The Springfield Regional Chamber recognizes the value of strategic partnerships to maximize services, create new leadership, enhance, and advance member resources. The Chamber continuously strives to research viable alliances to provide the necessary services for our members. Our alliance with the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, our partnership with MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board and Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as our collaborations with other organizations across the region, provides cutting-edge leadership in an ever-changing corporate environment.
Founded in 1996, the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts successfully brings together the region’s public and private leadership to create a positive environment for streamlined economic growth. Mayors, college presidents and CEOs work together in a unique collaboration that is efficient and effective. By bringing the entire region together behind the common goal of economic development, jobs, investment and tourism visits have increased. The EDC’s active marketing program promotes the region externally to attract businesses and promotes the region internally for retaining businesses. The EDC works closely with its land-development affiliates to drive sales of commercial real estate in business parks, while its active lobbying efforts with its Government Affairs and Infrastructure Committees assures vital legislative initiatives are passed, the region’s public and private funding needs are met, and that transportation and telecommunication highways support a growing, competitive regional economy.
MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board is a business-led, non-profit corporation established by state and federal legislation. It is the region’s primary policy-making authority in developing and improving workforce and career skills. MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board works in partnership with government, business, labor, education and community-based organizations. It coordinates, funds, oversees all of the region’s publicly funded worker training and employee placement programs, and serves as a clearinghouse for labor market information and hiring incentives. This information is designed to help employers address their workforce needs and to help employees prepare for and advance in the workplace.
The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is one of 13 regional tourism councils in Massachusetts. Its mission is to promote Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, (Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties) as a year-round destination for conventions, meetings, group tour and leisure travel.
Established in 1985, the bureau markets primarily to meeting planners and group tour operators, as well as travel and mainstream media through the annual Guide to Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, the Destination Planner and a variety of other specialty items and brochures. Recognized as the "go-to" agency for tourism inquiries in the Pioneer Valley, the GSCVB has been an affiliate of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts since 2000 and is governed by a 20-member board of directors.
Among the bureau's services are familiarization tours, site inspections and hospitality services for meeting planners, media and group tour operators. The GSCVB also produces the annual Howdy Awards Program, to honor excellence among the region's hospitality industry workers.
The bureau's 350 member properties include the region's leading accommodations, tourist attractions, restaurants and tourism industry-related organizations. This organization is primarily funded through a state marketing grant, membership dues, marketing/advertising programming and other grants.
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