Senator Lesser visits ERC5 Member Businesses in our 5 Towns
December 18th was an exciting day for members of the ERC5-East of the River Five Town Chamber. Senator Eric Lesser visited each of the five towns represented by the ERC5 and intimately listened to concerns voiced by our members. Chamber members Susan Katz of Arnold’s Meats (East Longmeadow), Jill and Tim Murphy of Fleet Feet Sports (Longmeadow), Gary Mayotte of Village Food Mart (Hampden), Joan and Wally Lupa of Lupa Zoo (Ludlow) and Jeff Wingate of Pops Biscotti and Chocolates (Wilbraham) met privately and shared business challenges with the Senator.
As the Senator and his staff spent the day listening to members within our footprint, there were two reoccurring themes. The first was affordable healthcare and the second, availability of skilled labor. Senator Lesser not only listened, but shared his appreciation on the impact and significant role businesses play within or region.
The tour was the brainchild of Michael Clark, Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Engagement and ERC5 President, Edward Zemba. Senator Lesser summed up the day nicely by stating, “It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with business owners and hear firsthand about the challenges they face and what I can do in the Senate to ensure they remain competitive. At a time of rapid change in our economy, small businesses are still our biggest economic driver and I hope this tour encourages people to support them during the holiday season. The ERC5 was an incredible partner in helping to plan this tour, and I am grateful for their partnership. They continue to be a strong advocate for our local businesses and we are fortunate to have them doing this work in our communities,” said Senator Lesser.
As we head into a new year, ERC5 members confidently know “we” are an organization promoting economic development and dedicated toward making Western Massachusetts an even better place to work and live.