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04 Aug
Entrepreneurial spirit(s) in the Pioneer Valley... Guest authored by Thom Fox Valley Fest will highlight more than 50 craft-beer brewers, introducing their products to thousands of New England aficionados. But it's more than a celebration of craft beer. Valley Fest is evidence of Springfield's ongoing entrepreneurial renaissance.
29 Jul
Guest authored by Dan Hodge and Chris Sikes - While the Pioneer Valley has long been known for its large number of esteemed colleges and universities and a few large private companies and hospitals (e.g., MassMutual and Baystate Health), the region’s economy is largely driven by its small to medium-sized businesses. 
06 Jul
Guest authored by Marla Michel In early June, a really cool thing happened in the Pioneer Valley:  a civic hackathon. I know what you’re thinking.  “Hackathon?  What’s that?”  Don’t be scared.  The FBI is not going to come get you because you said the word.
01 Jun
The last in a series of four WGBY Connecting Point shows on the Plan for Progress will air tonight, June 1st. Jim Madigan talks with four community and regional leaders who are highly accomplished at outreach and collaboration.
20 May
Valley Venture Mentors
Three years ago(ish), I walked into a conference room at Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas for a Valley Venture Mentors Meeting.  I couldn't tell you how I wound-up there, but I’m glad I did.  Back then VVM (what the cool kids call it), consisted of 20 or so mentors helping early stage entrepreneurs grow their business.  The mentorship model hasn't changed much, but VVM has gone through an amazing transformation. 
18 May
Tonight's WGBY Connecting Point show, hosted by Jim Madigan, addresses the Plan for Progress goals of establishing and growing businesses in the region.
05 May
A major focus of the new 2015 Plan for Progress is "to develop and maintain a globally competitive and regionally engaged talent pool." This WGBY Connecting Point video features Jason Irizarry, Director of the UMass/Amherst Institute for Urban Education, Tim Brennan, Executive Director of the Pio
05 May
Plan for Progress 2015: Pioneer Valley's future tied to talent, infrastructure, and collaboration
04 May
The new 2015 Plan for Progress is being rolled out today! The Plan is being highlighted in news and social media all day today and throughout the month of May.
14 Apr
Four major goals for the 2015 Plan for Progress, the region's comprehensive economic development plan, are outlined in these four documents which are portions of the full 2015 Plan for Progress.