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- VVM Manufacturing Accelerator
- Aer Lingus Winter Travel Promotion
- "Global Business Symposium"
- Are you interested in Entrepreneurship?
- Development Associates Co-brokers purchase of 80,000 SF industrial facility
- "GLOBAL BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM"
- Dr. Ira Rubenzahl Learning Laboratory
- HELP US END HUNGER
- MGM Springfield wants your help engaging job-seekers!
- COMMUNITY FORUM
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Gateway to College at Springfield Technical Community College gives 2nd chance for high school diploma
Jones is director of the Gateway to College program on the Springfield Technical Community College campus. The program will open its doors to its first academic class this fall. Jones is passionate about education, learning and giving students the skills they need in order to succeed in life. For students struggling with their education, the Gateway to College program is the perfect opportunity for them to finish what they started and successfully move towards their college and career goals, according to Jones.(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. and Just The Beginning Foundation are teaming up to offer a new free summer program called the Springfield Summer Legal Institute for city high school students July 8 through 12. The program aims to provide students with a week full of hands-on experience exploring the legal system and what it takes to become a top-notch lawyer.(Read Full Article)
Kathy Dube says that talk of creating a women’s leadership council within the United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) has been ongoing for some time now.(Read Full Article)
There was never any doubt about the benefits to creating such an organization, both within the community and for the women taking part, she explained, noting that there are now 130 such councils operating across the country in partnership with United Way chapters. And they have been effective in reaching out to women leaders in the community to engage and involve (the two words you see most often with respect to such groups ...
Manufacturing is still the 5th largest employer in the state. A recent MIT report found U.S. manufacturing is not dominated by large companies but instead the future lies in these smaller firms.(Read Full Article)
O’Connell Development Group dedicated its $32 million building at Gateway Park in Worcester, Mass., home to emerging companies, educational programs, and research laboratories.(Read Full Article)
Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc., parent company of Berkshire Bank, reported first quarter core earnings of 54 cents -- a 20 percent increase over 54 cents per share in the first quarter of 2012.(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to tour Westfield's Genevieve Swiss plant to highlight jobs and workforce training
Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray is scheduled to make stops in Western Massachusetts on Thursday to highlight manufacturing and technology initiatives in this region. His first stop is at 10:45 a.m. at Genevieve Swiss Industries, where he'll emphasize jobs and workforce training at the precision manufacturing company at 6 Old Stage Road. Nearly two years ago, officials of the high-precision tools and accessories firm near Barnes Regional Airport announced they were going to begin manufacturing parts for sophisticated metal turning and milling machines, rather than merely sell such components.(Read Full Article)
The Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery, located on the Springfield Technical Community College campus, will showcase the artwork of students during the annual exhibition which runs through May 4. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and a special three-dimensional installation, all created by students throughout the semester.(Read Full Article)
Chamber President Jeffrey Ciuffreda spoke with 22News about the very recent MGM agreement, and the opportunity it presents for businesses. “They've committed to working with small businesses through the chamber to see how many of our members might be able to provide those goods and services. It's got a huge ripple effect(Read Full Article)
John Williamson says Northampton has a magnetic quality that draws a broad spectrum of people to its businesses, restaurants, retail shops, and entertainment venues. And that quality has allowed commercial real estate not only to weather the economic downturn, but register unprecedented growth over the past two years.(Read Full Article)
“It’s so far and away from other markets, there really is no comparison,” said the president of Williamson Commercial Properties LLC in Springfield.
Springfield casino host community agreement: MGM pledges $25 million in annual tax and other payments to city
MGM Resorts International has pledged to pay the city more than $25 million per year in property tax payments, community impact payments, community development grants, Riverfront Park improvements and "surrounding community payment savings", according to a summary of the host community agreement approved by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.(Read Full Article)
OPAL is owned by Peter A. Picknelly, the chief executive officer of Peter Pan Bus Lines and a partner in an effort to build a casino in Springfield. OPAL has bought, managed and developed property in Springfield, Holyoke and Westfield. Picknelly has promised to be faithful to the historical and architectural integrity of the Clarke School buildings in his project. Last month, OPAL was approved for state and federal tax credits following a strict vetting process.(Read Full Article)
Holyoke-based ISO New England said Monday that under normal conditions of about 90 degrees, demand pushed up by air conditioners could peak at 26,690 megawatts of electricity. In an extended heat wave of about 95 degrees, demand could rise to 28,985 megawatts. One megawatt powers about 1,000 homes.(Read Full Article)
At the start, Jerry had a list of 250 trade customers, mainly small auto trim and customization shops and auto dealers. From that core group, he has now grown his customer base to 500 mainly through word of mouth and by providing a high quality product. Auto Custom Leathers manufactures replacement vinyl and leather interiors which their customers install in shops mainly throughout the U.S. and Canada but they have shipped their products as far as Japan, Germany and other parts of Europe.(Read Full Article)
More than $183 million - over 60 percent of the goal - has already been raised. That includes $13 million for athletics facilities. The campaign, in its "quiet phase," officially started Jan. 1, 2010, and will conclude June 30, 2016.(Read Full Article)
“When we interviewed Subbaswamy we knew we had found the right person. He displayed a genuine warmth and concern for others that makes it easier for any person to fulfill their bright ambitions. I am proud to say that everything we have seen since Swamy arrived reinforces our original instinct that he was the right choice at the right time to move our flagship forward. His commitment to western Massachusetts is a testimony to his understanding of the university’s importance to ensuring opportunity and a brighter future for thousands of young people while also generating jobs in economic prospects ...(Read Full Article)
Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, MA is offering a popular high tech training program for students interested in a career in manufacturing.(Read Full Article)
Over 830 students from Massachusetts colleges and universities are giving presentations on a range of topics.(Read Full Article)
With the latest grant, MassDevelopment has now provided nearly $2.1 million in funding for environmental work at Union Station and the abutting former Hotel Charles property, and the parking garage site. In January, MassDevelopment announced a $650,0000 grant, also through its brownfield redevelopment fund, for environmental assessment and mitigation at Union Station, as part of its commitment in funds.(Read Full Article)
Charlie Pompea, the majority owner of the Springfield Falcons’ American Hockey League franchise, arrived in town Thursday, eager for some playoff hockey. “I haven’t seen a playoff game since I watched the New Haven Blades when I was in college (at the University of New Haven). Am I excited to be here? You betcha,” he said.(Read Full Article)