1. From the EDC

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    1. Western Massachusetts Developers Conference

      Western Massachusetts Developers Conference

      The June 26 Western MA Developers Conference at the Basketball Hall of Fame is your chance to learn about and visit shovel -ready development opportunities in the region, and  hear from CEOs and industry experts about the value proposition of doing business Western MA. The conference will feature MassMutual CEO Roger Crandall as the keynote speaker, tours, exhibits  and exciting announcements of developments in our region.  Register today at  www.westernmassedc.com.  We look forward to seeing you in Springfield!

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    2. Mike Graney Departure

      Mike Graney Departure

      I was hired by the EDC almost eight years ago to organize and manage its new Business Development Department. I believed strongly in the EDC’s mission then and I believe in it equally strongly today. Our goals are to encourage private capital investment and public infrastructure investment in the region and to stimulate more and better jobs for the workers in our communities.

       

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    3. EDC Hosts AIM Executive Forum

      EDC Hosts AIM Executive Forum

      There are reasons to see the glass as half full and equally compelling reasons to see the glass as half empty. Charlie D’Amour, COO of Big Y, among others, noted that the recovery has been uneven across regions in Massachusetts, with western Mass being behind Boston. Rick acknowledged that, but noted that our region falls in the middle of Mass regions, not as good as Boston or Worcester, but ahead of the South Coast, North Central and the Cape.

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    4. FRIENDS - PARTNERS - ALLIES

      FRIENDS - PARTNERS - ALLIES

      The Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Beyond the Border (BTB) initiatives, which are aimed making cross border trade and travel secure, easier, more efficient as well as preserving and extending the benefits our close relationship has helped bring to Canadians and Americans alike. In an effort to advance these initiatives here in our region, representatives from Canada’s Privy Council Office and the United States’ Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (White House) and Customs and Border Protection, as well as representatives from several companies including General Electric, Philips Healthcare and Deringer, will be in Boston, on Tuesday, October ...

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    5. Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Promoting our regional aerospace cluster is a high priority
      for the EDC this year. Enhancing Western Mass – Canada trade is a significant
      tactic in our initiative. US – Canada trade tends to be north-south. Canada’s
      aerospace firms predominate in Quebec, so our region is well positioned to pick
      up future business opportunities.

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    6. Bay Path to Host Cybersecurity Summit October 11, 2013

      Bay Path to Host Cybersecurity Summit October 11, 2013

      Bay Path College, which is launching a new Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management in October, the first of its kind in New England, will be hosting a Cybersecurity Summit: The Human Side of Cybersecurity Management on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Blake Student Commons on the College’s Longmeadow Campus. Robert Milton, retired commander of the London Metropolitan Police Service, New Scotland Yard; Managing Director, Milton Tezelin Ltd. that provides international antiterrorism security training, will offer the keynote address at the conference.

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    7. Farmers, Entrepreneurs, and Energy Activists Are “Harvesting Hope” With Biochar

      Farmers, Entrepreneurs, and Energy Activists  Are “Harvesting Hope” With Biochar

      Farmers, foresters, researchers, Biochar producers, entrepreneurs, and environmentalists will convene in Amherst, Mass. on October 13-16, 2013 to learn more about Biochar and share the latest research and application techniques with their peers. The 2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium, titled “Harvesting Hope: The Science and Synergies of Biochar,” will take place on the UMass Amherst campus and include farm tours and a “carbon negative” banquet of delicious foods grown with the help of Biochar.  The conference is sponsored by the U.S. Biochar initiative (USBI).

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    8. Two European Trade Missions to Massachusetts

      Two European Trade Missions to Massachusetts

      The first is the
      visit of “Systematic”, the Parisian IT cluster composed of several hundred
      companies, one of the premier clusters in France. Systematic organizes a
      mission to Massachusetts every year. This year’s visit is focused on Big Data,
      but the cluster encompasses many areas of IT, including Health IT where we have
      already established connections to the Springfield Health IT sector.

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    9. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      On June 6, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced two
      grants made by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to the University of
      Massachusetts (“UMass”) and Baystate Health that total over $100 million.

      The UMass grant will fit out a new science building with
      three research centers:

      • Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
        developing nanotechnology and large dataset management to improve health care
        through low-cost, wearable, wireless sensors that analyze patient data
        continuously in real time. Biomanufacturing firms, medical device makers, big
        data analysts and other health care industry partners will produce prototypes,
        test them and assess manufacturing feasibility.
      • Bioactive Delivery, focused on ...
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    10. Report from the Paris Air Show

      Report from the Paris Air Show

      The EDC made a conscious decision to prioritize our region’s
      aerospace cluster during 2013. Western Massachusetts is a key link along the
      aerospace supply chain that follows I-91 from Connecticut through Massachusetts
      and Vermont and continues north to Montreal. We call the Hartford CT –
      Springfield MA section of that corridor New England’s Knowledge Corridor©, but
      the entire corridor is legitimately Aerospace Corridor.

      One of our tactics was to organize a presence for
      Massachusetts companies at the Paris Air Show. The EDC organized meetings with
      global OEM’s and B2B opportunities with international aerospace clusters for
      the three Western ...

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    11. Update on Shared Service Center Initiative

      Update on Shared Service Center Initiative

      The EDC hosted a roundtable discussion in June featuring
      Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. We
      invited several New York site selectors as well as other state and regional economic
      development officials to join us for an engaging conversation about shared
      service center opportunities in our region for companies in the financial and
      professional services and IT sectors. We had hosted a similar roundtable in Boston
      in March. Secretary Bialecki has set an ambitious goal to speak to 50 companies
      who might be interested in opening a facility about the advantages of western
      Massachusetts during 2013. Based ...

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    12. EDC Workforce Group Interacts with Springfield Superintendent of Schools

      EDC Workforce Group Interacts with Springfield Superintendent of Schools

      The Workforce Group had many questions for Dan, particularly
      about the schools’ interaction with the business community. Many members offered
      support and Dan’s team shared this list of ways that business people could help
      our kids – http://www.westernmassedc.com/springfieldpublicschools/

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    13. Regional Business Opportunities from Paris Air Show

      Regional Business Opportunities from Paris Air Show

      But we also joined with the Hartford-Springfield Economic
      Partnership and the State of Connecticut in a lead generation initiative for
      New England’s Knowledge Corridor©. We met with over 20 international companies (from
      France, Germany, Austria, Norway, Israel, Italy, even Liechtenstein) that have
      an interest in the US market.

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