1. From the EDC

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    1. EDC Hosts French Delegation

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 5 2011)

      EDC Hosts French Delegation   Yesterday, the EDC hosted a delegation from the Seine et Marne region of France, east of Paris. Most of our guests were economic developers, but one company representative came, too. The delegation is spending this week in North America and included a day in western Mass, in addition to stops in Boston/Cambridge and Montreal. The mission was organized by Hubtech 21, a company based in Paris with a U.S. office in Cambridge that assists European companies that want to enter the U.S. market. The EDC works with Hubtech 21 and similar organizations to identify international regions and ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Smith College   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    2. Springfield Downtown invites you to the March 1st Arts and Soles Auction

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 12 2011)

      The Springfield Business Improvement District - Springfield Downtown invites you to the March 1st Arts and Soles Auction. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District   Don Courtemanche

    3. EDC HOSTED LOGISTIC CONFERENCE

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 12 2011)

      The EDC hosted a Logistics Conference at the Sheraton Springfield on March 29.  We wish to thank our co-host Associated Industries of Massachusetts and event sponsors U.S. Trust, GZA and the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership.

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

    4. 2011 - 2012 Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley Visitors Guide

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 12 2011)

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau  has just published its 2011 2012 Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley Visitor Guide.  This comprehensive look at tourism attractions, accommodations, dining and more in the Pioneer Valley is free of charge and can be yours by visiting www.valleyvisitor.com and clicking on the link for the Guide or phoning 413-787-1548. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Mary Kay Wydra

    5. OUTLOOK 2011 SPEAKERS CONGRESSMAN RICHARD NEAL AND GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 8 2011)

      The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield has announced that their annual OUTLOOK 2011 program will take place at Chez Josef inAgawam on Friday, February 11, 2011.  (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    6. WESTMASS ADVANCES LARGEST MILL PROJECT IN NEW ENGLAND

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 8 2011)

      Kenn W. Delude, president of Westmass Area Development Corporation presented a detailed review of the project.  As Kenn explained, this is the first step in the permit process, which should take approximately twelve to eighteen months to complete.  After the meeting, Westmass conducted a tour of the Mills for those interested in seeing first hand the size, scale and the resources available on the site.  (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Kenn Delude   Westmass Area Development Corp.

    7. INTERNATIONAL DELEGATIONS VISITING WESTERN MASS

      Explore From the EDC (Aug 17 2011)

        The EDC has pursued an international business development strategy for the past few years. We recognized that as business was becoming increasingly global, we needed to position the region to take advantage of opportunities. Our initial goal was to increase the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) into the region. This remains a goal, but it has been joined by finding opportunities for companies from our region in the global marketplace.   One of our tactics has been to work with economic development and trade and investment agencies from different countries around the (primarily developed) world to assess opportunities for trade ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    8. U.S. Trust's Take on Recent Market Conditions

      Explore From the EDC (Aug 10 2011)

      EDC Director Chris Borowiec offered this short analysis of the recent twists and turns in the equity markets to the EDC to share with our readers: From U.S. Trust: We remain bullish on equities despite the significant pullback over the past few weeks.  While the risk of another recession can’t be ignored, we still believe that the more likely scenario is that the U.S. economy continues to grow at a subdued pace.  Corporate profits have been very strong in the second quarter, with over 70% of the companies exceeding our expectations.  Our year end price target for ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    9. EASTHAMPTON SAVINGS BANK REPORTS SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

      Explore From the EDC (Aug 4 2011)

      William S. Hogan, Jr., President and CEO of Easthampton Savings Bank, reported to the Directors at the bank’s quarterly meeting, held Wednesday July 20th, that the bank continued to experience outstanding growth this past quarter. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Easthampton Savings Bank   Easthampton

    10. EDC Supports Massachusetts Activities at BIO Convention

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 1 2011)

      I attended the Biotechnology International Organization (“BIO”) Convention in Washington DC last week. The EDC has been part of the Massachusetts delegation at this convention for a decade.  While there is always some advantage to us to be part of the Massachusetts team, we have cut back on other trade shows where western Mass does not have a significant industry presence. But we retain our participation at BIO for several reasons. First, we still believe in the promise of the Massachusetts Life Science Center (“LSC”). The LSC was created to manage the $1 billion Mass Life Science Initiative, announced by ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Allan W. Blair

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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