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

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      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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    2. FHREB Announces One-stop Career Center Service Provider

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      The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) announced that the Franklin Hampshire Employment and Training Consortium (FHETC) in Greenfield has been selected to provide one-stop career-center services to Franklin and Hampshire counties and the North Quabbin region for the next four years, through June 2022. The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires that resources to serve disadvantaged adults, dislocated workers, and youth through public employment centers be put out to bid every four years. Prospective providers must submit a detailed plan for marketing, recruitment, assessment, training, and placement of job seekers, as well demonstrate solid and successful experience working ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Northampton   Greenfield

    3. UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

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      UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst hopes maroon will soon not only symbolize the campus colors but also innovation.  University officials announced this week the formation of the Maroon Venture Partners Fund, a new effort to support entrepreneurship among alumni, faculty and students. "UMass Amherst, as the Commonwealth's flagship, plays a crucial role in the state's innovation economy," Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said. "Our research in fields such as applied life sciences, advanced manufacturing, food science, big data and climate science are internationally recognized. The ingenuity and expertise of our faculty and students, as well as our alumni, provide fertile ...

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    4. Boston Symphony Orchestra announces $30 million Tanglewood building project | masslive.com

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      Boston Symphony Orchestra announces $30 million Tanglewood building project | masslive.com

      The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced a $30 million project for its Berkshires summer home at Tanglewood in Lenox.  The four-building complex is designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO's summer music academy.  The new construction will house the planned Tanglewood Learning Institute and includes a multi-use building to accommodate rehearsals and performances with a 200-seat concert hall and a building housing a 150-seat cafe designed to encourage interaction between musicians and audience members that will serve as a hub for visitors.

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    5. Springfield taking applications for HUD loans to lure downtown restaurants

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      Springfield taking applications for HUD loans to lure downtown restaurants

      The city, as part of an effort to attract experienced restaurant owners to a downtown dining district, has begun accepting applications for federally funded low-interest loans for those new businesses. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the launch of the application process on Tuesday for the Downtown Dining District Fund loan program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be funding up to $1.5 million to support full-service restaurants, with individual loans ranging from $50,000 to $200,000. "This is another piece, building off of the tremendous momentum we are seeing from the nearing completion of ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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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