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Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren to join Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to Celebrate its $250,000 Working Cities Challenge Award


HOLYOKE – Mayor Morse is pleased to host Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren for a discussion regarding Holyoke’s Working Cities Challenge award.  The discussion is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 20 from 2-3PM in the Community Room at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow Street in Holyoke. President Rosengren will meet with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, local entrepreneurs, and representatives from Holyoke’s public, private, and non-profit communities to discuss Holyoke’s Working Cities Challenge award. Following the discussion, Morse, Rosengren, and city partners will be available for additional comment. 

Through the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Centennial Foundation, Holyoke received $250,000 from the Working Cities Challenge, an initiative led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston with a twofold goal: to advance the collaborative leadership in Massachusetts smaller cities and to support ambitious work to improve the lives of low-income people in those cities. 

This three-year implementation award will be put toward its SPARK Initiative (Stimulating Potential, Accessing Resource Knowledge) which aims to link the business development and adult basic education resources in Holyoke to produce an entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise assistance program. SPARK will encourage participation by entrepreneurs in micro-enterprise and freelance situations from across the region with the intention that the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Holyoke needs a diversity of participants to offer mutual learning opportunities. The SPARK program will welcome and support the diverse mix of Holyoke residents as it relates to ethnicity, gender, age and other demographic characteristics. 

Further information on the Working Cities Challenge and the Holyoke plan is available here: 

Posted on May 19, 2014 by