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    1. Invest in women to counteract ‘business as usual’: Outlook 2020 Viewpoint Donna Haghighat

      Invest in women to counteract ‘business as usual’: Outlook 2020 Viewpoint Donna Haghighat

      At the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, we examine what challenges and opportunities women and girls in our region face. If we can solve some of these challenges and amplify some opportunities, our entire region will progress. Just as this year’s Outlook is focusing on education and jobs, education and employment were two key indicators we examined in the 2019 Status of Women & Girls in Western Massachusetts report.

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    2. Universal Plastics in Holyoke carries on Western Massachusetts’ legacy of manufacturing

      Universal Plastics in Holyoke carries on Western Massachusetts’ legacy of manufacturing

      Pia and Jay Kumar wanted to operate a business together. They were ready to leave behind the hustle of New York City and their Wall Street careers. They heard through a family friend about Universal Plastics in Holyoke, a manufacturer specializing in custom thermoforming. “We felt it was the right business in terms of culture, size and what we could afford here,” Pia Kumar, co-owner and chief strategy officer, says. “We moved from New York City and never looked back.”

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    3. Greentown Labs’ FORGE initiative links present to future for WMass manufacturing

      Greentown Labs’ FORGE initiative links present to future for WMass manufacturing

      FORGE is bringing together the best of new and old Western Massachusetts. Serving the area’s startups by pairing them with manufacturers, the nonprofit organization is keeping the manufacturing industry for which the Pioneer Valley has long been heralded in the spotlight yet another generation.

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    4. Cybercrime is major business threat: Delcie Bean Outlook 2020 Viewpoint

      Cybercrime is major business threat: Delcie Bean Outlook 2020 Viewpoint

      Imagine you are the CEO of a successful and thriving company. You wake up and think to yourself, “Today is going to be a good day.” You walk through the front doors with your head held high, say hello to your employees and co-workers as you work your way toward your office. But as you get closer to your door, you sense an odd tension. Several members of your leadership team are huddled together, speaking in hushed tones. You know something is wrong.

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    5. Hospitality is Massachusetts’ 3rd largest industry: Outlook 2020 Viewpoint Mary Kay Wydra

      Hospitality is Massachusetts’ 3rd largest industry: Outlook 2020 Viewpoint Mary Kay Wydra

      As I considered the topic of “Jobs and Education in the 21st Century” and its relevance to tourism, my thoughts quickly turned to the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Today, this group is a veritable who’s who of business leaders in Western Massachusetts, yet, interestingly, many of them began their careers in entry-level jobs in the hospitality industry.

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    6. River Valley Co-op seeks building permits for Easthampton store; demolition of former Fedor dealership to begin soon

      River Valley Co-op seeks building permits for Easthampton store; demolition of former Fedor dealership to begin soon

      With a property purchase complete, River Valley Co-op is now seeking a building permit for its new store on Route 10 and plans to start demolition of the former Oldsmobile dealership at the site later this month. The $18 million, 23,000 square foot store will open in the spring of 2021 after about a year's construction, said River Valley Co-op General Manager Rochelle Prunty.

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    7. Westfield ‘knows what to do’ to improve city: Outlook 2020 Viewpoint Mayor Don Humason

      Westfield ‘knows what to do’ to improve city: Outlook 2020 Viewpoint Mayor Don Humason

      The outlook for Westfield is bright. The state of our city is strong. From where I stand, that’s a good thing. I hope things are good because I love Westfield, and I am her new mayor. I’ve been on the job for five weeks. Prior to becoming Westfield’s mayor I served for six years as the state senator for the 11 Western Massachusetts communities that make up the 2nd Hampden & Hampshire District after serving five-and-a-half terms in the House of Representatives.

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      Mentions: Westfield
    8. Baystate Health looks to break down barriers with language program for employees

      Baystate Health looks to break down barriers with language program for employees

      As the United States continues to become more diverse, so does the country’s workforce. In order to provide equal opportunity for all employees to achieve their professional aspirations, many industries, including health care, are focused on creating welcoming environments along with plenty of opportunities for advancement.

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    9. East-west rail sees public support despite pricetag in the billions

      East-west rail sees public support despite pricetag in the billions

      A mostly supportive general public got its chance Wednesday to speak out on the prospect of expanding passenger rail service west from Boston through Worcester and Springfield to Pittsfield. “I think it’s an important project,” said Marcus Phelps, a member of the Southwick Planning Board with a deep background in urban planning and land use policy. “It’s a lot of money. But we spend a lot of money every day. And this project could transform the state.”

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    10. Alchemy Group looking for the next best (ad)venture in entrepreneurship in Western Massachusetts

      Alchemy Group looking for the next best (ad)venture in entrepreneurship in Western Massachusetts

      The Alchemy Group is taking a nontraditional approach to venture capital. With an eye on spotting early stage startups in the Pioneer Valley with massive scale potential, the venture capital firm takes a partnership approach by working with founders to upgrade their business model, add differentiating technology to their enterprises, provide seed funding and assign veteran executives as coaches. They staff project-specific roles from a virtual network of senior business and technology experts.

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    11. Sullivan Paper Co. wraps things up in style: ‘If it’s not wrapped, it’s got a present.’

      Sullivan Paper Co. wraps things up in style: ‘If it’s not wrapped, it’s got a present.’

      Sullivan Paper Co. Inc. could be wrapped into this description: It is a third-generation, family-owned business that produces specialty papers and foils, and in addition to its world famous gift wrap, the company also produces papers for the back of game boards, box coverings and functional papers. As one customer says, the company “makes the most wonderful wrapping paper.”

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    12. Springfield Museums immerse visitors in learning: Outlook 2020 Viewpoint

      Springfield Museums immerse visitors in learning: Outlook 2020 Viewpoint

      The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle embrace our critical role as a vital center of informal education that reinforces classroom instruction and workforce development. The Quadrangle is a unique, interdisciplinary complex that blends science, art, history, literacy and Dr. Seuss, to inspire children and adults to explore and learn together.

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    13. Massachusetts’ West Region striving for technologically relevant workforce

      Massachusetts’ West Region striving for technologically relevant workforce

      The advanced manufacturing companies in Massachusetts’ West Region are primarily small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that are part of a supply chain that is primarily engaged in producing precision mechanical parts, components and sub-assemblies utilizing high technology equipment, lean manufacturing, and world-class technology development.

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    14. Renovations signal new era at Springfield’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

      Renovations signal new era at Springfield’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

      The current Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame site is its third location in the physical sense. In real terms, it’s the fourth, a virtually brand-new version of an existing structure. “We will wrap up all our new construction in 2020,” says President and CEO John L. Doleva with pride and satisfaction. “The outside of the dome was finished (in 2019). Individual lights will be installed in March, after the weather breaks. When it’s done, 40% of the inside will have been redone from the 2002 version.”

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    15. Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative gives working model for technical careers

      Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative gives working model for technical careers

      If enthusiasm were an occupation, Don Jarvis would have his next career all lined up. Jarvis is the principal of the Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center in West Springfield, where high school students from 10 communities receive technical training with an eye on future college or work. He knows first-hand how vocational training has advanced in the past generation and how the perception has been altered with it.

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    16. Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce to activate 2020 Vision to create, maintain and promote vital business climate

      Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce to activate 2020 Vision to create, maintain and promote vital business climate

      2019 was a year to remember for the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. A year of rebuilding and deepening relationships with our members from across the Amherst area – Amherst, Hadley, Belchertown, Sunderland, Leverett, Shutesbury, and Pelham – and connecting them to our region to build our economic reach. The face-to-face time our members experienced was among the most valuable resources our members received, according to our Vision 2020 survey results. This is shaping our 2020 Vision.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    17. AIM cautions ‘demographic cliff’ threatens Massachusetts workforce

      AIM cautions ‘demographic cliff’ threatens Massachusetts workforce

      Kristin Maier Carlson, president of Peerless Precision in Westfield, grew up around the family-owned shop from the age of 15. She learned from her father the importance of providing educational and training opportunities to prepare employees for the demanding work of high-tolerance manufacturing.

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    18. Springfield Regional Chamber champions WMass business growth

      Springfield Regional Chamber champions WMass business growth

      As we look ahead to 2020 and to all it may bring for businesses in our region, the Springfield Regional Chamber perspective is one of continued optimism. Among the very good reasons for this view: none other than Inc. Magazine included Springfield among its recently announced “Surge Cities: the 50 Best U.S. Cities for Starting a Business in 2020.”

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    19. Kristin Leutz leaving Valley Venture Mentors; Chris Bignell to serve as interim CEO

      Kristin Leutz leaving Valley Venture Mentors; Chris Bignell to serve as interim CEO

      Valley Venture Mentors, a Springfield-based nonprofit that provides education and support to new businesses through mentoring and accelerator programs, will soon have a new leader at the helm. Kristin Leutz announced Monday that she is stepping down as chief executive officer of the organization.

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    20. Bradley International Airport eyes continued growth, construction in 2020

      Bradley International Airport eyes continued growth, construction in 2020

      Bradley International Airport drew about 7 million passengers in 2019, besting its 2018 mark of 6.7 million by more than 2%. 2019 was the seventh straight year of passenger gains at Bradley, said Kevin A. Dillon, CEO of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which oversees Bradley. “We are in a very competitive environment,” Dillon said.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    21. Tobacco, candy, specialty foods and products are billion-dollar business for J. Polep Distribution Services

      Tobacco, candy, specialty foods and products are billion-dollar business for J. Polep Distribution Services

      For more than 120 years, J. Polep Distribution Services has been distributing specialty foods, candy, tobacco products and groceries, from its start in 1898 as the Polep Tobacco Co. to its role today as one of the largest wholesalers to the convenience and grocery store industry. The Chicopee-based fifth-generation company, which began primarily as a candy and tobacco distributor, still distributes those items, but is following the trend toward healthier fare and also offers its customers fresh sandwiches and salads along with organic options.

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