1. Articles from Michael Graney (mike)

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    1. Mike Graney Departure

      Mike Graney Departure

      I was hired by the EDC almost eight years ago to organize and manage its new Business Development Department. I believed strongly in the EDC’s mission then and I believe in it equally strongly today. Our goals are to encourage private capital investment and public infrastructure investment in the region and to stimulate more and better jobs for the workers in our communities.


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    2. EDC Hosts AIM Executive Forum

      EDC Hosts AIM Executive Forum

      There are reasons to see the glass as half full and equally compelling reasons to see the glass as half empty. Charlie D’Amour, COO of Big Y, among others, noted that the recovery has been uneven across regions in Massachusetts, with western Mass being behind Boston. Rick acknowledged that, but noted that our region falls in the middle of Mass regions, not as good as Boston or Worcester, but ahead of the South Coast, North Central and the Cape.

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    3. Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Promoting our regional aerospace cluster is a high priority
      for the EDC this year. Enhancing Western Mass – Canada trade is a significant
      tactic in our initiative. US – Canada trade tends to be north-south. Canada’s
      aerospace firms predominate in Quebec, so our region is well positioned to pick
      up future business opportunities.

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    4. Two European Trade Missions to Massachusetts

      Two European Trade Missions to Massachusetts

      The first is the
      visit of “Systematic”, the Parisian IT cluster composed of several hundred
      companies, one of the premier clusters in France. Systematic organizes a
      mission to Massachusetts every year. This year’s visit is focused on Big Data,
      but the cluster encompasses many areas of IT, including Health IT where we have
      already established connections to the Springfield Health IT sector.

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    5. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      On June 6, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced two
      grants made by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to the University of
      Massachusetts (“UMass”) and Baystate Health that total over $100 million.

      The UMass grant will fit out a new science building with
      three research centers:

      • Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
        developing nanotechnology and large dataset management to improve health care
        through low-cost, wearable, wireless sensors that analyze patient data
        continuously in real time. Biomanufacturing firms, medical device makers, big
        data analysts and other health care industry partners will produce prototypes,
        test them and assess manufacturing feasibility.
      • Bioactive Delivery, focused on ...
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    6. Report from the Paris Air Show

      Report from the Paris Air Show

      The EDC made a conscious decision to prioritize our region’s
      aerospace cluster during 2013. Western Massachusetts is a key link along the
      aerospace supply chain that follows I-91 from Connecticut through Massachusetts
      and Vermont and continues north to Montreal. We call the Hartford CT –
      Springfield MA section of that corridor New England’s Knowledge Corridor©, but
      the entire corridor is legitimately Aerospace Corridor.

      One of our tactics was to organize a presence for
      Massachusetts companies at the Paris Air Show. The EDC organized meetings with
      global OEM’s and B2B opportunities with international aerospace clusters for
      the three Western ...

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    7. Update on Shared Service Center Initiative

      Update on Shared Service Center Initiative

      The EDC hosted a roundtable discussion in June featuring
      Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. We
      invited several New York site selectors as well as other state and regional economic
      development officials to join us for an engaging conversation about shared
      service center opportunities in our region for companies in the financial and
      professional services and IT sectors. We had hosted a similar roundtable in Boston
      in March. Secretary Bialecki has set an ambitious goal to speak to 50 companies
      who might be interested in opening a facility about the advantages of western
      Massachusetts during 2013. Based ...

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    8. EDC Workforce Group Interacts with Springfield Superintendent of Schools

      EDC Workforce Group Interacts with Springfield Superintendent of Schools

      The Workforce Group had many questions for Dan, particularly
      about the schools’ interaction with the business community. Many members offered
      support and Dan’s team shared this list of ways that business people could help
      our kids – http://www.westernmassedc.com/springfieldpublicschools/

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    9. Regional Business Opportunities from Paris Air Show

      Regional Business Opportunities from Paris Air Show

      But we also joined with the Hartford-Springfield Economic
      Partnership and the State of Connecticut in a lead generation initiative for
      New England’s Knowledge Corridor©. We met with over 20 international companies (from
      France, Germany, Austria, Norway, Israel, Italy, even Liechtenstein) that have
      an interest in the US market.

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    10. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Funds Two Grants for Western Mass

      Yesterday, Governor Deval Patrick and other luminaries announced that the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (“MLSC”) will fund a $95 Million project at UMass and a $5.5 Million project at Baystate Health. Although ten speakers weighed in on this yesterday at the press conference, none told the beginning of the story.

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    11. Promoting the Western Mass Aerospace Industry

      We hope that we receive a robust response as we want to be
      able to showcase how robust our cluster is when we meet with numerous
      international aerospace companies and officials in Paris. We will use the booklet
      to point out our firms’ specific capabilities, the overall capacity of our
      cluster and to attract companies who want a US supply chain.

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    12. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable

      Innovation and Entrepreneurship Roundtable

      The EDC wishes to acknowledge Steve Davis from Ventry
      Associates and the Davis Foundation, who recently agreed to chair the EDC’s new
      Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee. Steve attended today’s roundtable,
      along with leaders from our university, business and entrepreneurial

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    13. Report on FDI Forum

      Report on FDI Forum

      Over 75% of inbound FDI into the US comes from
      eight countries -- six in Western Europe, Canada and Japan. The EDC maintains relationships
      with our peers and government officials in all of them, and particularly strong
      relationships in all of them except Japan. They are a growing source of leads
      for our Prospect Management system.

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    14. EDC Promotes Western Mass Presence at Paris Air Show

      EDC Promotes Western Mass Presence at Paris Air Show

      Although space was officially “sold out” in the US pavilion,
      the EDC was able to acquire a space for three companies. We agreed to
      coordinate the administration of the Massachusetts Pavilion and Hoppe
      Technologies (Chicopee), Aimtek (Auburn) and Westfield Electroplating will join
      us representing our aerospace manufacturing cluster.

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    15. EDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Collaborate on Shared Service Center Initiative

      EDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Collaborate on Shared Service Center Initiative

      The EDC and state officials including Secretary of Housing
      and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, supported by Governor Deval Patrick,
      are touting western Mass advantages for Shared Service Centers, Call Centers
      and other back office space. The EDC organized a roundtable in Boston on March
      12 when Secretary Bialecki made his pitch to regional site selectors and
      brokers. We can present a general pitch or one tailored to a firm’s specific
      needs at your request. Senior public and private sector officials will be
      available to host any prospect.

      Our primary corporate targets are Financial Services firms,
      but our assets are ...

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