1. Springfield Works introduces online SkillSmart tool linking people, jobs, skills

    Springfield Works introduces online SkillSmart tool linking people, jobs, skills

    For Anne Shecrallah Kandilis, Working Cities Challenge director for the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, that duplication represents a problem. All 43 agencies have their own funding streams, their own management and their own goals, Kandilis said. They all operate in silos -- up and down in their own organizations, with no one working across.  "There is such a disconnect," said Kandilis, who started at the EDC in January. Kandilis administers a program called Springfield Works, and the $475,000 Working Cities Challenge grant -- a competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston -- that funds its efforts.

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