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SRC President, AIM Executive to Speak on "Grand Bargain"

August 17, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 26, 2018 - On Tuesday, October 2, at a luncheon event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Creed and Regan will discuss how the comprehensive legislative compromise on paid family and medical leave, sales tax and minimum wage (the “Grand Bargain”) came to be and the impact it will have on the business community. The program will offer real insight into the process and what it could mean for future hot-button issues. The Springfield Regional Chamber program is presented in partnership with 1Berkshire, AIM and the Greater Easthampton and Northampton chambers of commerce and sponsored by Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn.

Creed and Regan had two of just seven seats at the table, and Creed was the single voice representing the Western Massachusetts business community.

Political Consultant Tony Cignoli stressed the importance of Creed’s role in advocating for regional businesses, “This is so significant for all of us, from Chamber members to employers and business owners in Western Massachusetts. Nancy’s opinion and ideas have weight for us on Beacon Hill, with decision and opinion-makers who don’t often think of anything or anyone west of 1-495,” Cignoli said.

“I’ve seen consistently in polling over the years, for both corporate and political clients, that the perception really is the reality in the belief that Western Mass is often forgotten and left out of significant decisions in Boston that affect us here. Nancy Creed being at the table, having one of only seven seats in the negotiations over the “Grand Bargain,” not only gave us a voice that we deserve, but her efforts saved taxpayers money and voters confusion at the November ballot,” Cignoli added.

Reservations for the program are $30 for members of the Springfield Regional Chamber, Greater Easthampton and Northampton chambers of commerce, and 1Berkshire; $40 for general admission and may be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamberchamber.com. 

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