Springfield economy

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New subway cars made at a factory in Springfield, Massachusetts will make a long awaited debut tomorrow on the public transit system in greater Boston. 

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The executive director of the Norwalk, Connecticut Redevelopment Agency has been tapped to be the Chief Development Officer in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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      Trade negotiations between the U.S. and China are scheduled to resume this week.  The outcome of the talks will be closely watched in western Massachusetts, where manufacturing jobs are at stake.

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       The first worker cooperative commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts is about to begin production on what was once a badly contaminated industrial site in Springfield.

     Facebook is bringing an education program for small business owners to Springfield, Massachusetts later this year.

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A new poll finds residents of Springfield, Massachusetts are bullish about the city’s economy.

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  An initiative to restore the older housing stock in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country is continuing this week in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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A planned $1 million marketing campaign to promote the city of Springfield, Massachusetts will be jumpstarted with taxpayers’ funds. 

   Big changes are expected in Springfield, Massachusetts beginning later this year.

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     A key committee of the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has endorsed spending taxpayers’ dollars on a marketing campaign intended to highlight the city’s assets.

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Production is expected to start soon at the largest factory built in western Massachusetts in generations – the CRRC rail car manufacturing complex in Springfield. 

      Despite the existence of a number of workforce development programs, Springfield continues to have one of the highest poverty rates and lowest worker participation rates of any city in Massachusetts.

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    A long-time Massachusetts-based company has big expansion plans.

   Big Y Foods announced a $35 million project Friday to double the size of its distribution center in Springfield and create 32 new full-time jobs.

     The new 425,000-square foot warehouse – roughly the size of 10 football fields – will provide the capacity for the company to build 20 new supermarkets in the region over the next two decades, according to Big Y President Charles D’Amour.

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Classes start soon at the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute, the region’s first school designed specifically to train people for the hundreds of gaming jobs at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino.  MGM today announced an incentive for people to enroll. 

     The Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company is planning a major expansion in its home city and state. The state is offering a generous financial incentive for the company to consolidate its operations in Massachusetts. 

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   Local governments, nonprofits, and a state agency will all sing from the same music sheet under an initiative launched in Massachusetts today to foster a rich cultural life.

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In advance of the opening next year of the MGM casino, the city of Springfield is planning an advertising blitz to promote the city’s assets to visitors.

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Early next year, during the dead of winter, the first heads of fresh lettuce are expected to be harvested at a new greenhouse built on what was once dangerously polluted land in western Massachusetts.

     Elected officials in the largest city in western Massachusetts are expected to go on record today in support of a bid for Amazon’s second headquarters. 

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    With the first resort casino in Massachusetts opening in the fall of 2018, MGM Springfield has begun a campaign to attract potential employees.

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A new competitor in the region’s professional sports marketplace has ended its inaugural season.

A new competitor in the region’s professional sports marketplace has ended its inaugural season. 

The Springfield Sting lost a game to the New Jersey Express last weekend and was eliminated from the American Basketball Association playoffs.  

Despite going out on a tough two-point loss, the franchise’s founder and owner, Zach Baru, said it was a successful season for the first-year team.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Baru.

   Property tax bills will go up next year for the vast majority of homeowners, as well as businesses, in the largest city in western Massachusetts.   But Springfield city officials paint it as further evidence of a steadily improving economy.

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       In an updated report, city officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are highlighting more than $3.3 billion in development projects over the last five years. 

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        Changes are being considered to a landmark municipal ordinance in Massachusetts that regulated public construction projects to promote local and minority employment, but has gone largely unenforced. 

City councilors and labor union leaders in Springfield are trying to put teeth into the city’s Responsible Employer Ordinance, which when it passed in 2008 was the first of its kind in Massachusetts, but has since been weakened by court challenges and haphazard enforcement.

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More than 700 elected officials and business leaders in western Massachusetts attended an event in Springfield Tuesday to discuss local, state and federal issues. 

The Springfield Regional Chamber’s annual Outlook luncheon featured speeches from Congressman Richard Neal and Governor Charlie Baker. It also unveiled the legislative agenda for the regional chamber of commerce.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Regional Chamber President Jeffrey Ciuffreda.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey addressed a large gathering of the western Massachusetts business community in Springfield today and declared her office is fair and accessible.

Healey stressed her desire to work cooperatively with employers when it comes to enforcing wage and hour laws, she downplayed differences over energy policy, talked about her commitment to combating opioid abuse and vowed to investigate and prosecute unscrupulous businesses.

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Today was inauguration day for the mayor and city councilors in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

Domenic Sarno took the oath of office to formally begin a new term as mayor of Springfield during an inauguration ceremony that put his well-known optimism and civic pride on full display and included the playing of a new marketing video that boasts Springfield as a “city on the rise.”

"I have every confidence that Springfield stands on the dawn of an unprecedented renaissance," declared Sarno in his 4th inaugural address.

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Massachusetts state tax credits have been approved for three companies that are planning expansion projects in the Pioneer Valley that will create new jobs.

The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council approved a new round of state investment tax credits for nine projects statewide including ones in Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield that promise to create a total of 139 new jobs.

An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA
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This could be a pivotal week as officials in Springfield, Massachusetts determine how they will respond to the proposed downsizing of the casino planned by MGM Resorts.  The City Council is holding a special meeting this evening. City officials have invited top MGM officials to a meeting later in the week to explain the proposed changes.

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