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    1. CNR MA to Host Outreach Event in Springfield

      CNR MA to Host Outreach Event in Springfield

      The Western Mass EDC, in partnership with CNR MA and the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association is hosting a match making event on May 21, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, Springfield, Ma from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The invitation is attached.  All businesses are invited regardless of membership in any business organization. It is expected that most of the subcontractors for CNR MA will attend this event.

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    2. “No Space Left Behind:”

      “No Space Left Behind:”

      Springfield, MA on Friday April 24th in downtown Springfield there will be a public tour and reception to celebrate the tactical urbanism interventions created by a group of students from the University of Massachusetts Graduate Urban Design Studio.  The tour will begin at 2pm at Steiger Park and will finish with a reception at Focus Springfield, sponsored by the Springfield Central Cultural District.

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    3. Springfield Restaurant Week 2015

      Springfield Restaurant Week 2015

      Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 will take place April 23 to May 2.  Downtown restaurants participating in the springtime event will be Chef Wayne's Big Mamou, Nadim's Mediterranean Grill, Panjabi Tadka, The Fort/Student Prince, Theodores', Adolfo's, McCaffrey's Public House, Blackjack Steakhouse,  Shakago and Hot Table.

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    4. Western Mass Innovation & Entrepreneurship Tour

      Western Mass Innovation & Entrepreneurship Tour

      Western Mass is experiencing an Entrepreneurial Renaissance and I invite you to join me on April 10, 2015 to see first-hand highlights of this work in action! I believe you will be impressed and inspired. The tour will leave Springfield by Peter Pan Bus for UMass Amherst to see how student teams and faculty are innovating and formulating new ventures, and the entrepreneurship programs that support them.

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      For Immediate Release
      Contact: Josh Copus (202) 857-7900
      Awards Honor Excellence in Workforce Investment Board Innovations, Business Leadership

      Washington, D.C. - The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), the membership organization and advocate for more than 550 workforce investment boards (WIBs) nationwide and their network of America's Job Centers, has announced the 2015 winners of their annual WIB Excellence Award and W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award.

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      Mentions: Greenfield
    6. Springfield Central Cultural District to solicit RFPs for Branding Services

      Springfield Central Cultural District to solicit RFPs for Branding Services

      Springfield, MA – The Springfield Central Cultural District Board of Directors is soliciting proposals from agencies that can provide branding services. They are seeking a Springfield-based integrated communications and design agency that specializes in branding to work with the Central Cultural District Marketing Work Group to develop our brand identity.  As a new entity the Springfield Central Cultural District has the opportunity to effect positive change in the impression that people have of our city, by leveraging its impressive cultural assets and historical legacy.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    7. Ludlow Mills Riverwalk Moves Forward

      Ludlow Mills Riverwalk Moves Forward

      For Immediate Release

      Contact: Kenn W. Delude, President/CEO
      (413) 593-6421 k.delude@westmassdevelopment.com

      Ludlow—The Westmass Area Development Corporation has announced that it is seeking bids for phase one of the Riverwalk project, part of the approved Ludlow Mills Preservation and Redevelopment Master Plan, and has advertised a  solicitation for bids from contractors. Bids will be opened on August 21st with construction expected to begin in the fall.

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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      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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    12. 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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    13. 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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