1. From the EDC

    1. The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint

      The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint

      As you know, the Workforce Skills Cabinet (WSC) is requiring a Mid-Point Report be submitted to the WSC by December 15, 2018.  We have been given a template to follow and are aggressively assembling the required collateral to form our narrative.  We are excited about sharing with the WSC the progress that has been made since we began the Implementation phase in the late spring, 2018.  As with the Blueprint, we expect the Secretary’s and/or their staff and others will review the Mid-Point Report and share their thoughts with us.  We continue to believe that as we begin ...

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    2. Forum on Impact of Poverty in the Pioneer Valley and Recent Report on Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity

      Forum on Impact of Poverty in the Pioneer Valley and Recent Report on Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity

       Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) will host an economic opportunity forum to review and discuss the findings from a new report on poverty written by MassBudget called “Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward Together.”  MASSCAP, Community Action of Pioneer Valley (CAPV), Springfield Partners for Community Action (SPCA), and Valley Opportunity council (VOC) will be co-sponsoring the event, where the results of the poverty study and the way forward will be highlighted by a panel discussion. 

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. Bay Path University Named Safest College in Massachusetts

      Bay Path University Named Safest College in Massachusetts

      Campus safety is a top consideration for many individuals and their families when it comes to choosing a college to attend. Niche.com compiled a list of the safest college campuses in America, and Bay Path University ranked third out of nearly 1,500 reviewed. The university ranked first for safety in both Massachusetts and New England.  “We do as much as we can to ensure that the Bay Path University campus is a safe place,” said Michael Giampietro, vice president for Finance & Administrative Services. “Campus safety is a top priority here. Our Longmeadow campus, in particular, is well-lit with ...

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    2. West Springfield seeks proposals for community block grants

      West Springfield seeks proposals for community block grants

      In June, the Baker administration awarded that amount to West Springfield for housing rehabilitation assistance for seven units, Gardner Street infrastructure improvements, code enforcement, creating a master plan for Merrick Neighborhood, support for family self-sufficiency and home-buyer programs, English for Speakers of Other Languages, camp scholarships and Head Start. The projects were among 41 in 59 different communities to receive a total of $32 million in Community Development Block Grants this year.

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    3. Creating value in Western Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth

      Creating value in Western Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth

      Governor Charlie Baker often says our economy is firing on all cylinders. Massachusetts currently has more people working than at any time in our history. Businesses continue to relocate, expand, and start up in the Commonwealth. And, we've benefitted from sustained job growth by adding more than 200,000 jobs since 2015.  Nearly every week, we are approached by an advanced manufacturer, a life sciences company, or tech firm who are eager to make Massachusetts their home, and in need of the space and talent to do it. The latter of which we have in abundance.

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    4. Neal, Lesser among 33 appointed to east-west rail advisory panel; Palmer gets a seat at...

      Neal, Lesser among 33 appointed to east-west rail advisory panel; Palmer gets a seat at...

      Western Massachusetts rail transit boosters U.S. Rep. Richard Neal state Sen. Eric Lesser are among a group of 33 people appointed to the state's east-west passenger rail study advisory committee, which will hold its first meeting on Dec. 18. The panel will be a sounding board for a rail proposal that could result in passenger service linking Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston. Although the final agenda is still being prepared, the state Department of Transportation said topics of discussion are likely to include the panel's role, a project overview, and discussion about the committee's and the ...

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    5. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, mountaineer help celebrate 'Women of Impact'

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, mountaineer help celebrate 'Women of Impact'

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito helped BusinessWest magazine and mountaineer Lei Wang -- the first Chinese woman and the first Asian-American to complete the Explorers Grand Slam -- to celebrate seven "Women of Impact" Thursday. Polito took the occasion to highlight her continued work on issues of women's economic and physical security. Look for a major public awareness campaign in the new year aimed at combating domestic violence. It'll be  the first time in decades the state will have done a similar education campaign in the media.

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    6. Irish lawmakers visit ICC of Western New England, tout importance of supporting Irish...

      Irish lawmakers visit ICC of Western New England, tout importance of supporting Irish...

      Irish parliamentary lawmakers stopped in West Springfield Thursday to get a firsthand look at how some of the more than $4 million Ireland has invested in U.S. groups is working to support and promote the country's culture in Western Massachusetts. Four members of Ireland's governing body -- a senator and three Teachta Dala -- visited the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England, one of the organizations to receive Irish funding to support its arts, history and other educational efforts.

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    7. For sale: Springfield seeks bids, offers incentives for 2 city-owned houses

      For sale: Springfield seeks bids, offers incentives for 2 city-owned houses

      The city is offering incentives totaling up to $65,000 for the purchase and reuse of two historically significant, tax-foreclosed houses. The city is advertising for bids for the houses at 427 Bay St. and 74 Irvington St., offering funding assistance through the federal Community Development Block Grant program. The assistance is aimed at encouraging proposals and assisting with needed renovations, the city said.

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    8. HealthSouth changes its name to Encompass

      HealthSouth changes its name to Encompass

      HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts is changing its name to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts as part of a corporate rebranding. HealthSouth will host an Embrace Encompass event from from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 8. The event will be open to the public and will take place in the hospital cafeteria, 222 State St., Ludlow. Birmingham, Alabama-based HealthSouth Corp. launched its new name and brand on Jan. 1, 2018, according to a news release. It is transitioning 130 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and 273 home health and hospice locations serving 36 states and Puerto Rico to the new ...

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    9. With CRRC in Springfield ready to deliver 1st MBTA Orange Line cars, China trade war worries loom

      With CRRC in Springfield ready to deliver 1st MBTA Orange Line cars, China trade war worries loom

      CRRC, the Chinese rail car manufacturer with a new factory in East Springfield, hopes the 90-day truce in the U.S.-China trade war announced this weekend turns into a lasting trade deal. But its still paying increased import duties of 25 percent imposed in July by the Trump Administration, CRRC spokeswoman Lydia Rivera said. And, according to the Associated Press, whether the truce is a breakthrough remains to be seen, with Trump tweeting his support for tariffs just a few days later. Rivera said CRRC has already asked the U.S. government for 16 tariff waivers in October and ...

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    10. SABIS students in Springfield honored for achievements at Princeton Model Congress in...

      SABIS students in Springfield honored for achievements at Princeton Model Congress in...

      SABIS Springfield students won eight awards in the competition, achieving a third-place victory in the overall competition. It is notable that the first place finisher was The Dalton School, where annual tuition is $48,450. Second place went to New York City's Trinity School where the annual tuition is $52,795.   In addition to the school's overall achievements, SABIS senior Jada Ficarra ran successfully for president of the Princeton Model Congress. Ficarra has worked hard for four years to make this dream a reality, according to organizers. 

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  3. Picture Gallery

    The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint
    The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint From the EDC
    William C. Sullivan Regional Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening
    William C. Sullivan Regional Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening From the EDC
    EDC Supports a NO Vote on Question #1
    EDC Supports a NO Vote on Question #1 From the EDC
    Forum on Impact of Poverty in the Pioneer Valley and Recent Report on Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity
    Forum on Impact of Poverty in the Pioneer Valley and Recent Report on Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity 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
    MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information
    MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information MGM Springfield
    Bay Path University Named Safest College in Massachusetts
    Bay Path University Named Safest College in Massachusetts BusinessWest
    West Springfield seeks proposals for community block grants
    West Springfield seeks proposals for community block grants masslive.com
    Creating value in Western Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth
    Creating value in Western Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth masslive.com
    Neal, Lesser among 33 appointed to east-west rail advisory panel; Palmer gets a seat at...
    Neal, Lesser among 33 appointed to east-west rail advisory panel; Palmer gets a seat at... masslive.com
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

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  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