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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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. MSBDCN Offers Workshop on Starting a Business

      The Mass. Small Business Development Center Network’s Western regional office will offer a free workshop ‘The Basics of Starting a Business,’ four times this fall, starting on Sept. 17. Presented by Allen Kronick, senior business advisor with the MSBDCN’s Western Mass. office, will focus on business fundamentals, from start-up considerations to business-plan development to funding sources.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. IHOP building coming down, KFC to go up on Boston Road in Springfield

      IHOP building coming down, KFC to go up on Boston Road in Springfield

      A property owner is planning to demolish the former International House of Pancakes building on Boston Road and replace it with a new KFC restaurant. The former IHOP at 1324 Boston Road, near Pasco Road, is slated for demolition next week, and the new KFC could be ready to open by Dec. 1, said Frank Colacchio, of Boston Road/Pasco RT20 Retail LLC, the property owner. A 2,382-square-foot building is planned with 42 seats inside and an outside dining area.

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    3. Solar farm proposal gets heavy scrutiny from Belchertown Planning Board

      Solar farm proposal gets heavy scrutiny from Belchertown Planning Board

      Members of the Planning Board are digging in their heels scrutinizing a proposed solar farm off Gulf Road, saying the project requires an unprecedented level of study. The board must determine whether the nearly 8-megawatt facility would, or would not, be detrimental to the community prior to voting whether to approve it.

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    4. Riders on Springfield-Hartford-New Haven CTrail trains can now bring their bikes along

      Riders on Springfield-Hartford-New Haven CTrail trains can now bring their bikes along

       As of Thursday, passengers can bring their bicycles on board CTrail Hartford Line trains, which stop multiple times each day in Springfield, the Connecticut Department of Transportation said. ConnDOT said it changed its rules in response to passenger desire to bring their bikes along. "Cyclists throughout Connecticut welcome the new bicycle access policy on the Hartford Line. For those who ride to and from stations or put their bikes aboard local buses or on other rail lines, this new policy extends the range for car-free travel in Connecticut," stated Paul Hammer, past president of the Connecticut Bicycle Coalition, in a ...

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      Mentions: Amtrak Springfield
    5. PeoplesBank unveils plan for financial services center at former Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke

      PeoplesBank unveils plan for financial services center at former Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke

      The Planning Board conducted a public hearing and site plan review Tuesday night of PeoplesBank's ongoing renovation of the former Yankee Pedlar Inn at 1850 Northampton St. The bank hired Western Builders as the lead contractor. PeoplesBank paid $1.2 million in September 2017 for the site, which includes the main house and several smaller structures. Crews already demolished the former Opera House, Carriage House and gift shop. Only the Hildreth House, or main building, remains.

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    6. Looking to find your way in Springfield? After 2 years of development, new wayfinding system sprouting downtown

      Looking to find your way in Springfield? After 2 years of development, new wayfinding system sprouting downtown

      A system of 52 wayfinding signs are in the process of being installed downtown, officials said Wednesday. Designed to orient visitors, increase foot traffic and promote central locations throughout the city's downtown area, the signs are going into place just in time for the grand opening of the MGM Springfield casino. The system was developed over a period of two years and will be crucial in orienting new visitors to the city, said Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer.

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    7. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito 'can't wait to see' MGM Springfield, senses momentum and excitement...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito 'can't wait to see' MGM Springfield, senses momentum and excitement...

      Although MGM Springfield is not set to open its doors to the public until next week, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Wednesday that she can already feel the "momentum" and excitement that  the $960 million casino project has brought to the city.  Polito, who joined local officials in announcing public safety plans ahead of MGM Springfield's opening, praised the city's efforts to promote economic development and grow housing options in connection with the casino project.

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      Mentions: Springfield MGM
    8. MassMutual removes name from Tower Square in Springfield as new owners reach deal on hotel

      MassMutual removes name from Tower Square in Springfield as new owners reach deal on hotel

      The letters for "MassMutual" are coming down from Tower Square in what was -- given the current state of the sign Wednesday -- an "utual" decision between the insurer and the new owners of the 28-story building. But the recently departed Marriott sign on the complex's hotel is on its way back, according to the new owners, who plan extensive renovations at the hotel. MassMutual is removing its name from the Tower Square office building, four months after selling the downtown Springfield skyscraper to a group of investors for $7 million. The sign was on the north and south sides of ...

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    9. Springfield Innovation Center work resumes; US Rep. Richard Neal, secretary of state William Galvin announce $250K grant

      Springfield Innovation Center work resumes; US Rep. Richard Neal, secretary of state William Galvin announce $250K grant

      The long-delayed Springfield Innovation Center at 270-276 Bridge St. got a $250,000 boost Wednesday. Construction has already resumed on the the $7 million renovation project, with completion expected by the end of December. Workers started back on the renovation project earlier this week, said Nicholas A. Fyntrilakis, chairman of DevelopSpringfield, which owns the building. He said the primary tenant, Valley Venture Mentors, should be ready to move in by the end of 2018. It might take longer for the Ground Up Cafe restaurant planned for the first floor to be ready.

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    MASSECON ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 15TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT AWARDS
    MASSECON ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 15TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT AWARDS From the EDC
    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
    MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information
    MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information MGM Springfield
    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
    IHOP building coming down, KFC to go up on Boston Road in Springfield
    IHOP building coming down, KFC to go up on Boston Road in Springfield masslive.com
    Solar farm proposal gets heavy scrutiny from Belchertown Planning Board
    Solar farm proposal gets heavy scrutiny from Belchertown Planning Board masslive.com
    Riders on Springfield-Hartford-New Haven CTrail trains can now bring their bikes along
    Riders on Springfield-Hartford-New Haven CTrail trains can now bring their bikes along masslive.com
    PeoplesBank unveils plan for financial services center at former Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke
    PeoplesBank unveils plan for financial services center at former Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke masslive.com
    BCC Awarded Grant to Help Expand Financial Literacy Program
    BCC Awarded Grant to Help Expand Financial Literacy Program BusinessWest
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

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