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    1. Macy's selling closed Eastfield Mall location in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 24 2017)

      Macy's selling closed Eastfield Mall location in Springfield

      Macy's has put its former store in the Eastfield Mall up for sale, part of a nationwide effort by the beleaguered retailer to dump its closed or soon-to-be-closed stores. The Eastfield Mall space, once a suburban location of Springfield's beloved Steiger's Department Store, is owned by Macy's. That means it has separate ownership from the mall to which it is attached. A sales brochure posted on the real estate website LoopNet this week does not include an asking price. But the advertising piece, embedded below, does describe the store. It totals 127,000 square feet on ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Eastfield Mall

    2. Norwegian Air to offer flights from Bradley to Scotland | masslive.com

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      Norwegian Air to offer flights from Bradley to Scotland | masslive.com

      Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Express plans to offer flights from Bradley International Airport to Edinburgh, Scotland, with introductory fares as low as $65 one way.
      Norwegian Air is the second transatlantic carrier to expand to Bradley in the past year. In September, Aer Lingus started flying nonstop between Bradley and Dublin, returning European service to the Knowledge Corridor region of Massachusetts and Connecticut for the first time since Northwest scrapped its Amsterdam flights in 2008.

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      Comment Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    3. I-91 Viaduct Project Will Provide Concrete Benefits

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 24 2017)

      I-91 Viaduct Project Will Provide Concrete Benefits

      In May 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation signed a $148 million contract with the Joint Venture of JF White-Schiavone to overhaul the 1-91 viaduct in Springfield. The project is immense in scope, and although it has inconvenienced drivers, especially during peak hours, it is ahead of schedule and brings concrete benefits for the local economy and area businesses that manufacture or provide products needed for the repair and reconstruction of the 45-year-old section of highway.

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    4. DevelopSpringfield to Host Celebrate Springfield Dinner Event

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 23 2017)

      DevelopSpringfield to Host Celebrate Springfield Dinner Event

      DevelopSpringfield will host its sixth annual Celebrate Springfield dinner event on Wednesday, March 15 in celebration of Springfield and the many accomplishments the community has achieved over the past year along with exciting new initiatives underway. The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Festivities will include a reception with live music by the Eric Bascom Trio, networking, a cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner and a fun, informative panel conversation and award presentations. Panelists will include Secretary Jay Ash, Executive Office of Housing and Economic ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   MassMutual Center

    5. Bay Path Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 23 2017)

      Bay Path University and Western New England University’s School of Law recently signed a 3+3 articulation agreement that allows undergraduate students attending Bay Path to apply for admission to the law school and begin their legal education during their senior year. This could shorten the time for students to earn both their bachelor’s and JD degrees from seven years to six years. “We are so proud to offer this opportunity for our students to pursue JD degrees,” said Bay Path Provost Melissa Morriss-Olson. “The 3+3 program not only enhances the strength of the existing partnership between ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    6. AIC Announces 100% Pass Rate for Occupational Therapy Program

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 23 2017)

      American International College (AIC) announced that its master’s-level occupational therapy pass rate for 2016 is 100%, as designated by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy Inc. (NBCOT). NBCOT is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational-therapy profession, setting a world-class standard for certification of occupational-therapy practitioners. It also works with state regulatory authorities and employers, providing information on credentials and professional conduct. NBCOT develops, administers, and continually reviews its certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence for the practice of occupational therapy.

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      Comment Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    7. MassDevelopment readies Springfield's former Skyplex for new restaurants

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      MassDevelopment readies Springfield's former Skyplex for new restaurants

      MassDevelopment is cleaning out and renovating the former Skyplex nightclub at 8-12 Stearns Square as it continues to look for a business, or businesses, to take over the space. "Let's get the building's bones in good shape so as we identify tenants we can begin to work with them on modifications for their use," said Zach Greene, senior vice president of asset management at MassDevelopment. "We have had a number of conversations with a lot of prospective tenants." Greene wouldn't comment specific prospective tenants.

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      Comment Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    8. Tech Foundry Recruits a More Diverse Student Body

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 23 2017)

      Tech Foundry Recruits a More Diverse Student Body

      When it was founded in 2013, Tech Foundry, a program conceived to create a steady pipeline of workers for the IT sector, focused primarily on area high-school students. But research — and experience — revealed that these young people were choosing other destinations (especially area colleges) rather than area technology firms. So today, the classrooms feature a much more diverse group of students.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    9. Eversource gains approval for 23-acre solar farm on Montague Plains | masslive.com

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      Eversource gains approval for 23-acre solar farm on Montague Plains | masslive.com

      Eversource Energy has gained local approval for a major solar farm on a set of parcels it owns on the Montague Plains.  The Montague Planning Board granted a special permit for the 6-megawatt project on Jan. 24. It will be the largest solar facility in Franklin County. The project includes more than 18,000 solar panels.  An Environmental Notification Form for the project was published by the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office on Feb. 22.

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    10. Texas-based Visionworks to open where Pizza Studio once was in Hadley

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 22 2017)

      Texas-based Visionworks to open where Pizza Studio once was in Hadley

      GNC, the vitamin supplement shop, has left the Hampshire Mall and opened across the street to become the new neighbor of Starbucks's at Hadley Corner. An eyeglass-eyecare shop, meanwhile, will open next to the vitamin shop where Pizza Studio once was. Construction workers putting finishing touches on several businesses at Hadley Corner The San Antonio, Texas-based Visionworks will open this spring, said Natick developer Eugene Crowley.  A construction crew was working there Wednesday morning and expected to finish work next month. According to the Visionworks website - the company, formerly Eye Care Centers, has 700 retail shops in 42 states.

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