SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Maura Healey was in Springfield Wednesday for the Western Massachusetts Developers conference, which shines a light on why this region stands out as a great destination for investment.

The Western Massachusetts Developers conference brought in leaders across the Pioneer Valley to show why the region stands out as a destination for investment and growth.

Rick Sullivan, President and CEO of the event, says this conference is a great place to network and share the vision for western Massachusetts, “There is a lot of side conversations that are happening, between banks and developers communities and potential businesses, and they wouldn’t have that opportunity otherwise and you just see the whole system here in Massachusetts to support growth and strategy.”

This conference brought together several industry leaders, developers and real estate professionals to help with the growth of western Massachusetts.

Chris Kelley, the President of MGM Springfield, says its important to bring leaders together to help enhance Massachusetts and start planning the next steps, “Vision opportunity and action create amazing outcomes, we are a great example of this here, the largest private investment in the history of Springfield. This conference lets us collaborate together around where to go from here.”

Governor Maura Healey says her plan is to keep Massachusetts affordable, equitable and more competitive. She says the state has already cracked down on their plans to make these improvements which helps with the growth of Massachusetts, one being the new $4 billion bill that will repair homes.

“We are very excited about the investments made already in our budget, in the tax package that we recently filed because we cut taxes and also what we are putting forward in our housing bond bill,” said Healey.

She told 22News affordability is just one of the factors that make residents want to stay and a way to bring in new people and keep employers and businesses in the state.

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