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    1. The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership's 2011 State of the Region Conference

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 15 2011)

      Friday, June 24, 20018:00 - 10:00am Registration 8:00am Program 8:20 - 10:00am The Sheraton Bradley, at Bradley International Airport 1 Bradley International AirportWindsor Locks, Ct 06096   (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Springfield

    2. SBIR: How to Win

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 14 2011)

      When: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 9 - 11 a.m. Where:  3rd Floor Teleclassroom, Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield MA Registration Fee:  $50    You may register online at www.msbdc.org/wmass/training.html or call 413.737.6712. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    3. Western Mass Companies Exhibit at Medical Device Conference

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 13 2011)

      Western Mass Companies Exhibit at Medical Device Conference  Last week, the EDC coordinated a pavilion for ten companies from the four western counties at the Medical Design and Manufacturing (“MD&M”) conference in New York, the largest medical device trade show on the east coast. This is the second year that we have worked with our colleagues at Western Mass Electric Company/Northeast Utilities and the Precision Manufacturing Regional Alliance Project (“PMRAP”) to host companies at this show. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   Michael Graney

    4. BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (BIDS) WORK TOGETHER TO CLEAN UP DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD, MA

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 7 2011)

      BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (BIDS) WORK TOGETHER TO CLEAN UP DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD, MA HARTFORD, CONN., June 3, 2011 – The Hartford Business Improvement District (BID) Cleaning Ambassadors are in Springfield, MA today to assist the Downtown Springfield BID and the city of Springfield, MA with their clean-up efforts following Wednesday’s tornado. Five full time Cleaning Ambassadors, including the Operations Manager arrived this morning with brooms, barrels, loppers and a pick-up truck ready to help in any way they can. They are joined by Boston’s Downtown Crossing BID. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Governor Patrick Recommending Western Massachusetts

      Explore From the EDC (May 17 2011)

      I have heard Governor Deval Patrick present two keynote addresses in the last month. The first was at an international business conference at Brandeis University and the second was at the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (“AIM”) Annual Meeting, both coincidentally in Waltham. On each occasion, the Governor wove in advice to the primarily Boston-area firms in the audience to look at western Massachusetts in lieu of North Carolina or Texas when seeking a lower cost alternative to the Boston market.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Raytheon   Liberty Mutual

    6. EDC Legislative Update

      Explore From the EDC (May 12 2011)

      The Massachusetts House of Representatives wrapped up its work on the State budget last week, after four intense days of debate. During that debate, the EDC weighed in on three specific issues that were voted on by our Board of Directors. We were successful with two of them. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    7. The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership’s 2011 Interstate Business Survey

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 13 2011)

      “Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to help improve the business climate in our region". Below is a link to a short Interstate Business Survey being conducted by the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership (HSEP). (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Michael Graney   Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership

    8. WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS RECEIVES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL GRANT

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 7 2011)

      WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS RECEIVES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL GRANT State Representative Joseph F. Wagner (D-Chicopee) and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development announced today that the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts has received $65,000 through a competitive grant program made available to regional economic development councils and partnerships around the Commonwealth. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Springfield

    9. 2011 Logistics Conference - MEDIA ADVISORY

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 25 2011)

      Springfield MA-- Associated Industries of Massachusetts (“AIM”) and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts (“EDC”) are hosting a Logistics Conference on Tuesday, March 29 at the Sheraton Springfield hotel. The Conference features Keynote Speaker Curtis Spencer, President of IMS Worldwide, a site selection and supply chain management consultant to multinational firms.       (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Allan W. Blair

    10. Do You Have What Raytheon Wants?

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 24 2011)

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts (“AIM”) manages the Buy Mass program and website for the Commonwealth. AIM and the EDC have been working on a new program for Buy Mass, which will connect small and medium-sized local firms with large OEM’s in the state. The first OEM to participate will be Raytheon, which will send a team of Purchasing executives to Springfield on May 5. The EDC is tasked with identifying and inviting firms from western Mass to apply for inclusion in the program. Any interested firm should review the invitation -- http://www.aimnet.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home_Page ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Raytheon   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    11. EDC and AIM to Host Logistics Conference

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 9 2011)

      The EDC and Associated Industries of Massachusetts (“AIM”) are hosting a Logistics Conference on Tuesday afternoon, March 29 at the Sheraton Springfield hotel. The EDC and AIM want to thank conference sponsor, U.S. Trust, and supporters GZA and the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership. Here are links to the invitation to the event -- http://www.westernmassedc.com/2011logistics/  --

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Michael Graney

    12. Unemployment Insurance Position

      Explore From the EDC (Feb 22 2011)

      On Friday, February 11, 2011 Mary Ellen Scott, President of United Personnel Services and an EDC and ACCGS Board member, presented the Legislative agenda at the Chambers Outlook program in front of 650 business leaders, Governor Patrick, Congressman Neal and over fifteen of our state legislative delegation.  (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Congressman Richard E. Neal   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    13. EDC IS SUPPORTING GLOBAL TRADE SUMMIT AT BRANDEIS

      Explore From the EDC (Feb 10 2011)

      Following the successful European Business Symposium that the EDC co-hosted with AIM last year, we were approached by the organizers of Global Trade Summit 2011 to encourage western Mass companies to participate. The Summit is an outgrowth of the 2010 “An International Strategy for Massachusetts” report by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative -- http://www.masstech.org/agencyoverview/mtc_reports/international_for_press.pdf The intent is to develop strategies to keep Massachusetts and its companies globally competitive in the 21st Century. The EDC was pleased to be a resource for the report and to assist companies in our region that are interested in global ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Michael Graney

    14. EASTHAMPTON SAVINGS BANK ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

      Explore From the EDC (Feb 8 2011)

      William S. Hogan, Jr., President and CEO of Easthampton Savings Bank, reported to the directors at the quarterly meeting that the Bank experienced exceptional growth in assets, deposits, loans and capital in the fourth quarter. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Easthampton Savings Bank   Easthampton

    15. Photonics Industry Roundtable

      Explore From the EDC (Jan 18 2011)

      The EDC organized our first industry sector roundtable discussion of 2011 last week. As usual, we worked with an industry partner and we would like to thank Terry VanderWert from Prima North America for hosting the roundtable and providing a tour of Prima’s state-of-the-art laser production facility. Eight photonics industry representatives joined EDC staff and Mike Vedovelli, Regional Director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. The session was timely as the EDC will participate in a lead generation mission at Photonics West, the major photonics industry trade show in the U.S., next week. The photonics executives noted ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    16. Happy New Year from the EDC

      Explore From the EDC (Dec 30 2010)

      On behalf of EDC President and CEO Allan Blair and our entire staff, the EDC wishes you a Happy and Successful New Year. In particular, my colleague Anne DeWolf, the primary Editor of the EDC Business News, and I want to thank you for reading our daily updates. We are proud of our technology’s ability to ferret out stories of interest every day, but it’s not infallible, so please send us links to online stories about your firm or industry or releases from your websites. The more times we mention your company or organization, the more likely it ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Allan W. Blair   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    17. Microtest Founder Feted in MassBio Story

      Explore From the EDC (Dec 30 2010)

      The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council ("MassBio") published a feature story about Steve Richter, the founder of Microtest, in its recent newsletter. MassBio has given the EDC permission to reprint the story. Here is a link to it - http://www.westernmassedc.com/microtestnews/ Microtest is one of the region's foremost life science companies. Steve is a friend and colleague of the EDC. Steve and his employees at Microtest have provided support and sage counsel to the EDC in our efforts to grow the life science and medical device sectors of the regional economy. We wish them a healthy and successful 2011. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Biotechnology Council   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    18. On Logistics

      Explore From the EDC (Dec 16 2010)

      Last week I had the opportunity to listen to two site selectors who manage global logistics practices. The first was Curtis Spencer, President of IMS Worldwide, who spoke at the Consultants Forum Conference, which I attended to meet with a variety of site selectors and hear updates on topics ranging from the global climate for foreign direct investment (“FDI”) to opportunities in various industry sectors. The second was Tim Feemster who manages Grubb & Ellis’s global logistics practice, the keynote speaker at the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership. The EDC also hosted Tim for a luncheon with local business executives and economic ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    19. Open Houses Coming Up at Springfield Incubator

      Explore From the EDC (Dec 13 2010)

      The EDC would like to inform you about three Open Houses coming up at the Scibelli Enterprise Center at the Springfield Technology Park. Details are below. The EDC encourages small business formation and we would be pleased to offer assistance to any firm or entrepreneur, along with the resources available at the Center. Growing Successful Small Businesses is the focus of several upcoming open houses at the Scibelli Enterprise Center at the STCC Technology Park in Springfield. Please join us on December 15, January 12, and February 9 from 12:00 – 1:00pm to learn about how the Enterprise Center ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    20. European Business Development Update

      Explore From the EDC (Nov 23 2010)

      European Business Development Update I am posting this update from Europe, where I am undertaking a business development mission on behalf of the EDC and the region. I attended Medica, the world’s premier medical device trade show, in between visits to Amsterdam and Lyon to meet with companies and site selectors, as well as to develop contacts for future business opportunities for the region and our companies. In total, I will have met with over 20 senior executives (typically C-level) from European companies with varying degrees of interest in the U.S. market, 5-6 site selectors and global location consultants, and numerous economic ... (Read Full Article)

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

    21. STATE OF THE REGION CONFERENCE

      Explore From the EDC (Nov 17 2010)

      The EDC would like to invite you to join our Knowledge Corridor colleagues as we wrap up 10 years of collaboration at the 2010 State of the Region Conference of the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in East Windsor, Conn. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Knowledge Corridor   Michael Graney

    22. State of the Region Conference

      Explore From the EDC (Nov 3 2010)

      The EDC would like to invite you to join our Knowledge Corridor colleagues as we wrap up 10 years of collaboration at the 2010 State of the Region Conference of the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in East Windsor, Conn. Top national and regional speakers will be joined by successful entrepreneurs to showcase the exciting ways our interstate region is positioning itself to compete and thrive, capitalizing on its logistic advantages, cultural assets and young talent.  A celebratory reception will follow the program -- all at no charge!  Register today using ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Knowledge Corridor   Michael Graney

    23. Top Women-Led Businesses

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 26 2010)

      Top Women-Led Businesses The EDC would like to congratulate Mary Ellen Scott, President of United Personnel Services in Springfield, Anne Paradis, Chief Executive Officer of MicroTek in Chicopee and Kathryn Selvia, President of NEPM in Wilbraham for being recognized as one of Massachusetts' top woman owned businesses by the Boston Business Journal and the Commonwealth Institute.                                                                                (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   MicroTek

    24. EDC Emphasizes Cooperation with Regional Partners

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 25 2010)

      There are two stories in today’s EDC Business News that have at their core the notion that cooperation is the key to economic development in today’s global economy. One story focuses on New England-wide collaboration, which recently led to the announced Northeast Utilities-N Star merger. Another describes how New England’s Knowledge Corridor received the largest (per capita) federal planning grant to assess opportunities in the Hartford-Springfield area, the new “Twin Cities”, according to Tim Brennan of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.   The EDC has been a champion of this approach for over a decade. We are a ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Northeast Utilities   Springfield

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