Local business groups hold annual meeting on legislation

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and State Rep. Joe Wagner were among the lawmakers in attendance.

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts business owners need more trained workers to grow and thrive. At the Log Cabin in Holyoke on Thursday, the Chambers of Commerce from Holyoke, Chicopee, Easthampton, South Hadley and Granby held their CheckPoint 2016 Legislative Symposium.

The business leaders heard from Lt. governor Karyn Polito. The legislature’s chief economic development lawmaker, Chicopee’s Joseph Wagner, found out what’s on the minds of these business owners who have jobs to fill.

“Basically the 18 to 24-year-old age group we have are an underemployed category,” Wagner told 22News. “With these individuals, they are able bodied people men and women who want to work who didn’t take a traditional course of education.”

Wagner said his committee can recommend spending the money to train these young people for the jobs now waiting to be filled in western Massachusetts.