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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)
The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership’s 2013 State of the Region Conference will be held on
Friday, June 7, from 7:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Windsor, Conn.
This year’s speakers include a nationally recognized authority on how(Read Full Article)
to thrive in the New Economy, public officials from both states and economic development leaders from UConn and UMass. The EDC encourages you to sign up
to attend this lively, informative and FREE event.
The ad claimed many of the jobs associated with the project would be outsourced, putting in question the estimate of 600 to 1,000 jobs, and said it would make Massachusetts’ energy costs – which are already double those in North Carolina and Texas – even less competitive with those states. The ad opens by saying Bay State businesses can’t afford Cape Wind and closes saying the project “does not make sense.”(Read Full Article)
SPRINGFIELD - Stephen Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Thursday praised Mayor Domenic Sarno for doing “an incredible job” of assuring competition for a proposed casino in Springfield.(Read Full Article)
Crosby spoke Thursday before a meeting of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.
Springfield Fire Capt. Robert Duffy invents 'Quick Step Anchor' to help firefighters stay safer on roofs
“(Duffy) has always risen to the occasion on the Springfield Fire Department and we are very excited to introduce it today,” said Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant.(Read Full Article)
Duffy declined to elaborate on how much money he may earn from his invention. “It’s not about money for me, it’s about helping to save the lives of people who save lives for a living,” he said.
The Quick Step is manufactured right here in Springfield at Jesko Tool & Knife on Front Street in Indian Orchard.
Massachusetts has experienced rapid growth in its solar-energy sector in recent years. The total capacity generated by solar energy in Massachusetts has doubled in the last two years, reaching 105 megawatts (enough to power more than 15,000 homes) in 2012, a figure that is forecasted to quadruple by 2020.(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts’ renewable-energy sector now employs more than 64,000 people statewide (including nearly 10,000 in Western Mass.) and is projected to grow 15% per year. Massachusetts is now considered to be one of the best states in the country for solar development, a phenomenon driven largely by the state ...
Wing Memorial Hospital held its centennial rededication ceremony Wednesday, marking 100 years of service to Palmer and the surrounding towns. “Once again, Wing has made history,” Dr. Charles E. Cavagnaro III, Wing’s president and chief executive officer, told the crowd.. Wing, the town’s largest employer, has come a long way since its beginnings as a hospital run out of a home on North Main Street, now the site of Country Bank. A $12 million expansion of the emergency department recently was announced, and that project is expected to be completed in two years. Fundraising for the project has ...(Read Full Article)
Springfield schools Superintendent and city native Daniel J. Warwick has a lot to be proud of as he prepares to celebrate his first year on the job next month. In addition to hiring the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard to help spearhead the turnaround at the city’s underperforming schools, he’s developed a five-year strategic plan that aims to dramatically improve student achievement.(Read Full Article)
Connecticut River water quality monitoring project being planned by Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is still seeking volunteers to participate in a water quality monitoring project on the Connecticut River for three monitoring sites. The sites are the Pioneer Valley Yacht Club, Longmeadow, Pynchon Point, Agawam and Brunelles Marina, South Hadley. The Connecticut River will be monitored on a weekly basis between the last week of May to the first week of October.(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said in a letter to supporters:
"We have all been fortunate over the past six years to have benefited from the extraordinary service of our Lieutenant Governor, Tim Murray. Tim announced today that he will be leaving our office to become the new CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and they are very lucky to have him. Tim has played a central role in moving our agenda forward since our very first day in office. His portfolio is vast, and his footprint on our Commonwealth is immense. He has been a tireless advocate on ...(Read Full Article)
We hope that we receive a robust response as we want to be(Read Full Article)
able to showcase how robust our cluster is when we meet with numerous
international aerospace companies and officials in Paris. We will use the booklet
to point out our firms’ specific capabilities, the overall capacity of our
cluster and to attract companies who want a US supply chain.
"If they're greeted with a great smile, and the person's welcoming and friendly, that goes a long way. They're going to feel good about their experience. They’re going to go back and tell others what a great experience they had,” Mary Kay Wydra of the Great Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau said.(Read Full Article)
Springfield recycler says he would take bigger chunk out of waste stream if state helped spread word about companies like his
Massachusetts lawmakers are mulling the idea of requiring manufacturers of televisions, computers and other electronics to take back and recycle old products once consumers discard them, but an Indian Orchard-based recycler said the state would take a bigger chunk out of the waste stream just by letting people know companies like his are out there. “We could use some help to get the word out,” said Marc Brown, owner of TotalTech Recycling Co. located in the Indian Orchard Mills complex in Springfield. “Even if they just put a listing up on the state's website.”(Read Full Article)
Joanne F. Goldstein, secretary of the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, said the money is needed for YouthWorks, a state-funded youth employment program for teens and young adults aged 14 to 21 from certain targeted cities across the state including Chicopee, Holyoke, Northampton, Pittsfield, Springfield and Westfield.
A Texas hedge fund firm is stepping up its efforts to put Hampden Bancorp on the block by trying to get two of its representatives on the Springfield banking company’s board of directors. With 6.5 percent of the company’s shares, Dallas-based hedge fund Clover Partners is the biggest institutional shareholder on Hampden’s roster, which also includes Boston-based Wellington Management and other industry heavyweights. Johnny Guerry, Clover’s managing partner, and Garold Base, CEO of Dallas-based Viewpoint Bank, were recently nominated for board membership by MHC Mutual Conversion Fund, a Clover general partner.(Read Full Article)
We should foster interest in STEM as early as possible and introduce teachers to engaging programs using these skills throughout the education continuum. Engaging teachers in innovative ways is key to the Commonwealth’s STEM “@Scale Initiative,” which identifies programs proven to advance the state’s STEM Plan.(Read Full Article)
Builder Kevin Perrier bringing new life to former Landry furniture building in Easthampton | masslive.com
Perrier, president of the Five Star Building Corp., purchased the building for $300,000 from Robert Landry Feb. 8 and since then has been readying it for its new incarnation. Landry’s closed the furniture shop last year. Wayne Petlock, who owns Furniture Recyclers at 31 Union St., has set up shop on a renovated first floor and crews are finishing offices for Perrier’s company on about half of the second floor that formerly was just open space. His company’s space “is much more professional.” His suite of offices will include a conference room, something they don’t ...(Read Full Article)
Representatives from the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau boarded a bus at the Eastern States Exposition Tuesday morning, to begin a “trade mission” to Pennsylvania.(Read Full Article)
Springfield Renaissance School celebrates 100 percent college acceptance rate for seniors for 4th year in a row
The Springfield Renaissance School has done it again. For fourth consecutive year, 100 percent of seniors at the Carew Street magnet school have been accepted into college – an unusual distinction for a public school. The accomplishment was sweeter because all 97 graduating seniors were sixth graders when the grade 6-12 school opened in 2006, making them the first all-Renaissance class to graduate.(Read Full Article)