1. From the EDC

    1. Rosie Robotics of Agawam Fundraiser

      Rosie Robotics of Agawam Fundraiser

      On October 9 from 6-9 pm at Agawam Axe House, we will be holding a fundraiser for Rosie Robotics of Agawam in the form of Axe Throwing!  If you haven’t had the pleasure of throwing axes, it is a lot of fun and a great stress reliever!  Rosie Robotics has gotten Mayor Sapelli of Agawam, Mayor Reichelt of West Springfield and The Agawam Axe House Summer League Champ Brandon Simmons all to participate as the “celebrities.”  Plus some surprise throwers from what they have told me.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Free ‘Get on Board!’ Event to Connect Nonprofit Boards with Potential Volunteers

      Free ‘Get on Board!’ Event to Connect Nonprofit Boards with Potential Volunteers

      For people seeking greater community engagement and for nonprofit boards hoping to add fresh talent and diversity to their membership, the sixth biennial “Get On Board!” event happening Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Basketball Hall of Fame offers an opportunity to accomplish both goals. OnBoard is a volunteer-led nonprofit that connects talented individuals with organizations seeking to increase diversity on their boards and committees by expanding their governance capacity and enlisting women, people of color, and other underrepresented populations.

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    2. Springfield tax levy set at $216.3M; rates to be determined

      Springfield tax levy set at $216.3M; rates to be determined

      The city’s tax levy — the total amount of real estate and personal property taxes it expects to bill in the current fiscal year — will be $216.3 million. That’s up from $205.3 million last year, said Springfield Assessor Richard J. Allen. The 5.4% increase is driven by a $5.9 million jump in the total value of all the real estate and taxable personal property in Springfield, including business and industrial equipment and tools, Allen said.

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    3. Deborah Bitsoli named president of Mercy Medical Center and affiliates

      Deborah Bitsoli named president of Mercy Medical Center and affiliates

      Deborah Bitsoli has been named president of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates, effective Dec. 2. “Deborah is a respected, visionary leader with extensive experience in health care operations. Her dedication to our Mission and tremendous enthusiasm, in combination with her focus on quality, safety and growth, will serve Mercy and the greater Springfield community well,” Paul Mancinone, the hospital’s board chairman, said in an announcement.

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    4. United Personnel Named Among Top 100 Women-led Businesses In Massachusetts

      United Personnel Named Among Top 100 Women-led Businesses In Massachusetts

      United Personnel announced it has been named one of  the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts by the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit that supports female business owners. The list, published in the Boston Globe, was developed based on revenue, number of full-time employees in the state, team diversity, and innovation. The rankings feature a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, business services, healthcare, education, human services, and retail. United Personnel was number 75 on the list, and was one of only two companies based in Western Mass. represented.

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    5. Wilbraham Looks to Revive Key Parts of Town - BusinessWest

      Wilbraham Looks to Revive Key Parts of Town - BusinessWest

      Revival by its very definition suggests an improvement in the condition or strength of something. It means giving new life to what already exists, an upgrade of sorts.  This is what elected officials in Wilbraham plan to do in several places around town, for a number of reasons.  One of the most valuable assets the town of Wilbraham has to offer both residents and visitors is the array of businesses and attractions on Route 20, and Jeff Smith says that artery is getting a serious upgrade.

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    6. Breakthrough Worship Center opens at former Melha Shriners building in Springfield

      Breakthrough Worship Center opens at former Melha Shriners building in Springfield

      Breakthrough Worship Center plans to show off its new location at the former Melha Shrine Center on 133 Longhill St. with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday, Nov. 24, at 10:30 a.m. "The BWC community is excited about the grand opening of this building as it will allow us to expand our ministry to the Lord and add more activities that will serve the community we live in, said Pastor Dmitriy Mozolevskiy in a news release.

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    7. ‘We just don’t think it is fair’: Businesses speak out ahead of annual Springfield commercial vs. residential tax argument

      ‘We just don’t think it is fair’: Businesses speak out ahead of annual Springfield commercial vs. residential tax argument

      Springfield officials are deciding how much of the city’s property tax levy — the total amount in taxes it will bill for the fiscal year — will be paid by owners of residential property and how much will be paid by businesses. The city relies on money from taxes on residential property and from businesses in taxes on commercial property, industrial property and what’s called “personal property” owned by businesses, such as tools and equipment.

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    8. Legion Paper plans distribution hub at former Canson Paper plant in South Hadley

      Legion Paper plans distribution hub at former Canson Paper plant in South Hadley

      Legion Paper announced this week that it has opened a new distribution center for its fine art paper business at the former Canson paper converting plant at 21 Industrial Drive. Canson Inc., a maker of fine papers for art and photo printing, closed its plant and laid off 67 people earlier this year as operations were consolidated in Wisconsin. Canson’s owners — Italian conglomerate Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini S.p.A., or FILA — purchased Pacon Corp. of Wisconsin in 2018.

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    Gateway City Innovation Awards & Summit
    Gateway City Innovation Awards & Summit From the EDC
    What is YOUR VISION for the future of Valley Venture Mentors?
    What is YOUR VISION for the future of Valley Venture Mentors? From the EDC
    Opportunity Zone Presentation
    Opportunity Zone Presentation From the EDC
    Rosie Robotics of Agawam Fundraiser
    Rosie Robotics of Agawam Fundraiser 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
    Free ‘Get on Board!’ Event to Connect Nonprofit Boards with Potential Volunteers
    Free ‘Get on Board!’ Event to Connect Nonprofit Boards with Potential Volunteers BusinessWest
    Nominations Sought For Difference Makers Award
    Nominations Sought For Difference Makers Award BusinessWest
    Springfield tax levy set at $216.3M; rates to be determined
    Springfield tax levy set at $216.3M; rates to be determined masslive.com
    Deborah Bitsoli named president of Mercy Medical Center and affiliates
    Deborah Bitsoli named president of Mercy Medical Center and affiliates masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

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