have a decidedly ’20s flair — as in the 1920s. In fact, the theme is “The Roaring ’20s are Back.”  Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to come in period dress, a challenge that Jennifer Connelly, executive director of the local JA chapter, met (with considerable help from her daughter) by doing a hard search online that yielded the appropriate dress as well as a headband with a feather.

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    3. Tina D’Agostino Joins Mercy Medical Center in ‘Major Gifts’ Role

      Tina D’Agostino Joins Mercy Medical Center in ‘Major Gifts’ Role

      Tina D’Agostino has joined Mercy Medical Center as a major gifts officer in the Fund Development Department. In this role, D’Agostino’s responsibilities include expanding the Major Gifts Program by cultivating donors and donor prospects, coordinating major gifts as they relate to capital fundraising campaigns, and overseeing volunteers who support the department. D’Agostino joins Mercy Medical Center after 17 years in the arts and entertainment industry.

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    4. Gov. Charlie Baker is this year’s UMass Amherst commencement speaker

      Gov. Charlie Baker is this year’s UMass Amherst commencement speaker

      Gov. Charlie Baker will be the featured commencement speaker at the University of Massachusetts Amherst next month, UMass announced Wednesday. Baker is expected to address a crowd of about 20,000 at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium. The university said about 5,500 undergraduates will receive their bachelor’s degrees at the at the ceremony.

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    5. Sports & Leisure Archives - BusinessWest

      Sports & Leisure Archives - BusinessWest

      The golf business has never been entirely about golf. There has always been a need a diversity in the form of food and beverage, weddings and other events, and even cross-country skiing in the winter. But at a time when clubs are being challenged by declining play and rising expenses, the need to create revenue streams and put all their facilities to use has never been greater.

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    6. Hampshire Council of Governments plans to cease operations; hopes to sell historic Northampton courthouse - masslive.com

      Hampshire Council of Governments plans to cease operations; hopes to sell historic Northampton courthouse - masslive.com

      With officials expecting to run out of money as early as July, the Hampshire Council of Governments is working to cease operations and is trying to sell its largest asset — Northampton’s historic 1886 courthouse — to the state.  Russell Peotter, chairman of the council, said the hope is to make about $5 million by selling the courthouse and liquidating the council’s electricity business.

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    7. For 150 Years, the YWCA of Western Mass. Has Been Helping Survivors Heal - BusinessWest

      For 150 Years, the YWCA of Western Mass. Has Been Helping Survivors Heal - BusinessWest

      Helping survivors heal. That’s been the mission of the YWCA of Western Mass. for 150 years. Today, the agency does this in a number of ways, some well-known, such as its 58-bed domestic-violence shelter, and others far-less-heralded but still important, such as helping area young people attain their high-school equivalency. In each case, the key is providing these survivors with the tools they need to achieve a higher quality of life.

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    8. Springfield Regional Chamber Releases Legislative Agenda

      Springfield Regional Chamber Releases Legislative Agenda

      The Springfield Regional Chamber (SRC) 2019 Outlook has released its legislative agenda outlining the priorities of its more than 500 members for the legislative session and the major issues it will focus on to strengthen business competitiveness, lower business costs and stimulate growth in the greater Springfield region. “Every other year, we survey our more than 500 members to gather feedback about the issues that are impacting their business, their success, their growth strategies,” said SRC President Nancy F. Creed. “We then determine our legislative priorities based on what matters most to them and this forms our advocacy roadmap for ...

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  3. Picture Gallery

    The Ad Club of Western Massachusetts Announces Jury for  the 2019 Creative Awards
    The Ad Club of Western Massachusetts Announces Jury for the 2019 Creative Awards From the EDC
    MGM Springfield Brings Steve Martin and Martin Short
    MGM Springfield Brings Steve Martin and Martin Short From the EDC
    Springfield Regional Digital Equity Walk
    Springfield Regional Digital Equity Walk 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
    Pier 1 Imports could close as many as 145 stores this year - masslive.com
    Pier 1 Imports could close as many as 145 stores this year - masslive.com masslive.com
    JA Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Life Lessons - BusinessWest
    JA Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Life Lessons - BusinessWest BusinessWest
    Tina D’Agostino Joins Mercy Medical Center in ‘Major Gifts’ Role
    Tina D’Agostino Joins Mercy Medical Center in ‘Major Gifts’ Role BusinessWest
    ACC to Hold Open House for Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center
    ACC to Hold Open House for Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center BusinessWest
    Gov. Charlie Baker is this year’s UMass Amherst commencement speaker
    Gov. Charlie Baker is this year’s UMass Amherst commencement speaker masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

    1. (7 articles) Kumble Subbaswamy
    2. (6 articles) Carol A. Leary
    3. (4 articles) John Heaps
    4. (4 articles) Peter Rosskothen
    5. (3 articles) Kevin B. Vann
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  3. Western Mass EDC Staff in the News

    1. (20 articles) Rick Sullivan
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  4. Companies in the News

    1. (86 articles) MGM
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    3. (42 articles) MassMutual
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  5. Business Leaders in the News

    1. (9 articles) Timothy W. Brennan
    2. (5 articles) Kathleen G. Anderson
    3. (4 articles) Nick Fyntrilakis
    4. (3 articles) John McCarthy
    5. (3 articles) Robert Bolduc
    6. (2 articles) Kevin E. Lynn
  6. Government Officials in the News

    1. (63 articles) Domenic J. Sarno
    2. (48 articles) Congressman Richard E. Neal
    3. (24 articles) Kevin Kennedy
    4. (13 articles) Governor Deval L. Patrick
    5. (8 articles) Alex Morse
    6. (7 articles) Dannel Malloy
  7. Organizations in the News

    1. (111 articles) University of Massachusetts
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    3. (44 articles) Springfield Technical Community College
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    5. (34 articles) MassDevelopment
    6. (26 articles) Western New England University
  8. Western Mass Cities in the News

    1. (661 articles) Springfield
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    3. (139 articles) Westfield
    4. (129 articles) Amherst
    5. (118 articles) Chicopee
    6. (113 articles) Northampton
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    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.
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