Entries by Ryan Murphy

Mass. Retailers See 6 Percent Spike In Holiday Season Sales

Stores Flag Inflation, Staffing, Inventories As Challenges Retail sector sales in Massachusetts typically total about $21.25 billion in November and December, and retailers in the shopping season that is just now gathering momentum are expecting a significant 6 percent increase in sales compared to 2020. The Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) on Monday released its […]

Baker Signs Off On New Congressional Districts

New congressional districts that drew opposition from some advocates and lawmakers will take effect for the 2022 elections after Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed a pair of redistricting bills into law. Baker’s office announced Monday evening that the Republican governor signed legislation redrawing the state’s nine congressional districts (H 4256) and eight Governor’s Council […]

Henry Tessman appointed to Chair of Visit North Central Massachusetts Board of Directors

Tessman brings hospitality leadership, experience to board Henry Tessman, general manager of Great Wolf Lodge New England, was recently elected Chair of the Board of Directors for Visit North Central Massachusetts. A strong champion of the region’s economic development efforts, Tessman will work with the Visit North Central Massachusetts board, staff, membership and other stakeholders […]

State OKs New Surgical Building at Gardner Hospital

State officials on Wednesday gave a green light to Heywood Hospital’s nearly $38 million plan to build a new, freestanding surgical pavilion to replace an existing surgical suite that hospital officials said has been largely unchanged since it was built in 1961. The Public Health Council unanimously signed off on Heywood’s determination of need application […]

Mount Wachusett Community College Welcomes New Leadership Team Members

Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) is welcoming new members to its Leadership Team and to other leadership positions throughout the college. MWCC welcomes Sandra Quaye to the college as Vice President of Finance and Administration. Quaye replaces retiring Robert LaBonte who held the position since 1994. Quaye comes to MWCC from Franklin Pierce University in […]

ARPA Bill Grew to $3.82 Bil Before House Passage

Source: State House News Service Authors: Katie Lannan, Chris Lisinski and Chris Van Buskirk   Leaderships Sees Issues ‘To Work Out’ With Senate A major spending bill allocating federal COVID-19 relief funds and surplus state tax revenues cleared the House on Friday evening by a vote of 159-0 after lawmakers added nearly $174 million via […]

North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation approves financing to Homestead Market

The North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC), the economic development arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, recently approved a $67,500 loan to Homestead Market, located at 59 Gardner Road in Winchendon. Funding approved by NCMDC was in partnership with Athol Savings Bank, which assisted in purchasing the real estate. Homestead Market, owned […]

Emerging leaders Participate in Community Leadership Institute

Seventeen men and women, sponsored by area companies as up and coming employees and future leaders in our community, have been accepted into the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership Institute.  CLI is dedicated to providing participants with individual leadership skills and a deep understanding of the region.  The nine month program focuses on […]

Inside North Central Massachusetts is Now Available on Apple Podcasts

The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that our podcast series – Inside North Central Massachusetts – is now available on Apple Podcasts. The podcast series features conversations with Travis Condon, the Chamber’s Public Affairs Manager, and leaders of industry, education, healthcare, government, and more, plus additional content that is relevant to our members […]

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Over $66 Million in MassWorks Funding

Administration Highlights First-Year Success of One Stop for Growth Program Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy were joined by state and local officials from Lowell to announce $66.5 million in 2021 MassWorks awards to 50 communities. The Administration also kicked off the first series of grant […]