HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chambers of commerce from across Hampden and Hampshire Counties brought legislative leaders together for a special symposium at the Log Cabin in Holyoke Friday.
The Greater Chicopee, Greater Holyoke, Greater Westfield, Greater Westfield, and South Hadley & Granby Chambers of Commerce hosted CheckPoint 2015. The symposium gave western Massachusetts residents an opportunity to find out how lawmakers plan to resolve key economic issues.
Members of the House, Senate and local offices were in attendance to answer questions. Discussions ranged from a variety of topics including unemployment, wages, jobs, and how companies and communities in the western part of the state can connect with the eastern part of the state. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) was the keynote speaker.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse said the event was not only helpful for the business leaders in attendance, but also the local political leaders.
“It was great to hear from our Senate President, who is from western Mass, talking about issues of transportation funding, education funding, local aid to cities and towns and just working together in the coming years to make sure our residents are well represented,” Morse said.
Aside from the senate president, other lawmakers in attendance included:
- Sen. Don Humason (R-Westfield)
- Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow)
- Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley)
- Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke)
- Rep. John Velis (D-Westfield)
- Rep. Joe Wagner (D-Chicopee)