1Berkshire Welcomes Two Staff Members, Four New Board Members

1Berkshire announced the addition of two staff members, one on the Member Services team and one on the Economic Development team. In addition, 1Berkshire has also added four new members to its board of directors. Hannah Pimenta assumed the role of Member Engagement associate. In her position, she will support the director of Member Services…

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Country Bank Donations Exceed $1.2 Million in 2023

Country Bank reported more than $1.2 million in donations for 2023. The bank’s philanthropic efforts supported local nonprofits throughout its communities, with 463 organizations receiving grants in 2023. In addition to financial support, Country Bank’s team members dedicated their time and expertise to make a difference, volunteering 1,255 hours of community service, while 37 team…

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Change Is Coming to Northampton’s Main Street

As executive director of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Vince Jackson spends a lot of time talking to business owners, and what he hears is generally optimistic — to a point. “Businesses are careful about using the term ‘fully recovered.’ For some retailers, their situation is better than it was in 2019,” he said, referring…

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Taking the Ball … and Running with It

Cesar Ruiz admits that the first time he and Holyoke Mayor Joshua Garcia discussed the notion of bringing a sports complex to the Paper City, one that could potentially become the new home to the Volleyball Hall of Fame, the talk “pretty much went in one ear and out the other.” That was roughly two…

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MassDevelopment Awards Local Transformative Development Initiative Grants

MassDevelopment has awarded $1,625,000 in grants to 13 organizations for small-business support programs in gateway cities that will fund projects such as storefront improvements, marketing campaigns, technical assistance, and more. The grants were awarded through MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) local program, which funds locally developed and managed small-business support programs tailored to the specific…

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Five College Consortium Helps Its Member Campuses Accomplish More

Ina Clark recalls her experience working for the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, which was not a job performed in a vacuum. “You’re not only working on your own museum, but also collaborating with the development offices of all the Smithsonian museums — and not only juggling all that, but finding positive ways…

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Greenfield receives grant to make sidewalks ADA-compliant

The town of Greenfield will receive a total of $199,064 from the Massachusetts Office on Disability to improve sidewalks and make them more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The money will be used to replace the sidewalks along Beacon Street, and install ADA-compliant detectable warning plates at two intersections in the city:…

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Regional healthcare apprenticeship receives funding in Springfield

Workforce development grants announced Monday that they are looking towards expanding apprenticeship opportunities across the state. The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) announced $5 million in Apprenticeship Expansion and Opportunity Grants. The grants went to 25 organizations around the Commonwealth, which will grow new apprenticeships by 1,000 positions. The grants use $2.4…

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