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    1. Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce names Georgia Moore president | masslive.com

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      Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce names Georgia Moore president | masslive.com

      The director of leadership gifts at Cooley Dickinson Health Care in Northampton is the new president of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.  Georgia Moore was named president Jan. 10, succeeding Julie Marcus, who served as the president in 2016.  'The chamber is a vital and important resource for the Amherst area. I look forward to working with the board and chamber staff in supporting and advocating for our members,' Moore said in a press release.

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    2. Advertising Club Calling for 2017 Scholarship Applications

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      Advertising Club Calling for 2017 Scholarship Applications

      The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts announced that its 2017 scholarship applications are now available online at adclubwm.org. Applications will also be available through guidance departments at high schools in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties, or by contacting the Ad Club at (413) 736-2582. Western Mass. seniors who plan to attend an accredited college or technical school in the fall of 2017 to study advertising, communications, marketing, or graphics arts are encouraged to apply. The scholarship must be applied against tuition and fees at the school. Candidates will be judged on academic performance; extracurricular activities; community service and/or ...

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    3. Springfield post office expands to meet growing package demand

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      Springfield post office expands to meet growing package demand

      The U.S. Postal Service is renovating the back of the Springfield post office at Main and Liberty streets to accommodate a growing volume of packages sent through the mail. The area is called the workroom floor, said postal service spokeswoman Christine Dugas. Letter carriers were moved out of the building to a nearby postal facility about a year ago to make room for construction, and they recently returned. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of February, Dugas said.

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    4. Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

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      Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

      The Western MA Slider Slam Challenge, hosted by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, is coming to the Carriage House at the Eastern States Exposition on Thursday, Feb. 9. The first-time event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carriage House banquet facility at Storrowton Village, located on the grounds of The Big E at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield. MassLive's own Nick "I ate it" O'Malley, author of the website's popular "I Ate it So You Don't Have To" column, will serve as a judge at Slider Slam.

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra

    5. Area Hospitality Venues Prepare for the Arrival of MGM

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      Area Hospitality Venues Prepare for the Arrival of MGM

      As the most significant development in Springfield’s recent history, the MGM casino set to open in 2018 is sure to be a tantalizing attraction for meeting and convention planners. That poses a new competitive threat for the region’s many established hospitality facilities, but some of the larger players don’t see it that way. Instead, they believe the additional traffic MGM brings to Springfield will raise all boats, bringing opportunity to venues that are prepared to leverage it by doubling down on what makes them unique.

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    6. HAPHousing building 4-story, $19.9M apartment and retail complex at former Pleasant St. lodging house in Northampton | masslive.com

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      HAPHousing building 4-story, $19.9M apartment and retail complex at former Pleasant St. lodging house in Northampton | masslive.com

      HAPHousing has begun construction of a four-story, $19.9 million building to house 70 rental apartments and 2,600 square feet of retail space at 155 Pleasant St., where a single-room lodging house once stood.  According to Peter Gagliardi, the HAPHousing president and CEO, construction is scheduled be completed in a year, with occupancy slated for March 2018.  'HAPHousing is excited to contribute to the revitalization of Pleasant Street,' he said.

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      Comment Mentions:   Northampton

    7. Western New England University announces business scholarship

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      Western New England University announces business scholarship

      Western New England University announced this week its $2,000 Business Impact Scholarship to students from Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties who are enrolled as new students in the College of Business starting in the fall of 2017. "We think we have an outstanding product and we want to make Western New England university as affordable as we can to people in our region," said Bryan Gross, vice president for enrollment management at Western New England University. "We've gained a lot of positive momentum."

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      Comment Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    8. Ruben Flores-Marzan is Ware's new director of planning and community development

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      Ruben Flores-Marzan is Ware's new director of planning and community development

      By a 4-1 vote, selectmen on Tuesday confirmed the town manager's selection of Ruben Flores-Marzan as the municipality's new director of planning and community development. He begins work on Thursday, with an annual salary of $64,000, Town Manager Stuart Beckley said. Selectman John Desmond, who voted against Flores-Marzan, alluded to the fiscal condition of the town, and said, "The last thing we need to do is hire more people." Desmond also questioned whether a planning director would "inspire" economic activity. "We haven't seen any growth and I don't see that changing," the selectman said.

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    9. West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

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      West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

      West Springfield officials are working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to come up with a plan for the overcrowded school, which needs more than just a makeover, according to some Coburn teachers, who support a healthier learning and teaching environment for students and faculty.  West Side may be eligible for a grant from the MSBA, which is why city officials are looking to borrow $850,000 for a feasibility study and schematic designs for a new Coburn. The loan authorization would allow the city treasurer, with approval from Mayor Will Reichelt, to borrow the money.

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    10. 2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals | WalletHub®

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      2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals | WalletHub®

      STEM workers are in fierce demand and not just in the global epicenter of high tech known as Silicon Valley. According to estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations between 2010 and 2020. That should be welcome news to job seekers with skills in these areas, half of which do not even require a four-year college degree.

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