From the EDC
- EDC Activities at the Paris Air Show
- EDC, Springfield and Commonwealth Take Pitch to New York
- Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Funds Two Grants for Western Mass
- June 20 Advanced Manufacturing Summit
- 12th Annual State of the Region Conference Slated for June 7
- Promoting the Western Mass Aerospace Industry
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable
- Governor Deval Patrick & AMP it UP!
- Bradley International - American Airlines Announcement
- Report on FDI Forum
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Government Officials in the News
Companies in the News
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Western Mass EDC Board of Directors in the News
Weinman said the college intends to restart development of its science center once a new, more appropriate construction site is identified.
In President Martin’s email earlier this month, she said “demands” of the previous site were contributing to cost overruns and unanticipated delays, adding that the college is committed to complete the new center on schedule in 2018.(Read Full Article)
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal: Springfield's $200 million State Street redevelopment project is nearing completion
At a news conference outside the Springfield Library and Museums, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said street improvements underway in the Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood represent the last stage of a project that already includes the new federal court house on State Street and the soon-to-be-completed state data center on Elliot Street.(Read Full Article)
Manufacturing is dead in Massachusetts, right? WRONG! For(Read Full Article)
those of you who agree with the EDC’s position on this, we encourage you to
attend the Advanced Manufacturing Summit, to be held on June 20, 2013 at Gillette
A food company in Springfield was purchased by a company in China. Carando Foods on Carando Drive, which is part of Smithfield Foods, was just acquired by Shuanghui. At a price tag of more than $4.7 billion dollars, it's the largest purchase of a U.S. company by a Chinese company.(Read Full Article)
Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray announced more than $1 million in grants for vocational school Wednesday; this could impact a local school near you. 25 vocational school districts across Massachusetts are getting more than $1 million in grants to better equip their students with the challenges of the modern workforce. Franklin County Technical School District and Springfield Public Schools are some of the western Massachusetts schools that will receive money.(Read Full Article)
The West of the River Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual breakfast meeting on June 20 at 7 a.m. at Chez Josef in Agawam. The event is sponsored by the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino of New England and will kick off with the welcoming of new chairman Ken Vincunas of Development Associates and the incoming board of directors.(Read Full Article)
Great New England Wings & Wheels show will bring World War II aircraft and vintage cars to Westover in Chicopee
The “first edition” of the Great New England Wings & Wheels show will debut Aug. 24 and 25 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgette St. Planning for the show came about in the wake of the federal budget sequestration’s effects on military air shows around the nation. This show will take place on the civilian portion of Westover and is not expected to include any active military aircraft.(Read Full Article)
For superintendents, graduation is the pinnacle event of the year. But, commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2013 will hold a special meaning for me because after more than four decades as an educator, this year I have the distinct honor and privilege of declaring the graduates of the Springfield Public Schools.(Read Full Article)
Berkshire Bank recently selected 30 high school seniors to receive a total of $45,000 in scholarships through its Berkshire Bank Foundation Scholarship Awards Program. Each of the recipients will receive $1,500. A total of 134 employee volunteers reviewed nearly 200 applications to select the winners. The winners all live in the regions served by Berkshire Bank, including communities in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont.(Read Full Article)
Another hearing scheduled in Stop & Shop vs. Cernak Buick lawsuit over proposed Easthampton supermarket
Lawyers involved in the more than three-year-old Stop & Shop-Cernak lawsuit will be back in court Thursday, bringing an old matter back before Judge Bertha D. Josephson. In March, Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder ruled that there was no violation of due process during Planning Board proceedings, but in April he scheduled the new hearing on the first count of the lawsuit, which argues that the Planning Board's decision to issue the permit to Stop & Shop in January 2010 was "arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law."(Read Full Article)
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)