Electric Vehicle Auto Chargers at Holyoke Mall

The Office of Planning & Economic Development was provided a grant to install two electric vehicle charging stations at the Holyoke Mall, as a part of the Green Communities program from the State Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The grant included the charging station equipment and $2,000 towards installation. The Holyoke Gas & Electric provided the remaining funding for installation.  These charging stations are free of charge to the public with electric being paid for the Mall. They are ...

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City to Hold Public Auction

The City will hold it’s first Tax Title Auction since 1976 on April 25, 2013.

The Auction will be held at the Senior Center located at 291 Pine Street.

Registration Begins at 6:00 PM with the Auction kicking off at 7:00 PM.

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Get Your Business Online with Google

The EDC is partnering with Google to offer a free training for small business on how to take your business from offline to online on April 15 at the Springfield Marriott.

Google will provide guidance on how to build a free website, register a domain name and create an online business listing. They will also cover tools to help increase your online exposure through search engine optimization, using web analytics and increasing customer satisfaction, loyalty and word of mouth promotion.

Even if your ...

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Redevelopment of former Holyoke Catholic Campus aided by State tax credits

Last month, the development group Weld Management was awarded approximately $1.7 million from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in housing subsidies to complete a funding package that will create 55 units of workforce housing within the former campus and facilities of Holyoke Catholic High School. This recent award compliments $990,000 in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and other funds in Massachusetts Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Construction is projected to begin later this summer.

This project compliments ...

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DHCD Approves Economic Development Initiatives in Center City

At a press conference at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Deputy Undersecretary, Arthur Jemison of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Mayor Alex B. Morse announced the launch of the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s (HRA) urban renewal plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create. – A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke” and Holyoke’s Center City Housing Development Incentive Program (CCHIP). These initiatives recently received approval from the State, officially enabling the programs. Mr. Jemison, ...

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W.I.N. Column: Simple Diaper & Linen

Mayor Alex B. Morse and Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce President Kathy Anderson cut the ribbon on a new business, Simple Diaper Linen located in the historic Wauregan Building at 415 Dwight Street. The event took place on Wednesday, February 20, 2012 at 11AM.

Simple Diaper & Linen recently opened their doors for business in downtown Holyoke, expanding their eco-conscious business in a Green City. They have transitioned their business from a home based operation in Northampton to a commercial location, ...

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Life Science grants awarded to projects in Holyoke

At a press conference at Holyoke Community College, Mayor Alex B. Morse and Governor Patrick announced the award of $9 million in capital grant funds for Western Massachusetts life science projects through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s (MLSC) first round of state-wide grants. These grants are part of a $1 billion investment by Commonwealth over the next 10 years in Massachusetts life sciences. The MLSC awarded grants in Holyoke to the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), Holyoke Community ...

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Photo, Film and Food

Downtown Holyoke is buzzing with creative activity – talent from across multiple disciplines have found the factory spaces and canal-lined streets the perfect place to cook up thier art.

PHOTO – On Saturday March 8th, approximately a dozen photographers and models traveled from as far as New Haven to Holyoke for a fashion-photo meet-up organized by photographer/model Stephanie Wohlers on social media.  Local studios Jeffrey B Photography (80 Race St.) and Paper City Pictures (62 Main St.) opened their doors to allow for ...

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City-owned land available for redevelopment

In an attempt to create the best possible development for the surrounding area, a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued for a package of three adjacent City-owned properties along Newton Street . The properties, known as 31, 43 and 61 Newton Street are vacant lots that equal almost half an acre. The RFP was issued on February 7, 2013 and proposals must be submitted to the Purchasing Department by March 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. For a copy of the official ...

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Holyoke Businesses honored by Reader Raves

Several Holyoke businesses were recognized this weekend by the “Reader Raves” poll, a vote of the best businesses in the Pioneer Valley, organized by the Springfield Republican and MassLive.com which recognizes several categories ranging from services to entertainment and beyond. Mayor Morse congratulated all local businesses, stating that “this is a great accomplishment for each of them and I send my congratulations on their success. I am sure that receiving such high praise from the readers of a major ...

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