Conway School Urban Collaborative to Present Design Work in Holyoke

The City of Holyoke and the Conway School presented its first Urban Collaborative work on Thursday, June 12 from 6:30-7:30PM in the storefront of the Latino Professional Building, located at 225 High Street in Holyoke.

The projects were undertaken by Conway School graduate students with guidance from City and community leaders in Holyoke and Springfield over the winter and spring months, and present planning recommendations on topics such as innovative urban placemaking, green streets and urban agriculture.

In January the City of ...

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Events Tap Power of Social Media to Promote New Products

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, 6p.m., the City of Holyoke’s City Hall second floor Auditorium will be the host site of the very first Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights (PINS); a series of quarterly events designed to showcase a wide range of new and innovative products and services from Massachusetts-based companies.

PINS, a grass roots, no frills, innovation exhibit showcasing at various locations throughout the Valley has two main goals to generate brand awareness and job creation. The live Pioneer Valley Innovation ...

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Creative Communities Fellowship awarded to Local Organizer

Holyoke Community Organizer Katy Moonan has been awarded a Creative Communities Fellowship.  Built by National Arts Strategies, the Creative Community Fellows program brings together a unique community of innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems. Led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking and creative placemaking fellows gain the tools, skills and networks to activate the ideas that will transform their communities.

Currently working in Holyoke, directing Family Literacy programs for ...

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Holyoke Creative Economy: Position extended until 2016

At its Tuesday, May 20th 2014 regular meeting, the Holyoke City Council overwhelmingly extended the position of Creative Economy Industries Coordinator (CEIC) for another 2 years until July of 2016.   Holyoke was the first city in the Commonwealth to model the State’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and establish a post in its Economic Development Office that specifies in supporting the Creative Sector.

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Holyoke awarded $200K for Brownfield Cleanup

The City of Holyoke has been awarded $200,000 in funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a competitive brownfields cleanup grant that would go towards cleaning up a contaminated property at 689 Main Street. Formerly the location of an automotive sale and service facility known as “Automania”, the half acre site has sat vacant since 1996 in an area that has been used for industrial purposes since 1900. The property has been owned by the City since 1996 for ...

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OPED seeks Development Specialist

The City of Holyoke is in search of a Development Specialist for the Office of Planning and Economic Development (OPED).  Qualified candidates must have a B.A. degree in business, government or related field, and at least two years experience doing similar work or a B.A. degree in any field and four years doing similar work.  The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills to prepare and present reports and other information; demonstrated ability to work effectively with ...

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Conway School Launches Urban Lab (Call for Survey Feedback)

The City of Holyoke has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Conway School of Landscape Design that outlines the mutual goal of both parties establishing an urban design lab in Holyoke.  Through working collaboratively on developing the school’s Urban Lab, both parties see the project as an opportunity to advance innovative ecological design and planning, while also providing greater service to communities throughout the valley. Check out the City of Holyoke and Conway School Urban Lab memorandum ...

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HRA Welcomes María Ferrer as New Member

Local business owner María Ferrer has been appointed and confirmed as the newest member of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s (HRA) board.  María was recently confirmed by the City Council after being appointed by the Mayor in January of 2014.  María will be taking the seat of former board member Jacqueline Watson, who served the HRA since its reestablishment in 2008 until November 1st, 2013. During that time, “Jackie” was an integral part of the HRA’s efforts to create the Continue Reading →

NESEA Design Competition Awards Ceremony

Holyoke was glowingly on display in the national spotlight on March 4-6 at the Sea Port World Trade Center in Boston, as the annual ‘Building Energy 14’ conference & trade show yielded the winners of the 2013-14 Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Student Design Competition.

Launched in August of 2013, the competition drew student teams from throughout New England and Canada to submit innovative designs that envisioned Holyoke as a 21st century leader in energy efficiency, renewable energy and economic revitalization. ...

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More Properties Transferred to HRA

On February the 18th, 2014, the Holyoke City Council approved the transfer of 12 city-owned properties to the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority (HRA). Each of the 12 properties are identified within the city’s Urban Renewal Plan, being located within Areas 5,6,8 & 10, with eight of the properties surrounding Carlos Vega Park in the neighborhood of South Holyoke.

The approval marks the second round of properties that have been obtained by the HRA from the city, further enabling the agency to begin implementing ...

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