Region Archives: Western MA

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Massachusetts Farms Receive Grants to Strengthen Infrastructure

Five Massachusetts farms have been awarded $400,000 in total grant funding for infrastructure improvements through the state’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program. Established in 2009, the APR Improvement Program (AIP) is funded by the federal Farm and Lands Protection Program and is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources […]

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International Diplomats and Trade Officials Tour Western Mass to Explore Partnership Opportunities

(Tour of the Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke) This week, the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) led a bus tour of international diplomats and trade officials from 12 countries and regions to explore economic development and entrepreneurship initiatives in Western Massachusetts. The tour took place […]

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Baker Administration Cabinet secretaries look to replicate job training model

(Caption: John S. LaFrancis, professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Springfield Technical Community College, discusses precision manufacturing with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Education Secretary James Peyser.) Photo by Colleen Quinn. It is nearly impossible to talk about manufacturing without the topic very quickly turning to workforce development, and the difficulty […]

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Broadband for All in Massachusetts

(Image Courtesy of Axia MassBroadband 123) Massachusetts intends to achieve total broadband access in all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth, thanks to today’s announcement by the Baker-Polito Administration to give $50 million in existing capital funding to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI). MBI is the state entity designated […]

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Massachusetts Supports Its Creative Economy

Western Massachusetts will soon have the largest contemporary art museum in the nation, thanks to an ambitious expansion taking place at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCa) in North Adams. Phase III of the expansion is underway now, and when it is completed in 2017, the museum will […]

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Economic Growth in Western Massachusetts

The Western Mass Business Expo, the largest business-to-business trade show in the region, took place this week at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. The Expo featured over 150 exhibitors, free educational seminars and networking events that attracted over 4,000 participants, many of them business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. Governor Deval […]

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Springfield Celebrates Grand Opening of UMASS Center

(Caption: Ribbon Cutting at the Opening of the UMASS Center in Springfield) The City of Springfield was full of pride this week as state and local officials opened the new University of Massachusetts Center at Tower Square. The Center, which represents a partnership between Springfield, MassMutual and Baystate Health Systems, […]

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