1. Springfield looks to boost worker participation rate with Boston Fed grant | masslive.com

    Springfield looks to boost worker participation rate with Boston Fed grant | masslive.com

    On Thursday, a group of local agencies led by the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, the city and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts were awarded a $15,000 Working Cities Challenge Grant from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  It's money the local agencies hope to match with $30,000 from local donors, said Ann Burke, vice president of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.  This is a design grant, not an implementation grant, said Larry Martin, director of employer services and engagement at the Regional Employment Board.

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