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- Development Associates Co-brokers purchase of 80,000 SF industrial facility
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- HELP US END HUNGER
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Massachusetts highway administrator boosts 1-91 overhaul in Springfield, possible restoration of turnpike tolls
DePaola, an engineer who was appointed to his position in 2011, was among top leaders in state government who spoke in front of business officials during this year's "Beacon Hill Summit" at the Statehouse by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce.(Read Full Article)
Mohegan Sun Massachusetts officials say host community agreement with Palmer should be inked by July | masslive.com
Paul E. Burns, an at-large member of the Palmer Town Council, is among the biggest local boosters of the plan, which he believes will bring jobs and growth to western and central parts of the Bay State. 'Mohegan Sun's announcement that they are seeking to complete a host community agreement in time for a September referendum is welcome news,' he said. 'This announcement clearly positions Mohegan Sun and the Palmer project back in the forefront of the race for the sole Western Mass casino license.'(Read Full Article)
The State of Massachusetts has chosen 6 economic sectors where it sees the best potential to create jobs over the next ten years. Project Manager of the Workforce Development and Transformation Grant for Greenfield Community College, Andrew Baker said, “Those are in Healthcare, Information Technology, Renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology and entrepreneurship. Each region is pursuing the programs and the jobs that best fit its region and its college.”(Read Full Article)
DevelopSpringfield recently acquired a deteriorating historic property at 83 Maple St. for rehabilitation in keeping with its historic significance. A property to the rear at 234 Union St. was also acquired and will be developed as a part of the project, according to a press release from DevelopSpringfield.(Read Full Article)
The surveyed employers are looking to fill positions in information technology, customer service, finance, and accounting, with starting salaries between $30-50,000 dollars per year. “Some of my friends are looking to get degrees in programs that I have no idea what they're going to do with it. I just really like working with computers. I chose it based on that and I happened to choose a field that is popular,” said Daniel Houle of Agawam.(Read Full Article)
Jenoptik Optical Systems is closing it plant on Industrial Drive and eliminating 39 local jobs because of falling demand from the Pentagon.(Read Full Article)
Jenoptik used the Easthampton plant to make lenses for battlefield equipment like range-finders and night-vision goggles, said Jay Kumler, president of the German-owned company’s U.S. operations. He said the defense cuts that hurt Jenoptik predate the “sequester” cuts the federal government recently imposed.
From the floor of the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) said Monday it was launching a new International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP) to enable the group to partner with other nations to award funding to support R&D in Massachusetts and in the partnering nations. The international program will promote collaboration between life sciences companies and to increase the development of new products for commercialization.(Read Full Article)
The Springfield Falcons are heading to the playoffs. Repeat after me: the Springfield Falcons are heading to the playoffs. This has been a fantastic, record-breaking year for your local professional hockey team. I am not going into all of the details. Having the second-most points in the 30-team American Hockey League sums it all up. Winning the Northeast Division by 20 points puts it all in perspective. This year has been something special. There have been too many wonderful team and individual achievements to list them all.(Read Full Article)
Jeff Ciuffreda has become a bit weary of the casino issue as well. As executive director of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, he knew any stand taken by the ACCGS would be controversial with some, “so we supported it with one caveat — that it not distract from ongoing economic development.” After all, an $800 million casino does change the equation downtown, and is not exactly the sort of project the City of Homes is accustomed to. Ciuffreda wants assurances that MGM or Penn National won’t ignore the small businesses that are in many ways the city ...(Read Full Article)
Sharon Styffe, dean of Workforce and Professional Development at Holyoke Community College (HCC), says that coming up with a successful new business concept is a challenge that comes in two parts: having a good idea, and identifying a market to buy that idea. “It’s one thing to do what you’re good at,” she told BusinessWest, “but its quite another thing to find something you’re good at — and that the market will buy. You can’t just sell something that’s your passion; it has to be someone else’s need — because otherwise it’s just an organized ...(Read Full Article)
Electric costs have fallen 33% also as a result of the energy retrofit, Majercak said. “This is an example of what you can do to an older building,” he told a gathering of employees, customers, supporters a public officials, including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.(Read Full Article)
It’s all part of a wave of school construction that includes $7 million in new science labs at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke and the $107 million high school now under construction in West Springfield that is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014. South Hadley plans to replace Plains Elementary School at a cost of $28 million. Chicopee has received state approval for a $30 million renovation of Chicopee Academy, according to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.(Read Full Article)
University of Massachusetts and other education projects keeping heavy construction companies, workers busy
But today, the four counties of Western Massachusetts have, collectively, more than $1 billion in ongoing construction projects, Garand said. That includes public schools, colleges and universities, as well as the $134 million construction project at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.(Read Full Article)
Following the exciting news last week about American Airlines instituting nonstop service to Los Angeles from Bradley, I want to thank all of the members of the business community who have continuously helped our efforts to attract new air service which is critical to our region’s needs. We are working diligently on securing additional markets and increasing capacity, and have tailored our efforts to meet your air service requests.(Read Full Article)
Over 75% of inbound FDI into the US comes from(Read Full Article)
eight countries -- six in Western Europe, Canada and Japan. The EDC maintains relationships
with our peers and government officials in all of them, and particularly strong
relationships in all of them except Japan. They are a growing source of leads
for our Prospect Management system.
The commission, which met at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, heard that the initiative – spearheaded by Holyoke Community College with help from Springfield Technical Community College – has grown into a statewide effort. The colleges already had an agreement with the commission, the entity that will eventually choose an operator for a Western Massachusetts casino.(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby talks about balancing municipal rights and state needs on casino development
He spoke with about 100 local business and civic leaders Wednesday evening during a meeting organized by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield at the La Quinta Inn and Suits. There are four competing casino proposals in Western Massachusetts even though the region will only get one license for one casino under state law.(Read Full Article)
Ronald Dulude is learning to be an electrician at the Springfield Housing Authority, one job at a time. Dulude, a senior at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, is fixing wiring and fusing, switching out bulbs and repairing outlets and circuit breakers, among other things, under the tutelage of authority electrician Joseph Ricker.(Read Full Article)
While the University of Massachusetts will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding as a land-grant institution with events all year, Founders Week festivities begin Monday with the marking of Earth Day and end with a cookout one week later. In between, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will be formally inaugurated April 27.(Read Full Article)
Springfield YWCA and Rebuilding Together partnering for students to gain more work experience, community to offer more affordable housing | masslive.com
“I really think it’s an excellent opportunity for these students, a program that really gives them some job training skills and education. They’ve had some difficulties in their lives, so I think it’s an excellent opportunity for them and a positive situation. We’re able to work with the students and also be able to work on these projects for low-income families,” said Colleen Loveless, executive director of Rebuilding Together.(Read Full Article)
Experience and explore a real-world-tested social technology for agile and purposeful organization at a “Taster Event” sponsored by Leadership Pioneer Valley, UMASS Family Business Center and Bredenberg Associates. It will be held on Friday, April 19 from 1-5 at UMASS Continuing and Professional Education classroom at 100 Venture Way, Hadley, MA. This thorough and experiential introduction to Holacracy® by the pioneer of the method, Brian Robertson, is a fast-paced, concise “taste” in a single session. The program is designed for business leaders, consultants, boards of directors and community organizers.(Read Full Article)
Small businesses took advantage expert advice from Google at a training at the Springfield Marriott.(Read Full Article)