1. From the EDC

    1. Landmark at Monastery Heights sold for $11.9M to new entry in assisted living industry

      Landmark at Monastery Heights sold for $11.9M to new entry in assisted living industry

      Landmark at Monastery Heights is now Prosper at Monastery Heights after being sold earlier this month to a startup Prosper Life Care for $11.95 million. Prosper — a partnership among two businessmen from western New York and the owner of home care agencies based in Westborough, Massachusetts — also bought the former Landmark property in Fall River for $14.1 million, according to records at the registry of deeds there.

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    2. Chicopee’s McKinstry Market Garden to be replaced with bigger, better farm store

      Chicopee’s McKinstry Market Garden to be replaced with bigger, better farm store

      One of the most iconic farm stores in the area has been torn down to make way for a bigger and better business that will reopen in the spring. The McKinstry family is replacing its McKinstry Market Garden, which has been standing in the same spot at 753 Montgomery St. since the 1950s. The new building will be about 7,000 square feet — more than twice the size of the former store.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    3. Massachusetts casinos report stronger December revenue; MGM Springfield gross gambling revenue up $900K from November

      Massachusetts casinos report stronger December revenue; MGM Springfield gross gambling revenue up $900K from November

      Business at MGM Springfield and the state’s other two resort casinos rebounded in December, according to figures released Friday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission — but revenue still remains well below pre-COVID levels. Plainridge Park Casino, MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor generated about $50 million in gross gaming revenue in December 2020, according to the Gaming Commission, which releases updated revenue figures on the 15th of each month.

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      Mentions: Springfield MGM
    4. Going for a new PPP loan? SBA revises rules on employee and owner salaries, bonuses

      Going for a new PPP loan? SBA revises rules on employee and owner salaries, bonuses

      The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program is now up and running — at least for some lenders — and it comes with new rules on how much small businesses can pay their employees and still get full forgiveness. Small businesses are still limited to $100,000 salary caps, annualized over the period during which the business spends the PPP loan proceeds. But the covered period, which used to be a choice between either eight weeks or 24 weeks, is now any number of weeks between eight and 24, which means every small business will have to carefully watch its spending.

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  2. Western Massachusetts Business News

    1. HCC Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series Returns Jan. 27

      HCC Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series Returns Jan. 27

      Luz Lopez, executive director of MetroCare of Springfield, and Annamarie Golden, director of Community Relations for Baystate Health, will be the featured presenters on Wednesday, Jan. 27, for the first Holyoke Community College (HCC) Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series of 2021. The spring Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. over Zoom on the last Wednesdays of January, February, March, April, and May. Once a month, participants will join a group of women leaders to discuss current issues and ideas to help their leadership development. They will also have the opportunity to ...

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    2. Big Y Announces Third-generation D’Amour Family Appointments

      Big Y Announces Third-generation D’Amour Family Appointments

      The board of directors of Big Y Foods Inc. announced the promotion of two third-generation D’Amour family members. Colin D’Amour has been named senior director of the Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores division, and Christian D’Amour is director of E-commerce. Both appointments represent new and expanding divisions within the company. Colin’s responsibilities include oversight of store operations, site selection, site acquisition, and day-to-day responsibility for product procurement, including fuel for the division. Currently, there are 12 Big Y Express locations, with four more planned for the coming year.

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    3. BusinessTalk with Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council

      BusinessTalk with Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien talks with Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council. The two discuss the state of the economy and the outlook for the balance of 2021. The two also discuss the pandemic, its impact on the local business community, and the possibility that it might provide some opportunities for the region in terms of attracting new businesses — and new residents — who might view Western Mass. as a viable option to higher-cost urban centers like Boston and New York. It’s must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by ...

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      Mentions: Rick Sullivan
    4. Beveridge Family Foundation Donates $50,000 to MHA to Keep Residents Warm

      Beveridge Family Foundation Donates $50,000 to MHA to Keep Residents Warm

      The building at 157 Pine St. served the people of Springfield for generations as a fire station, before being retired from service 25 years ago and converted into 16 studio and one-bedroom apartments. Today it’s home to people with developmental disabilities who receive support services through MHA. During the conversion to apartments, the building’s heating system received some upgrades, but time has taken its toll. “Our facilities team has managed to keep the heating system afloat, but Band-Aid fixes can only do so much for so long,” said Kimberley Lee, vice president of Resource Development & Branding for MHA ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    5. ESE President and CEO, Eugene J. Cassidy, Elected Chairman of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions

      ESE President and CEO, Eugene J. Cassidy, Elected  Chairman of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions

      Eugene J. Cassidy, president and CEO of Eastern States Exposition, was elected Chairman of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) during the organization’s annual business meeting, conducted virtually Dec. 8, 2020. Cassidy said, “I am excited to be leading our trade association during this crucial, unprecedented time. We have recently embarked on the first year of a new decade, and with it, we will have new approaches to our business. We will find creative new ways to conduct our business and we will struggle through the end-days of this pandemic, carrying on with our missions intact, and ...

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    6. Springfield Water and Sewer Commission in line for $251M federal loan for major improvement projects

      Springfield Water and Sewer Commission in line for $251M federal loan for major improvement projects

      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has invited the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission to apply for a $251 million low-interest loan for capital improvements including long-awaited upgrades to the West Parish Filters water treatment plant. The loan would save ratepayers approximately $60 million in borrowing costs over the next 20 years, said commission spokeswoman Jaimye Bartak.

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    7. Baystate, Boston children’s hospitals strengthen Western Massachusetts access to specialized pediatric care

      Baystate, Boston children’s hospitals strengthen Western Massachusetts access to specialized pediatric care

      Dr. Charlotte Boney, who chairs the department of pediatrics at Baystate Children’s Hospital, was “over the moon” Thursday. Baystate Health had just announced it has formalized its long-term relationship with Boston Children’s Hospital to provide Western Massachusetts residents with easier access to highly specialized pediatric care in neurology, dermatology and other areas.

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    8. Tree House Brewing buys former Channing Bete headquarters in Deerfield; event space project announced in November

      Tree House Brewing buys former Channing Bete headquarters in Deerfield; event space project announced in November

      Tree House Brewing Co. bought the former Channing Bete headquarters, manufacturing and warehouse space on Route 5 in South Deerfield for $4.25 million. The transaction, recorded Dec. 30 at the Franklin County Registry of Deeds, follows Tree House’ November announcement that it plans to open a tap room and more at the location sometime in the summer of 2021 depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

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    9. Economic bill offers greater Springfield small business and housing relief

      Economic bill offers greater Springfield small business and housing relief

      Small businesses in Greater Springfield and across the state of Massachusetts have been decimated by the 2020 economic crisis.  Some small businesses and restaurants are in ‘hibernation’ to wait out the crisis and reopen sometime in the future while far too many have already permanently closed.  Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts citizens remain unemployed, renters are being evicted, and many homeowners are unable to pay their mortgage.  The federal relief bill finally signed by President Trump is welcomed relief albeit not nearly enough.

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    Landmark at Monastery Heights sold for $11.9M to new entry in assisted living industry
    Landmark at Monastery Heights sold for $11.9M to new entry in assisted living industry From the EDC
    Chicopee’s McKinstry Market Garden to be replaced with bigger, better farm store
    Chicopee’s McKinstry Market Garden to be replaced with bigger, better farm store From the EDC
    Massachusetts casinos report stronger December revenue; MGM Springfield gross gambling revenue up $900K from November
    Massachusetts casinos report stronger December revenue; MGM Springfield gross gambling revenue up $900K from November From the EDC
    Going for a new PPP loan? SBA revises rules on employee and owner salaries, bonuses
    Going for a new PPP loan? SBA revises rules on employee and owner salaries, bonuses From the EDC
    2020 Western Mass Developers 3D Virtual Conference
    2020 Western Mass Developers 3D Virtual Conference From the EDC
    2020 Western Mass Developers Conference Slated for Oct. 21
    2020 Western Mass Developers Conference Slated for Oct. 21 BusinessWest
    2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference
    2020 Virtual Western MA Developers Conference From the EDC
    Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts
    Entrepreneurs, college presidents, politicians discuss a better business collaboration between eastern and Western Massachusetts masslive.com
    HCC Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series Returns Jan. 27
    HCC Women’s Leadership Luncheon Series Returns Jan. 27 BusinessWest
    Big Y Announces Third-generation D’Amour Family Appointments
    Big Y Announces Third-generation D’Amour Family Appointments BusinessWest
    BusinessTalk with Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council
    BusinessTalk with Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council BusinessWest
    Beveridge Family Foundation Donates $50,000 to MHA to Keep Residents Warm
    Beveridge Family Foundation Donates $50,000 to MHA to Keep Residents Warm BusinessWest
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  2. Western Mass EDC Board Members in the News

    1. (8 articles) Peter Rosskothen
    2. (6 articles) Kevin B. Vann
    3. (4 articles) Carol A. Leary
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    3. (32 articles) MassMutual
    4. (25 articles) The Republican
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    6. (17 articles) Eastern States Exposition
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    8. (13 articles) Peter Pan Bus Lines
  5. Business Leaders in the News

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    3. (8 articles) Robert DeLeo
    4. (3 articles) Alex Morse
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    6. (2 articles) Brian M. Connors
  7. Organizations in the News

    1. (82 articles) University of Massachusetts
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    3. (35 articles) Springfield Technical Community College
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    5. (16 articles) MassDevelopment
    6. (16 articles) Westfield State University
  8. Western Mass Cities in the News

    1. (533 articles) Springfield
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    3. (92 articles) Amherst
    4. (85 articles) Northampton
    5. (79 articles) Westfield
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