1. Municipal Economic Development Announcements


    There have been two significant announcements about municipal economic development positions in western Mass within the last week. First, Teri Anderson, Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Northampton, announced that she is leaving to accept a position with Common Capital, formerly Western Mass Enterprise Fund. Teri had an outstanding career in Northampton. She worked with the EDC on a number of projects including Village Hill, the Three County Fairgrounds and the formation of the Northampton Business Improvement District. In addition, she played an important role on the Economic Development Partners, providing cogent advice for the region while looking out for the interests of her city. She will be missed, but we look forward to working with her in her new role at Common Capital.


    Yesterday, Springfield Mayor Sarno and Congressman Neal announced that the Congressman’s long-time colleague Kevin Kennedy would become the new Chief Development Officer for the City. Kevin has managed many economic development projects during his tenure with the Congressman, dating back to his time in the Mayor’s office. He brings a wealth of experience and connections in both the public and private sectors to the job. My colleagues and I at the EDC look forward to working with him in his new role. On a personal note, I have counted Kevin as a friend for over 30 years. We have worked together in roles as varied as teammates on the basketball court to moving then-Mayor Neal’s agenda forward during the 1980’s in Springfield to collaborating on federally funded development projects during my tenure at SBDC and the EDC.  I told Mayor Sarno yesterday that he made a great hire and I wish Kevin nothing but success in his new position.


    Mike Graney, m.graney@westernmassedc.com


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