The city of Springfield finds itself the center of intense competition for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts. Questions are being raised about the casino selection process city officials are about to undertake. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
The Massachusetts Legislature during the course of its just concluded two year session passed some key measures affecting businesses. On the whole the session was seen as beneficial to the state’s business climate. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have signaled they are ready to get serious with potential casino developers. The city has hired a Chicago based law firm to serve as its gaming consultant. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Patrick Administration officials are introducing a long term economic development plan at a series of meetings across the state with local government and business leaders. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.
The plan focuses on workforce development, nurturing the innovation economy, and empowering communities to develop their local economies. State Representative Joseph Wagner of Chicopee who chairs the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies says local leaders had a say in developing the plan and now have a roll to implement it.
The top economic development officials from Massachusetts and Connecticut met on Tuesday to talk about collaborative efforts. The focus is on the Hartford-Springfield region, which has been dubbed-“The Knowledge Corridor”. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts Economic Development and Housing Secretary Gregory Bialecki.
More state funding is being sought to redevelop a major tourist attraction in Western Massachusetts. Officials made their pitch Tuesday to Governor Deval Patrick for more help for the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Governor Patrick said he was impressed by the progress made so far on what is planned as a $50 million dollar project to develop a facility capable of hosting events year round. But he stopped short of a firm commitment of more state money.
The University of Massachusetts is looking at the feasibility of establishing satellite campuses. The mayor of Springfield wants a satellite of the flagship Amherst campus located in his city's downtown. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno publically lobbied Monday for what he called a quicker pace to the four year old Springfield-UMass partnership.
At the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, members of the community gathered to have an open dialogue with area economic development strategists to talk about the future of the Berkshire economy and current obstables that stand in its way.
Executive Director of the Norman Rockwell Mseum, Laurie Norton Moffatt explains that this meeting was the last of the “Four Freedoms” community discussion forums.
The mayor of Holyoke Massachusetts has made the first major appointment of his new administration. Mayor Alex Morse, Wednesday, appointed a new director of economic development. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Mayor Morse has hired Marcos Marrero, a young urban planner and policy professional with experience in energy and sustainability projects to implement the young mayor's vision for revitalizing one of the state's poorest cities.
Nearly 10 months after a tornado caused widespread damage businesses have returned in surprisingly strong numbers to the commercial district just south of downtown Springfield Massachusetts. In the immediate wake of the June 1st disaster there were fears the tornado would be the last straw for recession slammed business owners, but that has proved not to be the case. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.