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    1. Big Y looks to hire 1,000 in all stores, HQ, distribution center

      Big Y looks to hire 1,000 in all stores, HQ, distribution center

       Big Y has more than 1,000 job openings in all areas of the company in response to its expansion and growth, the Springfield-based, family-run chain said Wednesday. There are openings at all Big Y supermarkets, as well as its Fresh Acres Specialty Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Spirits, Big Y Express gas and convenience stores, Fresh & Local Distribution Center and Store Support Center.

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    2. Mayor Sarno Joined with City and State Officials for the Reopening of Pynchon Plaza

      Mayor Sarno Joined with City and State Officials for the Reopening of Pynchon Plaza

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno joined with Executive Director of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management (PBRM) Patrick Sullivan, Chief Development Officer (CDO) Tim Sheehan, Director of Capital Asset Construction Peter Garvey, Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood, Governor Baker’s Western Massachusetts Director Patrick Carnevale, President and CEO of the Springfield Museums Kay Simpson, Springfield Public Library Director Molly Fogarty, Executive Director of the Springfield Cultural Partnership Karen Finn, Executive Director for the Springfield Business Improvement District (BID) Chris Russell, and Attorney Melina Phelps from Bulkley Richardson for the reopening of Pynchon Plaza on Dwight Street.

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    3. Chicopee brownfield project that has cost millions -- and spanned 15 years -- close to completion

      Chicopee brownfield project that has cost millions -- and spanned 15 years -- close to completion

      A brownfield project that a former mayor described as the state’s worst legal and environmental quagmire is coming to an end, and the former factory property could be ready for redevelopment in a year. The city is scheduled to go out to bid to remove asbestos, PCBs and other hazardous waste from the last three contaminated buildings on the former Uniroyal factory complex at the end of November. The work is expected to take eight months to a year and will ready the property for development by the beginning of 2022, said Lee M. Pouliot, director of the city ...

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    4. MAKE OVERLAND LOFTS YOUR NEXT HOME

      MAKE OVERLAND LOFTS YOUR NEXT HOME

      Overland Lofts is happy to announce that it is now accepting applications. Springfield’s Business Improvement District is offering a lease signing incentive towards move in expenses for tenants who sign a lease in the months of November and December. The Springfield BID will pay $200 towards your first month’s rent. Visit springfielddowntown.com for more information on this exclusive deal. 

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    5. Attention Municipal/Town Leaders, Economic Development Organizations and Professionals.

      Attention Municipal/Town Leaders, Economic Development Organizations and Professionals.

      The Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD) will be holding a webinar to increase awareness of the Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP). This program can be used to help municipalities in their efforts to retain and attract businesses.  Learn about this and many other incentives we can help you access!

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    6. PARTNERSHIPS FOR RECOVERY

      PARTNERSHIPS FOR RECOVERY

      PARTNERSHIPS FOR RECOVERY

      Governor Baker announced the Administration’s $774M comprehensive economic recovery plan, “Partnerships for Recovery”, last week. The plan focuses on getting people back to work, supporting small businesses, fostering innovation, revitalizing downtowns and ensuring housing stability. Partnerships for Recovery begins immediately by directing $115 million in new funding to small businesses and Main Streets hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and for workforce training efforts. Read more about the plan in the press release.

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    7. “Springfield WORKS Whole Family Approach to Careers graduate wins MA Head Start Association parent of the year award”

      “Springfield WORKS Whole Family Approach to Careers graduate wins MA Head Start Association parent of the year award”

      The Massachusetts Head Start Association awarded the Parent of the Year Award to an Educare Springfield parent and celebrated with a parade Thursday afternoon. According to a news release sent to 22News, Bryana Stover received the MHSA Parent/Caregiver of The Year Award. She is a mother of four who participated in an 80-hour whole family approach to careers program offered at HCS Head Start before the coronavirus pandemic.

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    8. 2020 Western Mass Developers 3D Virtual Conference

      2020 Western Mass Developers 3D Virtual Conference

      Western Mass professionals!  If you missed the Western Mass Developers Conference, presented by MassMutual, the conference is still open until November 20th. Register by clicking the link below for access to the fully virtual Developers Conference -  you can view the exhibit hall, watch all of the dynamic panel discussions in the auditorium, catch the keynote from Governor Baker, experience the lightning presentations, download resources, and more.

      Register today: developwesternmass.vfairs.com

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      Mentions: MassMutual
    9. FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase

      FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase

      "I invite you all to attend the FORGE Manufacturing and Innovation Showcase happening tomorrow at 10am.  FORGE is a nonprofit with an office located here at Springfield at Tech Park that connects startups with compatible, forward-thinking regional manufacturers, design firms and engineers.  Meet hundreds of regional manufacturers and innovators and hear from Leader Joseph Wagner.  To register, please visit www.forgemass.org and click on the events page.

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    10. 2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference

      2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference

      Join us to explore the many development opportunities on the horizon in Western Mass!  The 2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference will connect business leaders, developers, real estate professionals, site selectors, economic development professionals, and public officials from Western MA and across the Northeast. 

      WHO: Economic Development Council of Western MA (EDC) and Economic Development Partners (EDP)
      What: The Western MA Developers Conference
      When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9am - 3pm

      Click Here to Register

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    11. Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

      Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

      The Massachusetts COVID-19 Innovation Challenge  is the third in a series of innovation pitch competitions to identify and grow innovative solutions to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Companies selected for the Challenge will attend a series of innovation workshops over five weeks, receiving critical mentorship, as well as access to a statewide network of manufacturers and advisors.  The program will culminate on October 30th with a virtual pitch event and a $25,000 prize awarded to the winner, funding which will help kick start the commercial development of their products or services.

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    12. MA Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) Webinar

      MA Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP) Webinar

      The Mass Office of Business Development (MOBD) will be holding a webinar to increase awareness of the Massachusetts Vacant Storefronts Program (MVSP). This program first became available through the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) in 2019, and can be used to help municipalities in their efforts to revitalize their downtowns and commercial areas.

       

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    13. TARGETED FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES

      TARGETED FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES

      Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of free COVID-19 testing sites in eight communities from July 10 to August 14 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This “Stop the Spread” initiative is a data-driven effort to reduce the prevalence of COVID-19 in communities that are above the state average in total cases and positive test rate, and have experienced a decline in testing levels since April. The initiative is being launched in Chelsea, Everett, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Marlborough, and New Bedford. Residents of these communities can take advantage of the availability of these new testing ...

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    14. MASSACHUSETTS - PHASE III, STEP ONE TO INITIATE ON MONDAY, JULY 6TH

      MASSACHUSETTS - PHASE III, STEP ONE TO INITIATE ON MONDAY, JULY 6TH

      The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that on July 6th, Phase III of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan will begin and updates on gatherings will be in effect. For the City of Boston, Phase III and the gatherings order will take effect on Monday, July 13th. The Department of Public Health (DPH) also issued updated guidance to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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    15. Bay Path University launches Risk Management cybersecurity degree and offers scholarship program for women pursuing cybersecurity degrees

      Bay Path University launches Risk Management cybersecurity degree and offers scholarship program for women pursuing cybersecurity degrees

      Bay Path University is expanding its focus in the rapidly growing area of cybersecurity—and helping to bring more women into it—with the introduction of an undergraduate major in risk management. In addition, the University will offer scholarships to women looking to obtain degrees in cybersecurity. Made possible by Strada Education Network, these generous scholarships will help offset the cost of fall 2020 enrollment in cybersecurity programs.

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    16. MASSACHUSETTS - PHASE II, STEP 2 BEGINS MONDAY, JUNE 22ND

      MASSACHUSETTS - PHASE II, STEP 2 BEGINS MONDAY, JUNE 22ND

      On Friday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Step Two of Phase II of the Commonwealth’s four-phase reopening plan, Reopening Massachusetts, begins Monday, June 22 to allow additional industries to resume operations under sector-specific guidelines. Businesses and sectors set to begin operating in Step Two of Phase II are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards. 

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    17. ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED $41M TO ADDRESS URGENT FOOD INSECURITY

      ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED $41M TO ADDRESS URGENT FOOD INSECURITY

      The Administration announced new funding to implement the recommendations of the Food Security Task Force. The Task Force was convened by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center in response to increased demands for food assistance. The Administration opened applications for the new $36 million Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program to ensure that individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth have access to fresh, local food. The Request for Responses for project proposals is available here with details on eligible businesses and entities. The Administration also released a Notice of Opportunity to onboard new agricultural vendors for the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), which ...

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