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    1. UMass hosts conference on green technology

      UMass hosts conference on green technology

      Rick Sullivan, the CEO of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council added that “western Massachusetts and our colleges and universities can supply the workforce in these new and growing sectors.” Sullivan told 22News that there are plenty of jobs available in the green technologies sector and that schools like UMass are critical to training the workforce. Tuesday’s conference keynote speaker was Matthew Beaton, the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

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    2. Workforce development contributing to economic success in western Massachusetts

      Workforce development contributing to economic success in western Massachusetts

      The current unemployment rate in Massachusetts is 4.2 percent, but in Springfield it’s almost double that with nearly 4,900 people unemployed. One executive office is working to change this. Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Rosalin Acosta told 22News that workforce development is a major component to the regions economic success.. Acosta told 22News skill gaps often make finding the perfect candidate difficult. But through workforce training grants and apprenticeship programs, she said people will be given the tools they need to succeed in the workplace. “Right now we’ve got about 9,000 apprentices in the ...

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    3. USDA grant to help Franklin County CDC improve food processing

      USDA grant to help Franklin County CDC improve food processing

      The Franklin County Community Development Corporation just received a half a million dollars from the USDA. The 3 year grant will help the Franklin County CDC improve their food processing center and increase sales to institutions and retail markets. The Franklin County Community Development Corporation is based in Greenfield. They work with food entrepreneurs and farmers, to help them create products for stores. They’ll use some of the grant money to purchase a washer chiller and dryer conveyor belt, and a bag sealer, an equipment that’ll help increase efficiency at their western Massachusetts Food Processing Center.

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    4. Holyoke and Ware receive over $1M to expand industrial rail and freight access

      Holyoke and Ware receive over $1M to expand industrial rail and freight access

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday, eight industrial freight grants totaling over $3 million as part of the 2017 Industrial Rail Access Program awards. The awards program supports projects that improve or expand rail or freight access, economic opportunity and job growth. “This unique program supports economic development and job growth across the Commonwealth by expanding and improving access to the rail infrastructure so important to the success of our employers,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement. “Freight rail shipping is a priority for the competitiveness of companies large and small, connecting their sites and products to ...

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    5. Lawmakers collaborate with education and business communities on workforce development

      Lawmakers collaborate with education and business communities on workforce development

      Lawmakers plan to develop partnerships with the education and business communities to help students find jobs when the get out of school. Dozens of representatives from vocational schools, community colleges and businesses gathered at the State House Wednesday for the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development’s Education Pathways to Success event. Lawmakers hope the event will help forge new partnerships between government, education and business. “We kind of need everyone at the table for long term job security so that businesses are getting what they want so employees are getting the best jobs they can get,” State Rep. Paul ...

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    6. Dress for Success sale aims to help woman in need

      Dress for Success sale aims to help woman in need

      Dress for Success of western Massachusetts is on a mission. The organization empowers disadvantaged women, helping them thrive in the work place and in life. Starting today, women-in-need throughout western Massachusetts are invited to shop ’till they drop, at the “Dress for Success” tag sale. For $25, women are invited to fill a shopping bag with brand name work clothes, shoes and accessories of their choice. Margret Tantillo told 22News, “We’re expecting probably about 200 women to come in and shop this weekend. Not only do women get fabulous fabulous clothing at a good deal, but they also support ...

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    7. Pawtucket Red Sox could relocate to Springfield

      Pawtucket Red Sox could relocate to Springfield

      Pawtucket Red Sox could relocate to Springfield The team's lease at McCoy Stadium will expire in 2021 August 3, 2017, 6:29 pm Updated: Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) BOSTON (WWLP)—The Pawtucket Red Sox are potentially looking for a new home-field ballpark and Massachusetts is a possibility. Local officials are making a pitch for the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox to relocate to Springfield.

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    8. Westfield receives $300K for Turnpike Industrial Park expansion

      Westfield receives $300K for Turnpike Industrial Park expansion

      The City of Westfield was awarded a $300,000 Site Readiness Fund Program grant, from the Baker-Polito Administration, Friday, for the expansion of the Turnpike Industrial Park. According to a news release sent to 22News from the state’s housing and economic development office, Westfield will use the money to fund predevelopment activities to spur private investment at a city owned site next to the current industrial park. “Assisting communities in transforming underutilized property into opportunities for development and job growth continues to be an important component of our economic development strategy,” Governor Charlie Baker stated in the release.

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    9. A state grant is funding a new pedestrian plaza in downtown Greenfield

      A state grant is funding a new pedestrian plaza in downtown Greenfield

      A pedestrian plaza is coming to downtown Greenfield. It will start on Court Square, in front of Greenfield Town Hall and extend to Bank Row. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development is providing $15,000 to fund the plaza design. “We are trying to make downtowns more pedestrian-friendly and helping to connect them with stores popping up downtown, and make things more walk-able, and ultimately more healthy,” said Jay Ashe, Secretary for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

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      Mentions: Palmer Greenfield
    10. State awards Massachusetts downtown initiative grants to 14 communities

      State awards Massachusetts downtown initiative grants to 14 communities

      The Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) is awarding $210,000 in grants to fourteen communities across the state for projects focused on revitalizing downtown spaces with the support of high-impact consulting services.  The program is offered through the state’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The Massachusetts Downtown Initiative makes grant awards of $15,000 to communities, to connect grantees to consultants with expertise to pursue downtown revitalization projects in one of seven categories: District Management, Design, Economics of Downtown, Parking, Small Business Support, Way Finding, and Housing.

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      Mentions: Palmer Greenfield
    11. WSU receives grant from Baker-Polito administration

      WSU receives grant from Baker-Polito administration

      Westfield State University (WSU) hopes that state funds received recently will lead to a new concentration focused on a burgeoning career field. WSU received $75,000 from Gov. Baker’s office last week, which will go toward the university’s attempt to create a biotechnology concentration in their biology program. The money is expected to help the university develop the concentration, with a tentative limited offering of it happening as soon as the fall of this year.

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    12. MassDOT visiting for Western Ave. Westfield project update

      MassDOT visiting for Western Ave. Westfield project update

      State officials are expected to visit the city next week to discuss how the Western Avenue improvement project is coming along. Members of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) are holding a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., at South Middle School on West Silver Street, to provide residents with information about the project’s current status, as well as provide a chance to ask questions. The project is currently slated to begin construction in 2019, while going to bid for the fiscal year 2018.

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    13. Springfield recycling company receives award from Gov. Baker

      Springfield recycling company receives award from Gov. Baker

      Governor Charlie Baker awarded a Commonwealth’s Recycling Business Development Grant to a Springfield recycling business on Friday. Northstar Pulp & Paper Company, Inc. received $90,000, and will use the money to better regrind and recycle plastic. The company also plans to purchase 3 new machines that will better separate plastic from other materials. Despina Costa, the CFO of Northstar, told 22News, “To improve the product quality, because it’s going to remove dust and other contaminates, like metal, which are in the product that we recycle.”

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    14. Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

      Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

      Friday is National Advanced Manufacturing Day, but the Governor kicked it up a notch, planning week-long events celebrating the industry’s success here in the Bay State. Advanced Manufacturing is a growing industry in Massachusetts, especially in western parts of the state. So far, more than 7-thousand manufacturing firms have offices in the Bay State, creating 250-thousand jobs. The Patrick administration will spend the rest of the week highlighting manufacturing’s impact on the state and the programs in place to help the industry flourish.

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    15. Agawam architects to design transit pavilion

      Agawam architects to design transit pavilion

      Reinhardt Associates Inc. (RAI) of Agawam has been selected by the Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority (PVTA) to design the new Westfield Transit Pavilion, formerly referred as the Westfield Intermodal Transportation Center, at the corner of Elm and Arnold Streets. “They just told me last week we were awarded the project, so we don’t even have a contract signed,” said John MacMillan, president of RAI. “They went through a designer selection about a month ago, and told us last week, maybe even earlier this week, that we were awarded the contract.” While the design process is still in the earliest ...

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    16. Business leaders told to communicate with candidates

      Business leaders told to communicate with candidates

      Members of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield gathered Wednesday morning to get a look ahead at this November’s elections. Political consultant Anthony Cignoli spoke to business leaders about many of the key races and how these shifts in leadership are likely to directly impact western Massachusetts. He gave an overview of the race for governor, as well as the race for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, and auditor.

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    17. WMass business leaders, politicians conected at summit

      WMass business leaders, politicians conected at summit

      For the 40th year, local businesspeople traveled to Boston for the annual Beacon Hill Summit. The event connects people from our region in the business field with state-level politics here in Boston. More than sixty representatives from western Massachusetts businesses and institutions traveled to the State House for the event, which was hosted by Senator Gale Candaras. “Folks can feel kind of disconnected from their government. One of the promises that we made many years ago when I first ran was that we would bring government to western Mass. and western Mass. to government,” the Wilbraham Democrat said.

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    18. WMass tech company opens training facility in Spfld.

      WMass tech company opens training facility in Spfld.

      Founder and CEO of Paragus IT, Delcie Bean, said, “We’re figuring out ways of building our pipeline so that we can actually generate so much talent that we’re able to bring big companies here, and rebuild Springfield as a tech city, and put Springfield on the map as one of the top ten tech cities in America.”

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    19. Verizon Wireless announces major hiring effort in Mass.

      Verizon Wireless announces major hiring effort in Mass.

      Verizon Wireless is announcing 122 full-time job openings in retail and sales in Massachusetts, on March 21st. The recruitment for these 122 positions in Mass. is part of a larger hiring effort across New England to add 330 new employees throughout the six-state region. The opportunities are based throughout the State, and positions in western Mass. will be available in Springfield, West Springfield, Hadley and Holyoke. The recruitment for these 122 positions in Massachusetts is part of a larger hiring effort across New England to add 330 new employees throughout the six-state region.

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    20. New Pioneer Valley data website launched

      New Pioneer Valley data website launched

      The website was a collaborative effort by ROADS, short for Regional Organizations Advanced Data Sharing. The four organizations involved in putting the site together include the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

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    21. Gov. Patrick signs multi-million dollar military bond bill

      Gov. Patrick signs multi-million dollar military bond bill

      Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill authorizing the state to borrow up to $177 million for improvements to the state’s military bases. The measure approved by lawmakers earlier this month would include $9 million in immediate funding for military and civilian runway upgrades at the Barnes Air National Guard Base and adjacent Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport. The bill also authorizes nearly $3 million for energy and communications upgrades at Hanscom Air Force Base. An additional $100,000 would allow for the relocation of the National Guard’s Military Museum from Worcester to Concord.

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    22. 120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

      120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

      It was graduation night for Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield Wednesday night. Valley Venture Mentors is dedicated to helping business start-ups launch. It’s described as a personal social network that puts business people together with venture capital. Sort of like a speed-dating for entrepreneurs. According to Paul Silva, a lead coach at the Valley Venture Mentors, “Right, we didn’t all go to Harvard. We all don’t have that alumni network to tap into. So this gives them access to an amazing network of great people. If they do a good job, then they’ll walk away with ...

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    23. Small business seminar held in Springfield

      Small business seminar held in Springfield

      The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce started a training seminar to help ambitious people start and manage their own business. Carlos Gonzalez, President of the Mass. Latino Chamber of Commerce, told 22News, “With the unemployment crisis that continues to exist in our inner cities and communities of color, entrepreneurship is a good option.”

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    24. Effort to expand mentoring in WMass

      Effort to expand mentoring in WMass

      January is National Mentoring month and Thursday morning, several community leaders gathered to discuss furthering mentorship programs in the Springfield community. Representatives from the Mass Mentoring Partnership told 22News that the need for mentors in western Massachusetts is great. In Springfield alone, there are nearly 600 young people currently on a waiting list. First -time Mentor Bob Brown of South Hadley, a branch manager for First Niagara Bank, told 22News that once you’re able to break the ice, the rewards of the relationship are great. “A lot of it is just trying to get them to open up and ...

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