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    1. Greenfield uses power-buying plan to help Kennametal expand

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      Greenfield uses power-buying plan to help Kennametal expand

      The electricity that Greenfield hopes to soon buy in bulk and resell at a discount to residents and businesses helped give  the city the power to land the Kennametal expansion. "Obviously the cost of energy is one of the biggest impediments in trying to attract manufacturers to New England,"  said Robert Pyers, director of economic development for Greenfield. This week,  Kennametal has announced that it will expand its operations here, adding 70 new jobs and $4.65  million worth  in private investment including $3.4 million in equipment and renovations to its plant at 34 Sanderson St. here.

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      Comment Mentions:   Greenfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   Robert Pyers

    2. West Springfield receives $900,000 federal funding for neighborhood improvements

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      West Springfield receives $900,000 federal funding for neighborhood improvements

      The town's Community Development Department has received $900,000 from federal Community Development Block Grant funding that will be used for sidewalk replacement in the Memorial Avenue neighborhood and housing rehabilitation assistance for 13 resident housing units. Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced last week that 54 cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth will receive funding from a total of $27.5 million in federal CDBG money. “These are very important dollars to the enhancement of quality of life in West Springfield,” said Mayor Edward C. Sullivan.

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Springfield

    3. Grantham Group of Boston selected to develop assisted living component of

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      Grantham Group of Boston selected to develop assisted living component of

      Boston's Grantham Group LLC has been selected to develop an 83-unit assisted living complex on land once part of the Belchertown State School. The Belchertown Economic Development and Industrial Corporation and MassDevelopment announced the selection of Grantham on Thursday. Grantham Group also developed the $13.4 million, 50,000-square-foot Christopher Heights of Northampton Project in the Village Hill neighborhood of Northampton. Village Hill, once part of the old Northampton State Hospital, is owned by MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency.

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment   Northampton

    4. MassMutual establishes $100M venture fund to back tech startups

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      MassMutual establishes $100M venture fund to back tech startups

      Springfield-based MassMutual announced Thursday that it has formed MassMutual Ventures, a $100 million corporate venture capital firm focused on backing startups and businesses whose technologies could transform core insurance, retirement and asset-management industries. The new fund is managed by Doug Russell, MassMutual’s senior vice president, strategy and corporate development; Eric Emmons, who joined the firm after serving as the head of Siemens Venture Capital North America for the past five years; and Mark Goodman, who founded and managed two technology focused venture capital funds, Terawatt Ventures and Brookline Ventures. The new firm will manage its worldwide investments from its ...

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      Comment Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    5. People In Business: Janet Casey of the Professional Women’s Chamber | masslive

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      People In Business: Janet Casey of the Professional Women’s Chamber | masslive

      Casey is the principal at Marketing Doctor in West Springfield, a marketing and advertising agency specializing in advertising in bariatrics, the elective medical procedure space and political campaigns. Before establishing Marketing Doctor, Casey served as a senior sales account executive for LIN Media and advertising account executive for Guy Gannett Broadcasting.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    6. The Student Prince and Fort restaurant in Springfield readies for a second course, reopening planned for middle of September | masslive

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      The Student Prince and Fort restaurant in Springfield readies for a second course, reopening planned for middle of September | masslive

      The Fort is quiet, for now.  There was no murmur of conversation, no bursts of laughter, no clinking of knives and forks, no hubbub or rushing waitstaff at the downtown Springfield restaurant Wednesday.  'I can get more work done in an hour than I used to be able to get done in eight hours,' said Barbara B. Meunier, a managing partner and part of the Scherff family that has run the Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room, the downtown Springfield icon, for two generations.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    7. Kennametal announces $5 million and 70-job expansion in Greenfield continuing Greenfield Tap & Die legacy

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      Kennametal announces $5 million and 70-job expansion in Greenfield continuing Greenfield Tap & Die legacy

      Kennametal has announced that it will expand its operations here, adding 70 new jobs and $4.65  million worth  in private investment including $3.4 million in equipment and renovations to its plant at 34 Sanderson St. here. The move, announced Wednesday, would more than double the staff at Kennametal, which has a staff of 63 now. the Pennsylvania-based company bought the old Greenfield Tap & Die, which was once the largest company of its kind in the world, back in 1997

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      Comment Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   William Martin   Greenfield Community College

    8. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awards $1.2 million to local nonprofits

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      Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awards $1.2 million to local nonprofits

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is awarding more than $1.2 million to local nonprofit organizations for 99 projects -- ranging from granting homeless children their birthday wishes to land preservation -- in its ongoing efforts to improve to the quality of life in the Pioneer Valley.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield

    9. Holyoke survey shows open space preferred use for Whiting Farms Rd. site, followed by mixed retail

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      Holyoke survey shows open space preferred use for Whiting Farms Rd. site, followed by mixed retail

      Nothing would be fine. Essentially, that's the highest intensity of interest expressed in a survey the city did of what kind of use residents and others want for 19 acres on Whiting Farms Road previously considered controversially by Walmart and Lowe's improvement.

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke

    10. Inside the glass: Photos explore Josh Simpson glass art in Westfield

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      Inside the glass: Photos explore Josh Simpson glass art in Westfield

      There’s magic between the works of Josh Simpson and Mike Rossi. Rossi’s photography of Simpson’s glass art is on display until Oct. 13 at Pilgrim Candle Marketplace in Westfield. “Through the Lens of Mike Rossi: Josh Simpson Revealed” is part of Westfield on Weekends’ “The Universe According to Josh Simpson,” a multi-part art show featuring Simpson’s glass art and other creative projects spinning off Simpson’s work.

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      Comment Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

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