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    1. Hadley Faces Challenges While Planning for Future - BusinessWest

      Hadley Faces Challenges While Planning for Future - BusinessWest

      Before the pandemic, up to 80,000 cars would travel on Route 9 in Hadley each day, bringing workers, students, and customers to and through the town.  Known for its agriculture, proximity to the Five College community, and a robust retail corridor along Route 9, Hadley has been challenged, like all towns, since the arrival of COVID-19. But efforts by a group of town officials are meeting those challenges to keep Hadley viable today and well into the future.


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    2. State Sen. Eric Lesser, Dress for Success Team Up for Virtual Forum on Digital Divide

      State Sen. Eric Lesser, Dress for Success Team Up for Virtual Forum on Digital Divide

      On Thursday, Oct. 22, state Sen. Eric Lesser and Dress for Success will host a virtual forum on the digital divide, which will cover the impacts on remote learning, telehealth, employment, and more. The event will include stakeholders from across the region and will focus on how the pandemic has exposed the digital divide in the Commonwealth — in Western Mass. in particular.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    3. 2020 Western Mass Developers Conference Slated for Oct. 21

      2020 Western Mass Developers Conference Slated for Oct. 21

      The Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC) invites the community to join its annual developers conference, presented by MassMutual. The 2020 Western Mass Developers Conference will feature a keynote address from Gov. Charlie Baker and a welcome address from Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and will connect business leaders, developers, real-estate professionals, site selectors, economic-development professionals, and public officials from Western Mass. and across the Northeast.

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    4. Excel Dryer Renews Support for Square One’s Adopt-a-Classroom Initiative

      Excel Dryer Renews Support for Square One’s Adopt-a-Classroom Initiative

      For the fourth consecutive year, Excel Dryer has committed an annual gift of $5,000 to support Square One’s Adopt-a-Classroom initiative. The gift comes at a critical time as Square One recently expanded its early-education program to include full-day remote learning support for children in kindergarten through grade 5, in addition to its traditional preschool classrooms and family childcare offerings. The funds will be used to offset expenses associated with classroom supplies, meals, and professional development.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    5. Summerlin Floors Awarded Woman-owned Business Certificate

      Summerlin Floors Awarded Woman-owned Business Certificate

      Summerlin Floors has been awarded the official woman-owned business certificate from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest certifier of women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs. Summerlin Floors has been busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, completing the certification process and reaching its goal of achieving the woman-owned business certificate, along with announcing a new scholarship that will be awarded to a woman of color.

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      Mentions: Amherst
    6. BusinessTalk with Meredith Wise

      BusinessTalk with Meredith Wise

      On the next installment of BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Meredith Wise, president of the Employers Association of the Northeast about the many issues and challenges facing employers — and their employees — in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two discuss everything from how businesses can bring their employees back to the office or plant safely, to how businesses are helping their valued workers cope with the challenge of balancing life and work during this ongoing crisis. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk.

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    7. Darcy Young Appointed to Executive Committee of the Children’s Study Home

      Darcy Young Appointed to Executive Committee of the Children’s Study Home

      The Children’s Study Home recently appointed board of directors member Darcy (Fortune) Young to its executive committee. Young has been a member of the board since 2018, serving on the communications committee. She has consulted on everything from fundraising to digital marketing and, most recently, was part of the board effort to transition to a new executive director for the 155-year old agency. One of her first acts as a member of the communications committee was to film and produced a promotional video for the nonprofit agency. In the video, professionals from Baystate Orthopedic Surgery Center; PeoplesBank; Gomes, DaCruz ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    8. Berkshire Bank Enhances Leave for Employees Experiencing Gender-based Violence

      Berkshire Bank Enhances Leave for Employees Experiencing Gender-based Violence

      Berkshire Bank announced enhanced protections that will provide its 1,500 employees with paid and protected leave to manage the consequences of intimate-partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Berkshire Bank has partnered with FreeFrom, a nonprofit creating pathways to financial security and long-term safety for survivors of gender-based violence, to increase its existing leave policies to benefit its employees.

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    9. Girls Inc. of the Valley Launches Initiative to Educate Future Women Voters

      Girls Inc. of the Valley Launches Initiative to Educate Future Women Voters

      Girls Inc. of the Valley recently launched its new initiative, She Votes, with a recorded video from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren to educate and support future women voters. The goal is to make sure every girl sees herself as a voter, knows the process, and is ready when it’s her turn. The Girls Inc. team are experts on girls and their development, both locally and nationally. Girls Inc. of the Valley is part of a 150-year-old organization that always puts girls first, inspiring them as they grow into strong, smart, and bold women. The privilege of voting is ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    10. Health New England Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

      Health New England Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

      Health New England announced the recent appointment of Dr. Ira Klein to the role of vice president and chief medical officer. In this position, he is responsible for ensuring the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services for Health New England members, and will focus on clinical excellence, innovation, and technology to improve health outcomes. Klein joins Health New England’s executive leadership team and reports directly to Richard Swift, president and CEO.

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    11. Celebrating the 2020 40 Under Forty

      Celebrating the 2020 40 Under Forty

      Amid new restrictions imposed by the governor on large gatherings and with a strong desire to keep everyone safe, it was decided that the most prudent course was to instead celebrate our honorees’ accomplishments with a hybrid platform. The hybrid event has been spread out over two days on Tues., Oct. 13 and Wed., Oct. 14. Each “mini-event” will allow 10 honorees to celebrate in person at the Upper Vista of the Log Cabin. For those who can’t join us in person, we’ve created a livestream option so friends and family can cheer on the Class of 2020 ...

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    12. STCC Announces Events for Massachusetts STEM Week

      STCC Announces Events for Massachusetts STEM Week

      To celebrate Massachusetts STEM Week, Oct. 19-23, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) announced a week-long series of events. STEM Week 2020 is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s nine regional STEM networks. It is a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness, and ability for all learners to envision themselves in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and employment opportunities. The theme for the third annual statewide STEM Week is “See Yourself in STEM,” with a particular focus on the power of mentoring.

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    13. The Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst

      The Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst

      In mid-March, when much of the U.S. was starting to hunker down, Peter Reinhart had a feeling he wouldn’t be — and neither would many of the people he works with. “We didn’t want to be sitting at home watching this pandemic unfold without doing something,” said Reinhart, director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) at UMass Amherst, a facility launched in 2013 with the goal of accelerating life-science research and advancing collaboration with industry to shorten the gap between scientific innovation and technological advancement.

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    14. Mark Keroack, President and CEO, Baystate Health

      Mark Keroack, President and CEO, Baystate Health

      Dr. Mark Keroack doesn’t feel like a Healthcare Hero. But he’ll gratefully accept the honor on behalf of everyone who does deserve the award. In his estimation, that’s a lot of people. “Whenever some new challenge comes up, it’s been our tradition to step up and play a leadership role in Western Mass.,” said the president and CEO of Baystate Health. “I wish I could convert my award into an ‘unsung heroes award.’ So many things happened behind the scenes to enable us to step up.”

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    15. Bradley International Airport to Launch Non-stop Service to Nashville

      Bradley International Airport to Launch Non-stop Service to Nashville

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced the debut of new, non-stop service from Bradley International Airport to Nashville International Airport on Southwest Airlines. “Southwest is excited to offer travelers from Bradley International Airport daily service to the vibrant city of Nashville beginning in March 2021,” said Brian Parrish, a spokesperson for Southwest Airlines. In addition to offering Music City as a non-stop Southwest destination from BDL, the new service will provide convenient, one-stop connections to over 40 other Southwest destinations currently served via Nashville International Airport. We appreciate the continued support from New England customers.”

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    16. 40 Under Forty Two-night Celebration Postponed to Oct. 13-14

      40 Under Forty Two-night Celebration Postponed to Oct. 13-14

      2020 strikes again. Due to high wind warnings in the region for tonight and tomorrow, Oct. 7 and 8, BusinessWest’s highly anticipated, two-day 40 Under Forty celebration has been postponed to next week: Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 13 and 14, at the Upper Vista of the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. After consulting with meterologists and Log Cabin staff, the move was made out of an abundance of caution and concerns for the safety of attendees.

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    17. Bruce Dixon Named CEO of Tech Foundry

      Bruce Dixon Named CEO of Tech Foundry

      Tech Foundry, a nonprofit with a mission to support the region’s growing need for a qualified technology workforce and elevate underrepresented groups into sustainable careers in information technology, has named Bruce Dixon its new CEO. Dixon will work alongside an 11-member board, lead a five-member staff, and drive strategic business partnerships and curriculum development to propel the already-thriving organization forward.

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    18. HCC to Continue Remote Instruction Through Spring

      HCC to Continue Remote Instruction Through Spring

      Holyoke Community College will continue to offer the majority of its classes remotely through the 2021 spring semester, HCC President Christina Royal announced in a message to students, faculty, and staff. “So much has happened over the course of the last several months,” Royal said. “Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how our world will change from one day to the next. It is difficult to predict what life will look like for HCC months from now. However, we are preparing and planning as best we can for every possible scenario.”

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    19. Westfield State Launches New Public Healthcare Administration Programs

      Westfield State Launches New Public Healthcare Administration Programs

      Westfield State University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE) launched a new graduate degree concentration and certificate program that focuses on public healthcare administration. The master of public administration (MPA) in public healthcare administration concentration and the public healthcare administration certificate were approved recently by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

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    20. Springfield Initiative Receives National Funding for Workforce-development Strategy

      Springfield Initiative Receives National Funding for Workforce-development Strategy

      Since 2016, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC), through its Springfield WORKS initiative, has brought together employers, educators, community leaders, the city, and residents to address how to meet the economic needs of both Springfield residents and local businesses. As a result of this collaboration, it became clear that there was a need to increase employer engagement to hire locally and invest in upskilling for worker advancement. To that end, a partnership developed between the EDC and Baystate Medical Center (BMC), the largest employer in the region, to bring such strategies to fruition in Springfield. The BMC/EDC team ...

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    21. United Way of Pioneer Valley Distributes PPE to Area Nonprofits, Municipalities

      United Way of Pioneer Valley Distributes PPE to Area Nonprofits, Municipalities

      As part of its COVID-19 response efforts, United Way of Pioneer Valley has distributed a round of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other COVID-19-related items to multiple area nonprofits and municipalities. Recipients of PPE to date include the Agawam Department of Public Health, Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee, Chicopee Food Force, Granville Fire Department, Granville Police Department, Granville Public Library, Link to Libraries, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, Ludlow Senior Center, Ministry en Motion, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, One Holyoke CDC, Quarry Hill Community School in Monson, Southwick Senior Center, Tolland Fire Department, and Westfield Senior Center.

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    22. Race Street in Holyoke to Become Pedestrian-friendly Outdoor Space Starting Oct. 3

      Race Street in Holyoke, located along the canal, will be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly walk for the fall season, named “Canal Walk Roll & Stroll,” and will formally launch on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. The project is an initiative of the City of Holyoke and supported by the Solomon Foundation, and is a collaborative civic project managed by OneHolyoke Community Development Corp. The goal of the project is to make the Race Street canal walk the biking, walking, and leaf-peeping destination in downtown Holyoke, so neighborhood residents can enjoy an enhanced healthy outdoor location through the fall.

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    23. Leadership Pioneer Valley Now Accepting Applications for LEAP Class of 2021

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Now Accepting Applications for LEAP Class of 2021

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is now accepting applications for enrollment in its LEAP class of 2021. This year’s class will be a little different under COVID-19 protocols. LPV has condensed the curriculum to six months and will mainly operate remotely. LEAP, LPV’s regional leadership-development program, engages the Pioneer Valley’s most promising emerging leaders through learning and exploration. Participants are trained in applied leadership skills by experts. They also explore critical community issues by connecting with local leaders and visiting businesses and towns across the region. This year’s program runs from January through June.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    24. AIC Receives High Marks for Teaching and Education Degrees

      AIC Receives High Marks for Teaching and Education Degrees

      American International College (AIC) is ranked 17th among the top 50 colleges and universities for teaching and education degrees, as ranked by learn.org for academic year 2020-21. Established in 2003, learn.org provides free resources for students and working professionals to research potential schools and degrees by providing information on career opportunities and institutions of higher education that help individuals reach their goals, including school connections, scholarships, and online college planning for quality and affordable education.

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