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    1. UMass water technology lab could spur new developments

      UMass water technology lab could spur new developments

      Thirty companies are in the pipeline, waiting to use a $3.9 million water technology demonstration center that could be built at the University of Massachusetts in as soon as two years. About 250 people attended the "Innovations and Opportunities in Water Technologies" conference Monday at the Amherst campus. Now the job is to get the money, already called for in a 2014 state bonding bill, and include it in a state spending budget, said Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development of Western Massachusetts.

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    2. MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand

      MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand

      What used to be the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is now the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board. The former CareerPoint in Holyoke is now the MassHire Holyoke Career Center, and the former FutureWorks is now the MassHire Springfield Career Center. It is all part of a statewide rebranding of Massachusetts' 29 career centers and 16 workforce boards, which used to go by 45 different names. They're now part of the unified MassHire brand, with a consistent logo and themed website addresses and social media handles. It's statewide, so the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board is now ...

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    3. Pre-opening VIP party underway as MGM Springfield poised to launch $960 million casino resort

      Pre-opening VIP party underway as MGM Springfield poised to launch $960 million casino resort

      Glitzy slot machines, expectations and the chatter of thousands of suited and gowned guests filled the gaming floor Thursday as the "MGM Springfield VIP preview party" got underway. Local officials like Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, the face of the seven-year pitch behind the project, and representatives of international giant MGM attended the celebration before the Friday opening of a $960 million casino resort. The development of 2 million square feet in the South End of the City of Homes is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Friday.

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    4. MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information

      MGM Springfield - Grand Opening Information

      Opening Day Information

      Kicking off the festivities at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of State and Main Streets, Downtown Springfield will be treated to a lively procession featuring the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales and other surprise entertainment alongside hundreds of the resort’s employees, construction workers and local dignitaries. Guests are invited to view the procession as it heads down Main Street and ends at the entrance to the property.  Once the procession has arrived at MGM Springfield at approximately 11 a.m., doors will officially open, welcoming guests in to experience the energy and excitement of New England ...

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    5. MassMutual decision adds to Springfield's 'momentum,' Western Massachusetts development official says

      MassMutual decision adds to Springfield's 'momentum,' Western Massachusetts development official says

      CRRC is about to open its rail car factory in East Springfield, MGM Springfield is seven months from opening its resort casino in the South End and now homegrown MassMutual will add jobs at its headquarters on State Street. "That is a lot of momentum, and it gets noticed," said Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. MassMutual plans to grow its workforce at its corporate headquarters on State Street by approximately 50 percent. The insurer will add 1,500 jobs there over the next four years, bringing the total number of ...

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    6. “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies”

      “Innovations and Opportunities in Green Technologies”

      Join UMass Amherst and the Economic Development Council of Western Mass for an event to be held at the Design Building at UMass Amherst, 551 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003 October 17, 2017 from 8:30AM – 12PM.  Green technology sectors offer business and employment opportunities stemming from clean energy, climate change mitigations, water innovation, and green building technologies.  Join UMass Amherst and Western Mass EDC for an event on innovations in new sectors, their potential for growth, and how Western Mass and UMass Amherst are taking a lead in green tech developments.  Network and make connections between UMass Amherst ...

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    7. House Speaker DeLeo: 'Why don't you look at Springfield?'

      House Speaker DeLeo: 'Why don't you look at Springfield?'

      DeLeo, D-Winthrop, described the conversation Thursday in a speech to the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. He said he asked about all the GE subsidiaries that might follow the home office to Massachusetts. Yes, he was told, various GE businesses might follow. "Why don't you look out west?" DeLeo told the executive. "Why don't you look in Springfield? That's where the real estate is going to sell for much less than what you are paying in the Seaport district." The EDC is a regional economic development organization that works to bring businesses to the region, helps ...

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    8. Greentown/EDC Manufacturing Event - East is Coming Out West on June2

      Greentown/EDC Manufacturing Event - East is Coming Out West on June2

      I am excited to announce that on June 2 we will be bringing a van of Greentown Labs Member Companies out to visit Western Massachusetts.  The van will be leaving Greentown Somerville at 9:00 am headed West! We will be starting our day with a manufacturers luncheon in Springfield and ending our day with pizza and beer at New City Brewery in Easthampton. Between lunch and the evening we will be spending the afternoon touring a couple of Western Mass' premier manufacturing facilities.  

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    9. Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville

      Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville

      The Technology Park — 340,000 square feet of space on 15.3 acres of what was once the Springfield Armory — has entered into a formal agreement with Greentown Labs to act as a sort of manufacturing matchmaker. Under the plan, announced Thursday at the Developers Conference hosted by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, there will be two economic development "fellows," one stationed at Greentown in Somerville and one at the Springfield Technology Park, said Jen Murphy, senior property manager at the Springfield Technology Park.

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    10. Gov. Baker to keynote Western Massachusetts Developers Conference highlighting sites,...

      Gov. Baker to keynote Western Massachusetts Developers Conference highlighting sites,...

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is expected to draw more than 300 developers and corporate decision makers to its Western Massachusetts Developers Conference next week. Gov. Charlie Baker will be the keynote speaker, wrapping up a morning-long event Thursday, June 23 at the MassMutual Center convention space downtown, said Richard K. Sullivan Jr. president and CEO of the Council.

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    11. Western Massachusetts Developers Conference Set for June 23

      Western Massachusetts Developers Conference Set for June 23

      The day-long event —which includes a light breakfast, lunch, municipality and resource vendors, plus an interactive map featuring priority development opportunities — is being coordinated by key area organizations, including the Western Mass. Economic Development Council (EDC), Economic Development Partners, MassDevelopment, and MassEcon. “We are thrilled to be a part organizing this event,” said Ann Burke, EDC vice president. “This is an incredibly exciting time for the region, with many investment opportunities, plus there are countless resources available to developers and businesses considering Western Mass., and we are excited to share them.”

       

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    12. Boston Fed awards Springfield $475K grant to help low-income residents get work | masslive.com

      Boston Fed awards Springfield $475K grant to help low-income residents get work | masslive.com

      A partnership of Springfield business, civic and education groups received $475,000 in Working Cities Challenge grant money from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for programs linking low-income residents to the in-demand training needed for jobs that often go unfilled.  'How do we as a community help low-income residents of Springfield who need good jobs?' said Ann Burke, vice president of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. 'How do we get them the training necessary to obtain and keep those jobs? How do we overcome the barriers between those people who need jobs and employers who need qualified ...

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    13. Officials from Irish airline Aer Lingus visit Springfield to promotes new nonstop flights from Bradley International Airport to Dublin | masslive.com

      Officials from Irish airline Aer Lingus visit Springfield to promotes new nonstop flights from Bradley International Airport to Dublin | masslive.com

      Officials for Irish airline Aer Lingus brought their promotional road show -- complete with flight attendants in uniforms -- to the Colony Club in downtown Springfield Wednesday, using the month of St. Patrick to promote the airline's new nonstop service from Hartford-Springfield Bradley International Airport to Dublin.

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    14. American Airlines to offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport to Los Angeles | masslive.com

      American Airlines to offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport to Los Angeles | masslive.com

      American Airlines will offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport here to Los Angeles International, or LAX, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Wednesday afternoon.  Tickets don't go on sale until Tuesday and fare information was unavailable. Service begins June 2 using 150-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.  Bradley International Airport reported 2.72 million passengers boarding in calendar year 2015, that's up 1.4 percent from the 2.68 million passenger departures in calendar year 2014.

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    15. Trade reps from around the world get glimpse of Western Massachusetts innovation economy | masslive.com

      Trade reps from around the world get glimpse of Western Massachusetts innovation economy | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment organized the trip with the help of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. They visited the Yankee Candle factory in Whately and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke.  In Springfield, they visited Valley Venture Mentors' business accelerator for startups in Tower Square, where they learned about the expertise and in some cases cash prizes Valley Venture Mentors can provide to new companies.  At Valley Venture Mentors, the trade reps also learned about TechSpring, an innovation hub established by Baystate Health in Downtown Springfield. TechSpring focuses on Big Data ...

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    16. Downtown Holiday Market to open in vacant Springfield storefronts Nov. 23 | masslive.com

      Downtown Holiday Market to open in vacant Springfield storefronts Nov. 23 | masslive.com

      Leaders in the Springfield business community are hoping to lure holiday shoppers from the malls or online retailers and into city storefronts with the first annual Downtown Holiday Market.  From Nov. 23 through Christmas Eve, local vendors will set up gift shops in now-vacant storefronts throughout Tower Square and between 1331-1391 Main St.  At an announcement event Thursday, Business Improvement District Director Chris Russell told a small crowd on the corner of Main Street and Harrison Avenue that organizers are hoping the seasonal attraction will help re-create the pre-shopping mall days when Springfield was a 'Mecca' for holiday shopping.

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    17. Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator 2016 Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator

      Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator 2016 Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator

      Core training, meetings, and events will be held the 1st weekend of every month. These monthly, long weekend, boot camps feature hands-on training, expert-led lectures, peer collaboration, advisor office hours, and practice judging rounds. In addition, there will be workshops covering strategy, innovation, marketing, sales, team building/dynamics, operating best practices, fundraising, and term sheets & valuations 101

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    18. Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce uses new logo | masslive.com

      Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce uses new logo | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Secretary of State has given final approval on the merger between the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce to officially form the Springfield Regional Chamber.  At a special meeting of both the ACCGS and the Springfield Chamber, the membership of the ACCGS and the Springfield Chamber voted in person and by proxy to unanimously approve the merger and create the new organization. The creation of one unified organization was the result of more than two years of discussions, comprehensive analyses, reviews of best practices and benchmarking against chambers across the country.

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    19. CRRC rail company breaks ground in Springfield, declares global ambitions beyond China merger | masslive.com

      CRRC rail company breaks ground in Springfield, declares global ambitions beyond China merger | masslive.com

      China's rail industry behemoth CRRC has its sights set on international expansion. The result of a merger between the state-owned companies China CNR Corp. and CSR Corp., CRRC instantly became one of the largest industrial companies in the world when it was created June 1. While most of its business is domestic, CNR has already made headway into international markets, winning a $566 million contract to build subway cars for Boston's MBTA in Springfield and a deal to modernize Buenos Aires' subway system in Argentina.

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    20. Richard Sullivan's return to Western Massachusetts as head of the Economic Development Council bodes well for the region: Editorial

      Richard Sullivan's return to Western Massachusetts as head of the Economic Development Council bodes well for the region: Editorial

      The Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council has scored something of a coup by “recapturing” Richard K. Sullivan Jr. as its president and CEO. Sullivan will assume the post when Allan W. Blair, who currently holds the post, retires after 44 years in the field of job creation and business development. An energetic leader, a dynamic force who knows Massachusetts inside out, Sullivan will undoubtedly offer fresh and knowledgeable perspectives from his service in Boston, where he has had opportunities to travel internationally as part of the job. His current post is chief of staff for Gov. Deval Patrick. He’s ...

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    21. MGM Springfield casino project: 'Let's get shovels in the ground!' declares ebullient Mayor Domenic Sarno, grateful state's casino law upheld by voters | masslive

      MGM Springfield casino project: 'Let's get shovels in the ground!' declares ebullient Mayor Domenic Sarno, grateful state's casino law upheld by voters | masslive

      'Now let's get shovels in the ground!' declared Mayor Domenic Sarno on Tuesday night, thrilled that MGM's $800 million casino plan can move forward after Massachusetts voters defeated a measure to repeal the state's casino law.  'With MGM Springfield moving forward and providing an increase in local resources, my first priority will be to public safety for our continued war on crime,' Sarno said Tuesday night.

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    22. MassMutual commits $5 million to invest in small business, $1.5 million to mentor and accelerate start-ups | masslive

      MassMutual commits $5 million to invest in small business, $1.5 million to mentor and accelerate start-ups | masslive

      "It's about having an idea that can grow," said MassMutual President and CEO Roger W. Crandall on Thursday. "Who knows how many jobs it can grow: 5, 50, 500. But these are the businesses that can grow and add jobs." Crandall made the announcement Thursday during the Western Massachusetts Developers Conference, an event that drew more than 350 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to hear about development opportunities in the region. The $6.5 million is part of a two-part plan to address the most pressing needs felt by entrepreneurs: access to capital and access to ...

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    23. Deval Patrick touts $5.2 million investment in UMass Springfield satellite center as vital for education, economic development

      Deval Patrick touts $5.2 million investment in UMass Springfield satellite center as vital for education, economic development

      Gov. Deval Patrick, in providing $5.2 million on Thursday to allow completion of the University of Massachusetts satellite center at Tower Square, called it an essential investment in education and economic development. Patrick was joined by local officials, business leaders and university officials in viewing the new center, under construction on the second floor of Tower Square. The $5.2 million investment includes construction and all furnishings with the Springfield center scheduled to open this fall. There is an incredible concentration of colleges and other educational institutions and “brain power” within an hour and 15 minutes of downtown Boston ...

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