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    1. Western Massachusetts clean energy jobs grow 8 percent, many of the new jobs are in research, manufacturing | masslive

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      Western Massachusetts clean energy jobs grow 8 percent, many of the new jobs are in research, manufacturing | masslive

      The clean energy economy in Western Massachusetts has grown to 11,990 in 2014 employed clean energy workers, an 8 percent increase from 2013, according to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Jobs Report issued Monday by Gov. Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Northeast Utilities

    2. Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

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      Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

      Friday is National Advanced Manufacturing Day, but the Governor kicked it up a notch, planning week-long events celebrating the industry’s success here in the Bay State. Advanced Manufacturing is a growing industry in Massachusetts, especially in western parts of the state. So far, more than 7-thousand manufacturing firms have offices in the Bay State, creating 250-thousand jobs. The Patrick administration will spend the rest of the week highlighting manufacturing’s impact on the state and the programs in place to help the industry flourish.

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      Comment Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield

    3. Tax deal proposed for Westfield plastic packaging company

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      Tax deal proposed for Westfield plastic packaging company

      A plastic manufacturing company that has been in Westfield for 40 years is ready to make some changes, and it’s negotiating a tax deal with the city to do so. Prolamina, formerly Jen-Coat, is hoping for a Special Tax Assessment that will coincide with improvements to its Elm Street headquarters. City Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said the company plans significant changes, and the city needs to incentivize investment in Prolamina’s Westfield location. “The status quo is not an option,” Mitchell said. Prolamina opened its Westfield location in 1971 and has 256 full-time employees. Mitchell said the STA will ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Westfield

    4. Across the Generations

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      Across the Generations

      Rebecca Caplice laughed when asked whether Greenfield Savings Bank had seen growth of its online and mobile services among younger customers.  “You’d be surprised at the acceptance across the board,” said Caplice, the bank’s president. “My father is 87 years old, and he’s on Facebook and Twitter every day. It’s really not just young people asking for these things; we are all attached to those mobile devices. I can hardly remember what it was like when someone in a group of people had a question, and no one knew the answer. Now we just look it ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Greenfield   Greenfield Savings Bank

    5. Northampton gets state grant for solar array

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      Northampton gets state grant for solar array

      The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has awarded the city a $525,401 grant to help its emergency response network continue operations during long-term power outages. The money will finance a solar-electric array to power the Fire Department during outages. Mayor David J. Narkewicz said the array will help Northampton through emergencies like Tropical Storm Irene and the Halloween ice storm of 2011. “It is vital that our City be able to maintain essential services, particularly emergency response services, during these critical times," the mayor said.

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      Comment Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    6. UMass receives gift of $1.5 million worth of equipment from Juniper Networks

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      UMass receives gift of $1.5 million worth of equipment from Juniper Networks

      The California-based Juniper Networks has donated equipment with a value of $1.5 million to the University of Massachusetts to build a high-speed network to support science research and increase the ease of use and speed of large academic data transfers across campus, according to a press release. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy in a statement said, "This generous donation will provide a powerful tool for the world-class research and academic programs at the Commonwealth's flagship university.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    7. Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative wins 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation award

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      Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative wins 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation award

      MassINC announced the awards earlier this week, said they're made to organizations and individuals that develop interesting models to grow the economies of gateway cities in Massachusetts. HELI is an effort by Holyoke Public Schools to increase early literacy rates in the city. "We do this by organizing parents, community partners and the schools to focus on attendance, instruction, family engagement and Kindergarten Readiness," the group said in a statement.

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke   Alex Morse

    8. Letterkenny officials see bright future for Massachusetts businesses with

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      Letterkenny officials see bright future for Massachusetts businesses with

      Three economic development delegations have visited the university in the last year from Massachusetts with officials from across the state including the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council and State Senate President Therese Murray. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh credited the three recent trade missions as well as those in previous years with making the partnerships possible. "This is really about opportunitiy and building relationships," said Walsh while speaking before university and business officials. One of Walsh's traveling partners in Ireland, Boston Corporation Counsel Eugene O'Flaherty, made multiple trips to LYIT and County Donegal ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    9. State awards $7M for municipal cleantech projects

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      State awards $7M for municipal cleantech projects

      This is the first round of project grants from the state Department of Energy Resources' $40 million initiative, which is aimed at paying for clean energy projects that can help communities keep or restore power after a major disruption in electrical service. The funding for these project grants, along with a previous round of technical assistance awards, comes from alternative compliance payments made by major electric utilities if they fall short of the state’s renewable energy or alternative energy procurement goals.

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Baystate Health   Springfield

    10. UMass Moves Up in Ranking of Public Universities

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      UMass Moves Up in Ranking of Public Universities

      UMass Amherst now ranks among the nation’s top 30 public universities, moving up 10 spots during the past year in the 2015 Best Colleges guide released recently by U.S. News & World Report. There are more than 600 public, four-year colleges in the country, and U.S. News ranks the top 122. The Commonwealth’s flagship campus, led by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, earned its highest ranking ever in the prestigious national universities category. Since 2010, when UMass Amherst ranked 52nd among public schools, the university’s standing has steadily improved, reaching 40th last year before advancing to 30th for ...

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

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