1. Glenn S. Welch: Freedom Credit Union sees positive future for business in Western Mass.

    Glenn S. Welch: Freedom Credit Union sees positive future for business in Western Mass.

    As someone who grew up in the Springfield area, attended Western New England University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has over 30 years of experience in the credit union and banking industries, I am truly optimistic about the future of business in Western Massachusetts. Regionally, the unemployment rates in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties have all dropped over the past year. As of October, the unemployment rate in Hampden County was 3.6 percent, down from 6.0 percent in October 2015. Likewise, the unemployment rate in Hampshire County dropped to 2.3 percent from 3.8 ...

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