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    1. MassHealth to move into former unemployment insurance call center at 88 Industry Ave. in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 24 2016)

      MassHealth to move into former unemployment insurance call center at 88 Industry Ave. in Springfield

      The state plans to move its MassHealth Enrollment Center from 333 Bridge St. in downtown Springfield out to the former Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Insurance call center at 88 Industry Ave. The move includes 60 MassHealth employees. Officials at the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services said in an email this week that they expect the move to be completed by late summer or early fall. The move is necessary because the state's lease is up at its current walk-in enrollment center at 333 Bridge St., an office building overlooking Stearns Square.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield

    2. State approves 4 Western Mass. projects for 'economic development incentive program'

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 24 2016)

      State approves 4 Western Mass. projects for 'economic development incentive program'

      Four Western Massachusetts projects that are expected to generate new jobs and millions in private investment have been approved to participate in a state economic development incentive program. The local projects — one in West Springfield, one in Westfield, and two in North Adams — were among 18 projects approved this week by the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC). All told, the projects are expected to create 855 jobs and retain 2,958 jobs throughout Massachusetts, while leveraging almost $200 million in private investment. "Through targeted business development tools like the Economic Development Incentive Program, we will continue to support sustainable, long-term ...

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    3. The Cubit conversion continues with state OK of tax incentives for Holyoke project

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      The Cubit conversion continues with state OK of tax incentives for Holyoke project

      The state has approved tax incentives to help brothers Denis and Marco Luzuriaga convert a factory at Appleton and Race streets into commercial spaces and residential lofts known as The Cubit. "I'm pleased that the Economic Development Incentive Program application for The Cubit project have been approved by the state," Mayor Alex B. Morse said Wednesday. "Denis and Marco have put together a plan that will complement the great work happening in our urban core. "This incentive will go a long way to ensuring their vision becomes reality. I thank the Baker administration for their continued support of these ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    4. WinnDevelopment plans $60M apartment project at Ludlow Mills

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 23 2016)

      WinnDevelopment plans $60M apartment project at Ludlow Mills

      WinnDevelopment announced Thursday that it will build 100 to 136 market-rate apartments, as well as commercial, retail and office space, in the iconic clock tower building at Ludlow Mills over the next few years. It will be a $60 million project with construction beginning in a year to 18 months, said  Lawrence H. Curtis, president and managing partner of WinnDevelopment, which is currently constructing 75 active senior apartments in the adjacent Mill 8 building.

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      Comment Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   HealthSouth

    5. At WMass Developers Conference, Gov. Charlie Baker says $918M economic development bill would uplift Mass. outside of I-495

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      At WMass Developers Conference, Gov. Charlie Baker says $918M economic development bill would uplift Mass. outside of I-495

      Baker's economic development bill is a $918 million piece of legislation that could let the state help Gateway Cities like Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee develop unused industrial brownfields and accomplish other tasks. The bill also looks to regions around the state to take the lead in business matters, instead of looking to Boston for direction. The bill would also fund MassWorks infrastructure grants often used of Western Massachusetts Programs and the MassDevelopment. "I can tell you that the economic development bill will have a lot more impact on life outside of 495 than it will inside of 495," Baker ...

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      Comment Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassDevelopment   MassMutual Center

    6. DevelopSpringfield opens rehabbed Merrick Phelps House, originally built for inventor of monkey wrench | masslive.com

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      DevelopSpringfield opens rehabbed Merrick Phelps House, originally built for inventor of monkey wrench | masslive.com

      The historic Merrick Phelps House at 83 Maple St. has gone from a drug-scarred eyesore to the anchor of a business park its owners, DevelopSpringfield, envision for the block.  'This was the most blighted house in the neighborhood,' said Jay Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield, the public-private partnership that showcased the $1.8-million purchase and rehab project Wednesday afternoon. 'Think of all the traffic on Maple. This was 'Welcome to Downtown Springfield.' Think of all the children at the Milton Bradley School who had to look out at that symbol of blight. All that has been reversed.'

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    7. Former Sen. Michael Knapik hired to run Gov. Charlie Baker's Springfield office

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 22 2016)

      Former Sen. Michael Knapik hired to run Gov. Charlie Baker's Springfield office

      Knapik served n the state Senate for 18 years, beginning in 1995, and was a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He resigned in 2013 to take a job as director of advancement, alumni and university relations at Westfield State University. He is also executive director of Westfield State Foundation, the university's fundraising arm.

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      Comment Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Westfield

    8. People In Business: Eric Nelson of Westmass

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 22 2016)

      People In Business: Eric Nelson of Westmass

      The Westmass Area Development Corporation Board has named Eric Nelson new President and CEO of the private nonprofit industrial and business development corporation that offers master-planned land resources at Chicopee River Business Park, Hadley University Business Park, Deer Park in East Longmeadow and at the historic Ludlow Mills. Nelson replaces Kenn Delude, who is retiring after 10 years as President and CEO of the organization. Nelson has over 30 years of experience in site development and design and has consulted on numerous industrial and commercial site development projects. His background also encompasses financing development and creating public-private partnership agreements.

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      Comment Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Chicopee

    9. 24 west-of-the-river communities score $8.7M in Community Development Block grants

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 22 2016)

      24 west-of-the-river communities score $8.7M in Community Development Block grants

      Two dozen Western Massachusetts cities and towns west of the Connecticut River have been awarded over $8.7 million in Community Development Block Grants, enabling municipalities in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties to pursue economic development projects and support the needs of low- and moderate-income residents. The latest round of grant funding, part of an overall $28 million statewide grant package, was announced Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. The grants will help preserve affordable housing, improve infrastructure, and provide "social services to the vulnerable," Baker said

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      Comment Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    10. CityBlock Concert Series Finalizes Summer Lineup

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 22 2016)

      CityBlock Concert Series Finalizes Summer Lineup

      The Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) announced that the lineup for the CityBlock Concert Series, presented by MassMutual Financial Group, has been finalized.  The Thursday-evening shows start with FAT on June 30 in Court Square. The shows then move to Stearns Square for the rest of the summer, and include Ricky Nelson Remembered (July 7), Forever Motown (July 14), the Machine performs Pink Floyd (July 21), Natalie Stovall and the Drive (July 28), Terry Sylvester (Aug. 4), Max Creek (Aug. 11), Blessid Union of Souls (Aug. 18), and the Shadowboxers (Aug. 25). All concerts are at 6:30 p.m.

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      Comment Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

  3. Western Massachusetts- It's Your Move