From the EDC
- 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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ITS, a 36-year-old manufacturer always located in Windsor, makes wooden crates for air-freight shipping of products from companies from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. ITS crates the products and brings them to Bradley, where they are shipped worldwide. ITS is one of the oldest continuously running transportation companies serving the Bradley air-freight community.(Read Full Article)
Google is coming to Springfield. The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is working with the search-engine Google to offer free training to small businesses from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, at the Springfield Marriott, 2 Boland Way, Springfield.(Read Full Article)
Gov. Deval L. Patrick and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, were in attendance. "I have fought hard to bring broadband technology to western and central Massachusetts for many years," Neal said in a prepared statement. "There is simply no reason why every resident, businesss and school in the region should not have reliable high speed internet access. More than one million people will benefit from this important broadband expansion project."(Read Full Article)
Springfield to receive nearly $1.3 million in new tornado disaster aid for demolition costs previously denied by FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency had initially denied to pay for Springfield's demolition costs related to the 2011 tornado, but reversed its decision and will pay nearly $1.3 million. The news of the new disaster aid follows an announcement last week that Springfield is receiving $21.9 million in disaster aid from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. The aid is designed to help those communities hardest hit by severe storms in 2011.(Read Full Article)
The first were from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is projecting an employment growth rate of 19% for civil engineers and 22% for environmental engineers — one of the fastest-growing subspecialties within the broad realm of civil engineering — between 2010 and 2020.(Read Full Article)
The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence index gained 1.1 points last month to reach 50.1, pretty much the neutral point on a scale that goes from 1 to 100, according to Associated Industries of Massachusetts. The March 2013 number is 4.7 points below the 54.8 points recorded in March 2012.(Read Full Article)
Chicopee Academy to see up to $30 million in renovation funding from Massachusetts School Building Authority
Under the grant, the authority will provide up to $30.1 million, or 80 percent of a project that entails fixing structural deficiencies, and improving the building's mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Work on the school's windows also falls under the scope of the project.(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts legislative leaders propose to increase gas, cigarette taxes to finance transportation improvements | masslive
Leaders of the state Legislature on Tuesday unveiled a plan to finance transportation improvements by increasing the state gas tax by 3 cents a gallon, hiking the cigarette tax by $1 a pack and increasing taxes on utilities and certain software services.(Read Full Article)
"I am proud to stand with Governor Patrick, Lt. Governor Murray and Secretary Sullivan in announcing these grants," state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said. "These grants are further indications that our state government recognizes the enormous value - economic and environmental - of our forested land. My congratulations to all the people in Leyden, and all those involved with the Franklin Land Trust, the DAR and the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust for securing this substantial award."(Read Full Article)
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.