After The Factory: Film Screening in Holyoke

When a city’s economy collapses, what keeps the population going? What can be done to create jobs? What can be done with abandoned factories? On Friday, January 11th, 2013, Idea Mill will be presenting a screening of After The Factory, a documentary that explores the spirit of innovation, creativity, and re-invention of post-industrial Detroit, Michigan and Lodz, Poland.  The film is a production of Detroit Lives! in association with Topografie Association, of Lodz.

According to the film’s director, Philip ...

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City Council approves major redevelopment initiatives

On the evening of December 4, 2012, the Holyoke City Council approved two major initiatives that will help catalyze redevelopment in the Center City. The Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s (HRA) urban renewal plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create.: A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke”, received local approval by the Council in order to begin the State’s approval process. Also approved was the Center City Housing Incentive Program (CCHIP), to help draw market rate residential units to the first-four ...

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From La Montaña to Main Street: The Cuatro Concert

On Saturday, December 1 at Our Lady of the Cross, the Puerto Rican Cultural Project will present From La Montaña to Main St.: The Cuatro Concert – a cultural musical event sponsored by Baystate Health.  The show will feature two outstanding performers: American-born Jeff Kust and Puerto Rico-born José González. Both will play the national instrument of Puerto Rico – the small, ten-string cuatro.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of the ...

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Dean Technical High School to receive new science laboratories

In an effort to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) curriculum in the City, Dean Technical High School looks to make upgrades to their science laboratories. The State School Building Authority has approved the reimbursement of approximately 80% of the project or $6.3 million. The next step is to seek local approval from the City Council to bond for the remaining funding of the project.

Preparing the future workforce for job opportunities in the growing STEM fields is key to ...

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Plug Into the Creative Valley

Plug Into the Creative Valley held a second successful networking event on Tuesday November 14th at the Paper City Brewery. Well attended by people working in an industry that includes architects, graphic designers, photographers, filmmakers, musicians and many others who make up the pioneer valley’s creative economy, the events have been a great opportunity for artists and entrepreneurs to meet like-minds, share lessons learned and harness the potential in the region.

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Nuestras Raices 20th Anniversary Gala & Photo Exhibition

Nuestras Raices is a grassroots organization that promotes human, economic, and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment.  They will celebrate their 20th Anniversary with a Gala & Photo Exhibition this Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at Mill 1 in Open Square from 6 to 9pm. 

The event will feature original prints created by Jeffery Byrnes Photography, selected images from the organizational archives, and a line up of inspirational speakers ...

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Public Hearing scheduled for Connect. Construct. Create

As part of the local approval process, a Public Hearing will be held by the City Council Redevelopment Committee to consider the Holyoke Redevelopment Authority’s Urban Renewal Plan entitled, “Connect. Construct. Create.: A Plan for the Revitalization of Center City Holyoke”. The Hearing will take place on Monday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m., at the Holyoke Transportation Center, Room 402-403, 206 Maple Street. Simultaneous English to Spanish interpretation services will be provided.

Since the Plan’s release in early September, the ...

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Innovation District Task Force annual meeting held

An annual meeting of the Innovation District Task Force was held on October 17 at Gateway City Arts. Deemed as “the best example of cooperative project implementation happening in the state” by EOHED Secretary Greg Bialecki, the Task Force meeting featured an update on the progress of the Innovation-Based Economic Development Strategy for Holyoke and the Pioneer Valley, which was released one year ago in 2011. The strategy was developed to maximize the economic benefits of the Continue Reading →

WIN: Dirk Auferoth And Associates

Dirk Auferoth and Associates will invest approximately $481,000 over the next 5 years into the acquisition and renovation of 532 Main Street, the 130,000 square foot building along a major gateway into the Center City. The company will relocate from their currently leased 10,000 square foot space on South Summer Street to a 20,000 square foot space on Main Street. This purchase made by Dirk & Suzannah Auferoth will also retain the seven businesses currently occupying space within the building. They will look to fill the ...

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Holyoke awarded $30K for Creative Economy

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) this week announced new grants to support artist work and live spaces across the Commonwealth through their ArtistLink grant program. The MCC awarded the City of Holyoke $20,000 and an additional $10,000 to the Canal Gallery onDwight Street.

“These funds will allow us to plan for the expansion of the creative economy in Holyoke. At the same time we’ll be able to provide direct assistance to property owners so that they can transform their spaces for ...

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