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    1. Students' innovative ideas wow judges at Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative in Holyoke | masslive

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      Students' innovative ideas wow judges at Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative in Holyoke | masslive

      Whiteley took first place in the live 'elevator pitch' portion of the event. Her product is 'a fashionable self-protecting wallet that opens based on a thumb print, and can be tracked through a phone app,' according to HCC, which was represented by more than 50 students and faculty members.  She also won an award from the Springfield-based Valley Venture Mentors, a cash prize and the chance for an internship with The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Smith College

    2. Amherst on hunt for 1st economic director; officials hope to hire for July | masslive

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      Amherst on hunt for 1st economic director; officials hope to hire for July | masslive

      For years, town officials have talked about hiring an economic development director to help boost the commercial tax base, but the money wasn't there to support the job.
      But when Town Manager John P. Musante unveiled the fiscal 2016 budget, that position was included for the first time. Now, with the fiscal year to start July 1, the town is advertising for someone to take on the job.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    3. Report: Springfield Armory attracted 20k visitors, created $1.6 million in economic impact in 2014 | masslive

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      Report: Springfield Armory attracted 20k visitors, created $1.6 million in economic impact in 2014 | masslive

      The Springfield Armory - birthplace of the region's manufacturing industries and forger of arms for the nation from its earliest days - attracted 20,595 visitors in 2014 and those visitors generated $1.57 million in economic output for the region.  The National Park Service issued a report Thursday detailing visitor numbers at and spending around national parks all over the country. Details, along with interactive charts and graphs, are here.  The report also said that the Springfield Armory National Historic Site attracted 17,300 of those visitors from outside the area.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    4. Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce to present workshop on business planning

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      Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce to present workshop on business planning

      The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will host a business planning and strategy workshop May 11 at the Southampton Road Holiday Inn Express. The workshop will be led by Nunzio Bruno and focus on rethinking what a business is and how to tailor plans that work towards growing that business.

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      Comment Mentions:   Westfield   Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

    5. Under Construction: New Baystate Dental office opens in downtown Springfield | masslive

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      Under Construction: New Baystate Dental office opens in downtown Springfield | masslive

      Baystate Dental has opened its office in downtown Springfield at 1383 Main St. using its grand opening party earlier this month as an occasion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the building.  The building was constructed in 1915 as the Third National Bank. The office will have a entrance on Market Street- the brick-paved walkway between Harrison Avenue and Falcons Way.  Crag Sweitzer & Co. General Contractors of Monson, built the new, 2,300-square-foot office. Sweitzer has developed a bit of a specialty in building dental offices for Baystate Dental and others.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    6. Holyoke Community College offers 'TEDx@HCC' day of talks

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      Holyoke Community College offers 'TEDx@HCC' day of talks

      TED is coming to HCC. Holyoke Community College (HCC) will hold its first TED talk event -- TED stands for technology, entertainment and design -- April 29 from 9:30 a.m.to 4 p.m. at Leslie Phillips Theater in the Fine & Performing Arts building at the 303 Homestead Ave. campus. TED Conferences LLC provide guidance for local versions of the program -- called a TEDx program, or in this case TEDx@HCC -- but such local events are locally organized, said Jeffery Anderson-Burgos, HCC Student Senate president.

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    7. Open Studios reception, exhibit planned at Indian Orchard Mills

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      Open Studios reception, exhibit planned at Indian Orchard Mills

      Indian Orchard Mills owner Charles Brush said the combination of art-related and industrial tenants works well together. "Many industrial tenants are also, in my opinion, artists," Brush said. "Raw materials come in, and what they've done with it, I consider art for sure. We think of an artist standing at an easel, and there's a ton of that going on here too. We have painters using every medium, textiles, weavers, paper-makers, jewelry makers, certainly sculpture and fine art photography."

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield

    8. Amherst drops plans for solar array on closed landfill

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      Amherst drops plans for solar array on closed landfill

      Town Manager John P. Musante told the Select Board in March of 2011, that the project could produce 4.75 megawatt's of electricity - enough to provide energy to all town buildings and schools, street lights and more. Depending on the cost of energy over time, the project could save the town about $25 million over the next 25 to 30 years. But the project as it was created is dead.

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      Comment Mentions:   Palmer   Amherst   Westfield

    9. Development plans for property at Turnpike Exit 3 under review by Westfield Planning Board

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      Development plans for property at Turnpike Exit 3 under review by Westfield Planning Board

      Development plans for property across from Exit 3 of the Massachusetts Turnpike will bring the city alternative motor vehicle fuels, improve traffic flow in the area, attract new business and increase municipal tax revenue, Developer Robert Bolduc told the city's Planning Board Tuesday night. After spending more than two hours reviewing plans submitted by Pride Limited Partnership the Planning Board agreed to continue a public hearing on project until its next scheduled meeting May 5.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Robert Bolduc

    10. Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

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      Mayor Sarno calls Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 an event 'you can't put a price tag on' | masslive.com

      The City Hall Chamber event included speeches from Mayor Domenic Sarno, City Council President Michael Fenton, City Councilor Justin Hurst and Chris Russel, Executive Director of the Springfield Business Improvement District.  'People coming down to the city of Springfield with their family and friends to have a great time and good food will spread that word to other suburban areas in Western Massachusetts,' said Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

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