Pittsfield has one. So do Easthampton, Shelburne, and a half-dozen more communities across Massachusetts. Now the largest city in western Massachusetts wants to create a state-designated cultural district.
The Springfield City Council voted unanimously this week to authorize the proponents of a downtown cultural district to apply for an official designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The goals of the district are to attract artists and cultural economy entrepreneurs to generate business and jobs and promote tourism.
People shopping for a bargain typically turn to the internet and the same is true for at least one cash strapped city in western Massachusetts.
The city of Springfield is projected to save more than $2.6 million dollars on its electric bill in the next fiscal year after participating in an online auction to purchase electricity. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced the new energy contract on Friday. He said it was an impressive accomplishment that comes as the city is facing potentially deep budget cuts.
Two high powered casino operators competing to develop projects in Springfield submitted detailed proposals to the city and filed initial applications for a casino license to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A high profile campaign is underway in Springfield Massachusetts to inspire more of the city’s public school students to attend college. The initiative started with a pep rally on the steps of city hall and will continue this weekend with several events. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.