CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP/ – The Baker Administration’s small business and downtown conversation tour made a stop in western Massachusetts Tuesday.

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy took part in a series of roundtable discussions in Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton, and Chicopee. Discussions focused on Massachusetts’ reopening, and jumpstarting the state’s economic recovery through federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

“They were looking at how [we got]through the pandemic and how we see the future after the pandemic and some of the ways in which the state has helped out, as well as the feds.” Kerry Dietz – Dietz & Co Architects Inc.

The tour made stops at several establishments, where business owners discussed the biggest challenges they’ve faced over the past year and a half.

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