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    1. Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills

      Pilot Training Program Underway to Hone Manufacturing Skills

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College and Training & Workforce Options, are piloting a Metrology & CNC Foundations training program. This eight-week, 160-hour, advanced-manufacturing training program, which started on Sept. 25, is training 12 laid-off workers in manufacturing skills in quality control utilizing micrometers, calipers, and coordinate measurement machinery. In addition, trainees will receive training in blueprint reading, shop mathematics, ISO 9001 and AS9100 quality systems, and basic CNC setup and operations.

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    2. Chicopee Uniroyal cleanup receives final EPA brownfields grants

      Chicopee Uniroyal cleanup receives final EPA brownfields grants

      While city officials celebrated receiving three more grants to clean up the Uniroyal property, City Planner Lee Pouliot had some bad news as well. "We are not eligible for any more of the grants," he said. The three grants, each totaling $200,000, are the last the Uniroyal project will receive from the federal Environmental Protection Agency brownfields cleanup program. Other funding for the expensive job of removing hazardous waste such as asbestos and cancer-causing PBC's is not easy to find, Pouliot told the City Council as they formally accepted the grants. Over the years the city has mined ...

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    3. Hampshire Council of Governments awarded $141,875 grant for thermal solar outreach

      Hampshire Council of Governments awarded $141,875 grant for thermal solar outreach

      Hampshire Council of Governments was recently awarded a $141,875 grant to reach out to area residents about using solar panels to heat their homes' hot water. The outreach campaigns is expected to continue through the spring, the council said in a press release. The grant was provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. "The campaign will seek to educate consumers on the benefits of a mature, well-established renewable energy technology that can help them save money on energy while reducing their carbon footprint," the council said in a statement.

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    4. CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars

      CRRC sets ship date for first MBTA Orange Line demonstration cars

      CRRC, which is nearing completion on its 204,000-square-foot rail car factory in East Springfield, will ship the first four prototype Orange Line MBTA cars from China to Boston Nov. 18. The cars will leave via the Port of Shanghai and arrive at the Hub in December -- the first of the 404 Orange and Red line cars CRRC plans to build for the Boston-area subway in the next few years.

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    5. Any Amazon deal should require Western Massachusetts investment, says head of Economic Development Council

      Any Amazon deal should require Western Massachusetts investment, says head of Economic Development Council

      Any Amazon tax and infrastructure incentive package from Massachusetts should require the internet retailing giant to make some investment in the western part of the state, says Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. "So its not all about Suffolk Downs or about any of these other sites that are being discussed," Sullivan said Thursday in an interview. "It is a way to make sure there is some benefit from this project in Western Massachusetts. And you know what? it doesn't cost (the state) a thing."

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    6. 'Westmass Area Development Corporation has done a tremendous job on this project,' US Rep. Richard Neal says while touring Ludlow Mills complex

      'Westmass Area Development Corporation has done a tremendous job on this project,' US Rep. Richard Neal says while touring Ludlow Mills complex

      The conversion of a formerly vacant mill building into 75 apartments for residents age 50 or older is "incredibly impressive," U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said after a recent tour of the sprawling Ludlow Mills complex.  "Westmass Area Development Corp. has done a tremendous job on this project and has shown what can be done to bring these old workspaces back to life," Neal said, referring to the regional not-for-profit industrial and business developer overseeing the multimillion-dollar transformation of the site between State Street and the Chicopee River.

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    7. Laurie Flynn Named President and CEO at Link to Libraries

      Laurie Flynn Named President and CEO at Link to Libraries

      Laurie Flynn says it’s not often that one gets to make their passion their profession. And it was the opportunity to do just that which prompted her to put aside a budding marketing business she co-founded a few years ago and become president and CEO of Link to Libraries (LTL), the decade-old nonprofit that, as the name suggests, puts books on the shelves of school libraries and other agencies and promotes childhood literacy on many levels.

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    8. Elms College to Host Panel Discussion on Healthcare Innovation

      Elms College to Host Panel Discussion on Healthcare Innovation

      Elms College will host a panel discussion on healthcare innovation on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dooley College Center dining room annex. The panel, “Driving Change in the Business of Healthcare,” is presented as a collaboration between the college’s MBA program, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and School of Nursing’s doctor of nursing practice program. The panelists — entrepreneurs and innovators in the business, technology, and clinical sides of healthcare — will share stories of innovating, changing, disrupting, enhancing, advancing, and problem solving in medical and healthcare settings. They will talk about their own paths to ...

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    9. State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      State awards workforce training grants for advanced manufacturing jobs to 8 Massachusetts organizations

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito appeared at Franklin County Technical School on Tuesday, where she awarded $1.33 million to eight workforce training organizations through the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program. The program focuses on reaching veterans, groups with chronically high unemployment, and other adults historically underrepresented in the manufacturing sector, and helps people gain marketable skills. The grants were awarded by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development on behalf of the Governor's Workforce Skills Cabinet, building on $9.5 million in Workforce Skills Capital grants awarded earlier this year.

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    10. Business leaders say enhanced rail service will boost industry and quality of life in Western Mass. & Connecticut

      Business leaders say enhanced rail service will boost industry and quality of life in Western Mass. & Connecticut

      Ninety percent of business leaders in the bi-state Springfield and Hartford region say the soon-to-begin New Haven to Springfield CTrail commuter train service will benefit their enterprise. Many of those businesses, 41 percent, say the most important benefit will be to bring them the skilled workers they need. Nearly half, 49, percent said the service will benefit the region's quality-of-life. This is according to the Hartford New Haven Business Survey unveiled Wednesday by New England's Knowledge Corridor.

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    11. HCC Ramps Up Center for Life Sciences, Campus Center Projects

      HCC Ramps Up Center for Life Sciences, Campus Center Projects

      As construction nears completion on Holyoke Community College’s new Culinary Arts and Hospitality center in downtown Holyoke, two major building projects on the college’s Homestead Avenue campus have just begun. Construction has started on the new HCC Center for Life Sciences, which will occupy about 7,500 square feet on the first floor of the Marieb Building. The $4.5 million project, funded in part by a $3.8 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, involves the creation of two state-of-the-art labs dedicated to biotechnology, genetics, and microbiology, as well as lab-prep areas, storage, and classroom ...

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    12. HCG Kicks off state's first Solar Thermal Challenge campaign

      HCG Kicks off state's first Solar Thermal Challenge campaign

      HCG is kicking off the first round of a solar thermal campaign via a new grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program.  The $141,875 grant will fund three rounds of regional solar thermal outreach campaigns.  After a vigorous vetting process, HCG has been chosen to lead the pilot campaign expected to run from Fall 2017 into the first quarter of 2018, with campaigns in the Greater Boston area led by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Merrimack Planning Commission following later in 2018.    

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    13. Food Sustainability Symposium

      Food Sustainability Symposium

      RecyclingWorks along with Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts are hosting a food waste symposium. This interactive forum will explore ways to start or expand food waste diversion across the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy. Learn how to decide whether a source reduction, food donation, animal feed, composting, and/or anaerobic digestion program might be a good match for your business.

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    14. Bradley International named 5th best airport in the U.S. | masslive.com

      Bradley International named 5th best airport in the U.S. | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport has been named the fifth best airport in the U.S. with a score of 82.35 by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.  'We are very proud to have earned this prestigious recognition, and we thank not only the many travelers who voted for us, but all of the millions of passengers who choose Bradley for their travel needs on an annual basis,' said Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon on Tuesday. 'This distinguished award from the travel community is a testament to our continuous growth and commitment to top-quality customer service at Bradley ...

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    15. UMass hosts conference on green technology

      UMass hosts conference on green technology

      Rick Sullivan, the CEO of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council added that “western Massachusetts and our colleges and universities can supply the workforce in these new and growing sectors.” Sullivan told 22News that there are plenty of jobs available in the green technologies sector and that schools like UMass are critical to training the workforce. Tuesday’s conference keynote speaker was Matthew Beaton, the state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

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    16. Springfield breaks ground on $500K renovation of Jaime Ulloa Park in North End (photos)

      Springfield breaks ground on $500K renovation of Jaime Ulloa Park in North End (photos)

      Jaime Ulloa died more than 35 years ago, but the Springfield park that bears his name lives on and is is getting a $500,000 face lift thanks to federal and local money. Officials gathered at the park on Morgan Street Tuesday in the city's North End neighborhood to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the project. Ulloa, a quadriplegic who was injured in a swimming accident, was "a great, great human being who gave most of his life advocating for the Latino community," said Gumersindo Gomez, executive director of the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center. "We are so proud that ...

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    17. Franklin County Technical School wins grant to upgrade welding and metal fabrication program | masslive.com

      Franklin County Technical School wins grant to upgrade welding and metal fabrication program | masslive.com

      Students with metal fabrication and welding skills can often land good jobs straight out of high school, said Rick Martin, superintendent of Franklin County Technical School.  Franklin Tech recently landed a $495,000 state grant to completely refurbish its welding and fabrication shop, and to integrate it with digital design, robotics, and other modern advancements.  'Everything's done with computers these days,' said Martin. 'This will help our students develop 21st-century job skills. Those skills are in demand.'

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    18. Citing Northampton-to-Easthampton trend, contractor developing small, high-end office spaces in Easthampton's Button Building

      Citing Northampton-to-Easthampton trend, contractor developing small, high-end office spaces in Easthampton's Button Building

      "A decade ago, you wouldn't even think about building something like this," said contractor Kevin Perrier. "Northampton was the place to be. Now, everyone's looking at Easthampton." Perrier, president and CEO of Five Star Building Corp., was referring to the 11 small, "high-end office spaces" he is developing in the Button Building at 123 Cottage St. "There's a need for this kind of space in Easthampton," he said. "I kept getting calls from people. They were looking for well-finished professional offices with modern amenities -- a place where they could meet with their clients."

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    19. AIC Bucks Enrollment Trends Through Innovation, Being Nimble

      AIC Bucks Enrollment Trends Through Innovation, Being Nimble

      American International College has again earned placement on the list of the fastest-growing colleges in the country. Overall, the institution has nearly doubled its enrollment over the past decade or so, largely out of necessity. But the methods for achieving such growth — specifically in response to trends within the marketplace and a high-touch approach to student needs — offers lessons to schools of all sizes

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    20. New Women’s Fund Leader Wants to Broaden the Agency’s Impact

      New Women’s Fund Leader Wants to Broaden the Agency’s Impact

      Donna Haghighat has seen a number of titles on her business cards over the years — everything from ‘tax attorney’ to ‘grants manager’ to ‘founder and CEO’ — yes, she’s launched a few businesses of her own. A common denominator with most all those career stops has been a desire to work with women and girls to identify goals and opportunities and remove the barriers to realizing them. Call it a passion — one that has brought her to her latest business card, which reads ‘CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Mass.’

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    21. Seen@ 2017 Stcc Stem Starter Academy Symposium on Environment and Sustainability

      Seen@ 2017 Stcc Stem Starter Academy Symposium on Environment and Sustainability

      The STEM Starter Academy at Springfield Technical Community College hosted a symposium on environment and sustainability this week. The symposium included visitors from Peru, Uruguay and Mexico who are funded through a U.S. Department of State program that is managed by the Institute for Training and Development in Amherst. The group included scientists, industry experts and policy makers who presented on international sustainability issues and discuss their career pathways. Students from throughout the college attended the symposium and enjoyed lunch with the visitors afterward.

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    22. Northampton Community Arts Trust building receives $500,000 grant for further development

      Northampton Community Arts Trust building receives $500,000 grant for further development

      On Friday, state officials announced that a grant for a half a million dollars will go towards further development of the Northampton Community Arts Trust building--a large, multi-use structure that has been seeking financing for further development.  The building, located at 33 Hawley Street near the city's downtown area, has been under under construction for several years. Its engineers have designs for it to hold a diverse array of artistic spaces that may be rented out for the purposes of art installations, performances, galleries, and a host of other purposes.

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    23. City of Springfield to Recognize Unify Against Bullying on Oct. 16

      City of Springfield to Recognize Unify Against Bullying on Oct. 16

      Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno and representatives of Unify Against Bullying will hold a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 16 at 2:15 p.m. on the steps of City Hall. Sarno, on behalf of the city, will extend congratulations to Unify Against Bullying in recognition of its participation in National Bullying Prevention Month, and will proclaim Oct. 16 “Unify Against Bullying day”.

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