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    1. Can Massachusetts become a leader in digital healthcare? Gov. Charlie Baker's innovation chief Katie Stebbins argues yes

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      Can Massachusetts become a leader in digital healthcare? Gov. Charlie Baker's innovation chief Katie Stebbins argues yes

      The future is here and more is on the way: Sensors, which if installed into pill bottles would be able to register when the bottle is lighter and what time it occurred.  "If you have a senior citizen you're caring for, you might be able to monitor remotely through your smartphone, 'has my aging parent taken their medicine or have they not,'" says Katie Stebbins, who previously held jobs with the city of Springfield and the Holyoke Innovation District. Stebbins now works as Gov. Charlie Baker's assistant secretary for innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    2. Chicopee receives $3.2 million in state funding to repair schools

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      Chicopee receives $3.2 million in state funding to repair schools

      The Massachusetts School Building Authority agreed to grant $3,253,900 toward the project. The city will have to pick up the remaining $1,628,000 that it will cost for the two projects, state officials said. The approval was part of a $54.3 million allocation granted to school districts across the state to help them make repairs to schools. The money under the accelerated repair program mainly is spend to replace roofs, windows, doors and heating systems, state officials said.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Chicopee

    3. Demolition delay order lapses, developer prepares for $17 million hotel project in Springfield South End

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      Demolition delay order lapses, developer prepares for $17 million hotel project in Springfield South End

      Louis Masaschi said he will apply for the demolition permit this month, tear down the warehouse building at 24 Park St., and hopes to begin construction of a new five-story, 112-room hotel by late spring. Masaschi, as president and managing partner of JLL Realty Developers LLC, owns the Park Street property, which is diagonally across from the $950 million MGM Springfield casino project under construction. Masaschi is planning a Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel in place of the existing building, which is more than 100 years old.

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    4. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

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      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Smith College will receive nearly half a million dollars for its life sciences facilities, one of several Massachusetts colleges and high schools to receive state grants focused on science and technology. The $497,000 grant will pay for advanced instrumentation for two research centers, allowing Smith to train life sciences majors with state-of-the-art technology, according to the state. The purchases will also ground Smith's outreach endeavors to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 in practices relevant to the newest discoveries.

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      Comment Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Smith College   Westfield State University

    5. William F. Martin: To succeed in the 21st century, Greenfield must be relevant to economic development while providing for the residents

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      The small city known as the town of Greenfield is strategically situated at the intersection of Interstate 91 and cross-state Route 2 in the upper Pioneer Valley at the base of the Mohawk Trail. Settled in 1686, Greenfield has been the crossroads for commercial, cultural, governmental, judicial, entertainment, health and transportation activities for over 200 years. To succeed in the 21st century, Greenfield must be relevant to the requirements of economic development while providing for the residents. We must recognize and be true to our responsibility as the capital of Franklin County, and we must share in the same vision ...

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    6. Entrepreneurs and public investment fuel Easthampton's growth

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      Entrepreneurs and public investment fuel Easthampton's growth

      While still traditional at its core, Easthampton has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, thanks in part to an influx of young families, artists and entrepreneurs drawn by abundant mill space, reasonably priced homes, walkable streets and abundant natural beauty.  Creative development has benefited from proactive zoning and key public infrastructure investments. Three renovated 19th-century mills on Pleasant Street -- Mill 180, the Keystone Mill and Eastworks -- now host light manufacturing, restaurants and breweries, craft fabrication studios, and live-work artist lofts -- all backed by an adjacent bike path, a nearby public park, a well-lit parking lot and modern utilities.

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      Comment Mentions:   Northampton   Easthampton

    7. STCC President John Cook welcomed by Latino community at reception (photos)

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      STCC President John Cook welcomed by Latino community at reception (photos)

      With more than 25 percent of the students at Springfield Technical Community College identifying as Hispanic / Latino, the school's Hispanic Association in Higher Education held a reception for new college President John B. Cook to introduce him to local Latino leaders. "For him to have a connection with the Latino community is extremely important given the fact that more than 25 percent of our student body is Latino," said Irma Garcia-Zingarelli, chair of the association, which hosted the event on campus Thursday night along with businessman and chairman of Partners for Community Heriberto Flores.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield City Council   Springfield

    8. MGM Springfield to take over sole management of MassMutual Center

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      MGM Springfield to take over sole management of MassMutual Center

      MGM Springfield has finalized a deal to take over exclusive management of the MassMutual Center, 10 months after winning a joint management bid with the Comcast-owned company Spectra. The arena had been operated by Spectra, formerly Global Spectrum, since 2005. Last year MGM and Spectra began joint management of the venue, and the casino company has now cemented plans to take over day-to-day operations. "We are thrilled to enter into this agreement that leverages the best of what our company has to offer, in order to make best use of the MMC and drive downtown economic development," MGM Springfield President ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Comcast   MassMutual   MassMutual Center

    9. Tim Kennedy named President of MassLive Media as Allison Werder steps down

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      Tim Kennedy named President of MassLive Media as Allison Werder steps down

      Randy Siegel, President of Advance Local, announced today that Allison Werder will step down as President of MassLive Media at the end of February and will be replaced by Tim Kennedy, who will now oversee MassLive Media in addition to his current responsibilities as President of Syracuse Media Group. "There are a lot of talented people in the MassLive Media organization and I look forward to working with them to accelerate the strong digital audience and revenue growth both companies have enjoyed in New York and Massachusetts," said Kennedy.  "Our goal is to do good journalism and build an even ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Western New England University   The Republican   Valley Venture Mentors

    10. Northampton invests in its downtown and Pleasant Street corridor

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      Northampton invests in its downtown and Pleasant Street corridor

      Mayor David Narkewicz said he has no intention of letting downtown Northampton rest on its laurels. The city's recent progress is obvious -- a newly redesigned Pulaski Park anchors the west end of Main Street, new shops have opened or moved to larger spaces and a number of major developments are underway. "Pulaski Park was a major investment in our downtown, and a major investment in our local economy," said Narkewicz. "It has transformed that end of Main Street." Designed by Stephen Stimson Associates of Cambridge, the park opened in July thanks in part to Community Preservation Act funds and ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke   Northampton BID

  3. Western Massachusetts- It's Your Move