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    1. REB Receives Grant from PeoplesBank to Support Talk/Read/Succeed

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      REB Receives Grant from PeoplesBank to Support Talk/Read/Succeed

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB) received a $2,500 grant award from PeoplesBank to support the work of the Talk/Read/ Succeed (TRS) program. Talk/Read/Succeed is a place-based holistic program and currently serves 150 low- to moderate-income families at two Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) developments in Springfield. The goal of TRS is to have all children enter kindergarten ready to learn and go on to read proficiently by fourth grade. The $2,500 grant award is part of PeoplesBank’s Community Care Program and will be used to support parent-education programs at the SHA sites ...

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    2. Label them successful: Springfield Label & Tape Co. moves into the future | masslive.com

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      Label them successful: Springfield Label & Tape Co. moves into the future | masslive.com

      For scientists, a spectrophotometer is a piece of laboratory equipment that measures a light beam's intensity in relation to its wavelength.  For Springfield Label & Tape Co., its $15,000 spectrophotometer is the piece of equipment that makes sure that the yellow-and-black labels it makes for hardware giant Stanley Tools, to give on example, always have the same color of yellow and the same color black.

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    3. Economists: Massachusetts economy continues to grow faster than US | masslive.com

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      Economists: Massachusetts economy continues to grow faster than US | masslive.com

      Real gross domestic product in Massachusetts grew at an estimated annualized rate of 5.4 percent in the second-quarter of 2015, according to figures released this week by MassBenchmarks.  MassBenchmarks economists also adjusted first quarter growth up for 2015.  Based on the latest available information, economists now estimate that in the first quarter of 2015, the state economy expanded at a 2.1 percent annualized rate while the nation grew at a 0.6 percent annualized rate.  According to the report:  'In the second quarter, the state's economy rebounded strongly from the weather-induced slowdown of the first quarter, with ...

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    4. MassMutual brings 'Girls Who Code' to Springfield, offering girls chance to excel at computer technology | masslive.com

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      MassMutual brings 'Girls Who Code' to Springfield, offering girls chance to excel at computer technology | masslive.com

      MassMutual is hosting this summer session of Girls Who Code at its massive State Street office headquarters. Girls Who Code's national mission is to get more high-school girls interested in computer and engineering careers and majoring in computer science and similar fields in college.  The Girls Who Code participants hail mostly from Springfield, Enfield and surrounding towns, although a few commute from Amherst, said Yasmine Laurent, Girls Who Code program manger for Greater Boston.  This is the first Girls Who Code summer immersion program in Western Massachusetts, Laurent said. There are programs in eastern Massachusetts, but most centered literally ...

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    5. State Economy Expands Robustly in Q2, UMass Journal Reports

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      State Economy Expands Robustly in Q2, UMass Journal Reports

      Massachusetts real gross domestic product grew at an estimated annual rate of 5.4% in the second quarter of 2015 according to the MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index, released today by MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. U.S. real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.3%, according to the advance estimate of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Based on the latest available information, it’s estimated that, in the first quarter of 2015, the state economy expanded at ...

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    6. U.S. News & World Report's best hospitals: Baystate Medical Center ranks third best in state

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      U.S. News & World Report's best hospitals: Baystate Medical Center ranks third best in state

      In the U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking for best hospitals, both within a state and in national standing for specialties, Baystate Medical Center scored third best in the commonwealth, and was a nationally ranked hospital in two adult specialties. Massachusetts General Hospital topped the honor list as the best hospital in the country, with another Boston-based hospital, Brigham and Women, placing sixth on the honor list. Last year, Mass General had placed second; Brigham and Women, ninth.

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    7. Westfield Bank reports quarterly net income of $1.4 million | masslive.com

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      Westfield Bank reports quarterly net income of $1.4 million | masslive.com

      Westfield Financial, Inc. the holding company for Westfield Bank reported net income of $1.4 million, or 8 cents per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to $1.3 million, or 7 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30.  For the six months ended June 30, 2015, net income was $2.7 million, or15 cents per share, compared with $3 million, or 16 cents per share, for the same period in 2014, according to a news release issued Thursday.

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    8. Getting Kids Interested in Manufacturing Careers | Education / Training content from IndustryWeek

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      Getting Kids Interested in Manufacturing Careers | Education / Training content from IndustryWeek

      Read any industry piece on workforce development and the apparent challenges of filling the skills gap, and you’ll see experts stressing the importance of companies—especially in manufacturing and engineering—having hands-on involvement in their local education centers.  The logic behind this strategy is a sound one, suggesting that if companies can reach tomorrow’s workforce at an early age, they can open their minds to the world of advanced manufacturing and inspire them to take an educational path that will lead them to a successful career.

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    9. FERC session on Kinder Morgan pipeline draws hundreds; six western Mass lawmakers call for a reboot of the process | masslive.com

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      FERC session on Kinder Morgan pipeline draws hundreds; six western Mass lawmakers call for a reboot of the process | masslive.com

      Northeast Energy Direct (NED) would deliver natural gas from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania to markets in New England. The market path would travel from Wright, New York to a transmission hub in Dracut via western Massachusetts and a swath of southern New Hampshire. The pipeline is planned by Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.  Nearly every elected official who spoke, including selectboard members from a number of rural towns along the route, asked FERC for more time to submit input on the scope of the EIS. FERC has imposed an August 31 deadline for submitting formal comment on ...

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    10. AIC Puts a Unique Focus on First-generation Students

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      AIC Puts a Unique Focus on First-generation Students

      AIC has a strategic plan for growth that is focused on three areas, said Maniaci. “Our first goal is to build the demand curve — we need to give parents and students a better reason to come here, give them a reason to borrow money or pay out of pocket for schooling; education is expensive, and they need to know what the return on their investment will be,” he explained, adding that students and their families need to understand that in addition to the fact that college graduates earn $1 million more over their lifetime than non-graduates, valuable lessons result from ...

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  3. Western Massachusetts- It's Your Move