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

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      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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      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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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    3. I-91 Viaduct Project Will Provide Concrete Benefits

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      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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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    4. DevelopSpringfield to Host Celebrate Springfield Dinner Event

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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    8. Tech Foundry Recruits a More Diverse Student Body

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      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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      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

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

    12. 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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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    13. 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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    14. 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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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    15. 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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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    16. 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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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Chicopee

    17. 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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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    18. 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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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Smith College   Westfield State University

    19. 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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      Mentions:   Northampton   Easthampton

    20. 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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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    21. 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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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield City Council   Springfield

    22. 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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      Mentions:   Comcast   MassMutual   MassMutual Center

    23. 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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      Mentions:   Western New England University   The Republican   Valley Venture Mentors

    24. Downtown Springfield's Silverbrick Lofts make 'urban living' a luxurious reality

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      Downtown Springfield's Silverbrick Lofts make 'urban living' a luxurious reality

      The luxury space at SilverBrick Lofts, located at 15 Taylor St. and operated by a Manhattan-based company, wasn't the only reason the graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst chose to live in the heart of the City of Homes. Montero, a former Teach for America corps member who served for two years in Memphis, says he loves the diversity and vitality of urban living.  And, as the founder of the new Grade 6-12 Libertas Charter Academy, slated to open in Springfield in the fall, living in the city was always a given.  "It's important for me ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College

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