From the EDC
- “Manufacturing Day” on October 6 at Eastworks in Easthampton
- 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!
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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)
John Winkler, park president at Six Flags New England, says people generally will hesitate to visit the Six Flags park in Agawam if there’s any real chance of rain. So the park’s management has come up with a potential solution: a “weather guarantee” program.(Read Full Article)
Lego Systems Inc. is expanding its extensive offices in the Enfield Business Park, leasing an additional 80,198 square feet inside its former molding hall. The company eventually plans to add more than 200 employees, an official said.(Read Full Article)
Local winners include American International College with one gold and two silver awards; W.F. Young/Absorbine in East Longmeadow, with one each of gold, silver and bronze; BRIGADE in Amherst with one gold, three silver and a bronze; Andrew Associates of Enfield with three bronze; and TicketNetwork of South Windsor, Conn., with one silver award.(Read Full Article)
Boston Beer and Samuel Adams help out Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst, Elmartin Farm in Cheshire with microloans and advice
It’s enough to make a farmer reach for a beer. Instead, brewer Jim Koch and his Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program reached out to Simple Gifts and to Elmartin Farm in Cheshire with small loans provided through Common Capital, a Holyoke based nonprofit small business lender.(Read Full Article)
The conference – independently organized by UMass students to the form of the successful global non-profit, TED – invited innovative thinkers and pioneering entrepreneurs to share "ideas worth spreading" on the state university's flagship campus. The theme of the event was innovation.(Read Full Article)
The piece was commissioned by the visitors bureau, as a way of reaching out to a younger demographic. Michele Goldberg, director of marketing for the visitors bureau, told The Republican earlier this week that Dr. Westchesterson is a known brand in the region and a natural fit for the bureau's efforts to showcase it.(Read Full Article)
American Airlines is adding a nonstop flight from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks to Los Angeles, the first West Coast nonstop from the Connecticut airfield. American will start flying the Connecticut-California nonstop on Aug. 27, although customers can book the flight starting on Tuesday.(Read Full Article)
Developer raises concerns about delayed projects at Court Square building and former Visitor Information Center site in Springfield
Kevin E. Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer, and Christopher Moskal, the executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, declined comment on Pappas’ letter and concerns, but have previously defended progress on the projects.(Read Full Article)
“We’re not trying to reinvent something. We’re just trying to make it the best we possibly can,” said John F. Heaps Jr., chairman of the new commission and president and chief executive officer of Florence Savings Bank.(Read Full Article)
Westfield State University to launch Institute for Hispanic and Latin-American Education | masslive.com
The 2010 Census Bureau reports that nearly 10 percent of Massachusetts residents identify as Hispanic. A large portion of the state's Hispanic residents live in Western Massachusetts, particularly in Springfield and Holyoke, where Hispanics make up 38.9 and 48 percent of the municipal population respectively.(Read Full Article)
According to the 2011 Community Survey 21.4 percent of residents living in Hampden County are Hispanic while Hispanics in Hampshire and Franklin counties make up 4.9 percent of the population in each community. Dobelle said the university reflects the growth.
Massachusetts public college presidents pledge to give students relief from fee increases under budget scenario unveiled on Beacon Hill | masslive
Tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts and other campuses of higher education are set to be frozen for the coming school year under a budget unveiled Wednesday on Beacon Hill.(Read Full Article)