1. From the EDC

    1. Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Common Capital, Inc.

      Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Common Capital, Inc. are excited to bring a Speed Coaching event to Holyoke! The event will kick off with a networking reception at 6:00. During the reception you will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and sign up for the consulting stations that are most relevant to your business such as: 
      Marketing and E-Commerce 
      Packaging 
      Sales and Distribution 
      Business Financing 
      Legal Advice for Your Business

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    2. Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members

      Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members

      The Economic Development Council Western Mass/Springfield WORKS to Host Three Half-time (18 - 20 hrs/wk) Commonwealth Corps members to serve as Community Outreach Support Specialists providing community resident, leader and employer outreach and mentor recruitment. Through their service, members will increase access to a greater number of residents who are underemployed or unemployed, and community leaders and employers who are vital to sustained employment.

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    3. Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts

      Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts

      Please join us for a conversation on the status of education in Western Massachusetts.  The event will put a local focus on findings from the Rennie Center's Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report.  We'll discuss the latest data on the impact of early learning in Western Massachusetts and you'll hear from local educators and leaders about promising programs in the area.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. PeoplesBank buys First National Bank of Suffield for $60M

      PeoplesBank buys First National Bank of Suffield for $60M

      PeoplesBancorp, parent of PeoplesBank, will buy First Suffield Financial, Inc., parent company of The First National Bank of Suffield, Connecticut, for $60 million. First Suffield Financial shareholders will receive $12,001.85 in cash per share, according to a news release. PeoplesBank is mutual bank and has 18 banking offices in Western Massachusetts and assets exceeding $2.4 billion.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    2. Human Service Forum to Present Job Fair on Aug. 22

      The Human Service Forum will hold its first annual Human Services Job Fair on Wednesday, August 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 100 Congress St., Springfield. This event is free and open to the public. Job seekers of all experience levels are invited to attend, and many bilingual positions are available. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with more than 25 local nonprofit organizations currently looking to fill a wide range of openings.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. Springfield has a lot of balls in the air this week with International Jugglers...

      Springfield has a lot of balls in the air this week with International Jugglers...

      The International Jugglers' Association will converge on the city for the next six days, drawing an estimated 600 jugglers and juggling enthusiasts from around the world. The International Jugglers' Association 71st convention is expected to pump more than $1 million into the region's economy. Local hotels alone have booked 1,100 hotel rooms over the six days of the event, said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a press release.

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    4. Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services

      Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services

      Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke will eliminate full- and part-time jobs in a restructuring announced last week. The hospital, part of Trinity Health of New England, can't yet say how many jobs will be eliminated. A prepared statement from the organization refers to service changes, but says no service will be eliminated entirely. Managers have been working, according to the release, to reduce partial hours or eliminate open or unfilled positions

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    5. Google Announces $100,000 Sponsorship for FutureWorks Career Center

      Google continued its Grow with Google tour in Springfield last week by announcing a sponsorship for FutureWorks Career Center totalling $100,000. The sponsorship will help FutureWorks deepen its available resources to prepare active job seekers with the digital skills necessary to obtain jobs and succeed in the workforce.FutureWorks will deploy Google’s Applied Digital Skills Curriculum its diverse group of youth and adult job seekers over the course of a year. Some of its staff will also be trained on Google for Jobs and teach active job seekers how to use the online platform to streamline their job ...

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    6. Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

      Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+

      When Lucas and Liam Goncalves saw an information table for the U.S. Air Force they couldn't wait to meet the people sitting behind it. "Can we go talk to them?" Lucas, 7, asked and already started running as their mother gave them the OK. The two were among some of the most enthusiastic visitors to Sunday's Great New England Air and Space Show, which an estimated 63,400 people to Westover Air Reserve Base over the two days of the event.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    7. MassDOT Announces $1.8 Million in Awards to Expand Industrial Rail and Freight

      The state Department of Transportation recently awarded five grants totaling more than $1.8 million as part of the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP), which helps increase rail and freight access, economic opportunity, and job growth. IRAP is a competitive, state-funded, public/private partnership program that provides financial assistance to eligible applicants to invest in improvement projects in rail infrastructure access. State funding for these five projects will be matched by more than $2.4 million in private funds.

       

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    8. Downtown Amherst development proposal includes commercial space, 58 studio apartments

      Downtown Amherst development proposal includes commercial space, 58 studio apartments

      Two meetings are planned next week to review a proposal to construct a four-story building with 1,000 square feet of commercial space and 58 studio apartments on an approximately one-third acre lot at 26 Spring St. downtown. The Amherst Design Review Committee will convene Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall; the Planning Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    9. $1.5 million grant to help Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee improve water quality in...

      $1.5 million grant to help Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee improve water quality in...

      The Connecticut River Clean-up Committee has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to help the cities of Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee reduce sewer overflows and wastewater discharges and improve water quality in the Connecticut River watershed. The Baker-Polito administration awarded the grant, which will be administered by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, earlier this week. "The Connecticut River is a vital resource for communities along its banks and the funds announced today will support important ongoing community efforts to keep contaminants out of the river, greatly improving water quality and quality of life for local residents," said Gov. Charlie ...

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    10. Massachusetts' second-largest wind farm expanding

      Massachusetts' second-largest wind farm expanding

      The Berkshire Wind Power Project atop Brodie Mountain in Hancock will expand by two additional turbines, each capable of generating 2.3 megawatts, by next spring. Owner Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative announced the expansion Thursday. The cooperative is a nonprofit entity consisting of 14 Massachusetts municipal utilities and the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
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    Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members
    Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members From the EDC
    Love Bradley International Airport?
    Love Bradley International Airport? From the EDC
    Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts
    Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts 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
    MASSMUTUAL ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION AND REINVESTMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS
    MASSMUTUAL ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION AND REINVESTMENT IN MASSACHUSETTS From the EDC
    “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
    PeoplesBank buys First National Bank of Suffield for $60M
    PeoplesBank buys First National Bank of Suffield for $60M masslive.com
    Springfield has a lot of balls in the air this week with International Jugglers...
    Springfield has a lot of balls in the air this week with International Jugglers... masslive.com
    Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services
    Providence Behavioral Health Hospital announces cutbacks, promises to maintain services masslive.com
    Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+
    Westover wraps up Air Show drawing crowds of 60,000+ masslive.com
    Downtown Amherst development proposal includes commercial space, 58 studio apartments
    Downtown Amherst development proposal includes commercial space, 58 studio apartments masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

    1. (9 articles) Paul C. Picknelly
    2. (7 articles) Carol A. Leary
    3. (5 articles) Kumble Subbaswamy
    4. (3 articles) Anthony S. Caprio
    5. (2 articles) John Heaps
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  3. Western Mass EDC Staff in the News

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  4. Companies in the News

    1. (78 articles) MGM
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    3. (41 articles) MassMutual
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    1. (6 articles) Kathleen G. Anderson
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    4. (4 articles) Robert Bolduc
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    6. (2 articles) Dr. Robert L. Pura
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    1. (69 articles) Domenic J. Sarno
    2. (33 articles) Congressman Richard E. Neal
    3. (26 articles) Kevin Kennedy
    4. (13 articles) Governor Deval L. Patrick
    5. (11 articles) Alex Morse
    6. (8 articles) Joseph Wagner
  7. Organizations in the News

    1. (112 articles) University of Massachusetts
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    3. (50 articles) Springfield Technical Community College
    4. (34 articles) Basketball Hall of Fame
    5. (32 articles) MassDevelopment
    6. (28 articles) Valley Venture Mentors
  8. Western Mass Cities in the News

    1. (690 articles) Springfield
    2. (241 articles) Holyoke
    3. (153 articles) Chicopee
    4. (145 articles) Westfield
    5. (136 articles) Amherst
    6. (116 articles) Northampton
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      By Scott Goldman
    2. Western Massachusetts' ranges and landscapes are a treasured resource. Hampshire's partnership with local and state organizations will help conserve these vistas and habitats for future generations.
      By Jonathan Lash
    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.
      By Kristin DeBoer