1. From the EDC

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    1. Western Mass Economic Development Council announces new “Anchor Collaborative” focused on local, diverse sourcing and employment

      Western Mass Economic Development Council announces  new “Anchor Collaborative” focused on local, diverse sourcing and employment

      Over the last several months some of the region’s largest businesses have met to discuss how they can leverage their own institutional and operational resources to address problems caused by historic segregation and disinvestment in low-income communities and to grow the regional economy.  As a result, Baystate Health, Big Y, The City of Springfield, The City of Holyoke, United Personnel, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Springfield College, Holyoke Community College, Comcast, and Bay Path University have formed the Western Massachusetts Anchor Collaborative through the leadership of the EDC. An “anchor” strategy is one where institutions commit to serving as place-based ...

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    2. SBA’s National Small Business Week and Virtual Summit is this week

      SBA’s National Small Business Week and Virtual Summit is this week

      that SBA’s National Small Business Week and Virtual Summit is this week. Your members can still register for sessions of this three-day, free, online conference; this opportunity is suitable not just for business organizations, but also for individual small businesses. Businesses can expect educational webinars, updates on resources for small businesses, and a networking chat room for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. (See the Summit agenda and list of sessions here.)

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    3. State of COVID-19 with Baystate Heath, Inc. and Mercy Medical Center

      State of COVID-19 with Baystate Heath, Inc. and Mercy Medical Center

      On Thursday morning, September 9, 2021, over 60 executives and others gathered via zoom to hear from medical experts – Dr. Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, Inc. and Dr. Robert Roose, Chief Medical Officer from Mercy Medical Center on the state of COVID-19 in Western Mass. They issued a collective call to action on taking pertinent measures to combat the rising trend of COVID-19 cases. Legal expert Mary Jo Kennedy, Esq. with Bulkley, Richardson, and Gelinas, LLP, also joined the conversation and shared legal steps that executives should consider when issuing a vaccine mandate or other health protocols ...

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    4. RALLY IN THE ALLEY, DOWNTOWN’S FIRST EVER OUTDOOR PING-PONG POINTS LEAUGE AND SOCIAL EVENT

      RALLY IN THE ALLEY, DOWNTOWN’S FIRST EVER OUTDOOR PING-PONG POINTS LEAUGE AND SOCIAL EVENT

      Get your game on for some serious table tennis competition right here in Downtown Springfield. Rally in the Alley is a month-long outdoor ping-pong points league held on Market Street in collaboration with the Springfield Thunderbirds, NOSH Café, and Sweet Idea’s. It will be the first event of its kind hosted in the heart of the city. Taking place every Thursday night, from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

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    5. ROCK N' HALL Enshrinement Weekend Concert

      ROCK N' HALL Enshrinement Weekend Concert

      Enshrinement Weekend and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is making that extra trifecta shot by teaming up with the Springfield Business Improvement District and Westfield Bank to produce a free concert with local party favorite Darik and the Funbags and NBC’s The Voice finalist and local favorite Michelle Brooks-Thompson outside at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The concert will take place on Sunday, September 12th from 1pm – 5pm and is free to the public.

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    6. STCC obtains federal grant to lower cost of textbooks for students

      STCC obtains federal grant to lower cost of textbooks for students

      Springfield Technical Community College is one of six colleges that received a federal grant that aims to increase the number of college courses that use free Open Educational Resources rather than costly textbooks. STCC is part of a consortium that received a $440,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a new project to add more access to free Open Educational Resources (OERs). The goal of the grant is to make college more affordable and inclusive. Chelsea Contrada, STCC’s OER librarian, said the grant will help STCC support its mission to remove barriers for underrepresented students ...

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    7. Baker-Polito Administration Files $1.6 Billion Fiscal Year 2021 Supplemental Budget

      Baker-Polito Administration Files $1.6 Billion Fiscal Year 2021 Supplemental Budget

      The Baker-Polito Administration today filed a final Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) supplemental budget proposal that aims to improve Massachusetts’ economic competitiveness as the Commonwealth continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The $1.568 billon supplemental budget would provide $1 billion in unemployment insurance relief for employers, support greater resources for local charities and nonprofits and ensure that small businesses do not bear a tax burden for assistance received through pandemic relief programs. The legislation relies on a FY21 surplus of approximately $5 billion and would also make critical investments in housing, human services, and education

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    8. Western Mass Job Trail

      Western Mass Job Trail

      The EDC has partnered with the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board, to launch a regional in-person job fair called the Western Mass Job Trails.  The Western Mass Job Trail will be held on September 8th and September 15th with the goal to support hiring needs through a seamless hiring process.  The initiative comes at no cost to you - we ask for active participation to meet with potential candidates during designated time blocks on both dates.  (10am - 1pm and/or 2pm - 5pm). 

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    9. Xiomara DeLobato Named New Chief of Staff for the EDC

      Xiomara DeLobato Named New Chief of Staff for the EDC

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts welcomes Xiomara Albán DeLobato as their new Chief of Staff. With over a decade of experience in the public and private sphere, DeLobato has been a steadfast advocate for equitable access to economic and academic growth and opportunity in the region.

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    10. Support Our Restaurants with the "413 Let's Go Out" Campaign!

      Support Our Restaurants with the "413 Let's Go Out" Campaign!

      The East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce (ERC5), in collaboration with 11 other chambers in Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties, is pleased to announce that the “413 Let’s Go Out” restaurant campaign has launched! This campaign was created to encourage the continued support of restaurants throughout our region. The campaign will run through September 30th and will amplify the statewide “Let’s Go Out” campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of supporting our local restaurants and the role they play in driving economic activity.

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    11. EDC WELCOMES NEW BOARD CHAIR - TRICIA CANAVAN

      EDC WELCOMES NEW BOARD CHAIR - TRICIA CANAVAN

      The Economic Development Council of Western Mass (EDC) recently held its 2021 Annual Meeting at the Student Prince/Fort Restaurant in downtown Springfield.  The in person meeting was a statement by the region’s business community that Western Mass is open for business.  The highlight of the meeting was a heartfelt goodbye to outgoing Chair, Kevin Vann, Chair and Founder of the Vann Group and a welcome to the new EDC Chair Tricia Canavan, President of United Personnel.

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    12. EDC BOARD CHAIR, KEVIN VANN BIDS FAREWELL

      EDC BOARD CHAIR, KEVIN VANN BIDS FAREWELL

      The Economic Development Council of Western Mass (EDC) recently held its 2021 Annual Meeting at the Student Prince/Fort Restaurant in downtown Springfield.  The in person meeting was a statement by the region’s business community that Western Mass is open for business.  The highlight of the meeting was a heartfelt goodbye to outgoing Chair, Kevin Vann, Chair and Founder of the Vann Group and a welcome to the new EDC Chair Tricia Canavan, President of United Personnel.

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    13. Dr. Ann Errichetti joins Bay Path University as Associate Provost and Dean, School of Education, Human and Health Sciences

      Dr. Ann Errichetti joins Bay Path University as Associate Provost and Dean, School of Education, Human and Health Sciences

      Bay Path University is pleased to announce Dr. Ann Errichetti has been appointed Associate Provost and Dean, School of Education, Human and Health Services and will begin her role on August 23, 2021. Dr. Ann Errichetti returned to New England in the summer of 2018, after successful careers in health care management and in cardiology. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operations and Academic Officer at Presence Health, a $2.6 billion Catholic health system in Chicago with 12 acute care hospitals, 25+ senior living facilities, and 16,000 employees. She was a core member of the turnaround team ...

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    14. Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley August Sessions Open

      Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley August Sessions Open

      The Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley (HRIPV) has announced the return of its in-person programming with space available for its August two-day signature Healing Racism trainings on Monday, August 16 and Tuesday, August 17; and on Thursday, August 19 and Friday August 20. Dates were also released for HRIPV’s new virtual seminars,
      currently underway.

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    15. Baker-Polito Administration to Invest $186 Million in Federal COVID-19 Funding for Critical Health Care and Workforce Priorities

      Baker-Polito Administration to Invest $186 Million in Federal COVID-19 Funding for Critical Health Care and Workforce Priorities

      The Baker-Polito Administration today announced it will invest $186 million of the Commonwealth’s direct federal aid from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) toward critical priorities including support for hospitals, health and human services, mental health, and workforce development. Utilizing these federal resources now will help further the Commonwealth’s economic recovery and provide relief for residents hardest-hit by COVID-19, such as lower-wage workers and communities of color.

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    16. Because Thursday Nights Belong to Downtown Springfield, Introducing the Court Square Summer Concert Series

      Because Thursday Nights Belong to Downtown Springfield,  Introducing the Court Square Summer Concert Series

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is excited to bring a new event to the heart of Downtown Springfield beginning next week. The Court Square Concert Series will take place every Thursday Night through August beginning at 7pm on Court Square featuring local bands, food trucks, and craft beer and wine. This event is free to the public and all are welcome! Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

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    17. AMHERST AREA CHAMBER OUTDOOR CINEMA SERIES AT THE MILL DISTRICT

      AMHERST AREA CHAMBER OUTDOOR CINEMA SERIES AT THE MILL DISTRICT

      OUTDOOR CINEMA comes to Amherst! The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to create, maintain and promote a vital, thriving business climate throughout the Amherst area, teams up with our Chamber Champions at the Mill District as host and sponsor, in association with the Amherst Cinema, UMassFive College Credit Union and North Square Apartments to bringing the big screen to you with an electric outdoor cinema series where there is something for everyone.

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    18. $3.4 Million to Support STEM Equipment and Teacher Professional Development

      $3.4 Million to Support STEM Equipment and Teacher Professional Development

      Today, the Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) announced 27 grants totaling $3.4 million through the MLSC’s STEM Equipment and Professional Development Grant program. The awards will support new and expanded curricula at 93-plus schools, serving more than 38,200 students, and providing more than 730 teachers with professional development.

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    19. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plan to Invest $2.8 Billion in Federal COVID-19 Funding to Support Economic Recovery, Communities Hit Hardest by Pandemic

      Baker-Polito Administration Announces Plan to Invest $2.8 Billion in Federal COVID-19 Funding to Support Economic Recovery, Communities Hit Hardest by Pandemic

      The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a plan to immediately put to use approximately $2.815 billion of the Commonwealth’s direct federal aid to support key priorities including housing and homeownership, economic development and local downtowns, job training and workforce development, health care, and infrastructure. The Administration’s plan aims to jump-start the Commonwealth’s economic recovery by investing in urgent priorities, with a particular focus on supporting populations hardest-hit by COVID-19, such as lower-wage workers and communities of color.

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