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Guest columnist CISA’s Alexis Breiteneicher: Restaurants facing uphill climb

Sep 5 2020
Daily Hampshire Gazette, September 1, 2020
Restaurants are among the businesses hit hardest by the restrictions imposed by the pandemic. Their closures in late winter had a big impact on the larger community, causing significant job loss, upending markets for local farmers, and depriving us of important community gathering places.
In [continue reading]

Food Security Infrastructure Grants! Bridge Financing Available!

Aug 26 2020
First: Apply for a MA Food Security Infrastructure Grant by September 15thSecond: Apply for Bridge Financing from PVGIF or MFTP MA Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program Great Opportunity! Massachusetts launched the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program to support the local food system during this challenging time. Eligible proposals include, but are not limited to, projects seeking to: …
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As Massachusetts moves to Phase 3 of coronavirus reopening plan, gyms, movies theaters, museums and other establishments get the green light to start operating again

Jul 6 2020
As Massachusetts moves to Phase 3 of coronavirus reopening plan, gyms, movies theaters, museums and other establishments get the green light to start operating again Read the full article here: masslive.com [continue reading]

MassDOT launches Shared Streets and Spaces grant program

Jun 23 2020
MassDOT launches Shared Streets and Spaces grant program “MassDOT dot is launching a new grant program Monday [June 22] for shared streets and spaces: “The program is hoping to encourage municipalities to make changes to streetscapes, roads, parking lots to encourage social distancing, but also more outdoor activities this summer – walking, biking, scootering, dining [continue reading]

The Cultivator – Spring 2020

Jun 12 2020
The Spring 2020 Cultivator, Cornucopia’s quarterly newsletter, is now available online.
The post The Cultivator – Spring 2020 appeared first on Cornucopia Institute . [continue reading]

Covid Stories: Shell-shocked Businesses Respond with Grit, Determination

Jun 10 2020
Covid Stories: Shell-shocked Businesses Respond with Grit, Determination BusinessWest shares the stories of 10 local business owners about their journey through this pandemic. Read the full article here: https://businesswest.com/blog/covid-stories/ [continue reading]

Locally-sourced meat still available amid national shortage concerns

May 21 2020
EASTHAMPTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — One of the big industries impacted by the coronavirus crisis is the meat industry, leading to shortages at many grocery store chains.
However, butchers in western Massachusetts we spoke to said their locally-sourced supply is still available.
“People have gone from buying their meat on a philosophical basis to [continue reading]

Everything about the Massachusetts reopening plan you need to know, from face-coverings to beaches and sit-down restaurant service

May 19 2020
Everything about the Massachusetts reopening plan you need to know, from face-coverings to beaches and sit-down restaurant service “The Baker administration’s  plan for reopening the Massachusetts economy came into focus Monday, with the announcement of what businesses would be allowed to reopen, including both when and how.” Read the full article here: [continue reading]

Researchers reveal unemployment rates across western Mass.

May 16 2020
Researchers reveal unemployment rates across western Mass. “A study conducted by the Pioneer Institute shows Amherst with one of the highest unemployment rates in western Massachusetts. The big reason why it’s a college town.”
See the full story here: westernmassnews.com
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Keep the Valley Rolling

May 12 2020
A new source for keeping up to date with what local Valley businesses are up to during the pandemic and with the prospects of reopening on the horizon: https://keepthevalleyrolling.com/
Check it out and if you’re a business owner, you can create a listing for free. [continue reading]

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