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    1. International Metal Products of Chicopee to expand with $350,000 MassDevelopment loan | masslive

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      International Metal Products of Chicopee to expand with $350,000 MassDevelopment loan | masslive

      International Metal Products in Chicopee, also known as IMP, plans to expand production and its workforce with a $350,000 loan secured through MassDevelopment and Nuvo Bank & Trust Co.  The 100-year-old company makes polished metal products including rings for shampoo bottles and machine parts, but specializes in metal clips for pens.  According to MassDevelopment, International Metal Products will use the $350,000 to meet toll and die design costs. The equipment has been ordered.  The company is making the move because of increasing demand for it s products from around the world.  International Metal Products expects the expansion to create ...

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      Comment Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    2. Tell Tool TIF tax deal passes Westfield City Council | masslive

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      Tell Tool TIF tax deal passes Westfield City Council | masslive

      A Westfield company will receive a tax discount on its upcoming expansion, but city councilors were quick say the deal is different from a recent controversial tax deal with another local company.  At Thursday night's city council meeting, Tell Tool Inc. was awarded a tax increment financing agreement (TIF) for a 30,000-square-foot expansion to its facility on Turnpike Industrial Road in Westfield. The company has been in Westfield for more than 45 years, and as part of the agreement it will add 17 new employees.  In the TIF, Tell Tool receives a tax break on the expanded portion ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Westfield

    3. Springfield Water and Sewer Commission moves forward with $24 million, six-mile water transmission main project in Agawam

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      Springfield Water and Sewer Commission moves forward with $24 million, six-mile water transmission main project in Agawam

      The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission launched a $24 million construction project in September that will replace a 6-mile long water transmission pipeline from the Provin Mountain Reservoir in Agawam to the Route 5 rotary. Baltazar Contractors of Ludlow was hired for the "South Transmission Main" project that is expected to take approximately 18 months to two years to complete, said Joyce Mulvaney, commission spokeswoman

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    4. Massachusetts unemployment: state adds 1200 jobs but unemployment rate

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      Massachusetts unemployment: state adds 1200 jobs but unemployment rate

      Massachusetts added 1,200 jobs in October, but the state's unemployment rate remained at 6 percent. the national average is 5.8 percent. Massachusetts has added a net of 52,600 jobs in the year since October 2013. Of those 50,400 have been in the private sector, according to statistics released Thursday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    5. MGM Springfield submits final environmental impact study for $800M urban casino to Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs | masslive

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      MGM Springfield submits final environmental impact study for $800M urban casino to Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs | masslive

      Moving one step closer to opening its planned $800 million downtown Springfield casino, MGM Resorts International has submitted its final environmental impact study, allowing for a month of public comments before state approval.  The public comment period, which begins as the full environmental impact statement is published.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   MGM   MGM Resorts International

    6. Under Construction: Holyoke Community College Center for Health Education at the former Grynn & Barrett | masslive

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      Under Construction: Holyoke Community College Center for Health Education at the former Grynn & Barrett | masslive

      Work has begun transforming the former Grynn & Barrett photography studio at 404 Jarvis Avenue into Holyoke Community College's new Center for Health Education .
      The Center will be home to Holyoke Community College's nursing and radiologic technology programs, according to a news release. Workers began last week removing carpets, ceilings, pipes, ducts, wires. Workers will eventually remove much of the building's interior.  General contractor on the project is Dew Construction Corp. with offices in Vermont and New Hampshire.  At 22,000 square-foot building will will include classrooms, conference space, and medical simulation rooms.  The project will cost $7 ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Massachusetts Development Finance Agency   Holyoke

    7. Springfield City Council approves new 3-year deal, annual payment to Business Improvement District

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      Springfield City Council approves new 3-year deal, annual payment to Business Improvement District

      The City Council is considering a new three-year agreement with the Springfield Business Improvement District that includes an annual payment of $70,000 to the organization to assist its downtown enhancement efforts. The proposed 20-page formal agreement details the responsibilities of the Business Improvement District (BID) and the city in ongoing efforts ranging from downtown promotions to litter clean-up, officials said. "We think the BID has been a very good economic development tool for the downtown," Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said Tuesday.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Springfield Business Improvement District

    8. Rick Sullivan, Gov. Deval Patrick's chief of staff, poised to become president & Ceo of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development

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      Rick Sullivan, Gov. Deval Patrick's chief of staff, poised to become president & Ceo of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development

      Richard K. Sullivan Jr., chief of staff for Gov. Deval L. Patrick, has been tapped to become president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council after he completes his responsibilities to the governor in mid-January, the council's board of directors announced Tuesday. Sullivan, formerly Mayor of Westfield and state Energy & Environmental Affairs secretary, will succeed Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council since it was created in 1996. Blair will retire on Dec. 31, ending a 44-year career of creating jobs and developing business opportunities in Western Massachusetts.

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      Comment Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Westfield

    9. Springfield Business Improvement District offers special downtown valet parking for Thanksgiving eve, weekend

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      Springfield Business Improvement District offers special downtown valet parking for Thanksgiving eve, weekend

      The Springfield Business Improvement District will provide a "Park with Ease" program, offering valet parking, on Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 26, as well as the subsequent Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29. Two valet stations will be set up along Main Street in downtown Springfield geared for parking convenience on those dates, for nighttime dining and entertainment. Car acceptance is from 5 to 9 p.m., with retrieval continuing until midnight. One valet station will be located at Court Square and the MassMutual Center, allowing for guests to attend a show at Symphony Hall, dinner at Nadim's, a game at the ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons

    10. United Personnel of Springfield named the number 5 women-led business in Massachusetts | masslive

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      United Personnel of Springfield named the number 5 women-led business in Massachusetts | masslive

      United Personnel has been ranked the #5 Woman Led Business in the state by The Boston Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute, an organization dedicated to supporting and advancing women's leadership.  The 100 woman-led organizations recognized had total revenue of $73 billion last year, a clear indication of the impact female leaders have in driving the state’s economy.  United Personnel of Springfield named the number five women-led business in Massachusetts.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Mary Ellen Scott

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