Business, political leaders meeting for Outlook 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Business leaders from across western Massachusetts are attending the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield’s Outlook 2014 luncheon.

The annual event, being hosted at the MassMutual Center, focuses on legislative issues.

Monday is the day that local, state, and federal elected leaders and business representatives gather under one roof to talk about how to improve business and the economy in western Massachusetts. Among those in attendance are Congressman Richard Neal (D-Springfield) and State Auditor Suzanne Bump.

Jeffrey Ciuffreda, the president of the ACCGS, told 22News that it is important for local businesspeople to be able to get insight from political leaders.

“We’re really looking for that information that only they can bring from their high level sources to our business leaders today. They can take it back to their businesses, and put it into their business plans,” he said.

Ciuffreda added that economic growth is good overall right now, but that the pace has been slow and steady, and they would like to see additional growth.

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