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    1. More than 175 affordable housing units will be built in western Massachusetts

      More than 175 affordable housing units will be built in western Massachusetts

      Lt. Governor Karyn Polito told 22News that this program will support the production of 135,000 new affordable housing units in Massachusetts by the year 2025. The Baker administration also filed a housing choice bill this past week to change zoning requirements. “Our approach is to incentive and reward communities that plan for and build more housing for the people of this commonwealth,” Polito told 22News. Western Massachusetts will see 177 of these units, which will be built in Amherst and Holyoke. 39 affordable rental units will go up near the Holyoke Public Library.

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    2. Workforce development contributing to economic success in western Massachusetts

      Workforce development contributing to economic success in western Massachusetts

      The current unemployment rate in Massachusetts is 4.2 percent, but in Springfield it’s almost double that with nearly 4,900 people unemployed. One executive office is working to change this. Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta told 22News that workforce development is a major component to the regions economic success.. Acosta told 22News skill gaps often make finding the perfect candidate difficult. But through workforce training grants and apprenticeship programs, she said people will be given the tools they need to succeed in the workplace. “Right now we’ve got about 9,000 apprentices in the ...

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    3. Dress for Success sale aims to help woman in need

      Dress for Success sale aims to help woman in need

      Dress for Success of western Massachusetts is on a mission. The organization empowers disadvantaged women, helping them thrive in the work place and in life. Starting today, women-in-need throughout western Massachusetts are invited to shop ’till they drop, at the “Dress for Success” tag sale. For $25, women are invited to fill a shopping bag with brand name work clothes, shoes and accessories of their choice. Margret Tantillo told 22News, “We’re expecting probably about 200 women to come in and shop this weekend. Not only do women get fabulous fabulous clothing at a good deal, but they also support ...

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