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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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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CODE Program to assist Creative Property Owners in Holyoke

The City of Holyoke has launched an initiative to assist property owners in the Center City who want to rehabilitate their spaces for artistic, performance and other creative economy uses. Through this Change of Occupancy Determination Evaluation (CODE) Services Program, the City will be providing a handful of building owners with an analysis of which building, fire and other applicable codes would be required for their intended chance in use, along with an estimate of the related costs.

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Developing Holyoke’s Creative Side

In the 2012 CreativeNEXT Listen Tour Summary Report, Massachusetts Creative Economy Director, Helena Fuscio, identified business development as a top need among creative enterprises.  Starting in February of 2013, Fuscio began holding Creative Resource Panels and Open Office Hours for professionals working in creative industry sectors across the State.    Sessions, open to any Western Mass Artists and/or Creative Businesses, are being held in Holyoke  at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) on Appleton Street – and Fuscio ...

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Study to take Snapshot of the Creative Economy

What is art? It’s an age-old question, nearly impossible to answer, and yet perennially captivating. This summer, the Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED) wants to ask a similar question: Where is creative work going on in our city, and how can the City help? In addition to other projects, OPED has directed funds from a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to conduct a study of both the scope of the creative economy and ...

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Holyoke: POV draws crowds downtown

It’s been happening for decades – but now boiling over – Holyoke has seen in influx of artists; designers and producers of creative, cultural and intellectual products that are being exported around the globe. Once a city with the most millionaires per capita, Holyoke is again asserting itself on the world stage.

Holyoke: Points of View was a series of art and cultural events in April 2013 that drew thousands to Holyoke’s redeveloping downtown center. Made possible by the ...

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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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Field Trip for Creative Placemaking

On December 11 and 12, staff from Holyoke’s Planning and Economic Development team visited Providence, Rhode Island to learn best-practices on creative placemaking from cultural entrepreneurs who are at the top of their field. The office’s Director, Marcos Marrero, and Jeffrey Bianchine, the city’s new Creative Economy Industries Coordinator toured properties and met with the leadership of AS220, an organization which provides a local forum and home for the arts, through the maintenance of residential and work studios, ...

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Jeffrey Bianchine named as Creative Economy Coordinator

In an effort to enhance economic environment for creative firms in Holyoke, the City announced the hiring of Jeffrey Bianchine to serve as its first Creative Economy Coordinator. in ordre to support the City’s efforts to develop existing and attract new industries related to arts, culture, design and media.

Jeffrey has spent his career managing and collaborating with artists across many disciplines. He worked for several years as a Director of Photography and Marketing in a high-volume portrait company ...

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