Sen. Lesser Welcomes State Grant to Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

LONGMEADOW — Senator Eric P. Lesser cheered the announcement Friday by Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy that the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is receiving a grant totaling $181,306.

The grant was awarded through the state’s Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) Program. The REDO grant will enable the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Western Mass. to support the local business community through developing marketing plans; finding real estate, workers, and regional data through the EDC’s HomeField Advantage Program; and Business to Business Matchmaking events with partner organizations.

“The EDC is a linchpin for our local economy, helping to drive growth by supporting our local businesses and entrepreneurs who want to start businesses. They have been a great partner to our workers and businesses, and I’m glad the state is continuing its investment in an organization that is so vital to our economy here in Western Mass,” said Sen. Lesser.

The EDC is a non-profit organization that supports the region’s economic development efforts. As a leading advocacy group, the EDC helps businesses expand, move to and succeed in Western Massachusetts while promoting the growth of high-quality local jobs. The EDC works with 67 cities and towns in the region.

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Ryan Migeed