This is an unofficial website for the Southwick Economic Development Commission. The official town website is www.southwickma.org Nothing on this website is a recommendation, endorsement, etc. for any business, organization, entity or individual. The information contained here is for public convenience only. This site is not maintained, supported or funded by town funds or town paid staff. It is not supported or endorsed by the Southwick Select Board as a Board or individually.
For local weather click here. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ For an overview of Southwick click here.
(December 9, 2017) Springfield area suppliers should consider the new MGM Springfield as a customer. The $ 960 million casino complex opens in Fall 2018. For more information for area businesses including Southwick businesses click here.
(December 8, 2017) The Southwick building inspector will be introducing an online system for building permits over the next several months. More information will be available from the town when it is available.
(December 8, 2017) The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on an application for an application for a new retail building on College Highway. For more information click here.
(November 18, 2017) Just a reminder that next Saturday is Small Business Saturday (November 25). Consider visiting local business on Small Business Saturday and anytime during the year. Local small businesses employ area residents and support local organizations including the Southwick Public Library, the senior center and the schools as well as pay taxes in town. Some businesses will be offerring specials. Click here for more information.
( November 18, 2017) The road construction on Feeding Hills Road is amost complete. The paving is completed and relining of the relining is mostly completed. The left turn lanes are installed.
(November 4, 2017) Published reports in The Republican indicate that the Southwick Country Club on College Highway will be sold for residential development. Click here for the article.
(October 28, 201) The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce yesterday honored a number of area companies including Whalley Computer Associates (WCA) of Southwick. For more information visit The Republican article.
(October 17, 2017) The Tax Foundation issued a new study of tax climate for business and MA continues to rank much better than some nearby states. Click Here for details.
(October 16, 2017) The 2017/2018 single tax rate for Southwick is $ 17.50 a drop from $ 17.73. Southwick has had a lower business tax rate than nearby communities.
(October 16, 2017) The Southwick EDC will promote local business with the Small Business Saturday efforts on November 25. This is a nationwide effort to support small business in local communities. More information will be available on this website soon. The effort was endorsed by the Select Board during their meeting on October 16, 2017.
October 12, 2017) Several road projects on Route 57 (Feeding Hills Road) are continuing and today one new project is taking place. A portion of Route 57 is being repaved today starting from the the Agawam townline for several hundredyards. The other projects including new traffic lights, left turn lanes and repaving continues. For more information visit the town website or the Dept of Public Works (DPW).
(September 24, 2017) Springfield television station WWLP had a news item today on Summer House. Click here for the story.
(August 12, 2017) The Hartford/Springfield Partnership also known as the Knowledge Corridor is conducting a business survey. For more information or to take part in the survey click here.
(July 12, 2017) CNBC has released their ranking of best states for business. Mass ranked in 10 th place and one nearlby states ranked 33rd. For more information click here. It shouldf be noted that the Southwick area is lower in cost of real estate, etc. than the state as a whole.
((July 11, 2017) At the Planning Commission meeting today it was announced that a retailer may be interested in building a building on College Highway. According to the company website generally the buildings are about 7,200 square feet in size. More information may be available in the Fall.
(June 2017) For the updated Restaurant Listclick here and for the updated Events Brochureincluding the July events in town click here.
June 23, 2017) The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce today held a ribbon cutting event at Southwick Pharmacy located at 549 College Highway. The event had representatives from the Town of Southwick (Select Board member Doug Mouglin and Chief Administrative Office Karl Stinehart) and the Southwick EDC. This business which offers free delivery is currently looking to hire a licensed pharmacy technican.
(May 1, 22017) Contractors, builders, etc. the Town of Southwick will have a free seminar on the 2015 Energy Code in May. For further information and registration click here.
(April 27, 2017) Thank you to the exhibitors at the recent Home & Business Show and to the public that attended the Show. Although the weather was not great it didn't impact the enthusium of either the business community or the public. Thank you again for supporting the Southwick business community.
(April 25, 2017) Today is the 7th Annual Home & Business Show at Tucker's Restaurant. Tucker's is located at 625 College Highway in Southwick. The event is free to the public and scheduled from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. More than 25 exhibitors are scheduled. There will be some free food and a cash bar. Stop in and visit with some local businesses and civic organizations including Rotary and Lions. Some exhibitors will have drawings for free gifts. Several new businesses in town will be attending Southwick Pharmacy and disc golf.
April 4, 2017) The deadline to be included in the 2017 Home & Business Show guide is Friday April 7, 2017. Registration Forms are available here. Completed registrations with payment by check should be mailed to the address on the registration (EDC, Town Hall 454 College Highway). ( (April 1, 2017)The Westfield News on March 27, 2017 published their 2017 Business & Industry Journal. This magazine includes several pages on the Southwick residential and business community. A copy is available at the Southwick Public Library and copies are available at The Westfield News offices at 62 School Street in Westfield.An electronic copy of the document is not available to the website at this time. A copy is available at the Southwick Public Library to review.
(March 10, 2017) The Town of Southwick this week announced that the improvements to Feeding Hills Roads will begin next week. The project includes new turn signals and traffic signals. For more information click here.
((March 9, 2017) Copies of the 2017-2018 Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce member directory is available at Town Hall in the EDC kiosk outside the Town Clerks office. It is also available at the Southwick Public Library inside the front doors. The Directory includes information on each of the area communities as well as contact information on Southwick and other businesses in the area.
February 28, 2017) U.S. News and World Report today announced their list of rankings of states in the U.S. The best state was Mass. For more details click here.
(February 24, 2017) Bradley International Airport some 12 miles from Southwick announced yesterday that another airline will begin non-stop service from Bradley to Europe later this year. The new destination is Edinburgh, Scotland. For more information click here. This will provide more service to area residents and businesses.
Southwick is featured in an article in the December 12, 2016 issue of BusinessWest. The article features both the recreational aspects of town as well as some of the business community. To read the article click here. The retailer mentioned in the article (Dollar Tree) opended for business on January 12, 2017. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ( February 9, 2017) The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce held a networking event at Tucker's Restaurant in Southwick yesterday. The event was attended by more than 60 business people including a number of Southwick businesses. It provided an opportunity for area business owners to meet other business owners in the area including Southwick. Some attendees said they had never been in Southwick before. Southwick businesses represented included the insurance industry, health care, photography and a graphic sign business. If you are a business located in Southwick you may want to consider attending or exhibiting at the Southwick Home & Business Show to be held on April 25 in Southwick at Tucker's Restaurant. For more information contact the Southwick Economic Development Commission.
(January 13, 2017) Verizon conducted a balloon test at a town owned site near Foster Road for a potential new cell tower to improve service in the northeast portion of town. The test was conducted on January 12, 2017. Depending on the results of the test the town may be issueing an RFP for potential vendors to contract with the town on leasing space for a cell tower. For more information contact the Office of the Southwick Select Board at 569-5995.
(January 13, 2017) Dollar Tree opened a new store in Southwick on College Highway yesterday next to Village Pizza. The store employs between 18-20 people including several full-time positions. The first day appeared to be busy with a number of customers shopping at around noon. This opening fills a large empty storefront following the construction of the new Rite Aid pharmacy north of this location on College Highway. Several months ago a new business opened also on College Highway Southwick Pharmacy which offers delivery.
(January 3, 2017) A new retailer to Southwick Dollar Tree is scheduled to open on January 12 in the renovated space previously occupied by Rite Aid pharmacy. Rite Aid opened a new purpose built store further north on College Highway last year. The new Dollar Tree will eliminate the empty space caused by the Rite Aid move.
(December 12, 2016) BusinessWest has a feature article on Southwick in the current issue of the publication. It can be found on newstands, the Southwick Public Library and other locations in the area. To read the article online click here. The article is focused on recreational assets in town but it also tourches on some of the new and relocated businessesin the community.
(August 1, 2016) A new survey of education ranked Mass. as having the best public school in the nation. To read more click here.
(July 26, 2016) The Springfield Republican newspaper website has a list of 10 mini-golf courses in the state to visit. One course in Southwick is included. Click here for details.
(July 12, 2016)The 2016 CNBC Best States for Business rankings has been released and Mass. is renked number 20. New York is ranked number 29 and Connecticut is ranked 43 and Rhode Island is raned 50. For the entire ranking click here. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Knowledge Corridor & Non-Stop Flights to Los Angeles
((June 3, 2016) At a conference held today at Bradley International Airport (BDL) the CT Airports Authority (CAA) announced that daily non-stop service from Bradley (BDL) to Los Angeles (LAX) began this morning with daily service at 7:00 a.m. The service is to provide service to businesses and residentsof Southwick and the entire Western Mass northern CT area. In addition the same conference discussed new non-stop service to Europe beginning on September 28 with connecting service to more than 20 cities throughout Europe. This includes no U.S. immingration or customs checks after arrival back at Bradley Int. Airport. These checks are conducted in Dublin "while you wait for your flight" said one official at the conference. For more information on the conference click here.The Southwick EDC was represented at this event.
Updated Restaurant List
New Businesses: (May 27, 2016) Over the past past several months several new businesses have opened in Southwick. A new restaurant has opened at 157 Feeding Hills Road the former site of Brew Too. A new pizza parlor has opened on Congamond Road in the plaza with Red Riding Hood. In early June a new barber shop is opening at 587 College Highway (Zanto Plaza).
(March 11, 2016)Town and state officals attended a ribbon cutting at the new Balance spa for cancer survivors on College Highway. The event was coordinated by the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce and included the town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), members of the Board of Selectmen, EDC, and the State Representative.
Potential Lower Cost for Electric in 2019 - 2020
(February 11, 2016)ISO New England announces lowe cost for electric power in 2019 - 2020. For details click here. ________________________________________________________________________ Potential Expanded Rail Service North of Springfield (February 6, 2016)According to the Mass. Secretary of Transportation it is possible that additional passenger rail service north of Springfield could come next year. Click here for more information. ________________________________________________________________________________________ New Rite Aid Pharmacy Opens
(January 21, 2016) Rite Aid Pharmacy today opened it's newly built store at 592 College Highway near Feeding Hills Road (Route 57). A ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 11:00 a.m. at the new location. The Board of Selectmen, Police Chief, Fire Chief and other town officials attended along with Rite Aid officials including the store manager and the district manager for the company. The Greater Westfield Chamber of CommerceExecutive Director also attended and supplied the scissors and ribbon. Customers were already shopping prior to the ribbon cutting. For the opening Mrs. Murphy's donuts and coffee were provided by the pharmacy. The new store features includes a large dedicated parking lot and drive up window. The building was completed several weeks ahead of schedule.
This investment shows that from a business perspective the area serves as a good market for the company. The old location closed yesterday at 5:00 p.m. and had served as a Rite Aid Pharmacy and previously as a Brook's Pharmacy.
(2017) The vacant location is now occupied by a Dollar Tree store. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EDC Announces 15,000 Visitors
(January 21, 2016) The Southwick EDC announces that since the current website began it has now reached 15,000 visitors. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Non-Stop Flights to Los Angeles (LAX)
(January 20, 2016) American Airlines announced today that new non-stop service from Bradley International Airport (BDL) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will begin. For details click here. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mass vs. Nearby States
(January 13, 2016) When considering where to live or operate your business a number of factors are involved. General Electric (GE) today announced that their corporate headquarters will move from Fairfield, Connecticut to Boston Mass. According to the announcement is the lower cost in Mass. To read the press release click here.
Local Restaurant Featured in the Springfield Republican
(December 31, 2015)The Republican features Southwick's Tuckers Restaurant in the December 31, 2015 issue of the paper. Tuckers is located at 625 College Highway. To read the review click here. Southwick Continues As A Low Tax Rate Community
(December 10, 2015) As cities and towns statewide set their tax rates and approval from the Mass. Dept of Revenue (DOR) Southwick continues as a low tax rate community as compared to nearly cities and towns. The 2015/2016 tax rate is $ 17.10 for residential, commercial and industrial. Nearly communities range from $ 17.97 in Belchertown to $ 36.67 in Westfield. For more details click here.
Mass. Christmas Tree Farmers
(December 4, 2015) On Friday November 27, 2015 state agricultural officials and local members of the state legislatural visited a Southwick tree farm to promote christmas tree farmers in the state. Channel 22 (WWLP) had a story on the visit. To view the story click here. Southwick has several sellers of christmas trees including some that grow the trees and others that purchase the trees for resale in town.
Small Business Saturday Small businesses in Southwick and accross the country rely on customers purchasing from them to stay in business, employ people and maintain the local community. Conside making some of your holiday purchases at local small businesses. For more information click here.
Non-Stop Flights to Europe from Bradley Int. Airport
(Ooctober 21, 2015) Non-stop flights from Bradley International Airport (BDL) to Europe will resume in September 2016. Daily service is planned to Dublin Airport (DUB) in Ireland. Connecting service to the U.K. and the continent is available from Dublin. The Governor of CT made the announcement today. The service will be on Aer Lingus using a Boeing 757 aircraft. The airport is about 12 miles from Town Hall in Southwick. This new service will make europe six hours from Southwick rather than traveling to New York or Boston as is currently the case. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (September 29, 2015) Moo-Licious Farm on Feeding Hills Road in Southwick is one of the featured ice cream locations in the Springfield area at the Big E. To read the article click here.
(August 22, 2015) To view a copy of the BusinessWest article (3 pages) in pdf format click here.
( August 10, 2015) BusinessWest the bi-weekly business publication for Western Mass. has a feature article on Southwick in the August 10, 2015 issue. To read the article online click here. The article features some of the new development in town, low tax rate and some of the existing businesses in town.
(July 6, 2015) CNBC released a new survey of the best states for business. Mass. ranked number 20 overall with rankings in the top 10 for multiple categories. To view the state ranking click here. When considering the cost of living western Mass. including Southwick would be much lower than the eastern part of the state.
(June 30, 2015) BusinessWest in the June 29, 2015 issue has a feature article on Westfield Experiences Unlimited located on College Highway in Southwick. To read the article click here.
(June 27, 2015) The Springfield Republican has an article on its website reviewing theSummer House restaurant in Southwick. Click here to read the article.
(June 2015) The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce held their quarterly breakfast event in Southwick on June 19, 2015 at the Ranch Golf Club. More than 100 area business owners and key personnel attended. Board of Selectmen Chairman Joseph Deedy spoke of the advantages of living or having a business in Southwick. He included information on the Quality of Life, low commercial tax rate, etc. State Senator Humason also spoke about activities at the State House, Southwick, etc. Other speakers spoke on the improving economy, etc. Some information on the town regarding commercial tax rates for Southwick and nearby communiities is available click here.
(June 6, 2015) The Huffington Post recently selected the best 13 donuts in the country. Southwick's own Mrs. Murphy's Donuts was selected. To view the article click here.
(April 29, 2015) The Home & Business Show was an amazing success. The 38 exhibitors were very satisfied with new contacts, potential new sales, etc. Area residents were happy having met businesses that they didn't know about as well as meeting business owners they have known for years. Thank you to both the exhibitors as well as members of the public that attended. For pictures of the event click here.
Food samples from several exhibitors were very popular with the public as well as the "aircraft" for aerial photography featured at the Frederick Gore Photography booth. Several non-profits including Lions, Rotary, and the Historical Society were able to share information with the public. Several new businesses or new owners including Walts Garage(on Granville Road)Designor Consignor,Skyline Hop Shop (@ Westfield River Brewing Co.) and Tae Kwon Do were able to present their business to the public Non-profits including Lions, Rotary, and the Historical Society were able to share information with the public
(March 2, 2015) According to published reports in 2011 Southwick had seven residents that reported one million dollars or more of income on their tax return. For more information click here.
(February 27, 2015) Letters and registration forms have been mailed to more than 450 Southwick businesses announcing the 5th Annual Home & Business Show to be held on Tuesday April 28. 2015. The event will be held at Tucker's Restaurant again as a "table top" event from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. The Show is open to local businesses to exhibit and all area residents to attend. It is free to the public. For more information click here or click on the tab Home & Business Show.
(February 2015) The new funeral home has opened next to Family Dollar on College Highway.
(January 21, 2015) A local restaurant and deli on College Highway is featured in an article today on The Republican website. Click here to read it. In other news the Southwick Planning Board approved a new sign for the funeral home opening on College Highway next to Family Dollar. Also the owner of an Agawam business appeared before the Planning Board last night for information about building a new building on Whalley Way and moving his business to Southwick. A public hearing on a proposal for a disk golf couse in town will probably be scheduled for late February.
(January 7, 2015) The Planning Board on January 6 approved an expansion of the Westfield River Brewing Co, LLC business operations at their location at 707 College Highway. The expansion will allow more beer production, a kitchen for food preparation and retail sales of non-alcohol. For more information contact the Planning Board staff at Town Hall.The business opened in Southwick in November. At the same meeting the Board approved construction of another building at the industrial park on Industrial Road.
(December 9, 2014) WGGB Television in Springfield (a.k.a. Channel 40) will be broadcasting from Southwick Town Hall live on Friday December 12, 2014 during the 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. newcasts. Stop by Town Hall (front of the building) for food samples from local restaurants and more. There will also be a collection of food for the local food pantry which serves Southwick, Granville and Tolland.
(August 30, 2014) BusinessWest features Southwick in its August 26, 2014 issue of the publication. Click here to link to the article. If you want to read it in the magazine visit the Southwick Public Library. ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Southwick Featured on WGGB Channel 40
On Tuesday November 26, 2013 Southwick was featured on WGGB Channel 40. It included the Town Hall, Rail Trail and several businesses in town. The video is available on the WGGB website or click here.
Suffield Chamber of Commerce website includes Southwick Businesses (September 25, 2013) The Suffield Chamber of Commerce recently updated their website and as a public service it has begun listing Southwick businesses with the business name and telephone number. The data was provided by the Southwick EDC and is provided at no cost to the local businesses.
News: _____________________________ 2010 U.S. Census Data
On Tuesday March 22, 2011 the U.S. Bureau of the Census released census data for the State of Mass. Click here for the population figures for Hampden County communities including Southwick. _______________________________________________________________________________ Updated Census Data
The U.S. Census Bureau (census.gov) released the 2008 - 2012 American Community Survey data which includes updated information for Southwick. According to this data the Median Household Income in Southwick is $ 75,743 which is higher than some nearby communities. The per capita income is $ 34,113. The educational atainment for residents age 25 and above is:
Bachelor's Degree 17.4 percent
Graduate or Professional Degree 13.2 percent
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 30.6 percent ____________________________________________________________________
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For information on the history of Southwickclick here
A free Internet "Hot Spot" is available in Southwick at the Southwick Public Library at 95 Feeding Hills Road (Route 57). It is available 24/7. For more information click here.
Major interstate highways serve the area including I-91 which stretches from New Haven (CT) to Canada. I-91 is minutes from Southwick. Other major interstates include I-90(Mass Pike) serves Boston, Albany, Chicago and the entire Mid-West of the U.S. Other nearby road systems include U.S. 5 and U.S. 20 and in Southwick state routes 10, 57 and U.S.202.
Major U.S. Postal Services facilities (bulk mail, periodicals and two processing centers) are nearby in Springfield and Hartford. The Southwick Post Office on College Highway is open six days per week click here. For location and details of hours of operation click here at Bradley International Airport which is open extended hours seven days per week.
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The Town provides public water and sewer services to residents and businesses in parts of the community. Natural gas service is provided by Bay State Gas. Telephone service is provided by Verizon. Cable television, telephone and Internet service is provided by Comcast. For specific information contact the providers.
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For information on the local school system click here
The Select Board and Chief Administrative Officer are located in Town Hall at 454 College Highway (Routes 10/202) and can be reached by calling (413) 569-5995.
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