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    1. West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism, business

      West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism, business

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts unveiled their new branding identity -- West Mass -- Tuesday night at an event at Open Square in Holyoke. The EDC and the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau spent $80,000 on the effort, money collected from member businesses. The visitors bureau receives state grant money as well. "We have jobs that go unfilled. We have a lower cost of living than some of our competitors. We who live here know that this region has a lot going for it," said Richard K. Sullivan, president and CEO of ...

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    2. Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

      Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

      The Western MA Slider Slam Challenge, hosted by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, is coming to the Carriage House at the Eastern States Exposition on Thursday, Feb. 9. The first-time event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carriage House banquet facility at Storrowton Village, located on the grounds of The Big E at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield. MassLive's own Nick "I ate it" O'Malley, author of the website's popular "I Ate it So You Don't Have To" column, will serve as a judge at Slider Slam.

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    3. Basketball turns 125 as Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield hosts celebration

      Basketball turns 125 as Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield hosts celebration

      Naismith's baby turned 125 on Wednesday, and Mayor Domenic Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, were joined by 70 students from the Boland School to help celebrate the sport's birthday at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "What's great about today is the kids from Boland," said Sarno. "It's great that we are celebrating the 125th birthday of basketball. Being an old ballplayer myself -- soccer, baseball and a bit of basketball -- there's a lot of camaraderie in getting to know each other and be respectful to all creeds, colors and backgrounds. Friendships ...

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    4. Westover's Great New England Air Show to return in 2018, Thunderbirds will perform

      Westover's Great New England Air Show to return in 2018, Thunderbirds will perform

      Westover Air Reserve Base will hold an air show in the summer of 2018 and already have the headliner scheduled. For the first time in a decade, the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's official aerial demonstration team, will be the top act for the show, said Lt. Col. James G. Bishop, chief of public affairs. The last time the Thunderbirds, which fly F-16 Fighting Falcons, have performed at a Great New England Air Show at Westover was in 2008. This year the Thunderbirds will also perform at the Barnes National Guard Air Base Air Show in Westfield that is scheduled ...

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      Mentions: Chicopee Westfield
    5. New 'video map' showcases Springfield's cultural attractions

      New 'video map' showcases Springfield's cultural attractions

      The Springfield Central Cultural District, a membership group that includes dozens of institutions in downtown Springfield, has embarked on a series of projects to revitalize the city center and attract visitors. A recent public art project commissioned artists to paint murals on utility boxes across downtown. The videos feature the Basketball Hall of Fame, CityStage, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, UMass Springfield, New England Public Radio, WGBY, Sterns Square, the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and Museum, the Springfield Museums, Springfield Central Library, the Community Music School, MassMutual Center and Court Square.

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    6. Shopping in a Winter Wonderland

      Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
       

      The Springfield Business Improvement District is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Downtown Springfield Holiday Market!

      This month long shopping event begins Friday, November 25th and will run through Friday, December 23rd.   Located at The Shops at Market place, 1341 Main Street and participating vendors at Tower Square, 1500 Main Street. The Downtown Holiday Market will be open Monday through Wednesday 11am – 6pm, Thursday & Friday 11am- 7pm and Saturday’s 10am -2pm.


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    7. Thunderbirds Pre and Post Game Tailgate on Market Street

      Thunderbirds Pre and Post Game Tailgate on Market Street

      The Springfield Business Improvement District & the Springfield Thunderbirds are pleased to announce the Pre and Post game Tailgate

      This Pre and Post game programming will run from November 11th through December 16th and is scheduled in conjunction with all Thunderbirds Friday evening home games, November 11th, November 25, December 2nd and December 16th.  We will be programming The Marketplace located in the rear at 1341 Main street and will be offering a myriad of holiday cheer, including light fare and beverages provided by The Student Prince, Hot cocoa, cookies and other sweet treats from TLS ...

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    8. Babe Ruth World Series baseball brought bucks to Westfield

      Babe Ruth World Series baseball brought bucks to Westfield

      The Babe Ruth Baseball 14-year-old World Series brought 6,000 visitors and $1.03 million in economic activity, according to the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. Visitors to the eight-day tournament rented area hotels for a total of 1,300 nights, according to the visitors bureau. There was $522,036 in direct spending in Westfield and surrounding towns, said Michele Goldberg, the bureau's director of marketing. The $1.03 million figure includes direct spending — that is, money teams and visitors spent on food, lodging and attractions — as well as indirect spending like business-to-business supply chain purchases and induced spending ...

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    9. Rebranding the Pioneer Valley; Online survey asks you to help forge new image

      Rebranding the Pioneer Valley; Online survey asks you to help forge new image

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council are rethinking the image of the Pioneer Valley -- and they want the public's help. Since March, the EDC and the Visitors Bureau have been planning a rebranding initiative targeted at drawing tourists, companies and workers to Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin Counties. They have hired a consultant, Cubic Creative, held seven focus groups and reviewed a decade of research about the region's image and economy, Visitors Bureau President Mary Kay said.

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    10. 'Double Decker Dine 2016' getting ready to roll

      'Double Decker Dine 2016' getting ready to roll

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will once again take local dining to a new level with Double Decker Dine 2016. The event will take place Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. It's the latest in an annual series of events where diners get chauffeured around Springfield in either a double-decker Peter Pan bus or in a modern Peter Pan motor coach so they can sample different restaurants.

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    11. Springfield Central Downtown Farmers' Market serves up fun and fresh produce for the summer

      Springfield Central Downtown Farmers' Market serves up fun and fresh produce for the summer

      Glenroy Buchanan, the manager of the Springfield Central Downtown Farmers' Market, says he hopes to "help Springfield revitalize the downtown area." The weekly Friday market kicked off the season on June 3 and is drawing new visitors each and every week, all summer long. Buchanan is hoping to grow the market both in terms of vendors and visitors. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each Friday at Tower Square Park. It will continue through Oct. 28.

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    12. Big E’s 100th Is Cause for Celebration, Reflection

      Big E’s 100th Is Cause for Celebration, Reflection

      The Eastern States Exposition turns 100 this year. For organizers of the 17-day fair every fall and a host of other events during the year, planning such a celebration comes easily. But the centennial is in many ways more than a party — it’s an opportunity to reflect on the Big E’s history, its place in the region, and the many challenges that stand in the way of continuing this tradition for the generations to come

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    13. Aer Lingus Winter Travel Promotion

      Aer Lingus Winter Travel Promotion

      Great Savings on travel to Europe

      This offseason Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national airline is welcoming guests to the Emerald Isle and Europe with extra low fares, equating to seven months of savings! Take advantage of fares to Europe starting at $499* roundtrip. Sale ends on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Fares are available for travel on Aer Lingus’ scheduled, direct transatlantic services November 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Seats are limited.

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    14. FAT kicking off the 2016 CityBlock Concert Series in Downtown...

      FAT kicking off the 2016 CityBlock Concert Series in Downtown...

      Springfield's original rock band FAT closed the 2015 CityBlock Concert Series with a bang- the same way they opened the 2016 festivities in Court Square on Thursday night. Peter Newland, front man for the rock group, previously said the show is about more than just the music. "It is really about the city of Springfield and its people," Newland told The Republican's Donnie Moorhouse. "This is the place where FAT started, these are the folks who cheered us on and who welcomed us with open arms when our run was over. We love this city."

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    15. Owners, Manager Craft a Business Plan to Enable Thunderbirds to Soar

      Owners, Manager Craft a Business Plan to Enable Thunderbirds to Soar

      Nate Costa had what most people would consider an attractive position with the American Hockey League — with the operative word being had.  As a member of the AHL’s Team Business Services Department, Costa had a broad job description, but essentially he worked with all 30 of the league’s teams to improve revenues and attendance and deploy best practices to help their organizations run more efficiently and profitably. It was a job that took him across the country, to cities ranging from San Diego to Grand Rapids, Mich., to Utica, N.Y., and provided a host of learning opportunities ...

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    16. CityBlock Concert Series Will Rock Springfield’s Downtown

      CityBlock Concert Series Will Rock Springfield’s Downtown

      Chris Russell says the performers at this year’s CityBlock Concert Series will appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes. “The outdoor concerts have been a popular event for many years, and we worked hard last year to diversify the offerings,” said the executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, or BID, which stages the series. “But we think we’ve done an even better job this year.” The summer lineup includes a range of genres and showcases well-known groups whose music ranges from pop, rock, and folk to country, Motown, and blues. “We offer regional and national ...

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    17. CityBlock Concert Series Finalizes Summer Lineup

      CityBlock Concert Series Finalizes Summer Lineup

      The Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) announced that the lineup for the CityBlock Concert Series, presented by MassMutual Financial Group, has been finalized.  The Thursday-evening shows start with FAT on June 30 in Court Square. The shows then move to Stearns Square for the rest of the summer, and include Ricky Nelson Remembered (July 7), Forever Motown (July 14), the Machine performs Pink Floyd (July 21), Natalie Stovall and the Drive (July 28), Terry Sylvester (Aug. 4), Max Creek (Aug. 11), Blessid Union of Souls (Aug. 18), and the Shadowboxers (Aug. 25). All concerts are at 6:30 p.m.

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    18. Springfield Thunderbirds announced as name, mascot of city's AHL franchise

      Springfield Thunderbirds announced as name, mascot of city's AHL franchise

      Springfield Thunderbirds, it is. The city's new American Hockey League franchise, and affiliate of the Florida Panthers of the NHL, announced the team's nickname and mascot in a public event Wednesday at the MassMutual Center (watch that press conference here). "The Springfield Thunderbirds' name represents the strength and pride of western Massachusetts," team Executive Vice President Nathan Costa said in a release from the team. "It is is a nod to our hockey past, a tribute to the men and women of the Air Force who are so vital to this region, and a symbol of the new ...

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    19. 'Seussian Soiree' launches public portion of campaign to open new Dr. Seuss museum at the...

      'Seussian Soiree' launches public portion of campaign to open new Dr. Seuss museum at the...

      At a large gathering on the Quadrangle, the Springfield Museums Thursday evening launched the public portion of its $7 million capital campaign to build a Dr. Seuss museum — a place that will promote literacy and honor the legacy of the Springfield native whose books have helped generations of children learn to read. Donald D'Amour, co-chair of the fundraising campaign, said $5.3 million has been raised to date. "We are here to open the public phase of the campaign," D'Amour said. He said the campaign is asking for donations in any amount, especially from those living in the ...

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    20. MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

      MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

      As news circulates concerning construction of MGM’s $950 million casino in Springfield’s South End, the region is finding itself a player in many more of the spirited competitions taking place to host meetings and conventions. That’s no coincidence, said area tourism officials, as well as those who plan such events. Because of the casino and other visible forms of progress, they note, the city is now in a different, higher bracket for such gatherings.

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    21. Tourism, Arts, Culture Committee to Visit Hampshire County

      The state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development continues its 2016 listening tours across the state in Hampshire County on Monday, May 9, beginning with a public hearing at 10 a.m. at the UMass Fine Art Center Concert Hall. This listening tour is part of a statewide series headed by state Sen. Eric Lesser and State Rep. Cory Atkins, committee co-chairs. Legislators from the committee and representatives from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, and the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Committee will join community members, artists, and local business owners ...

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    22. Visitors Bureau names Springfield Armory as Howdy Spotlight winner | masslive.com

      Visitors Bureau names Springfield Armory as Howdy Spotlight winner | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has chosen the Springfield Armory National Historic Site as the winner of its 2016 Spotlight Award, part of the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.  The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant positive contribution to the tourism industry in Western Massachusetts, according to a news release.


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