Mount Tom Power Plant Site Reuse Study

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Ninigret Partners, in cooperation with the City of Holyoke, would like to invite you to the Public Kickoff Meeting for the Mount Tom Power Plant Site Reuse Study.

MassCEC, the City of Holyoke and Ninigret Partners are undertaking a study of the site of the Mount Tom coal-fired power plant in order to assess the potential for cleanup and reuse of the site. The plant has been taken offline, and this study seeks to ...

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Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights (PINS) – a Launch Party for New Products

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6p.m., The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), 100 Bigelow St, Holyoke, MA; a data center dedicated to supporting the growing research computing needs of five of the most research-intensive universities in Massachusetts will host the 2nd Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights (PINS) through the generous sponsorship of the City of Holyoke.

PINS, a quarterly product launch party designed to showcase a wide range of new and innovative products within the Pioneer Valley. The platform ...

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Redevelopment Authority and Northeast Utilities Sign Agreement to Conduct Environmental Work at Parsons Paper

Environmental assessment work is expected to begin this fall at the former Parsons Paper site following an agreement reached between the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and Northeast Utilities (NU), which provides the HRA with $250,000 to complete a full environmental assessment of the site, and use any remaining funds towards cleanup and demolition, in preparation for the development of the property. The assessment of the site is expected to begin in the coming weeks and is expected to be completed ...

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Revamped Festival Gives Nod to Return of Passenger Rail

In anticipation of the return of passenger rail service to Holyoke and in an effort evolve from past successes of Discover Holyoke Day; the non-profit marketing group PassportHolyoke has expanded its fall festival into a three day series of art and cultural events called Next Stop: Holyoke.  This Columbus Day weekend, October 11-12, the Paper City will put on display its art, music, food, sport, history and culture for all to celebrate.

Through a collaboration of local cultural non-profit ...

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Holyoke Receives 13 New Liquor Licenses for Restaurants in Center City

On August 21, Governor Deval Patrick officially signed a bill into law that grants the City of Holyoke 13 additional liquor licenses for the downtown area, located specifically within the four neighborhoods that comprise the Center City of Holyoke’s Urban Renewal Plan. The licenses are designed to attract restaurants to downtown Holyoke, providing new development and jobs while enhancing the vibrancy of our urban core. In an effort to protect current license holders, many who paid tens of thousands of dollars ...

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Holyoke Celebrates Groundbreaking of Chestnut Park Apartments

There was plenty to celebrate in Downtown Holyoke at the August 18 official groundbreaking of the Chestnut Park Apartments. City officials were joined by delegates from the Patrick Administration to officially mark the beginning of construction at the site of the former Holyoke Catholic High School.

The redevelopment of the building, which was purchased in 2004 by E. Denis Walsh of Weld Management, has been supported with over $3.5 million in affordable housing resources from the Patrick Administration and will create ...

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HCC Launches 10 Week Manufacturing Training Program

Locally, the need for Manufacturing Production Technicians is strong. In recognizing that need, Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College joined forces to launch the Manufacturing Production Technician Training Program earlier this summer. The first series of manufacture production training was offered in Springfield earlier this summer, and come fall, Holyoke will play host of the second session of training at Dean Technical High School.

This ten-week certified training program begins on September 15 and will run Monday through Friday ...

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New Holyoke Entrepreneurship Initiative Seeks Director

Holyoke received a $250,000 three-year implementation award for its SPARK (Stimulating Potential, Accessing Resource Knowledge) Initiative which aims to link the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center and Holyoke’s innovation economy strategy to its residents; namely, the city’s Latino population. The initiative is being led by the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation, and is further supported by partners across multiple sectors within the public, private, and nonprofit realm.

Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation seeks Executive Director for its SPARK Entrepreneurship ...

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Canalwalk Phase II Breaks Ground

Construction has begun on the second phase of the Holyoke Canalwalk, which will serve as a pedestrian walkway and promenade along the City of Holyoke’s historic canals. It includes a wide promenade along the 1st and 2nd Canals, and includes decorative paving, lighting, landscaping, railings, and benches to enhance and encourage pedestrian and bicycle activity along the canals to bring life back to the abutting sites and buildings.

The Canalwalk project will serve as a new pedestrian and ...

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City seeks Community Input to Help Guide Future Use of Site

The City of Holyoke Office of Planning & Economic Development is seeking community input to determine desirable uses for a large site in the Ingleside area. We hope to use the results of this community survey, along with other information to answer four central research questions:

1) How does the community think the site could best serve Holyoke and the neighborhood?

2) What would the community like to see from the site? In other words, what would make the site visually appealing ...

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