A welcome space: At the Fields Center in Northampton, neurodiverse individuals have a home

A welcome space: At the Fields Center in Northampton, neurodiverse individuals have a home

One of Valley’s Small Business clients, the Fields Center, was recently profiled in the Gazette.

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NORTHAMPTON — When Greg and Amy Richane learned from their pediatrician that their 3-year-old son was autistic, they felt that while the diagnosis itself made sense, it lacked nuance.

The Easthampton family described the experience surrounding the initial diagnosis as pretty negative with much of the overview highlighting universal challenges.

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Valley CDC Helps Small Businesses Succeed

Valley CDC Helps Small Businesses Succeed

By Elena Sharnoff
Originally published May 2022 in Northampton Living

Along with almost all businesses, COVID took a toll on mine. I launched my website strategy and design shop in 2019, and have spent more time working during COVID conditions than normal ones. So, I jumped at the chance to enroll in the Valley Community Development (Valley CDC)’s Small Business Fundamentals workshop listed in the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce’s newsletter.

I received an email from Sarah Sargent, Valley CDC’s Small Business Program Manager. She felt that the workshop wasn’t a good fit and proposed a one-on-one meeting to assess my three-year-old business situation and needs. How could I refuse this free opportunity to evaluate and troubleshoot what my business needed most?

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Applications open for Sanderson Place: new affordable senior housing in Sunderland

Applications open for Sanderson Place: new affordable senior housing in Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND — More than 40 people at the South County Senior Center were treated to a presentation from the Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority Friday morning as it kicked off the application process for Sanderson Place, the new affordable senior housing complex in Sunderland.

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Town of Amherst Soon To Break Ground on Affordable Housing Project

Town of Amherst Soon To Break Ground on Affordable Housing Project

The town of Amherst is set to break ground on a new affordable housing project, East Gables, this spring. The project is being built in response to the town’s lack of affordable housing.

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Michael Giles: Groundbreaking work

Michael Giles: Groundbreaking work

Thursday, March 31, 2022

OPINION | LETTER

Groundbreaking work

I hope that, when our time in this Valley passes, we are remembered for how well we cared for all members of our small town society. But as we work toward that lofty ideal, let’s pause for a moment to celebrate the ground that is being broken this week at the East Gables development on Route 9.

Not only is the Valley Community Development constructing a large affordable housing complex, but they are simultaneously righting wrongs from the past while stepping bravely into the future. As intractable as our current homelessness crisis may seem, it has its roots in recent degradations in housing and health care.

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EconoLodge in Hadley eyed for affordable housing complex

EconoLodge in Hadley eyed for affordable housing complex

By SCOTT MERZBACH
Staff Writer

HADLEY — A Route 9 hotel could be converted into a 51-room affordable housing complex according to concepts presented to municipal boards this week.

At the Housing and Economic Development Committee Monday, and at a joint meeting of the Planning Board and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Tuesday, Laura Baker, real estate development director for Valley Community Development, unveiled plans that would convert the EconoLodge hotel at 329 Russell St. into permanent rental housing.

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East Gables housing project in Amherst set to break ground in March

East Gables housing project in Amherst set to break ground in March

Staff Writer

AMHERST — Construction of 28 small studio apartments for low-income individuals, including more than a third that will be set aside for those who have recently been homeless, is expected to begin by mid-March.

The Valley Community Development project at 132 Northampton Road, to be called East Gables, is nearing its groundbreaking on the site acquired by the agency three years ago, and which received a comprehensive permit under the state’s Chapter 40B law in November 2020.

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Housing plan aired for former nursing home

Housing plan aired for former nursing home

Developer, Valley CDC eye $25M project to build affordable development

By BRIAN STEELE
Staff Writer
NORTHAMPTON — The public got its first look Monday evening at a proposed overhaul of the vacant Northampton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a $25.3 million project that would create 60 units of affordable housing. The 6.2-acre property at 737 Bridge Road has been vacant since 2011.

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Announcing our new Executive Director, Alexis Breiteneicher

Announcing our new Executive Director, Alexis Breiteneicher

Dear Friends,

We are very pleased to tell you that we have hired Alexis Breiteneicher as our next Executive Director.

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Small Business Newsletter | Fields Center Spotlight

Small Business Newsletter | Fields Center Spotlight

Read our 10/19/2021 newsletter about our spotlight on the Fields Center, plus upcoming events for small businesses.

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Featured in the Hampshire Gazette: Small Business Recovery Grants Program

Featured in the Hampshire Gazette: Small Business Recovery Grants Program

Candace Czerniak, owner of Knowles Flower Shop in Amherst, wraps an order Monday afternoon. STAFF PHOTO HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE/CAROL LOLLIS

A small-business lifeline: Valley CDC looks to award $600K in recovery money by year’s end.

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Small Business Newsletter | Small Business Spotlight

Small Business Newsletter | Small Business Spotlight

Read our 9/24/2021 newsletter about our spotlight on the Women’s Idea Co-op, plus upcoming events for small businesses.

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Small Business Newsletter | Upcoming Events

Small Business Newsletter | Upcoming Events

Read our 9/7/2021 newsletter about available grants in Amherst & Regional towns, plus upcoming events for small businesses.

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Sergeant House featured in WMAIA Summer 2021 Edition

Sergeant House featured in WMAIA Summer 2021 Edition

Sergeant House was featured in the Western MA chapter of the American Institute of Architects (WMAIA) summer newsletter. Valley Community Development has owned and operated the antique building (circa 1820) in Northampton since 1990. Read on to see an excerpt from the WMAIA article.

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Sergeant House featured in WMAIA Summer 2021 Edition

Valley Community Development was awarded funding to develop 28 units of single person supportive housing in Amherst

Governor Baker just held a press conference yesterday to announce the awarding of $139 Million in Funding and Tax credits for affordable housing initiatives.

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Valley Community Development was 1 of 28 affordable housing developers awarded funding for construction.

This was made possible thanks to the hard work of Laura Baker and Joanne Campbell and others within the organization. Valley’s pipeline is growing!!

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Small Business Newsletter- Grants, October 18, 2020

Small Business Newsletter- Grants, October 18, 2020

Read our 10/18/2020 newsletter about available grants in Amherst & Regional grants, plus a profile on Gazebo in Northampton.

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Small Business Newsletter- Grants, October 7, 2020

Small Business Newsletter- Grants, October 7, 2020

Find out about available COVID-19 regional small business grants in our 10/7/2020 newsletter.

 

 

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Small Business Newsletter, October 1, 2020

Small Business Newsletter, October 1, 2020

Read our 10/1/2020 Small Business Newsletter.

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Small Business Newsletter, September 9, 2020

Small Business Newsletter, September 9, 2020

Read our 9/9/2020 Newsletter.

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Small Business Newsletter, August 27, 2020

Small Business Newsletter, August 27, 2020

Read our 8/27/2020 Small Business Newsletter.

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Small Business Newsletter, August 4, 2020

Small Business Newsletter, August 4, 2020

Our 8/4/2020 Small Business newsletter, which features information about arts grants and upcoming webinars.

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Small Business Newsletter, July 10, 2020

Small Business Newsletter, July 10, 2020

Our 7/10/2020 Small Business newsletter, which features information on e-commerce and webinars.

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Small Business Newsletter, July 2, 2020

Small Business Newsletter, July 2, 2020

Our 7/2/2020 Small Business newsletter, which features information about grants and webinars.

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Small Business Newsletter, June 25, 2020

Small Business Newsletter, June 25, 2020

Our 6/25/2020 newsletter, which features a small business recovery survey and grant and webinar information.

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Small Business Newsletter, June 18, 2020

Small Business Newsletter, June 18, 2020

You can read our 6/18/2020 newsletter, which contains information about LGBTQ/Women/Minority owned businesses.

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Small Business Newsletter, June 12, 2020

Small Business Newsletter, June 12, 2020

You can read our 6/12/2020 newsletter, which contains information about round 2 of the Amherst grant program and more.

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