1. From the EDC

    1. HCG Kicks off state's first Solar Thermal Challenge campaign

      HCG Kicks off state's first Solar Thermal Challenge campaign

      HCG is kicking off the first round of a solar thermal campaign via a new grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program.  The $141,875 grant will fund three rounds of regional solar thermal outreach campaigns.  After a vigorous vetting process, HCG has been chosen to lead the pilot campaign expected to run from Fall 2017 into the first quarter of 2018, with campaigns in the Greater Boston area led by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Merrimack Planning Commission following later in 2018.    

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    2. Food Sustainability Symposium

      Food Sustainability Symposium

      RecyclingWorks along with Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts are hosting a food waste symposium. This interactive forum will explore ways to start or expand food waste diversion across the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy. Learn how to decide whether a source reduction, food donation, animal feed, composting, and/or anaerobic digestion program might be a good match for your business.

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    3. “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies”

      “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies”

      Join UMass Amherst and the Economic Development Council of Western Mass for an event to be held at the Design Building at UMass Amherst, 551 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003 October 17, 2017 from 8:30AM – 12PM.  Green technology sectors offer business and employment opportunities stemming from clean energy, climate change mitigations, water innovation, and green building technologies.  Join UMass Amherst and Western Mass EDC for an event on innovations in new sectors, their potential for growth, and how Western Mass and UMass Amherst are taking a lead in green tech developments.  Network and make connections between UMass Amherst ...

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    4. Game-Changing Careers Start Here at MGM Springfield!

      Game-Changing Careers Start Here at MGM Springfield!

      Thank you for your continued support as we gear up to bring a world-class destination resort to the area. Please share this information for our latest career opportunities and post in your career centers, encouraging people to apply by visiting https://mgmresorts.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/306  Job postings are subject to change daily, please visit our website for the most current job postings.

       

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills

      Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College and Training & Workforce Options, are piloting a Metrology & CNC Foundations training program. This eight-week, 160-hour, advanced-manufacturing training program, which started on Sept. 25, is training 12 laid-off workers in manufacturing skills in quality control utilizing micrometers, calipers, and coordinate measurement machinery. In addition, trainees will receive training in blueprint reading, shop mathematics, ISO 9001 and AS9100 quality systems, and basic CNC setup and operations.

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    2. Chicopee Uniroyal cleanup receives final EPA brownfields grants

      Chicopee Uniroyal cleanup receives final EPA brownfields grants

      While city officials celebrated receiving three more grants to clean up the Uniroyal property, City Planner Lee Pouliot had some bad news as well. "We are not eligible for any more of the grants," he said. The three grants, each totaling $200,000, are the last the Uniroyal project will receive from the federal Environmental Protection Agency brownfields cleanup program. Other funding for the expensive job of removing hazardous waste such as asbestos and cancer-causing PBC's is not easy to find, Pouliot told the City Council as they formally accepted the grants. Over the years the city has mined ...

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    3. Hampshire Council of Governments awarded $141,875 grant for thermal solar outreach

      Hampshire Council of Governments awarded $141,875 grant for thermal solar outreach

      Hampshire Council of Governments was recently awarded a $141,875 grant to reach out to area residents about using solar panels to heat their homes' hot water. The outreach campaigns is expected to continue through the spring, the council said in a press release. The grant was provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. "The campaign will seek to educate consumers on the benefits of a mature, well-established renewable energy technology that can help them save money on energy while reducing their carbon footprint," the council said in a statement.

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    4. CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars

      CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars

      CRRC, which is nearing completion on its 204,000-square-foot rail car factory in East Springfield, will ship the first four prototype Orange Line MBTA cars from China to Boston Nov. 18. The cars will leave via the Port of Shanghai and arrive at the Hub in December -- the first of the 404 Orange and Red line cars CRRC plans to build for the Boston-area subway in the next few years.

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    5. Any Amazon deal should require Western Massachusetts investment, says head of Economic Development Council

      Any Amazon deal should require Western Massachusetts investment, says head of Economic Development Council

      Any Amazon tax and infrastructure incentive package from Massachusetts should require the internet retailing giant to make some investment in the western part of the state, says Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. "So its not all about Suffolk Downs or about any of these other sites that are being discussed," Sullivan said Thursday in an interview. "It is a way to make sure there is some benefit from this project in Western Massachusetts. And you know what? it doesn't cost (the state) a thing."

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    6. 'Westmass Area Development Corporation has done a tremendous job on this project,' US Rep. Richard Neal says while touring Ludlow Mills complex

      'Westmass Area Development Corporation has done a tremendous job on this project,' US Rep. Richard Neal says while touring Ludlow Mills complex

      The conversion of a formerly vacant mill building into 75 apartments for residents age 50 or older is "incredibly impressive," U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said after a recent tour of the sprawling Ludlow Mills complex.  "Westmass Area Development Corp. has done a tremendous job on this project and has shown what can be done to bring these old workspaces back to life," Neal said, referring to the regional not-for-profit industrial and business developer overseeing the multimillion-dollar transformation of the site between State Street and the Chicopee River.

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    7. Laurie Flynn Named President and CEO at Link to Libraries

      Laurie Flynn Named President and CEO at Link to Libraries

      Laurie Flynn says it’s not often that one gets to make their passion their profession. And it was the opportunity to do just that which prompted her to put aside a budding marketing business she co-founded a few years ago and become president and CEO of Link to Libraries (LTL), the decade-old nonprofit that, as the name suggests, puts books on the shelves of school libraries and other agencies and promotes childhood literacy on many levels.

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    8. Elms College to Host Panel Discussion on Healthcare Innovation

      Elms College to Host Panel Discussion on Healthcare Innovation

      Elms College will host a panel discussion on healthcare innovation on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dooley College Center dining room annex. The panel, “Driving Change in the Business of Healthcare,” is presented as a collaboration between the college’s MBA program, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and School of Nursing’s doctor of nursing practice program. The panelists — entrepreneurs and innovators in the business, technology, and clinical sides of healthcare — will share stories of innovating, changing, disrupting, enhancing, advancing, and problem solving in medical and healthcare settings. They will talk about their own paths to ...

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    9. State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito appeared at Franklin County Technical School on Tuesday, where she awarded $1.33 million to eight workforce training organizations through the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program. The program focuses on reaching veterans, groups with chronically high unemployment, and other adults historically underrepresented in the manufacturing sector, and helps people gain marketable skills. The grants were awarded by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on behalf of the Governor's Workforce Skills Cabinet, building on $9.5 million in Workforce Skills Capital grants awarded earlier this year.

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    10. Business leaders say enhanced rail service will boost industry and quality of life in Western Mass. & Connecticut

      Business leaders say enhanced rail service will boost industry and quality of life in Western Mass. & Connecticut

      Ninety percent of business leaders in the bi-state Springfield and Hartford region say the soon-to-begin New Haven to Springfield CTrail commuter train service will benefit their enterprise. Many of those businesses, 41 percent, say the most important benefit will be to bring them the skilled workers they need. Nearly half, 49, percent said the service will benefit the region's quality-of-life. This is according to the Hartford New Haven Business Survey unveiled Wednesday by New England's Knowledge Corridor.

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    HCG Kicks off state's first Solar Thermal Challenge campaign
    HCG Kicks off state's first Solar Thermal Challenge campaign From the EDC
    Food Sustainability Symposium
    Food Sustainability Symposium From the EDC
    “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies”
    “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies” From the EDC
    Game-Changing Careers Start Here at MGM Springfield!
    Game-Changing Careers Start Here at MGM Springfield! 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
    Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville
    Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville masslive.com
    Gov. Baker to keynote Western Massachusetts Developers Conference highlighting sites,...
    Gov. Baker to keynote Western Massachusetts Developers Conference highlighting sites,... masslive.com
    Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills
    Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills BusinessWest
    Chicopee Uniroyal cleanup receives final EPA brownfields grants
    Chicopee Uniroyal cleanup receives final EPA brownfields grants masslive.com
    Hampshire Council of Governments awarded $141,875 grant for thermal solar outreach
    Hampshire Council of Governments awarded $141,875 grant for thermal solar outreach masslive.com
    CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars
    CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars masslive.com
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