1. From the EDC

    1. the Ground Up Café is very close to its grand opening in downtown Springfield

      the Ground Up Café is very close to its grand opening in downtown Springfield

      Friends of Springfield!

      I can’t believe it, but the day has finally come.  After 2+ years of planning, the Ground Up Café is very close to its grand opening in downtown Springfield. As you know, our goal is to create the most inviting and comfortable café space we can, where “happy collisions” can occur daily and the momentum of the cities revitalization can continue to be fueled.

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    2. Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 Week Training Program

      Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 Week Training Program

      We are getting ready to start our next Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 week training program and I am again looking for guest speakers to come into the classroom as well as locations that would like to invite us to a site visit.  The last class was very successful with six of the eight already employed and all with our partners that have been participating in these opportunities.  

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    3. 100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19

      100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19

      TURNERS FALLS, MA - On Friday, May 19, fourteen advanced manufacturing trainees will receive certificates of completion and start down the pathway toward precision machining careers in Pioneer Valley manufacturing companies.  The current cohort of students come from across Franklin and Hampshire counties, including Belchertown, Colrain, Easthampton, Greenfield, Montague, Northfield, South Hadley, and Shelburne.  Among these trainees will be the 100th graduate of a successful job training partnership that began four years ago to address a shortage of skilled machinists in the Valley’s precision manufacturing industry.  The event will be held at 4 p.m. at the Franklin County Technical ...

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. 11-acre site in Holyoke getting groomed to attract developers

      11-acre site in Holyoke getting groomed to attract developers

      Tasks like soil borings and wetlands delineations are being carried out on 11 acres on Whiting Farms Road in a grooming that city officials hope will attract a buyer. "The idea is to advance predevelopment actions so that it's more 'site ready,' " said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Planning and Economic Development Department. "We'll be doing things such as soil borings, utility hookup survey, wetland delineation and some conceptual design patterns that can help us market the property and make it 'easier/lower risk' for a developer to advance a proposal," he said in a recent email ...

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      Mentions: Northampton Holyoke
    2. Hatfield and Williamsburg preserve 128 acres on Horse Mountain with help from Kestrel Land...

      Hatfield and Williamsburg preserve 128 acres on Horse Mountain with help from Kestrel Land...

      The Horse Mountain ridge forms an iconic landscape element separating the towns of Williamsburg and Hatfield. Now 128 acres of the ecologically diverse forest land will be preserved forever, serving recreation, wildlife habitat, and resiliency in the face of climate change. Over the course of many months, Kestrel Land Trust worked with the two communities, secured grants, and helped coordinate a complicated process. The towns now own the land, with 34 acres in Williamsburg and 94 acres in Hatfield.

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      Mentions: Amherst Northampton
    3. Tech Foundry nonprofit seeking students from Springfield neighborhoods hit by natural disasters

      Tech Foundry nonprofit seeking students from Springfield neighborhoods hit by natural disasters

      Springfield's Tech Foundry job training nonprofit is recruiting potential students from city neighborhoods that have faced both natural disasters and economic disadvantage. "We are currently recruiting in these neighborhoods asking residents if they have the ambition, aspiration and commitment to take advantage of this 'no-cost' program and start a career in Information Technology," Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnerships Jonathan Edwards said in a statement. "Students who apply for and are accepted into the Tech Foundry program will ultimately begin a career that can help them attain a job where entry-level salaries will pay between $30,000 and $40 ...

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    4. Ski Butternut one step closer to buying Blandford Ski Area

      Ski Butternut one step closer to buying Blandford Ski Area

      The owner of Ski Butternut and Otis Ridge ski areas in the Berkshires plans to start work this fall upgrading the snowmaking and snow-grooming equipment at the venerable Blandford Ski Area now that he's one step closer to buying it. Members of the Springfield Ski Club voted Tuesday night to move forward with serious discussions aimed at selling the 132-acre property to Ski Butternut and its owner Jeff Murdock, said Dave Fraser, the club's marketing and publicity chairman. The price is still being negotiated. Both sides said Wednesday they don't even have a formal purchase-and-sale agreement yet.

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    5. Springfield developer plans 45-unit housing project at former Brookings School wrecked by tornado

      Springfield developer plans 45-unit housing project at former Brookings School wrecked by tornado

      The city recently approved the sale of the former Elias Brookings School on Hancock Street to a local nonprofit development group planning to restore the tornado-damaged building as a mixed income housing complex. Home City Development Inc., formerly Better Homes Inc., was the winning bidder for the city-owned property, offering $215,000 for the site to restore it for 45 units of mixed-income housing. The building in the Six Corners neighborhood has been vacant and boarded since June 2011 when it was struck and heavily damaged by a tornado.

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    6. 'Big crowd' at South Hadley meeting to unveil 'smart growth' zoning proposal surprises officials

      'Big crowd' at South Hadley meeting to unveil 'smart growth' zoning proposal surprises officials

      Curiosity about a proposal to stimulate economic development near the former Big Y plaza brought a big crowd to a recent public forum. The initiative targets an approximately 14-acre plot on Newton and Lyman streets, that includes the plaza, for both commercial and residential development. The proposal, according to a town document released prior to the July 11 meeting, would create the "Newton Street/Lyman Street Smart Growth District." Separate residential and business zoning districts currently govern land use in that area. Town officials hope to adopt a regulation known as 40R, which refers to a chapter of Massachusetts general ...

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    7. Bay Path, Girls Inc. of Holyoke Partner for STEM Summer Event

      Bay Path, Girls Inc. of Holyoke Partner for STEM Summer Event

      A group of 15 second-year students from Girls Inc. of Holyoke will participate in “Eureka! Too Fast, Too Furious: the Physics of Car Racing” at Bay Path University today, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Led by Bay Path faculty and students, participants from Girls Inc. will have the opportunity to perform hands-on scientific activities and take a tour of campus. They will learn about what Bay Path University has to offer and how it differs from other universities they have been exposed to.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    8. Peter Pan Bus Lines reveals expected date to move into Springfield's newly refurbished Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines reveals expected date to move into Springfield's newly refurbished Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will likely move its Springfield hub to Union Station on or around Labor Day, Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO, said Tuesday. Here is a breakdown of what money was spent and from where it came, courtesy of a document provided by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns Union Station. Picknelly said it will take about a month and a half to do some construction customizing the space and to get it ready. The lease, he said, is still not final, but lawyers for both sides are working on it, all the major issues have been resolved ...

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    9. Longmeadow design firm certified as Women's Business Enterprise

      Longmeadow design firm certified as Women's Business Enterprise

      The Women's Business Enterprise National Council, which is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the country, last week certified Lisa Scheff Designs as Women's Business Enterprise, a statement from the firm says. "We learned about the certification process at an informative panel for MGM Springfield's vendor selection process," Lisa Scheff, the firm's owner and principle designer said in a statement. "We are proud to be a women owned and operated business and honored to receive this certification."

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    Thunderbird Thursdays Take Flight July 20th
    Thunderbird Thursdays Take Flight July 20th From the EDC
    the Ground Up Café is very close to its grand opening in downtown Springfield
    the Ground Up Café is very close to its grand opening in downtown Springfield From the EDC
    Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 Week Training Program
    Cohort for the Culinary/Hospitality 9 Week Training Program From the EDC
    100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19
    100th CNC Machinist Trainee to Graduate from Advanced Manufacturing Training Partnership on May 19 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
    11-acre site in Holyoke getting groomed to attract developers
    11-acre site in Holyoke getting groomed to attract developers masslive.com
    Hatfield and Williamsburg preserve 128 acres on Horse Mountain with help from Kestrel Land...
    Hatfield and Williamsburg preserve 128 acres on Horse Mountain with help from Kestrel Land... masslive.com
    Tech Foundry nonprofit seeking students from Springfield neighborhoods hit by natural disasters
    Tech Foundry nonprofit seeking students from Springfield neighborhoods hit by natural disasters masslive.com
    Ski Butternut one step closer to buying Blandford Ski Area
    Ski Butternut one step closer to buying Blandford Ski Area masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

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    1. This is a very exciting time for us.
      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