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Special City Council Committee Named To Boost Small Business


With a big resort casino coming to Springfield, Massachusetts in a few years, the city council wants to make sure small business owners don’t get lost in the shuffle.

Springfield City Councilor Kateri Walsh will chair the newly created ad hoc Neighborhood Business Development Committee.  She said it will look into issues small businesses may have with the upcoming three-year reconstruction of I-91 as well as the MGM casino.

"There is so much attention on the casino we want to make sure our small businesses know we appreciate them and if they have issues concerning facades or grants or CDBG we can help them with it," Walsh said.

The new committee includes business owners, small business consultants, and two state legislators from Springfield.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.