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    1. MASSECON RELEASES VIDEO SERIES PROMOTING MASSACHUSETTS REGIONS AS HOTSPOTS FOR BUSINESS GROWTH

      MASSECON RELEASES VIDEO SERIES PROMOTING MASSACHUSETTS REGIONS AS HOTSPOTS FOR BUSINESS GROWTH

      MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, today announced the release of a video series promoting Massachusetts as a place to work and do business.  The videos focus on the five regions of Massachusetts — West, Greater Boston, Northeast, Southeast, and Central— and Massachusetts as a whole. 

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    2. Western Mass Economic Development Council & Springfield WORKS Community Empowerment & Reinvestment Grant Event

      Western Mass Economic Development Council & Springfield WORKS  Community Empowerment & Reinvestment Grant Event

      As part of the$400,000 Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant, Springfield WORKS, a community-wide initiative with the Western Mass Economic Development Councilrecently administered surveys to Springfield residents who are justice-system involved. The intention was to gather a needs assessment to serve as a resource for the community, as well as to support the ongoing efforts of the seven subgrantee organizations, which will help facilitate the systemic socioeconomic changes needed in the city of Springfield that open up pathways to opportunity. The results of the assessment have been analyzed and below are some of those key takeaways.

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    3. Western Mass Economic Development Council & Springfield WORKS Announce Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant: Phase Two

      Western Mass Economic Development Council & Springfield WORKS Announce Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant: Phase Two

      Springfield WORKS, a community-wide initiative with the Western Mass Economic Development Council, announced in May that they received a $400,000 Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant that will help facilitate systemic socioeconomic changes in the city of Springfield. The goal is simply stated but will take hard work to achieve in order to mitigate the negative impacts of incarceration

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    4. SENATOR LESSER SECURES $1 MILLION IN FUNDING TO JUMPSTART THE CLIFF EFFECT PILOT PROGRAM

      SENATOR LESSER SECURES $1 MILLION IN FUNDING TO JUMPSTART THE CLIFF EFFECT PILOT PROGRAM

      New program would allow workers to pursue career advancement without fear of having public benefits such as childcare stripped away

      During the debate over the newly passed economic development and tax relief package, the Massachusetts State Senate approved Senator Eric P. Lesser’s amendment to allocate $1,000,000 toward establishing the Cliff Effect Pilot Program. “The passage of the Cliff Effect amendment is a tremendous victory for workers and families throughout the Commonwealth,” said Senator Eric P. Lesser. “During a time of great financial and economic uncertainty, we must encourage and reward workforce participation while making sure that we ...

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    5. New Ground Transportation Center Opens at Bradley International Airport

      New Ground Transportation Center Opens at Bradley International Airport

      The Connecticut Airport Authority opened its new ground transportation center at Bradley International Airport to the traveling public. The newly opened, $210 million facility offers easier access to rental cars and more public parking – and in the future it will also provide improved access to public transit. “With the introduction of the ground transportation center, we have created a more efficient and overall better and more welcoming passenger experience,” said Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “At the core of this major improvement is user-friendly rental car access, more general parking, a friendlier ...

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    6. 2022 Statewide Small Business Recovery Survey

      2022 Statewide Small Business Recovery Survey

      The Coalition for an Equitable Economy, MassINC Polling Group and Mass Growth Capital Corporation are partnering to conduct an important statewide survey about the issues impacting small businesses in Massachusetts. The purpose of the poll is to assess the current needs of small businesses (especially businesses of color) to identify service and resource gaps they face and to inform short-term and long-term programs and policies amongst the sponsoring organizations and more broadly. This poll is intended to be statewide and will be available for the benefit of all participating organizations. 

       

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    7. BID/Town of Amherst Announce ARPA Economic Empowerment Initiative

      BID/Town of Amherst Announce ARPA Economic Empowerment Initiative

      The Amherst Business Improvement District is thrilled to announce its new partnership with the Town of Amherst to focus on Economic Empowerment in order to rebuild our economy post-pandemic and focus on growth, entrepreneurship, arts, and culture all to ensure a strong and vibrant future throughout Amherst. In response to the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program allocates $250,000 of Town American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support small business empowerment and economic development over the next two and a half years. The program will be created and overseen by the Amherst BID ED Gabrielle ...

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    8. Bradley International Airport Cuts the Ribbon on New Ground Transportation Center Facility to Open to the Public in July

      Bradley International Airport Cuts the Ribbon on New Ground Transportation Center Facility to Open to the Public in July

      The Connecticut Airport Authority celebrated the anticipated opening of its Ground Transportation Center at Bradley International Airport with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. After five years of planning and construction, which took place at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new $210 million state-of-the-art facility is on track to open to the public in mid-July. When it opens, it will provide an elevated passenger experience, with improved access to rental cars, more parking, and future options for public transit.

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    9. Explore Holyoke Restaurant Week

      Explore Holyoke Restaurant Week

      The Holyoke Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED), in collaboration with Holyoke Community College (HCC), Greater Holyoke Chamber, and Glammoré Premier Events, is happy to announce an exciting cultural event called Explore Holyoke Restaurant Week (EHRW). As part of our 2019 Holyoke Tourism Plan, OPED has been working with a large tourism stakeholders’ group to move forward on strategic tourism initiatives and promote local business. 

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    10. Hyundai Hope and Gary Rome Hyundai Donate $25,000 to Combat Hunger at Dealership's 25th Anniversary Celebration

      Hyundai Hope and Gary Rome Hyundai Donate $25,000 to Combat Hunger at Dealership's 25th Anniversary Celebration

      Hyundai Motor America’s corporate social responsibility initiative, Hyundai Hope, and Gary Rome Hyundai recently donated a total of $25,000 to two local food banks in Holyoke, Massachusetts to combat food insecurity in the surrounding communities during Gary Rome Hyundai’s 25th anniversary celebration. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts received $10,000 and the Thrive Center of Holyoke Community College received a $5,000 donation from Hyundai Hope. Gary Rome Hyundai donated an additional $5,000 dollars to the Thrive Center of Holyoke Community College and two lucky guests received $2,500 each to donate towards the ...

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    11. Baker-Polito Administration Announces $120 Million Investment in Public Colleges and Universities to Modernize Buildings to Further STEM

      Baker-Polito Administration Announces $120 Million Investment in Public Colleges and Universities to Modernize Buildings to Further STEM

      The Baker-Polito Administration today announced investments totaling more than $120 million to four public colleges and universities to renovate and expand campus facilities that further students’ skills in STEM fields. Salem State University, Massasoit Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell will each receive $30 million for major capital projects that will modernize campus facilities to support STEM instruction and expand the number of skilled workers in key STEM occupations in the Commonwealth.

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    12. Bay Path University Announces New Graduate Certificate in Digital Transformation

      Bay Path University Announces New Graduate Certificate in Digital Transformation

      At Bay Path University, we have been engaged in the transformation of our enrollment marketing and management systems throughout the pandemic. We have also accelerated the development of wraparound support systems for our students that allow them to focus on their studies and minimize the time spent on registering for or changing courses, paying their tuition, monitoring their progress, etc. More recently, we’ve been collecting and analyzing data that allow us to anticipate student needs and provide academic assistance often before a student realizes they need it!

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    13. The Baker-Polito Administration, including MassHire Career Centers and Workforce Boards and the Commonwealth Corporation, is hosting a workforce Series

      The Baker-Polito Administration, including MassHire Career Centers and Workforce Boards and the Commonwealth Corporation, is hosting a workforce Series

      The Baker-Polito Administration, including MassHire Career Centers and Workforce Boards and the Commonwealth Corporation, is hosting a series of 10 regional employer roadshows from late April to May, with the goal of connecting employers to new and existing workforce supports from the Commonwealth. You can register for the below sessions today:

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