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    1. First Niagara Bank branches in Chicopee, West Springfield among 17 company plans to close in new year | masslive

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      First Niagara Bank branches in Chicopee, West Springfield among 17 company plans to close in new year | masslive

      Two First Niagara Bank branches in Western Massachusetts will be closed in early 2015, as the Buffalo, New York-based financial company tweaks its business model amid changing preferences of the banking public.  According to First Niagara, which currently operates more than 400 branches in four states, the growing number of customers who are using online and mobile banking helped lead to the decision to close 17 branches and two drive-thru service centers in January 2015.

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    2. Meridian Industrial Group of Holyoke gets state employee training grant | masslive

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      Meridian Industrial Group of Holyoke gets state employee training grant | masslive

      Meridian Industrial Group, a Holyoke company that specializes in machining very large parts for the power generation, medical, defense and aerospace industries, has received a $63,900 worker-training grant from the state.  The company will use the grant to train 28 employees and add three more. It has a total of 30 employees.  The grant was one of 28 grants from the Workforce Training Fund announced recently by Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian. The grants are awarded through the Commonwealth Corp. All told, they will go to 72 companies around Massachusetts.

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Holyoke

    3. Holyoke beginning $250,000 assessment of old Parsons Paper mill with aim of marketing the site

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      Holyoke beginning $250,000 assessment of old Parsons Paper mill with aim of marketing the site

      Established in 1853, Parsons Paper Co. was the first paper company in a city that came to be called the Paper City, for the mills devoted to that endeavor, and now a $250,000 review is underway to make the ravaged site marketable again. "Essentially, it's looking at soil conditions where one would suspect contaminants could have accumulated due to prior operations of the paper mill site. It really depends on what is found," Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development, said in an email Friday (Oct. 17).

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      Comment Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    4. Holyoke company VertitechIT announces deal with Baystate Health to manage new data system

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      Holyoke company VertitechIT announces deal with Baystate Health to manage new data system

      The announcement of VertitechIT's work with Baystate Health came during a ceremony officially opening VertitechIT's headquarters at Open Square off Lyman Street. The 13-year-old company moved here in March from Northampton. Clownishly large scissors wielded by VertitechIT founders and Mayor Alex B. Morse snipped a computer cable filling in as a ribbon at the VertitechIT office. Chief Operating Officer Gregory H. Pellerin said the growing company needed a comfortable, tech-friendly place to expand. Holyoke, with the presence of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center a block away, provided that, he said.

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      Comment Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Baystate Health   Kathleen G. Anderson

    5. Massachusetts unemployment rises despite job gains | masslive

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      Massachusetts unemployment rises despite job gains | masslive

      The state of Massachusetts added 9,400 jobs in September for a new total of more than 3.4 million.  The state's unemployment rate rose by two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 percent. the labor force increased by 14,600, a good sign economists say because it shows more people are looking for work. That larger labor force can lead to a higher unemployment rate.

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    6. ACCGS to Host Speed-networking Breakfast on Nov. 5

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      ACCGS to Host Speed-networking Breakfast on Nov. 5

      The breakfast will take a wide departure from the salutes-and-speakers format of the traditional breakfasts and will provide attendees with a quick and entertaining opportunity to introduce themselves and pitch their company to the other attendees. The core concept to speed networking is the ‘elevator speech,’ a short summary of an individual, business, organization, product, or service — a summary that a person could deliver in the time span of a short elevator ride.

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    7. 'Top Chef Springfield'?: Business Improvement District could offer restaurant space to competition winner | masslive

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      'Top Chef Springfield'?: Business Improvement District could offer restaurant space to competition winner | masslive

      Imagine a 'Top Chef' or 'Chopped'-style contest with a ready-to-go restaurant location in downtown Springfield offered as the prize.  'We are working on a restaurant contest where we would help out a new restaurateur,' said Christopher Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   Springfield Business Improvement District

    8. Holyoke officials to welcome VertitechIT national computer consultant to new Open Square headquarters

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      Holyoke officials to welcome VertitechIT national computer consultant to new Open Square headquarters

      VertitechIT, a computer networking and consulting company, will hold a ceremony at its national headquarters here at 5 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 17) at Open Square off Lyman Street. The announcement will include discussion about high-tech jobs and a business arrangement with Baystate Health, Vice President Steve Shaw said in a phone interview Thursday

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst College

    9. Western Massachusetts Film and Media Exchange - Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

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      Western Massachusetts Film and Media Exchange - Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

      The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC), in partnershipwith Baystate Health, will produce the FIRST WMASS Film & Media Exchange at Baystate Health’s Whitney Avenue Conference Center, 361 Whitney Avenue Holyoke, MA 01040

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      Comment Mentions:   Baystate Health   Holyoke

    10. MBTA: Red and Orange line decision due within a month, two companies want to build the cars in Springfield | masslive

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      MBTA: Red and Orange line decision due within a month, two companies want to build the cars in Springfield | masslive

      MBTA staff plan to recommend a manufacturer of the new Red Line and Orange Line subway cars to the T's board of directors within a month.  The decision will likely have an impact here in Springfield where two manufacturers - Hyundai Rotem, a South Korean industrial giant, Chinese company, CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., the largest maker of rail cars in the world - have both announced plans to do the work in Springfield if they are selected.

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      Comment Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield

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