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- 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
- HOLYOKE INNOVATION DISTRICT
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Rebuilding Together will use 1,000 volunteers to repair and renovate 25 homes in Springfield's Old Hill neighborhood
Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving affordable homeownership and to the revitalization of neighborhoods. In Springfield, it formed in 1992, and completed rebuilding 71 homes in the city in the past year with the help of approximately 5,000 volunteers.(Read Full Article)
The EDC is partnering with Google to offer a free training for small business on how to take your business from offline to online on April 15 at the Springfield Marriott. Google will provide guidance on how to build a free website, register a domain name and create an online business listing.(Read Full Article)
Connecticut's promise of a more nimble, market-responsive airport authority has been delayed by the long process of switching authority from the state Department of Transportation. But the promise may come to fruition soon as ConnDOT will relinquish full control to the Connecticut Airport Authority sometime between mid-April and mid-May. 'Most people are very anxious to see this happen,' said Kevin Dillon, CAA executive director. 'It is a pretty comprehensive undertaking. Most people think that one day you shake hands and the next day you're in charge.' The state General Assembly created the CAA in June 2011 to change ...(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts legislative leaders are making the unusual move of announcing a joint House-Senate transportation financing plan. Leaders including Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, are scheduled to attend the announcement scheduled for Tuesday morning.(Read Full Article)
A planned overhaul of an elevated section of Interstate 91 in Springfield is raising questions about access to two proposed downtown casinos in the city and in West Springfield and could emerge as a key issue in the casino competition in Western Massachusetts.(Read Full Article)
Common Capital looking for local investors for Community First Fund to spur business in Pioneer Valley
Common Capital helped James S. Kahle start Jim’s Auto Trim on State Street in Springfield back in 2009. Without Common Capital, he wouldn’t have five employees plus himself working in the business. He wouldn’t be able to give discounts to customers who help out Open Pantry. He wouldn’t have collected more than 15,000 pounds of food for the needy.(Read Full Article)
MassMutual gets Massachusetts tax incentive to move jobs to Springfield; Crane gets tax incentive to add jobs in North Adams
MassMutual Financial Group received a $3.75 million state tax credit to relocate 250 jobs to its State Street headquarters, supporting a $59.4 million investment by MassMutual. The workers are moving as a result of MassMutual’s purchase in September of The Hartford’s Retirement Plans business for $400 million. That deal became official on Jan. 1(Read Full Article)
Chicopee Electric Light Department will soon get into the hydroelectric business. The department is preparing to purchase the hydroelectric facility built on the Chicopee River as part of an agreement created 30 years ago when the facility was first built, said Jeffrey R. Cady, general manager of Chicopee Electric Light. The power plant, constructed by the Swift River Company in 1983, was built with an agreement that gave the company an easement to the dam. The deal included a provision that it was to be sold to the Chicopee Electric Light Department after 30 years, Cady said.(Read Full Article)
The EDC is a Supporting Sponsor of the 2013 Plastics in Medical Devices Conference(Read Full Article)
coming up in May in Waltham.
Quadrangle, Allen Street, Tiffany Street and Indian Orchard areas to be subject of 4 major Springfield road improvment projects
“The projects announced today are the start of a busy 2013 construction season in Springfield,” Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said in a prepared statement. “As we move forward with our rebuilding efforts, projects like these are contributing to the continuing narrative that Springfield is on the mend and on the move.”(Read Full Article)
Pittsfield-based Berkshire has about $5.3 billion in assets and more than 70 branches in western Massachusetts, Upstate New York, Connecticut and Vermont.(Read Full Article)
Shardool and Kishore Parmar, president and vice president respectively of the Pioneer Valley Hotel Group (PVHG), understand that they have two sizeable challenges when it comes to the property at 711 Dwight St. in Springfield. The first is to get people to stop talking about it in the past tense — a still-common practice, especially when it comes to the rotating restaurant on the top floor that was once a major destination in the region — and using one of the names that used to be on the building, especially Holiday Inn. The second is to convince several constituencies, from families to ...(Read Full Article)
Springfield to use $21.9 million in federal disaster relief money on South End Community Center, reconstruction of Boston Road and other projects
The money is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 's Community Development Block Grant program, said City Development Officer Kevin E. Kennedy. The federal government will also provide $7.2 million in HUD storm recovery money to other Massachusetts communities, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield. Neal's office and the city made the joint announcement.(Read Full Article)
Springfield Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy earns $190,000 in utility rebates for energy efficiency measures
The new Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy will yield energy savings estimated at $130,000 annually due to state-of-the-art technology, and has also earned the city rebates totaling approximately $190,000 from Western Massachusetts Electric Co., officials said Wednesday During a press conference at the new Putnam building, representatives of the city, school and WMECo praised the school’s design regarding energy efficiency including advanced lighting, and premium-efficiency heating, ventilating and cooling systems within the school.(Read Full Article)
Renovations to the building have cost just more than $1 million, said Mark Berman, American International's executive vice president for administration. Of that cost, $600,000 was funded by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development through the efforts of AIC graduate U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield. The remainder came from the Breck family over a period of time.(Read Full Article)
There is a new strategic planning initiative underway at the Amherst campus, said Subbaswamy (known to colleagues as ‘Swamy’), one that will provide a detailed outline of where this soon-to-be-150-year-old institution needs to be with regard to everything from the life sciences to economic-development initiatives within the Commonwealth; from increasing the volume of research initiatives on the campus to improving graduation rates.(Read Full Article)
Springfield insurer MassMutual and other investors are buying the music labels of ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G and others, along with a rich catalog of classic songs, including ones from soul singer Otis Redding and crooner Tony Bennett.(Read Full Article)
The Economic Assistance Coordinating Council said today it approved nine projects for participation in the Economic Development Incentive Program, which are expected to create and retain 7,144 jobs, in addition to leveraging nearly $267 million in private investment and supporting construction projects across the Commonwealth.(Read Full Article)