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    1. Celebration held for outgoing Community Foundation CEO

      Celebration held for outgoing Community Foundation CEO

      The Community Foundation hosted a celebration for outgoing President and CEO Katie Allan Zobel. In May, it was announced that Zobel would be transitioning out of her position that she has held for over 17 years. “It’s moving to be here and see all the partners, the people I have worked with colleagues, friends, people who have worked with me on the staff and volunteers, and people who have committed their own resources and time and energy. It gives me great faith in the future,” said Zobel.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. MassDOT surveys commuters on state's transportation system

      MassDOT surveys commuters on state's transportation system

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is collecting information from communities across the Commonwealth. 22News found how the state plans to use this feedback from commuters. MassDOT set up tables in front of Union Station on Wednesday to hear what commuters think about the state of transportation in our state. The information being collected from people will be used in the state’s 2050 long range transportation plan, entitled Beyond Mobility. This information gathering session is one of many being held across the state.

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    3. Upcoming constructions projects in Holyoke

      Upcoming constructions projects in Holyoke

      The City of Holyoke held a news conference Wednesday to share the status of several pipeline projects. Some of the topics addressed included the repaving of High Street and a new committee formed to address urban blight. Holyoke Mayor Joshua Garcia joined the Office of Planning and Economic Development to provide updates on several projects the city is working on including the repaving and revitalization of High Street and orders to address vacant buildings, which the mayor says can often be the site of criminal activity.

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    4. Florence bank gifts $30K to Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity

      Florence bank gifts $30K to Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity

      A $30,000 donation has been renewed by Florence Bank, in an effort to give back to Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity. “Florence is a very community-spirited bank, and we are a very community-spirited organization. Our missions align,” said Amy Landry, the director of resource development at Habitat for eight years. “Clearly, they have been a wonderful community partner for us.”

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      Mentions: Amherst
    5. Greenfield expanding industrial zone

      Greenfield expanding industrial zone

      The Greenfield planning board approved the mayor’s proposal to expand the industrial development zone near Route 2. The decision initiates the process of rezoning 11 Parcels East of Kind Street and North of the French King Highway, which provides an area for mixed retail. The parcel will be zoned for manufacturing and industrial developments, in an effort to help advance manufacturing businesses and the city’s tax base. A joint public hearing will be held in the near future and then a final vote will need to be made by the City Council, to certify the changes.

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    6. Knox building in Springfield to be redeveloped into apartments

      Knox building in Springfield to be redeveloped into apartments

      City officials toured the Mason Square building where Knox Automobile was built more than 100-years-ago, which will become a new apartment complex. Mayor Domenic Sarno along with Springfield’s Chief Development Officer Tim Sheehan toured the redevelopment of the historic Knox building with the developer, First Resource President Gordon Pulsifer Monday morning. The Knox building is located on lower Wilbraham Road at Mason Square that will house 54 new apartment units for low and moderate-income families.

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    7. WNE ranked among the best Universities in the nation

      WNE ranked among the best Universities in the nation

      Western New England University (WNE) has been named among the best Universities in the Nation by U.S. News & World News. WNE has been ranked #234 in Best National University Rankings by U.S. News & World. Western New England University transitioned from the Regional to National University classification back in 2020. Western New England University is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive university with a focus on preparing work-ready and world-ready graduates.

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    8. Massachusetts ID and registration workshop for residents born in Puerto Rico held in Springfield

      Massachusetts ID and registration workshop for residents born in Puerto Rico held in Springfield

      Puerto Rican residents of Massachusetts have been having issues acquiring state IDs because of complications obtaining their birth certificates from Puerto Rico. State Representative Carlos González co-hosted a workshop Friday in Springfield at the Economic Development Council of Western MA conference room, to assist impacted residents with navigating the legal challenges that pop up throughout the process. 22News spoke with González about what this seminar included and how it can help members of the community.

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    9. Smith College names new president

      Smith College names new president

      The Smith College Board of Trustees has announced its new president. Sarah Willie-LeBreton has been named the college’s 12th president. She has been the provost and dean of the faculty at Swarthmore College where she has taught since 1997. She specializes in higher education, social inequality, community building, and African-American Culture. Willie-LeBreton will take office at Smith College on July 1st, 2023.

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    10. Cultural Facilities to celebrate grant funding in Northampton

      Cultural Facilities to celebrate grant funding in Northampton

      The Mass Cultural Council and its partners will be celebrating its fiscal year 2022 Cultural Facilities Fund grants awarded to cultural organizations throughout the state. Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director Michael Bobbitt and MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera will join Hampshire County legislators and local officials at noon Wednesday at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity in Northampton. They received a $162,000 grant to renovate their space. The tour will continue at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for a roundtable discussion about the ArtsHub with members of the western Mass creative community.

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    11. Elms College awarded National Science Foundation S-STEM grant

      Elms College awarded National Science Foundation S-STEM grant

      National Science Foundation has awarded Elms College a $1.5 million grant through the organization’s S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program. Elms College will provide need-based scholarships to at least 40 high-achieving first-year and community college transfer students seeking careers in science, technology, and mathematics over a six year period. The scholarship amount will be up to $10,000 per year.

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    12. Grand opening for Latino Economic Development Corp. in Springfield

      Grand opening for Latino Economic Development Corp. in Springfield

      Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on Thursday but Springfield is celebrating early with a grand opening of the ‘Latino Economic Development Corporation’ office downtown on Tuesday. It’s meant to ensure the success of entrepreneurs and business owners within the Latinx community. “So lets go out, let’s make businesses, let’s create jobs, let’s make money,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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    13. UMass Amherst ranks No. 26 among public universities

      UMass Amherst ranks No. 26 among public universities

      UMass Amherst has been ranked among the best public universities in the country for the ninth straight year. Among 227 public colleges and universities, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus ranked 26 overall, maintaining its same rank from a year ago. Umass Amherst actually tied for 26, with Texas A and M and UCONN. The rankings also grade individual programs. UMass’ Artificial Intelligence program was its highest ranked, coming in at number 20.

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    14. Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement this weekend

      Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement this weekend

      The basketball world will be focused on Springfield this weekend, as the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 is enshrined. This year’s class of 16 honorees includes four-time NBA champion Manu Ginobili, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway, and three-time WNBA champion and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsay Whalen, among others.

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    15. Community Empowerment Grant helps the formerly incarcerated | WWLP

      Community Empowerment Grant helps the formerly incarcerated | WWLP

      Springfield Community WORKS and the Western Mass Economic Development council were awarded a community empowerment grant back in February of this year. Joining us today is Shawntsi Baret, workforce development consultant for Springfield WORKS and Anne Kandilis, director of Springfield Works, to share with us where they found that this aid is most needed and what their next steps will be.

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    16. $650K to be awarded to Springfield Public Schools

      $650K to be awarded to Springfield Public Schools

      The Springfield Public Schools (SPS) is to receive $650,000 to provide students with successful futures. The “Portrait of a Graduate” (POG) started three years ago to transform the school. The Barr Foundation’s Portrait of a Graduate cohort was launched in 2019 following a request for proposals. Interested communities were identified to build a community-driven Portrait of a Graduate. This means that current students will be able to gain the knowledge needed to thrive after high school such as in college, career, and community.

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    17. Greenfield launches new tourism website

      Greenfield launches new tourism website

      To prepare for the busy fall tourism season, the City has redesigned the VisitGreenfieldMA website. New features of the site include improved functionality and a refreshed design to showcase entertainment, attractions, and dining and retail listings. “VisitGreenfieldMA has established itself as the most comprehensive source of information on events in Greenfield,” said Community and Economic Development Director MJ Adams. “This new website will make it even easier for visitors and residents alike to connect with entertainment, shops and restaurants that define Greenfield as a cultural destination.”

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    18. Nearly $1M grant awarded to Greenfield for new fire station

      Nearly $1M grant awarded to Greenfield for new fire station

      The city of Greenfield has been awarded nearly $1 million through a federal grant to help construct a new fire station for the Greenfield Fire Department. A total of $987,000 was awarded from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the city to build a new fire station. The money will also be used for emergency medical services, healthcare related audio/video equipment and a generator.

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    19. Former Springfield official Kevin Kennedy has died

      Former Springfield official Kevin Kennedy has died

      The City of Springfield’s former Chief Development Officer (CDO), Kevin Kennedy, has died. Mayor Domenic Sarno made the announcement Thursday saying “First of all, my sympathy, thoughts, prayers and encouragement to Kevin’s wife Debbie, family and friends. I was very saddened to hear about my friend and retired Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy’s passing – ‘he fought a valiant fight’.” Kennedy retired in 2019 after serving eight years as CDO. At the time he reflected on his involvement in some of the city’s biggest economic development projects, including the Riverfront Park renovations, working with MGM on the ...

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