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Massachusetts new claims for unemployment drop slightly

Slightly fewer Massachusetts residents are filing new claims for unemployment insurance, according to statistics released Thursday by the federal government. There were 29,167 new claims for unemployment compensation filed in the week ending June 27, according to the Department of Labor. That’s down 838 claims from 30,005 claims filed the week prior. The numbers from…

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PVPC Receives Grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation for Age-Friendly Initiative

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) received a $195,000 grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation to convene a Pioneer Valley Age Friendly Collaborative that will engage member communities in planning for an aging population. This is one of 13 new community investments totaling $1.7 million that reflect the foundation’s support of collaborative community efforts and…

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Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Supports Resilience Fund for Farmers

Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) announced it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Pittsfield Cooperative Bank to support its Resilience Fund for Farmers. This new fund was established in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting impact on local farmers, who are hurting right now as stores, restaurants, and other income-generating avenues like farmers’…

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State Announces Updated Travel Guidelines to Support COVID-19 Response

The Baker-Polito administration announced new COVID-19 public health guidelines on travel and transportation. Effective today, July 1, all travelers arriving to Massachusetts, including residents returning home, are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. This guidance does not apply to travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, or New Jersey. Additionally, workers…

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Massachusetts link to resources

MGCC SMALL BUSINESS SURVEY Please find the link to MGCC’s small business survey mentioned on Friday. This statewide survey will be used to help MGCC formulate programs that meet the needs of the small business community as we proceed from reopening into economic recovery. Please encourage businesses in your circles to respond to this survey…

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