Anniversaries, million-dollar buildings and new and expanded programs lace the higher education landscape in the upcoming year, all of which will bring attention and economic benefit to the Pioneer Valley.
“Higher education institutions are immensely important to the underlying economy,” says Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Western Mass Economic Development Council.
As enterprises unto themselves, they provide a steady source of employment that tends to be more stable in a shakier economy and they also provide an educated workforce for those companies and businesses here or that want to move here to draw on that resource, Blair said recently.
“Workforce development role is increasingly important…for a lot of jobs we're attracting to the region advance degrees are a prerequisite to being able to hold those jobs,” he said.
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