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    1. An Opportunity for Western Mass.

      An Opportunity for Western Mass.

      We’re not sure just how the people of this region should take this, but apparently Western Mass. is finally getting some attention. That’s attention as in … things are soooo bad in and around Boston when it comes to congestion, traffic, and the sky-high cost of housing (and living in general) that some people are thinking about maybe — dare we say it — thinking about possibly giving this area a look. That’s what we mean by attention. It seems that, as officials and residents alike ask out loud about possible solutions to the worsening situation in Boston, Western Mass ...

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    2. Colorful Path to Economic Development

      Colorful Path to Economic Development

      We’ve written on many occasions in the past about how the phrase ‘economic development’ means much more than trying to lure an Amazon — or an MGM Springfield, for that matter — to your town or filling a business park with distribution companies. Indeed, this kind of work extends to such realms as workforce development, improving public education, public safety, infrastructure, marketing of a given region, and promotion of arts and culture. And, sometimes, economic development is art itself.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. It’s a New Era for AIM

      As the Roman philosopher Seneca observed, “omni fine initium novum,” or, “every new beginning comes from the end of another.”  As the Associated Industries of Massachusetts prepares to write a new and exciting chapter in its distinguished history, I am reminded at every moment of the wisdom, generosity, and quiet determination with which my predecessor, Rick Lord, has paved the road before me. Rick never lost sight of where he came from, and he never forgot that trust and respect are the ultimate currency of public policy and service.

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    4. The Promise of Manufacturing Jobs

      t’s certainly nothing new. Workforce issues have long been a stern challenge for this region’s manufacturers, and especially its precision machine shops. Companies have long struggled to not only gain the attention of young people and their parents, but also convince them that manufacturing has a solid future in this region and is something they should be part of. But this problem is reaching what might be called a critical stage. Indeed, a recent survey of about 40 area precision manufacturers revealed that, at the rate they’re growing — and the rate machinists currently on the floor are ...

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    5. Exceeding Their Entrepreneurial Goals

      Over the past 22 years, BusinessWest has had a number of intriguing recipients of its Top Entrepreneur award. Many would fall in the category of ‘traditional’ when it comes to entrepreneurs, including last year’s honoree, Paul Kozub, creator and president of V-One Vodka, and the 2015 recipients, the second and third generations of the D’Amour family, owners of Big Y supermarkets. But some honorees would definitely be considered non-traditional, or outside the box (there’s an entrepreneurial term). These would include former Springfield Technical Community College President Andrew Scibelli, who, among other things, created the Technology Park across ...

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    6. Amazon Bid: It’s Good Practice

      Amazon Bid: It’s Good Practice

      Richard Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., was no doubt channeling his inner Mavis — as in Mavis Wanczyk, winner last month of the largest single Powerball payout in history — when he told the local press, “you have to be in the game to win.” He was referring, of course, to a game with a different kind of huge payout — and one that also features astronomically long odds. That would be the contest to become home to Amazon’s second North American headquarters. The prize there is considerable — maybe 50,000 jobs over the next ...

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    7. Some Things We’d Like to See in 2017 - BusinessWest

      As we noted last issue, 2016 was, in many ways, and across the region, a year of progress. The economy didn’t grow by leaps and bounds — although the stock market certainly soared after the election — but that’s been the trend for roughly eight years now.  Overall, there was notable movement of the needle in the right directions — on economic development, entrepreneurship, revitalization of downtown Springfield, progress in efforts to reinvent the so-called Gateway Cities, and much more.  As the new year approaches, our basic hope is for essentially more of all of the above. Here, though, are some ...

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    8. An Inspiring Public-private Partnership

      An Inspiring Public-private Partnership

      There are a number of intriguing economic-development projects underway across the Pioneer Valley, but perhaps none more compelling — and for a number of reasons — than the initiative taking shape in a building in downtown Holyoke known as the Cubit. There, a public-private partnership on several levels has materialized, bringing to reality an endeavor that will create momentum in realms ranging from job creation to the revitalization of Holyoke’s central business district. The facility being created on the structure’s first and second floors is called the MGM Resorts HCC Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at Holyoke. That’s ...

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    9. Jobs Will Be Top Local Story for 2016

      Jobs Will Be Top Local Story for 2016

      The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be working with the EDC of Western Massachusetts and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, along with our community colleges and others, to help ensure that we not only have a trained workforce ready to fill these positions, but that we have enough of those trained in the workforce to fill them and other positions that might be vacated by those moving from existing employers.

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