1. From the EDC

    1. The State of Rail Freight Transport in Western Mass

      The State of Rail Freight Transport in Western Mass

      When the Pinsley Rail Company purchased the railroad formerly operated by Conrail in 1982 and turned it into what is now known as the Pioneer Valley Railroad, it ushered in a new era for the short line rail industry in Western Massachusetts. Since that time, Pinsley’s client list, warehouses, and distribution services have continues to grow along with rail service. Connecting Point’s Brian Sullivan chased trains around several 413 towns to get a look at the state of rail freight transport in Western Mass.

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    2. AIC D-1 Men's Ice Hockey Makes History, Block Party Planned for this Friday in Downtown Springfield

      AIC D-1 Men's Ice Hockey Makes History, Block Party Planned for this Friday in Downtown Springfield

      American International College (AIC) and the Springfield Business Improvement District have teamed up to recognize this milestone with a block party. Join us on Friday, March 15 from 5 pm – 7 pm on Market Street in downtown Springfield for a celebration that will include a concert featuring Axis performing favorite classic rock songs along with food, beverages, and fun. The Shops at Marketplace and NOSH will be open.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Springfield College Announces Two Army and Air Force ROTC Grants - BusinessWest

      Springfield College Announces Two Army and Air Force ROTC Grants - BusinessWest

      Springfield College announced two new grants that assist with funding for Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets enrolled full-time and participating in the ROTC program at Springfield College.  The Springfield College Room and Board Grant covers on-campus housing and basic meal-plan expenses for any Springfield College Army or Air Force ROTC cadet who has earned a national or local full-tuition ROTC scholarship.

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    2. Excelsior! Easthampton’s Comics N’ More moves to street-level storefront, fights legions of retail doom (photos) - masslive.com

      Excelsior! Easthampton’s Comics N’ More moves to street-level storefront, fights legions of retail doom (photos) - masslive.com

      Christian W.Z. Reader pulls a white file box down from a shelf and slides it on a table.  “This is all Venom and Carnage,” Reader says as the boy begins eagerly flipping through comics featuring the Marvel Comics villains.  Reader owns Easthampton’s Comics N’ More with his wife, Phoebe R.R. Zax. It’s Wednesday in their subterranean lair. Wednesdays are new release days in the comics industry. Customers stream in all afternoon, regulars who subscribe to certain titles, pre-ordering and then picking them up on release day.

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    3. Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Reaches 100-employee Milestone

      Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Reaches 100-employee Milestone

      Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing recently reached a milestone of 100 employees. In addition, it is actively recruiting for another 11 jobs, including entry-level professional and senior-leadership roles. Jennifer Kratovil-Moriarty, senior manager, Human Resources, said the 100-employee milestone is notable for any small business and particularly noteworthy in Berkshire County. She noted that Gov. Charlie Baker visited the facility in January to check out its expansion and success first-hand.

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    4. Hazen Paper Co. Impresses AIMCAL Judges to Win 2019 Product of the Year

      Hazen Paper Co. Impresses AIMCAL Judges to Win 2019 Product of the Year

      Turning a simple box into an unusual ‘beauty and the beast’ packaging statement, Hazen Paper Co. was honored for the second year in a row with Product of the Year honors at the annual meeting of the Assoc. of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL), held recently in Palm Beach, Calif. The winning entry was a folding carton titled “The Spirit of Innovation” for prestige luxury box maker Autajon Packaging USA, which featured a three-dimensional, jewel-toned snake and a female model whose face transformed from flawless to gorgeously reptilian when the box is tilted.

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      Mentions: Holyoke Hazen Paper
    5. Holyoke Community College Welcomes Lea Occhialini as Its First Ombudsperson

      Holyoke Community College Welcomes Lea Occhialini as Its First Ombudsperson

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) recently welcomed Lea Occhialini as its first ombudsperson and chief culture officer. Occhialini is the former faculty and staff ombudsperson at Hampshire College and mediator/trainer in the Smith College Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. Prior to that, she worked as a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court qualified mediator for the Mediation and Training Collaborative in Greenfield and helped oversee the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Face-to-Face mediation program in Holyoke, Northampton, and Greenfield small-claims courts.

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    6. Timothy Garstka Named Director of Sales at Eastern States Exposition

      Eastern States Exposition announced that Timothy Garstka has joined ESE and will serve as the organization’s director of Sales. Garstka comes to ESE from his position at Williams Distributing in Chicopee, where he served as Sales manager and Brand Marketing manager. He has more than 15 years of experience in strategic direction, coaching and counseling, performance management, and revenue growth, overseeing inside and outside sales professionals. His skills range from direct sales management and revenue growth to team building and training initiatives. Prior to joining Williams Distributing, Garstka was a Field Sales manager for Molson/Coors Brewing Co. in ...

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    7. Westfield Promise program for early college gets $190K from state

      Westfield Promise program for early college gets $190K from state

      Westfield Promise, a program that allows students earn up to 12 college credits while still high school juniors and seniors, has received another $190,000 in state funding. The funding comes as Westfield State begins recruiting another cohort of 125 or so high school sophomores in Holyoke, Springfield and Westfield to form a new class, and as the first students to enter Westfield Promise prepare to graduate from the 2-year-old program.

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    8. BusinessWest Now Accepting Continued Excellence Award Nominations - BusinessWest

      BusinessWest is looking for nominees for its fifth Continued Excellence Award, and will accept nominations through Friday, May 3. The winner of the award will be unveiled at the magazine’s 40 Under Forty gala on Thursday, June 20.  Four years ago, BusinessWest inaugurated the award to recognize past 40 Under Forty honorees who had significantly built on their achievements since they were honored.

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    9. Beacon Hill leaders seek conversation on transportation funding - masslive.com

      Beacon Hill leaders seek conversation on transportation funding - masslive.com

      ransportation funding is back in the hot seat, with top Beacon Hill officials pledging to take a new look this year at how the state pays for its trains, buses and roads.  House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, said Tuesday that “everything and anything is on the table” this year when it comes to addressing the state’s transportation needs.

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      Mentions: Robert DeLeo
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    Why hasn’t there been a rush to develop French King?
    Why hasn’t there been a rush to develop French King? From the EDC
    The State of Rail Freight Transport in Western Mass
    The State of Rail Freight Transport in Western Mass From the EDC
    AIC D-1 Men's Ice Hockey Makes History, Block Party Planned for this Friday in Downtown Springfield
    AIC D-1 Men's Ice Hockey Makes History, Block Party Planned for this Friday in Downtown Springfield From the EDC
    Cliff Effects: Turning Research into Action for Economic Mobility
    Cliff Effects: Turning Research into Action for Economic Mobility 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
    Springfield College Announces Two Army and Air Force ROTC Grants - BusinessWest
    Springfield College Announces Two Army and Air Force ROTC Grants - BusinessWest BusinessWest
    Excelsior! Easthampton’s Comics N’ More moves to street-level storefront, fights legions of retail doom (photos) - masslive.com
    Excelsior! Easthampton’s Comics N’ More moves to street-level storefront, fights legions of retail doom (photos) - masslive.com masslive.com
    Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Reaches 100-employee Milestone
    Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Reaches 100-employee Milestone BusinessWest
    Hazen Paper Co. Impresses AIMCAL Judges to Win 2019 Product of the Year
    Hazen Paper Co. Impresses AIMCAL Judges to Win 2019 Product of the Year BusinessWest
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

    1. (7 articles) Kumble Subbaswamy
    2. (6 articles) Carol A. Leary
    3. (4 articles) John Heaps
    4. (4 articles) Peter Rosskothen
    5. (4 articles) Paul C. Picknelly
    6. (2 articles) Kevin B. Vann
  3. Western Mass EDC Staff in the News

    1. (22 articles) Rick Sullivan
    2. (9 articles) Mary Kay Wydra
  4. Companies in the News

    1. (92 articles) MGM
    2. (57 articles) The Republican
    3. (48 articles) MassMutual
    4. (37 articles) MassMutual Center
    5. (36 articles) Baystate Health
    6. (25 articles) Big Y Foods
    7. (25 articles) Amtrak
    8. (23 articles) Peter Pan Bus Lines
  5. Business Leaders in the News

    1. (9 articles) Timothy W. Brennan
    2. (5 articles) Kathleen G. Anderson
    3. (4 articles) Nick Fyntrilakis
    4. (3 articles) Kevin E. Lynn
    5. (3 articles) Robert Bolduc
    6. (2 articles) John McCarthy
  6. Government Officials in the News

    1. (71 articles) Domenic J. Sarno
    2. (48 articles) Congressman Richard E. Neal
    3. (24 articles) Kevin Kennedy
    4. (13 articles) Governor Deval L. Patrick
    5. (9 articles) Alex Morse
    6. (7 articles) Dannel Malloy
  7. Organizations in the News

    1. (111 articles) University of Massachusetts
    2. (55 articles) Holyoke Community College
    3. (46 articles) Springfield Technical Community College
    4. (35 articles) MassDevelopment
    5. (35 articles) Basketball Hall of Fame
    6. (31 articles) Western New England University
  8. Western Mass Cities in the News

    1. (672 articles) Springfield
    2. (230 articles) Holyoke
    3. (148 articles) Westfield
    4. (128 articles) Amherst
    5. (122 articles) Chicopee
    6. (118 articles) Northampton
  9. Recent Quotes

    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