1. Manufacturing a future workforce: Training; lower-cost power needed

    Manufacturing a future workforce: Training; lower-cost power needed

    Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts and a former Westfield mayor and state official, said that if the 600 employers were one company with 24,000 employees, that company would have no trouble getting its voice heard in state government. "You are a center of excellence," Sullivan said. Besides these issues, Sullivan said local manufacturers need to lobby to make sure they get subcontracting work on the CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles plan to build a subway-car factory in Springfield.

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