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    1. Study Shows Western Mass. Communities Have Long Suffered from Inadequate Support to Maintain and Develop Public Infrastructure | Mass.gov

      Study Shows Western Mass. Communities Have Long Suffered from Inadequate Support to Maintain and Develop Public Infrastructure | Mass.gov

      A study issued today by the Office of State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump (OSA) showed Western Massachusetts communities have been left without the tools necessary to maintain or develop public infrastructure for roadways, buildings and broadband as a result of a declining population, geographic challenges, and a lack of overall resources. The study, Public Infrastructure in Western Massachusetts: A Critical Need for Regional Investment and Revitalization, notes that if not addressed, these public infrastructure challenges will further exacerbate the Commonwealth’s east-west divide.

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    2. Massachusetts Virtual Job Fair

      Massachusetts Virtual Job Fair

      The MassHire: Massachusetts Virtual Job Fair is being held on an online platform, Premier Virtual, that allows job seekers to interact with employers through a visit to their virtual booth, instant message or video chat, view job openings and submit resumes. Click here for a preview and see how easy it is! Details for Premier platform training being held prior to event, is included in your confirmation email upon completed registration.

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    3. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Regional Pilot Project Grant Awards to Support Economic Recovery | Mass.gov

      Baker-Polito Administration Announces Regional Pilot Project Grant Awards to Support Economic Recovery | Mass.gov

      The Baker-Polito Administration announced 37 grants totaling $5 million were awarded to cities, towns, and non-profit entities through the Regional Pilot Project Grant Program. This program was established to support recovery solutions based on the specific economic needs of individual regions of the Commonwealth and was designed to fund projects that uniquely address local concerns. Applicants were asked to define a major issue associated with the economic recovery of a particular region and propose a solution. Among the awarded proposals are projects to support regional supply chain resiliency and the creation of small business support networks, as well as support ...

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    4. Baker-Polito Administration Announces $2.5 Million in Urban Agenda Grants for Community-Based Awards to Urban Neighborhoods | Mass.gov

      Baker-Polito Administration Announces $2.5 Million in Urban Agenda Grants for Community-Based Awards to Urban Neighborhoods | Mass.gov

      Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced a total of $2.5 million in Urban Agenda grants to support 30 projects in 23 communities. Springfield – Old Hill, Maple High-Six Corners (MHSC) and Forest Park – Economic Development Council of Western MA: $90,000 to support 2Generation/Whole Family Approach to Careers Project. This project will support 20 unemployed and furloughed Black and Latino residents with families, with assistance in obtaining new skills to find jobs that fit their needs as well as the needs of their families.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    5. Baker-Polito Administration Awards Learn To Earn Pilot Grants to Promote Financial Stability | Mass.gov

      Baker-Polito Administration Awards Learn To Earn Pilot Grants to Promote Financial Stability | Mass.gov

      Holyoke Community College will develop training and placement services for Commonwealth residents receiving public assistance to obtain Community Health Worker jobs in the Western Massachusetts region. Employer Partners include: Baystate Health, Clinical and Support Options (CSO), Behavioral Health Network (BHN), and the Mental Health Association (MHA). Other Partners include: MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board, MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center, MassHire Holyoke Career Center, MassHire Springfield Career Center, and Springfield WORKS/Western MA EDC.

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    6. Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.2 Million to Help Collaborative Workspaces Expand, Safely Reopen | Mass.gov

      Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.2 Million to Help Collaborative Workspaces Expand, Safely Reopen | Mass.gov

      The Baker-Polito Administration announced $1,205,000 in grants to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship, awarded to 26 organizations in 18 communities throughout the Commonwealth. The fifth round of the Collaborative Workspace Program, administered by MassDevelopment, aims to accelerate business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities by supporting infrastructure that fuels locally-based innovation.

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      Mentions: MassDevelopment
    7. Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.25 Million in Brownfields Funding for Five Projects | Mass.gov

      Baker-Polito Administration Awards $1.25 Million in Brownfields Funding for Five Projects | Mass.gov

      The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $1.25 million from the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund to support the environmental assessment and cleanup of five underutilized or abandoned sites across the Commonwealth that may have contaminants present. Once complete, the five projects are projected to redevelop a combined total of 24.3 acres, create or preserve up to 312 housing units, and provide approximately 802 full-time, part-time and construction jobs.

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    8. Massachusetts Launches “My Local MA” Campaign to Drive Economic Activity and Safely Support Small and Local Businesses | Mass.gov

      Massachusetts Launches “My Local MA” Campaign to Drive Economic Activity and Safely Support Small and Local Businesses | Mass.gov

      Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced the launch of an effort to encourage residents of the Commonwealth to support their local economies by shopping at local Massachusetts businesses and attractions, safely – in person, online, and using curbside pickup or takeout. The Baker-Polito Administration’s “My Local MA” advertising campaign is kicking off this Friday in tandem with the Sales Tax-Free Weekend taking place August 29-30, and was developed as a response to the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Massachusetts local businesses and communities.

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    9. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development | Mass.gov

      Baker-Polito Administration Announces Transition at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development | Mass.gov

      Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the departure of Housing and Economic Development (HED) Secretary Jay Ash, and introduced current HED Assistant Secretary for Business Growth, Mike Kennealy, as incoming Secretary. A press conference will be held in the State House on Wednesday afternoon and incoming Secretary Kennealy will be sworn in on Friday, December 28th.

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    10. Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives | Mass.gov

      Baker-Polito Administration Supports Nine Community-Driven Initiatives | Mass.gov

      Springfield, Economic Development Council of Western Mass - $75,000  For every 100 Springfield residents of working age, 42 are not working, yet employers do not have enough qualified candidates to support operations and growth. Springfield WORKS is a coalition of over 30 partners including employers, residents, educators, and community-based organizations (CBOs). Partners developed strategies to align resources and systems to connect job-seekers and employers in need of highly skilled candidates.. This grant will allow the council to leverage existing assets and expand coaching and mentoring programs to help low income Springfield residents achieve long term, economic success through meaningful work.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    11. Governor Patrick Announces Economic Development Package

      Governor Patrick Announces Economic Development Package

      Governor Deval Patrick today announced an economic development package that provides new tools and training so our workforce is prepared to meet the needs of employers, invests in our Gateway Cities to promote development across the entire state, and provides incentives to create jobs and stimulate the economy. The Governor’s bill, An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity, builds on the Administration’s proven growth strategy of investing in education, innovation and infrastructure that has led to record job creation in Massachusetts and made the Commonwealth a global leader in key innovation economy sectors.

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    12. Patrick Administration Announces $79 Million for 33 MassWorks Projects

      Patrick Administration Announces $79 Million for 33 MassWorks Projects

      “The MassWorks program is a key tool in our growth strategy of investing in education, innovation and infrastructure to create jobs and economic development,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “By partnering with municipalities, these MassWorks projects will strengthen communities for generations to come.”  “We remain committed to working with local communities to help identify opportunities to support growth and spur regional development,” said Secretary Bialecki. “I look forward to our ongoing partnerships with municipalities across the state and private industry leaders to explore additional ways to promote continued growth in every region of the Commonwealth.”  Through these grants, the Patrick Administration ...

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    13. Patrick Administration Increases Hiring Incentives

      Patrick Administration Increases Hiring Incentives

      Building off record investments made by the Patrick Administration in Veterans Services, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today announced it has more than doubled cash grants available to employers hiring Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or more, or Massachusetts veterans (regardless of length of unemployment). Increased grant funding is available through the state’s Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG), a program of the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund.

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    14. Governor Patrick Announces Initial Results of Sweeping Regulatory Reform Initiative and New Steps to Streamline Small Business Regulations

      In the latest of a series of steps to keep Massachusetts ahead of its economic competitors, Governor Deval Patrick today announced the initial results of a systematic review of state regulations and new steps to streamline regulations for small businesses. After reviewing 200 regulations that were each more than 12 years old, Governor Patrick has approved changes to nearly 150 regulations. In addition, today the Governor launched a new effort to make sure that no new regulation is issued without serious consideration of its impact on small businesses.

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    15. GOVERNOR PATRICK APPOINTS JUDITH DUMONT AS DIRECTOR OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BROADBAND INSTITUTE

      BOSTON – Thursday, December 17, 2009 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced the appointment of Judith A. Dumont as Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) – an agency working to bridge the digital divide and deliver affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet service to every community in the Commonwealth by 2011.
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