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Update #28

Springfield's Workforce Gets Major Boost

Did you hear the great news?  Springfield has been awarded $475,000 as part of the Federal Reserve's Working Cities Challenge.  A large consortium of Springfield community partners have been putting in major hours behind the scenes to plan an overhaul Springfield's workforce development ecosystem to better serve residents.  It's wonderful to see the Federal Reserve acknowledge the work the partnership has already put in and to also recognize the impact this project will have on the city.  

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The Springfield Works Initiative will advance the city’s economy by enhancing and strengthening the connectivity between employers who need qualified workers and low- income Springfield residents who need meaningful employment. It aims to achieve this goal through an innovative collaboration between employers, educational institutions, service providers, community leaders, community-based organizations, government, and residents.

The Springfield Works Initiative core team includes the Western Mass. Economic Development Council, the Springfield Office of Planning and Economic Development, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, MGM Springfield, Partners for Community Action, HAPHousing, Springfield Technical Community College, Western MA National Machine and Tooling Assoc., the Community Foundation of Western Mass., Tech Foundry, United Personnel Services, United Way of Pioneer Valley, and DevelopSpringfield.