From the EDC
- 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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In 1998, when Jason Mark was teaching a class on Internet strategy, he told students that, before they used any type of technology to create a website, they needed to identify their goals and what they were trying to accomplish.(Read Full Article)
“Even though there is so much different technology that developers can use today, the exact same process still needs to take place,” said the co-founder of Gravity Switch in Northampton. “People need to know what their goals are, and businesses should not assume that technology will fix all their problems. If it were that easy, their competitors would have already ...
Mary Kay Wydra, exective director of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, agreed. She told BusinessWest that the bureau, which was in what she called “survival mode” during and just after the Great Recession, when visitorship was down and the state was cutting back its contributions to such organizations, is now being much more aggressive in pursuit of conventions, meetings, and events — and sports can and should be a big part of that equation.(Read Full Article)
The 64 vocational technical programs in Massachusetts represent more than 44,000 students. These schools offer hands-on learning in a number of innovative educational programs to support a range of career fields, especially growing work force sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy and information technology.(Read Full Article)
Robert M. Logan, president of Palmer Foundry walked though the company's shipping warehouse pointing at crates full of finished cast aluminum parts and rattling off their destinations: the West Coast, Europe, Canada, China and other parts of Asia.(Read Full Article)
Investors Peter A. Picknelly, the chief executive officer of Peter Pan Bus Lines, Getz and Brian Stefano bought Duval at the end of last year, adding the precision grinding company to a portfolio of businesses including Camfour, a firearm sporting-goods wholesaler in Westfield, Hill Country, a similar wholesaler in Texas, and Belt Technologies in Agawam, which manufactures specialty stainless steel belts for industrial use, including making the inside of McDonald's hamburger grills work properly.(Read Full Article)
11 Massachusetts farms to get $700,000 in grants announced by Gov. Deval Patrick during visit to Kosinski Farm in Westfield
Gene M. and Susan J. Kosinski, along with their sons, Michael G. and Edward J. Kosinski, greeted Patrick, as well as Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, making his last public appearance as lieutenant governor, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Richard K. Sullivan and Commissioner of Agriculture Greg Watson to their 80-year-old farm located at Russellville and North roads.(Read Full Article)
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is proceeding into the design phase of a plan to reconfigure the Interstate 91 interchange at exit 19. The plan, called Alternative 13A, features a roundabout at the foot of the ramp coming off the northbound lanes of I-91 and a new, wider entrance ramp off Bridge Street into the southbound lanes. There is no southbound exit in the plan. To get onto I-91 north, motorists will still have to drive down Damon Road to its intersection with King Street.(Read Full Article)
Weinman said the college intends to restart development of its science center once a new, more appropriate construction site is identified.
In President Martin’s email earlier this month, she said “demands” of the previous site were contributing to cost overruns and unanticipated delays, adding that the college is committed to complete the new center on schedule in 2018.(Read Full Article)
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal: Springfield's $200 million State Street redevelopment project is nearing completion
At a news conference outside the Springfield Library and Museums, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said street improvements underway in the Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood represent the last stage of a project that already includes the new federal court house on State Street and the soon-to-be-completed state data center on Elliot Street.(Read Full Article)
Manufacturing is dead in Massachusetts, right? WRONG! For(Read Full Article)
those of you who agree with the EDC’s position on this, we encourage you to
attend the Advanced Manufacturing Summit, to be held on June 20, 2013 at Gillette
A food company in Springfield was purchased by a company in China. Carando Foods on Carando Drive, which is part of Smithfield Foods, was just acquired by Shuanghui. At a price tag of more than $4.7 billion dollars, it's the largest purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese company.(Read Full Article)
Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray announced more than $1 million in grants for vocational school Wednesday; this could impact a local school near you. 25 vocational school districts across Massachusetts are getting more than $1 million in grants to better equip their students with the challenges of the modern workforce. Franklin County Technical School District and Springfield Public Schools are some of the western Massachusetts schools that will receive money.(Read Full Article)
The West of the River Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual breakfast meeting on June 20 at 7 a.m. at Chez Josef in Agawam. The event is sponsored by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino of New England and will kick off with the welcoming of new chairman Ken Vincunas of Development Associates and the incoming board of directors.(Read Full Article)
Great New England Wings & Wheels show will bring World War II aircraft and vintage cars to Westover in Chicopee
The “first edition” of the Great New England Wings & Wheels show will debut Aug. 24 and 25 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgette St. Planning for the show came about in the wake of the federal budget sequestration’s effects on military air shows around the nation. This show will take place on the civilian portion of Westover and is not expected to include any active military aircraft.(Read Full Article)
For superintendents, graduation is the pinnacle event of the year. But, commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2013 will hold a special meaning for me because after more than four decades as an educator, this year I have the distinct honor and privilege of declaring the graduates of the Springfield Public Schools.(Read Full Article)
Berkshire Bank recently selected 30 high school seniors to receive a total of $45,000 in scholarships through its Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Awards Program. Each of the recipients will receive $1,500. A total of 134 employee volunteers reviewed nearly 200 applications to select the winners. The winners all live in the regions served by Berkshire Bank, including communities in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont.(Read Full Article)
Another hearing scheduled in Stop & Shop vs. Cernak Buick lawsuit over proposed Easthampton supermarket
Lawyers involved in the more than three-year-old Stop & Shop-Cernak lawsuit will be back in court Thursday, bringing an old matter back before Judge Bertha D. Josephson. In March, Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder ruled that there was no violation of due process during Planning Board proceedings, but in April he scheduled the new hearing on the first count of the lawsuit, which argues that the Planning Board's decision to issue the permit to Stop & Shop in January 2010 was "arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law."(Read Full Article)
The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County has announced its goal of setting up jobs for 1,000 young people in Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee and Westfield. As they seek funding for these programs, they have also urged private business and individuals to pitch in to hire young people with their own money or donate to programs that create employment for teens.(Read Full Article)
The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has named 51 finalists for its 2013 Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. The awards recognizes accomplishments, professionalism and service in the local hospitality industry for those workers who go the extra mile to make a guest's stay memorable, according to a news release from the Visitors Bureau.(Read Full Article)
Scherff hopes to open the Fort's German beer garden, tentatively called 1600 Biergarten, by late June. The name comes from the beer garden's new home, 1600 Main St., a former five-and-dime turned unemployment office turned troublesome Asylum night club. It'll feature German beer and a bar menu of smaller-portioned German food, like wursts, and some other dishes from around the world, including Latin cuisine inspired by Scherff's friendship, and partnership, with Heriberto Flores, president of the Farm Workers Council. The Farm Workers Council owns not only the building with the beer garden but the building where ...(Read Full Article)
Holyoke to get $80,000 annually as voluntary payment and scholarship fund from tax-exempt computing center
The tax-exempt high performance computing center downtown would pay the city $80,000 a year in lieu of taxes under a new agreement. The payment in lieu of taxes, or “pilot,” is much less than the $500,000-a-year Mayor Alex B. Morse sought in a January letter to the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, as the entity is formally known. Yearly payments under that plan were to escalate to more than $1.5 million by 2022.(Read Full Article)