Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB)- This business-led, non-profit corporation was established by state and federal legislation and supported by local business, education, and labor leaders as the primary policy-making authority in developing workforce skills by developing reemployment strategies for laid off workers, training programs for new workers and establishing internships. Information and support for employers to help increase and develop their own workforces is also available.
The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership- A collaborative group of public and private organizations dedicated to cooperatively increasing efforts to market and advance the economic progress of the I-91 north/south interstate region shared by the two states that is known as the Knowledge Corridor.
Pioneer Valley Planning Commision- The public-sector regional planning body for the Pioneer Valley region and its 43 cities and towns. The PVPC is the primary agency responsible for increasing communication, cooperation, and coordination among all levels of government as well as the private business and civic sectors in order to benefit the Pioneer Valley region and to improve its residents' quality of life.
Bradley International Airport- The region's major airport, located 20 minutes from Springfield, offers more than 300 daily commercial flights to 35 North American cities through 15 carriers. Their international services include non-stop daily flights to Canada, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Mexico.
Northampton Chamber of Commerce- This organization creates, maintains and promotes a vital, thriving climate for business while supporting the civic, educational and economic well-being of greater Northampton. The Chamber supports their members by marketing Northampton to attract visitors, connecting members with customers and partners, facilitating professional growth and training, promoting economic development, interfacing with local and state government, helping to improve city schools and cultivating regional leadership.
Chicopee Chamber of Commerce- An advocate of the business community for 45 years, the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce has a mission to unite and guide those engaged in business and industry for the economic and civic well-being of the citizens of the Chicopee area.
Holyoke Chamber of Commerce- Founded in 1890 to represent a diverse business community located in and around the nation's first planned industrial city, this organization concentrates on building a prosperous community and a stronger economy by overseeing and implementing governmental affairs activities, marketing opportunities for businesses of all sizes, a leadership development program, business recognition events, networking functions for members, educational support and workforce development programs.
Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce- This establishment serves the businesses and organizations it represents by helping them to meet individual and collective goals and promoting prosperity for the Greater Westfield Community. The Chamber, proud of the Whip City's diverse economy, is dedicated to attracting new businesses and helping new and established businesses grow.
InternHere- Is a Connecticut-based website dedicated to matching students with the region's companies for internship positions.
The Economic Development Partners is an organization bringing together the regions municipal and nonprofit economic development practitioners, utilities, academic institutions and quasi-public organizations to facilitate and support new and existing businesses, provide networking and relationship building opportunities and encourage regional cooperation and advocacy. This group is integrated into the initiatives of the EDC.
The Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield's mission is to engage, involve and educate the region's young professionals. Through business & career development; volunteerism & philanthropy; and social & cultural opportunities, we will attract and retain our community's future leaders.
The Northampton Area Young Professionals is a membership organization consisting of representatives from the region's premier businesses and non-profit organizations. Our mission is to develop and enhance opportunities for the next generation to grow personally, professionally, socially and philanthropically.
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