New development proposed along Connecticut River in Springfield

The City of Springfield and local businessman Peter Picknelly are proposing a major development along the Connecticut River that would include a replacement for the Roderick Ireland Courthouse. Plans for the proposed development were announced late Thursday morning. It would be located on more than 14 acres of land Picknelly owns along the river between…

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Goodwill opens job training center in Springfield

A grand opening event is scheduled for Goodwill’s new job training and operations center in Springfield. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno will be joined by Goodwill President and CEO Joanne Hilferty and the Goodwill Board of Directors at the event as well as a Goodwill participant who will share his story of how Goodwill has helped him gain greater…

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Springfield Court Square housing project financing costs

On Wednesday, a closing of construction financing and conveyance announcement was made on a historic former Court Square Hotel at 31 Elm Street in Springfield turning into 74 new mixed-income rental homes. The announcement came after project milestones from the City of Springfield, MassHousing, MassMutual, and MGM Springfield. WinnDevelopment and Opal Real Estate Group have…

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Springfield’s Union Station to Host Music Videos on July 4th

Springfield Union Station is again hosting a music video of The Star-Spangled Banner sung by local talent Vanessa Ford, who is known as “The Songstress of Springfield.” Also this 4th of July, is a music video by Kayla Staley, a student at the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts. Staley performs America the Beautiful in her video, which also includes interior…

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Amherst BID Announces 2022 Friday Summer Music on The Common

The Amherst Business Improvement District has announced the lineup for the second annual Friday Night Summer Concert Series on the South Common. The series is sponsored by Encharter Insurance. On July 22, the BID presents local artists Dawn Lepere and Jeff Starns opening for blues singer-songwriter Eric Lee (LINK). On July 29, UMass will return to…

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Amherst commits $2 million to reparation fund

The town of Amherst has committed to a stream of funding for its reparations fund. They created it last year to address the harm that slavery and racism has had for black residents, and has committed $2 million over two years, modeling it after their cannabis tax revenue. The idea is that the town can…

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Economic impact of Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation

A historic area in Chicopee is helping to boost the local economy. The UMass Donahue Institute held a news conference Tuesday on the economic impact of the Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation. The Donahue Institute is a public research arm of UMass. It completed a study on the Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation (WMDC) that highlighted the…

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State Maintains R&D Leadership, Says New Innovation Economy Index

The echoes of the COVID-19 global health crisis were apparent in the latest edition of The Index of the Massachusetts Innovation Economy, a report that tracks the strength of the Commonwealth’s tech and innovation sectors. Even with net job losses in nine of 11 key tech sectors in 2020, the Massachusetts tech and innovation economy continued to…

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BusinessTalk with Diana Szynal, the incoming president of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce

BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Diana Szynal, the incoming president of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce. The two discuss her new appointment, the business scene in Greater and Springfield, and the challenges and opportunities facing chambers of commerce today. It’s all must listening, so join us for BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in…

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