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    1. So what is a college degree worth?

      So what is a college degree worth?

      So what is a college degree worth? The answer depends on whom you ask.

      Fewer than half of the adults surveyed in a Gallup Poll earlier this year had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the nation’s college and universities. When business executives and hiring managers were asked the question this past spring by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, in a recently released survey funded by Newman’s Own Foundation, the answer was a world apart: 63 percent expressed quite a lot or a great deal of ...

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    2. “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” A training series for Western Massachusetts business owners

      “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” A training series for Western Massachusetts business owners

      Common Capital is presenting a free training “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” beginning on Friday, January 18th, 2019.  This grant funded training series is available to all businesses in Western Massachusetts.      The goal of the program is to improve the digital marketing skills of small business owners and increasing their ability to bring in more customers and improve sales.  This training will be presented on Friday mornings between 9 and 11 AM and will continue through May 2019.  All participants will receive step by step actionable plans as well as guidance from experts to increase their success in ...

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    3. The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint

      The Pioneer Valley Labor Market Blueprint

      As you know, the Workforce Skills Cabinet (WSC) is requiring a Mid-Point Report be submitted to the WSC by December 15, 2018.  We have been given a template to follow and are aggressively assembling the required collateral to form our narrative.  We are excited about sharing with the WSC the progress that has been made since we began the Implementation phase in the late spring, 2018.  As with the Blueprint, we expect the Secretary’s and/or their staff and others will review the Mid-Point Report and share their thoughts with us.  We continue to believe that as we begin ...

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    4. Forum on Impact of Poverty in the Pioneer Valley and Recent Report on Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity

      Forum on Impact of Poverty in the Pioneer Valley and Recent Report on Addressing Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity

       Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) will host an economic opportunity forum to review and discuss the findings from a new report on poverty written by MassBudget called “Obstacles on the Road to Opportunity: Finding a Way Forward Together.”  MASSCAP, Community Action of Pioneer Valley (CAPV), Springfield Partners for Community Action (SPCA), and Valley Opportunity council (VOC) will be co-sponsoring the event, where the results of the poverty study and the way forward will be highlighted by a panel discussion. 

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    5. 15 GROWING MASSACHUSETTS FIRMS NAMED WINNERS OF MASSECON ‘IMPACT’ AWARDS

      15 GROWING MASSACHUSETTS FIRMS NAMED WINNERS OF MASSECON ‘IMPACT’ AWARDS

      MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, today announced its Fifteenth Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award winners, recognizing 15 companies for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy. The companies were selected on the basis of job growth, facility expansion, investment, and community involvement since January 1, 2017. The winners will be honored at a luncheon on November 20, 2018 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, with Citizens Bank as presenting sponsor.

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    6. Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon Elected to Major Airport Trade Association Board of Directors

      Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon Elected to Major Airport Trade Association Board of Directors

      Windsor Locks, CT - Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E. has been elected to the Board of Directors for Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). As one of the leading trade associations representing airports in the U.S. and Canada, ACI-NA advocates for policies to strengthen all North American airports, promotes cooperation and the sharing of best practices between airports, and helps support route and capital development at all member airports.

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    7. "INNOVATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN WATER TECHNOLOGIES"

      "INNOVATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN WATER TECHNOLOGIES"

      Join UMass Amherst and Western Mass EDC for an event on this quickly growing sector, and how Western Mass and UMass Amherst are taking a lead in innovative developments.  Water technologies offers business and employment opportunities stemming from water innovation.  Network and make connections between UMass Amherst, other colleges, businesses and students.

      Keynote Speaker: Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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    8. Facebook Community Boost Springfield

      Facebook Community Boost Springfield

      In November of last year, Facebook announced the launch of a new program to invest in small businesses across the country. Community Boost is designed to help small businesses grow and give more people the digital skills they need to compete in today's economy. Facebook is bringing Community Boost to 30 cities this year and will be making its eighteenth stop in Springfield on September 10th and 11th.

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    9. Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Common Capital, Inc.

      Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and Common Capital, Inc. are excited to bring a Speed Coaching event to Holyoke! The event will kick off with a networking reception at 6:00. During the reception you will have the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and sign up for the consulting stations that are most relevant to your business such as: 
      Marketing and E-Commerce 
      Packaging 
      Sales and Distribution 
      Business Financing 
      Legal Advice for Your Business

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    10. Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members

      Economic Development Council of Western MA/Springfield WORKS to host Commonwealth Corps Members

      The Economic Development Council Western Mass/Springfield WORKS to Host Three Half-time (18 - 20 hrs/wk) Commonwealth Corps members to serve as Community Outreach Support Specialists providing community resident, leader and employer outreach and mentor recruitment. Through their service, members will increase access to a greater number of residents who are underemployed or unemployed, and community leaders and employers who are vital to sustained employment.

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    11. Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts

      Condition of Education in Western Massachusetts

      Please join us for a conversation on the status of education in Western Massachusetts.  The event will put a local focus on findings from the Rennie Center's Condition of Education in the Commonwealth report.  We'll discuss the latest data on the impact of early learning in Western Massachusetts and you'll hear from local educators and leaders about promising programs in the area.

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    12. NEW REPORT FINDS USE OF COAL AND OIL DURING A TWO-WEEK PERIOD THIS WINTER HAD EMISSIONS EQUIVALENT TO ADDING 6.4 MILLION CARS ON NEW ENGLAND ROADS

      NEW REPORT FINDS USE OF COAL AND OIL DURING A TWO-WEEK PERIOD THIS WINTER HAD EMISSIONS EQUIVALENT TO ADDING 6.4 MILLION CARS ON NEW ENGLAND ROADS

      Report calls for Balanced, Multi-Faceted Energy Solutions

      BOSTON, MA (May 7, 2018) - The Massachusetts Coalition for Sustainable Energy (MCSE) today released “The Need for a Balanced Portfolio Approach to Address New England’s Fuel Security Problem” – a new report that details the significant environmental and negative economic impact that the current lack of access to reliable energy is having on Massachusetts and throughout New England. Concentric Energy Advisors, Inc. authored the report.

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    13. 2018 Inner City Capital Connections in Springfield!

      2018 Inner City Capital Connections in Springfield!

      Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, with the support of the MassMutual Foundation and Berkshire Bank, cordially invites you to a kick-off breakfast on Tuesday, May 15thto learn more about the Boston Inner City Capital Connections program (ICCC) and its mission to help small businesses throughout Western Massachusetts build capacity and access the capital needed to drive growth.

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    14. VVM and Western MA help with Kauffman Foundation Springfield Survey

      We have been working for two years to get VVM and Western MA on Kauffman Foundation's radar.  We now have the potential to be part of nationwide investigation regarding startup community growth with Startup Genome and seeking a select group of metropolitan areas to join this effort and participate in data collection and analysis. Most cities pay for this diagnostic, but Kauffman is footing the bill for 10 smaller cities to have the same opportunity & Springfield has been selected to receive a free report.  

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    15. Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives

      Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives

      Urban Agenda Grant Program builds on community-driven initiatives to create new economic opportunities for residents

      BOSTON, MA - February 12, 2018 - Today, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $500,000 to nine projects through the Urban Agenda Grant Program. The program seeks to unlock community-driven responses to local obstacles, and promote economic development opportunities through partnership-building, problem solving, and shared accountability in urban centers. The competitive awards offer flexible funding for local efforts that bring together community stakeholders to pursue economic development initiatives. These awards will fund projects in Boston, Clinton, Framingham, Greenfield, Holyoke, Lowell, New Bedford, Revere and Springfield. Funding will support ...

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