1. From the EDC

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    1. European Business Development Mission 2012

      Explore From the EDC (Nov 28 2012)

      European Business Development Mission 2012

      I spent the previous two weeks in Europe on my annual business development mission to solicit inbound investment to western Massachusetts and/or partnerships with firms in our region. I spent three days in Düsseldorf attending Medica, the largest medical device trade show in the world (over 130,000 attendees), and four days in The Netherlands. I met with executives from 22 companies in the medical device, IT, defense, diagnostics, plastics, glass and sports medicine industries, and even a producer who wants to shoot a film in Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    2. Resources for Small Business Owners and Manufacturers

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 18 2012)

      Presenters from Associated Industries of Massachusetts,
      MassDevelopment, Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (“MOITI”)
      and Mass MEP will describe new programs available to businesses in the
      Commonwealth on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 4:00 in the Clarion Hotel in
      Northampton.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Northampton

    3. Springfield Promotes College? Yes! Campaign

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 18 2012)

      The business community is a critical component of this plan and we
      hope you will consider joining this initiative and getting involved in whatever
      capacity suits your company the best

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    4. Bulkley Richardson’s Office Renovations Focus on Efficiencies, Future in Springfield

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 9 2012)

      A $2 million construction project to renovate Bulkley Richardson’s flagship offices at Tower Square in Springfield is currently underway, following the execution of a new long-term lease with MassMutual, the building’s owner. Several area businesses are involved in the eight-month project to update office space capabilities and technologies and gain greater efficiencies across the law firm’s operations.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   West Springfield   Springfield

    5. International Business Symposium Slated for Thursday

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 1 2012)

      International Business Symposium Slated for Thursday

      This will be a rare opportunity for executives in our region to speak to representatives of countries in Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, South America and Asia.

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Knowledge Corridor

    6. Final EDC Growth Sector Series Event Scheduled

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 5 2012)

      Please Save The Date – September 18, 2012 -- for the fourth and final installment of the EDC’s Growth Sector Series,Sustainable Manufacturing in the Plastics industry, presented by First Niagara Bank. The event will feature keynote speaker Jeff Lombard, Senior Vice President of Global Operations from Hasbro, discussing Hasbro’s approach to sustainability and how that enhances the East Longmeadow plant’s global competitiveness.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Hasbro, Inc.

    7. Buy Mass Event at Pratt & Whitney

      Explore From the EDC (Aug 8 2012)

      Buy Mass Event at Pratt & Whitney

      The EDC collaborated with Associated Industries ofMassachusetts (“AIM”) and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (“MOBD”)to organize a “Buy Mass” event on Monday at Pratt & Whitney in EastHartford. Executives from Pratt’s Global Supply Chain team interviewed 13Massachusetts firms, over half of whom were from western Mass, on a search fornew suppliers. The early returns were positive from Pratt and the Mass firmsthat participated.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Michael Graney

    8. New Buy Mass Event Scheduled at Pratt & Whitney

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 24 2012)

      The EDC is pleased to join Associated Industries ofMassachusetts (“AIM”) and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (“MOBD”)in announcing our next “Buy Mass” event. This is our first out-of-state event.It will be hosted by Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford on August 9.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Raytheon   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    9. On The Job Training Program

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 20 2012)

      The EDC would like to pass along an opportunity from Career Pointand Future Works, our two Hampden County Career Centers, both of which areactive participants in the Workforce Development group that the EDC co-hosts quarterlywith AIM. The centers announced a program that will reimburse employers 100% ofthe cost of On The Job Training. The program is running now and employers canapply. Here is a link to some more information about the program -- http://www.westernmassedc.com/onthejobtraining/-- Click on the link in the webpage to find out more and to find contactinformation for Ramona Reno, Regional Program Manager for Career ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    10. EDC and AIM to Co-host International Business Symposium

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 17 2012)

      EDC and AIM to Co-host International Business Symposium

      The EDC and Associated Industries of Massachusetts-International Business Council(“AIM”) will host another premier international business event in Springfieldon October 4, 2012. The symposium will focus on opportunities for trade andinvestment in developed and emerging markets. We want to thank our majorsponsors for their support – TD Bank and Hannover Messe. TD’s Chief FXStrategist, Shaun Osborne, will deliver the keynote address. Here is a link tothe invitation for more information  -- http://www.westernmassedc.com/2012internationalsymposium/-- and here is the link to register -- http://internationalbusinesssymposium.eventbrite.com/ Our previous symposium, which focused on European-North American relations,attracted trade and investment executives ...

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Michael Graney

    11. Growth Sector Series Continues on July 17

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 10 2012)

      Here is a link to the invitation to the Medical Device event in the EDC’s GrowthSector series presented by First Niagara Bank -- http://www.westernmassedc.com/medicaldevice2012/-- The session will be held on Tuesday, July 17 from 4:00-6:30 PM at the Baystate Health Conference Center at 361 Whitney Avenue in Holyoke. Please RSVP to Karen Tetreault at 413-233-9851 or k.tetreault@westernmasssedc.com if you plan to attend. Tom Merle, General Manager and Chief Development Officer of Continuum, will provide the keynote address on The Challenges of Medical Device Development. Panelists will address the role of SME ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    12. Medical Device Session Announced for EDC Growth Sector Series

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 28 2012)

      Please Save The Date – July 17, 2012 -- for the third installment of the EDC’s Growth Sector Series, New Product Opportunities for the Medical Device industry, presented by First Niagara Bank.The event will feature keynote speaker Tom Merle from Continuum Advanced Systems discussing the challenges of medical device development and a panel of industry experts speaking to relevant opportunities, followed by a networking reception.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   First Niagara Bank

    13. Flo Design Sonics Wins MIIP Funding

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 22 2012)

      Flo Design Sonics Wins MIIP Funding

      Governor Deval Patrick led a Massachusetts delegation toIsrael last year. One tangible result of his mission was the MassachusettsIsrael Innovation Partnership (“MIIP”), a collaboration between the IsraeliChief Scientist’s Office and three Massachusetts agencies to provide funding tosupport technology business partnerships between firms in both places. OnTuesday at the BIO convention in Boston, Governor Patrick announced the firstfour winners of the MIIP funding. One of them was Flo Design Sonics ofWilbraham, whose collaboration with TransBiodiesel Ltd. will develop viablepathways to a $3 per gallon drop-in algal biodiesel.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    14. Consultants Forum

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 8 2012)

      I attended the Consultants Forum last week, a semi-annualconference hosted by Area Development magazine, an economic development tradepublication. The Forum features 10-12 site consultants who present on topics ofinterest to economic developers. It is a good opportunity to stay abreast ofcurrent trends in the US and globally and an important opportunity to inform(or remind) the consultants about the advantages of western Massachusetts, NewEngland’s Knowledge Corridor© and New England. While the presentations were wide-ranging, one theme emergedabove all others. Site Selection is becoming more and more about a globalcompetition for talent, whether at the PhD, college grad, community college ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Knowledge Corridor   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    15. AIM Executive Forums

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 6 2012)

      AIM Executive Forums

      Employer Stories:

      Five Steps Your Company Can Take Now to Control Health Costs Every employer wants to contain health costs, but how? What are the best practices being used by other Massachusetts companies? What are the pitfalls?

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Holyoke   Easthampton

    16. Advanced Manufacturing: The University Bridge to Innovation

      Explore From the EDC (May 17 2012)

      Advanced Manufacturing: The University Bridge to Innovation

      Throughout our state and region, not to mention at the national level, there's currently a strong push for job creation and investment in Advanced Manufacturing. Here in Western Massachusetts we have many globally competitive companies doing what would be considered advanced manufacturing, but even for them and for many others, climbing the value chain and adopting innovative practices and technical solutions takes resources beyond their own team. Increasingly this leads to working with universities.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Amherst

    17. FORGING CONNECTIONS WITH GLOBAL REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 19 2012)

      FORGING CONNECTIONS WITH GLOBAL REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS

      Strong headwinds remain in place to inhibit Foreign DirectInvestment, but these strategies open our region to new opportunities for limited inward investment, as well as to create new market opportunities for our companies.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    18. From a rented basement office, to a leading financial institution, Hampden Bank celebrates its 160th anniversary.

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 30 2012)

      From a rented basement office, to a leading financial institution, Hampden Bank celebrates its 160th anniversary.

      On April 13, 1852 Hampden Savings Bank was officially chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the workers of the Western Railroad. From a rented office space in the basement of the then Agawam National Bank on the corner of Lyman and Main Street, and in accordance with a decree from the Massachusetts Great and General Court to locate “within twenty-five rods of the Western Railroad passenger depot, Hampden Savings Bank began operations .

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Hampden Bank

    19. EDC to Present Specialized Manufacturing Event

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 23 2012)

      The EDC is pleased to announcethat we will host the second event in our Growth Sector series, “Understandingthe Supply Chain in Specialty Manufacturing”. The series is presented by FirstNiagara Bank. We appreciate the collaboration of the Connecticut and WesternMass chapters of the National Tooling and Machining Association. Here is a linkto the invitation -- http://www.westernmassedc.com/manufacturing2012/   This event will be heldat the Robert E. Morris Company of Windsor CT, which is presenting our keynotespeaker, Kym Nelson, Principal of KLEW Company. Kym is a nationally recognized supplychain consultant and previously managed the global supply chain for Proctor& Gamble. She ...

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Knowledge Corridor

    20. Springfield School Superintendent Search Committee

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 22 2012)

      I submitted an application to serve on the Search Committee toadvise the Springfield School Committee on its choice of a new Superintendentof Schools. I attended a meeting of all applicants last night at Central HighSchool. Following a presentation by a representative of the MassachusettsAssociation of School Committees (which has been retained by the School Committeefor advice on the process), each applicant was allowed one minute to introducehim- or herself to the School Committee. The applicants represented business,civic, educational and cultural leaders in our City. In a word, I was “impressed”.As person after person stood up to introduce themselves ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Michael Graney

    21. EDC position on Community College Legislation

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 20 2012)

      The Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC) firmly believes that the extensive changes to our community college system proposed in “outside section #30” of the Governor’s budget (House Bill #2) are inappropriate and unnecessary. We are concerned that this is another example of the “what’s good for Boston is good for the state” mentality that consistently results in uneven economic growth around the Commonwealth. To the extent that the issue needs to be debated at all, we believe that it demands a more thorough debate than can be accomplished during consideration of the budget. We therefore urge that ...

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      Mentions:   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    22. International Trade Grants Available for Small Businesses

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 20 2012)

      The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (“MOITI”) recentlyannounced the details of the State Trade and Export Promotion (“STEP”) grant programfor the Commonwealth. The program is wide ranging – subsidies up to $10,000 percompany (must be a “small business” as defined by the SBA) are available forattending international trade shows, participating in trade missions, a varietyof B2B opportunities, regulatory approvals from international jurisdictions andadvertising in international publications, among other possibilities. There aretwo application periods – from now until April 2 and from April 16 – May 15. Moredetails about the program and the application form can be found here – http://www ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    23. Grants Available to Companies Involved in International Business Development and Trade

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 8 2012)

      The EDC and MOITI will host an informational forum for interested companies on Wednesday, March 14 at 5:00 in the TD Bank Community Room, 1441 Main Street, Springfield. Please contact Karen Tetreault at k.tetreault@westernmassedc.com or 413-233-9851 if you plan to attend.

       

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    24. "PLAYING IN THE VALLEY"

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 1 2012)

      "PLAYING IN THE VALLEY"

      The Video Gaming industry is growing in Massachusetts. Video gaming represents a $2 billion dollar industry and employs almost 4,000 people across the state

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College

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