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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Grand Opening of 16 New Latino Owned Businesses at the Eastfield Mall - March 1st 11:00am

      Grand Opening of 16 New Latino Owned Businesses at the Eastfield Mall - March 1st 11:00am

      The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Eastfield Mall, the Representative Orlando Ramos, Representative Carlos Gonzalez and Senator Adam Gomez will congratulate and salute the 22 Latino Businesses operating out of The Eastfield Mall.  Sixteen (16) of these businesses have opened in the past 6 months.

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    7. Western Mass Economic Development Council and Valley Venture Mentors’ Commitment to the Regional Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

      Western Mass Economic Development Council and Valley Venture Mentors’ Commitment to the Regional Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

      The Western Mass Economic Development Council (EDC) is proud to announce the welcoming of Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) into the EDC ranks as a regional leader in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. With a shared vision in stimulating and facilitating a vigorous regional economy, the EDC is committed to supporting local entrepreneurship which ultimately leads to the acceleration of economic development and community vitalization.

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    8. 14 GROWING MASSACHUSETTS FIRMS NAMED WINNERS OF TEAM MASSACHUSETTS “IMPACT” AWARDS

      14 GROWING MASSACHUSETTS FIRMS NAMED WINNERS OF TEAM MASSACHUSETTS “IMPACT” AWARDS

      MassEcon, the state’s private sector partner in promoting business growth in Massachusetts, today announced its Eighteenth Annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Award winners, recognizing 14 companies for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy. The companies were selected for establishing new operations in Massachusetts or expanded existing operations. Each employer added new jobs and facility investment; pursued social impact through community involvement/philanthropic efforts; and embraced equity, diversity & inclusion practices. The winners will be honored at Gillette Stadium on April 7, 2022, with Citizens as presenting sponsor.

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    9. High School Career Fair 2022

      High School Career Fair 2022

      At our annual Career Expo and Job Fair, students in grade 11 from Westfield High School and Westfield Technical Academy have the opportunity for career exploration and are able to broaden their outlook on specific career pathways. Students may also find potential job shadows, internships, cooperative education placements, and other employment opportunities. Representation from a variety of sectors and industries is a priority for WE2BA, so please scan the QR code on our poster or click on the link below to be a part of this exciting event.  There is no cost to participate.

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    10. Exciting news from Bay Path University's MS in Cybersecurity program!

      Exciting news from Bay Path University's MS in Cybersecurity program!

      Increasingly we are learning that cyber threats are posing serious challenges to businesses and governments. Today, the need for cybersecurity professionals far outpaces the supply. In response, Bay Path University has added new, career-focused concentrations to its MS in Cybersecurity program! These new concentrations include Cyber Defense, Digital Forensics, and Generalist

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    11. Home City Development, Inc. taking part in the HUD sponsored Family Self-Sufficiency Program

      Home City Development, Inc. taking part in the HUD sponsored Family Self-Sufficiency Program

      Home City Development, Inc. is taking part in the HUD sponsored Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program for the first time. This program specifically works to alleviate the pitfalls of the “cliff effect” (the sudden and often unexpected decrease in public benefits with a small increase in earnings), that many residents in affordable housing run into. Currently in place for Liberty Hill Town House residents, the FSS program launched in the spring of 2021, and we received Community Block Development funds from the City of Springfield in July 2021. The startup effort continues into 2022, enhanced by a recently awarded Urban Agenda ...

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    12. Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Available to Municipalities, Other Entities Direct from Manufacturers

      Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Available to Municipalities, Other Entities Direct from Manufacturers

      The Baker-Polito Administration today announced contracts with COVID-19 at-home test manufacturers that will allow municipalities and eligible entities to begin the process of placing orders for rapid test kits that utilize the state-negotiated prices. These contracts build on an announcement earlier this month that the Administration secured 2.1 million iHealth Labs over-the-counter at-home rapid antigen tests that were delivered to 102 cities and towns in Massachusetts with the highest percentage of families below the poverty level, according to US Census data. These kits were delivered to those communities free of charge, as part of a focus on increasing access ...

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    13. $100,000 GRANT AWARDED TO SPRINGFIELD WORKS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOME CITY DEVELOPMENT INC

      $100,000 GRANT AWARDED TO SPRINGFIELD WORKS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOME CITY DEVELOPMENT INC

      $100,000 Urban Agenda Grant was recently awarded to Springfield WORKS, the lead applicant in a team including Home City Development, Inc. as the primary partner. The funds will be used to facilitate a community-wide collaboration, with the Western Mass Economic Development Council to manage, coordinate, and support the work of numerous participating program partner organizations, in efforts to support families in Springfield achieve economic stability. The funds will go towards the 2Generation/Whole Family Approach to Pathways to Careers and Home Ownership Program, which is a holistic, creative, and collaborative approach that helps low-income families access career development tools ...

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    14. Mayor Sarno Thrilled Springfield Ranked #1 in Nation for Tech Job Growth

      Mayor Sarno Thrilled Springfield Ranked #1 in Nation for Tech Job Growth

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno is pleased to learn that according to a recent article from the Business Journals the City of Springfield ranked #1 for the biggest growth in the nation for tech jobs.  According to the article, Springfield, Massachusetts saw a 506.3% increase in tech job postings from 2020 to 2021.  In the Third Quarter of 2020 there were only 602 tech job postings but in the Third Quarter of 2021 that number jumped to an astonishing 3,650.  

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    15. The Economic Pathways MA Coalition and the Atlanta Fed Launch EPICC to Help Massachusetts Workers Achieve Economic Self-Sufficiency

      The Economic Pathways MA Coalition and the Atlanta Fed Launch EPICC to Help Massachusetts Workers Achieve Economic Self-Sufficiency

      The Economic Pathways MA Coalition and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta will launch the Economic Pathways Income Cliff Calculator (EPICC) dashboard, the realization of a statewide partnership formed to help workers advance their careers while transitioning from public benefits. EPICC will launch at the monthly Economic Pathways MA Coalition meeting on October 19 at 3 p.m. (ET). The meeting is open to the media.

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    16. BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECOGNIZED WITH CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2021 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD “#3 BEST AIRPORT IN THE U.S.”

      BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RECOGNIZED WITH CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2021 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD  “#3 BEST AIRPORT IN THE U.S.”

      The Connecticut Airport Authority is pleased to announce that Condé Nast Traveler today released the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards, with Bradley International Airport recognized as the 3rd best airport in the U.S.  More than 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot about the places they can’t wait to return to next.

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    17. Join us at the New Market Opportunities in Offshore Wind: Supply Chain 101 Seminar!

      Join us at the New Market Opportunities in Offshore Wind: Supply Chain 101 Seminar!

      MassCEC is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity in Boston this October: New Market Opportunities in Offshore Wind: Supply Chain 101 Seminar, a regional effort in partnership with Rhode Island Commerce, and Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, at the upcoming American Clean Power (ACP) Offshore WINDPOWER 2021 conference. This seminar will provide a helpful tutorial for those who are looking at the business opportunities of the emerging offshore wind industry by reviewing the market projections, breaking down the different elements and taxonomy of an offshore wind project; examining the various procurement and contracting processes; and providing general offshore ...

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