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Michael Vedovelli Declares the City of Chicopee is ‘Open for Business’

Michael Vedovelli, Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Chicopee, joined me to discuss what’s happening in the City.  We chat-up the Downtown Business Assistance Program providing up to $150,000 in funding to retail entrepreneurs, the new Mercedes Benz dealership, and tons of other Economic Development initiatives moving the City forward.  If you own a business in Chicopee, or are considering relocating to the City, you’ll be interested in what Michael has to say. 

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Samalid Hogan and the MSBDC Are Poised to Grow WesternMA Businesses

Samalid Hogan is the recently appointed Regional Director of the MSBDC  (Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Western Regional Office). She has been helping to grow the WesternMA economy for years, and in her new role she is all set to take small business growth to the next level. Samalid joined me on The Engine to discuss how the SBDC helps small business owners and entrepreneurs with counseling and resources.  If you’re interested in growing your business, you’ll want to hear what she has to say! 

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WesternMA Steps Out of Boston's Economic Shadow

Timothy Brennan, Executive Director of The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) joined me to talk about all the Valley’s economic activity.  The PVPC works with the 43 cities and town comprising WesternMA to implement strategies encouraging momentum.  Tim and I discuss many of the strategies moving the needle, including rail, higher education, entertainment, and clean energy.

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Dane Stangler of the Kauffman Foundation on the Future of Entrepreneurship

Dane Stangler, Vice President of Research and Policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, joined me recently to discuss the future of entrepreneurship.  Dane leads a staff of more than twenty economic research analysts and senior scholars who are conducting or funding hundreds of studies on entrepreneurship and youth education. With this knowledge, he and his team report on what drives economic growth in an entrepreneurial economy. Dane and I chat about Accelerators, the startup deficit, and other topics relating to the new era of entrepreneurship.  

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Tech Foundry’s ‘Yes And’ Approach to Bridging the IT Skill Gap

Tech Foundry’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, Jonathan Edwards, joined me on The Engine to discuss the organization’s mission to turn WesternMA into the Northeast’s technology capital. Jonathan leads Tech Foundry’s efforts to build partnerships with area employers, economic development stakeholders, government officials and the funding community, both regionally and across the country. We discuss how Tech Foundry goes above and beyond in preparing people for Information Technology jobs.

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State Senator Don Humason Is More Like a Best Friend than a Politician

Don Humason is the State Senator for the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District, representing the communities of Agawam, Southwick, Granville, Tolland, Russell, Montgomery, Southampton, Easthampton, Chicopee (7, 8A, 9A), Westfield, and Holyoke in the Massachusetts State Senate. The Senator stopped by the program to discuss the manufacturing industry, economic development, and President Roosevelt.

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Stephen Cole Is Working to Make Hartford the International Capital for Entrepreneurship

Hartford, Connecticut is one of only three cities in the United States selected to be part of a competitive process to encourage entrepreneurship. The Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative calls upon members of community to form teams and develop transformative economic development plans. Teams developing winning plans will be awarded from a pool of $800,000 in prize money! Wow!!! Stephen Cole, the senior project manager for economic development in the city of Hartford, and Nancy Urbschat of TSM Design recently joined me to discuss his innovative initiative. The registration deadline is July 24, 2014, so be sure to listen to this episode and visit https://hartford.sc2prize.com/to throw your name in the hat. 

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