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    1. Downtown Springfield Farmers Market NOW at Court Square on Fridays - Opening Day May 17th!

      Downtown Springfield Farmers Market NOW at Court Square on Fridays - Opening Day May 17th!

      From the rural farm to your urban table, the Downtown Springfield Farmers Market is gearing up for their best season yet, and it’s at a great NEW LOCATION!  Kicking off THIS FRIDAY, May 17th, the market is being held in beautiful Court Square in downtown Springfield, which will be able to accommodate the growth in vendors for this popular market.The market runs every Friday from May 17 – September 27 from 11am – 3pm.

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    2. Regional Economic Development Planning Council Engagement Sessions

      Regional Economic Development Planning Council Engagement Sessions

      Over the next few weeks, the Baker-Polito Administration will hold several regional engagement sessions all across the Commonwealth including Greater Boston, Central Mass, Cape & the Islands, and Berkshire County. A full list of engagement sessions will be posted on our website at www.mass.gov/hed. If you have any questions, please contact Molly Bourque at molly.p.bourque@mass.gov.

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    3. Bay Path Hosts Workshop to Help Women Re-Enter the Workforce

      Bay Path Hosts Workshop to Help Women  Re-Enter the Workforce

      Looking to return to work after an extended absence? You need to understand your professional story – and how to tell it. On May 6, Bay Path University will host The Next Chapter: Transitioning Back to Work After an Extended Absence.  This session, presented by Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University and Johnson & Hill Staffing, and in partnership with the Bay Path University Advisory Council is designed for women in all industries and at all levels of their career looking to make a return to the workforce.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    4. Eric Nelson, President & CEO of Westmass

      Eric Nelson, President & CEO of Westmass

      Westmass has been an affiliate of the EDC for many years, therefore,  it is with great sadness that we share that Eric Nelson, President/CEO of Westmass Area Development Corporation has passed away.  Eric has been a great leader at Westmass, a true professional and a good friend to all who have had the pleasure to know him and work with him.  His sudden passing is a shock to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric, his family, and the employees and members of the Westmass family.

      Rick Sullivan

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    5. Legislative Update - Paid Family and Medical Leave

      I wanted to notify you that the Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave has developed templates to assist you with the required notice to your workforce informing them of the PMFL program, contribution rates, benefits, etc.. The notice must be delivered to your current employees or self-employed individuals you are currently contracting with no later than May 31, 2019. The notice must be delivered to new employees within 30 days of date of hire or at the time of contract with respect to self-employed individuals.The notice may be provided electronically, but, if you choose to do so, it ...

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      Mentions: Westfield
    6. The Ad Club of Western Massachusetts Announces Jury for the 2019 Creative Awards

      The Ad Club of Western Massachusetts Announces Jury for  the 2019 Creative Awards

      The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts, the area’s foremost non-profit organization celebrating creative excellence in advertising, video, photography, and design, today announced the creative leaders selected to serve as judges for the 2019 Creative Awards (www.adclubwm.org/events/creativeawards2019). Our jury represent more than fifty years of award-winning industry experience. They will judge work stretching from the Berkshires into the Pioneer Valley, and from Vermont to Connecticut. They have worked agency-side, client-side, in higher education and beyond. The Ad Club of Western Massachusetts is honored to host this panel of judges to help make the 2019 Creative Awards ...

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      Mentions: Northampton
    7. MGM Springfield Brings Steve Martin and Martin Short

      MGM Springfield Brings Steve Martin and Martin Short

      MGM Springfield is pleased to announce comedic icons Steve Martin and Martin Short will bring their new comedy special “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t” to Symphony Hall Thursday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. The comedy legends Martin and Short will present new material in a variety of musical sketches and conversations about their careers, most memorable encounters, and of course, their legendary lives in show business. The duo will be joined on stage by GRAMMY Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! band member Jeff Babko.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    8. Springfield Regional Digital Equity Walk

      Springfield Regional Digital Equity Walk

      Is the share of women in the computing workforce expected to increase or decrease in the future? Find the answer to this question and many others at the Springfield Region Digital Equity Walk. This event is a chance to explore how well Massachusetts does when it comes to digital equity – equitable access to the technology and computer science skills needed for full participation in our society and economy – and generate ideas about what we can do better.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    9. MGM Springfield Launches ‘MGM LIVE’ Summer Concert Series on The Plaza

      MGM Springfield Launches ‘MGM LIVE’  Summer Concert Series on The Plaza

      MGM Springfield, New England’s premier entertainment destination, is heating up the summer season with MGM LIVE Presented by The Big E. The Plaza will host the exciting concert series featuring a variety of complimentary and ticketed live performances beginning in May. With the beauty of the historic Armory as its backdrop, MGM LIVE’s incredible lineup of talent will bring an eclectic mix of artists and bands to an incredible outdoor stage in downtown Springfield. Guests from across the region will rock to performances from artists like LOCASH, Matt + Kim, Collective Soul & Gin Blossoms, Hanson and Warrant as well ...

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    10. The State of Rail Freight Transport in Western Mass

      The State of Rail Freight Transport in Western Mass

      When the Pinsley Rail Company purchased the railroad formerly operated by Conrail in 1982 and turned it into what is now known as the Pioneer Valley Railroad, it ushered in a new era for the short line rail industry in Western Massachusetts. Since that time, Pinsley’s client list, warehouses, and distribution services have continues to grow along with rail service. Connecting Point’s Brian Sullivan chased trains around several 413 towns to get a look at the state of rail freight transport in Western Mass.

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    11. AIC D-1 Men's Ice Hockey Makes History, Block Party Planned for this Friday in Downtown Springfield

      AIC D-1 Men's Ice Hockey Makes History, Block Party Planned for this Friday in Downtown Springfield

      American International College (AIC) and the Springfield Business Improvement District have teamed up to recognize this milestone with a block party. Join us on Friday, March 15 from 5 pm – 7 pm on Market Street in downtown Springfield for a celebration that will include a concert featuring Axis performing favorite classic rock songs along with food, beverages, and fun. The Shops at Marketplace and NOSH will be open.

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    12. 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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    13. “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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    14. 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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    15. 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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      Mentions: Springfield
    16. 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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