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    1. Leadership Pioneer Valley Providing Board Basics Training

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Providing Board Basics Training

       Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) will offer monthly training and workshops programming focused on leadership and board development for nonprofits in the Pioneer Valley through its Leaders On Board program. On Tuesday, March 12, Leaders On Board will be providing a Board Basics training at Springfield Technical Community College from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The three-hour-long training, led by Beth Spong from Rainmaker Consulting, will cover what it means to sit on a board, roles and responsibilities, and how to be effective as a board member. The training is free to attend, and dinner is provided.

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    2. Lights on Art and Culture Days to Highlight Downtown Chicopee

      Lights on Art and Culture Days to Highlight Downtown Chicopee

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Chicopee Cultural Council, MassDevelopment, and the City of Chicopee, will host the Lights on Art and Culture event on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. An additional date has been added on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon to show appreciation to those who live, work, and play in the downtown area. To draw more attention to the event, three buildings — Lyman Mills, Old City Library, and SilverBrick Mills — will all be lit up in blue to attract everyone in the area, passing by ...

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    3. Florence Bank to Exceed $1.1M in Giving in Community Grants Program

      Florence Bank to Exceed $1.1M in Giving in Community Grants Program

      Ten years ago, a first-time mother struggled with the care of her newborn and later helped another mother having difficulty. Her efforts marked the grass-roots founding of It Takes a Village in Cummington. Today, a handful of part-time staff members and a committed team of volunteers for the nonprofit provide support — ranging from help with laundry and dishes to an extra set of hands at a doctor’s visit — for families in the hill towns with infants in their first year. The organization served 1,500 families last year and distributed more than $100,000 in diapers and other baby ...

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    4. Bay Path President Carol Leary to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

      Bay Path President Carol Leary to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

      The American Council on Education (ACE) announced that Carol Leary, president of Bay Path University and author of Achieving the Dream: A How-to Guide for Adult Women Seeking a College Degree, will receive the 2019 Donna Shavlik Award. The award will be presented ACE2019, ACE’s 101st annual meeting in Philadelphia, during the Women’s Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 9.   ACE President Ted Mitchell noted that “2018 was a critical year for women in higher education. Carol Leary not only met its challenges head-on with her leadership of Bay Path, but she also widened opportunity for her students and ...

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    5. New Futures Collegiate Baseball League team set for Westfield

      New Futures Collegiate Baseball League team set for Westfield

      Officials from the Futures Collegiate Baseball League were on hand at the Shortstop Bar & Grill for a VIP kickoff event with the announcement of a new Westfield franchise baseball team on Wednesday. The Westfield team was co-founded and owned by Westfield resident Donald Moorhouse and Christopher Thompson, of Ludlow. The newly formed Westfield Starfires baseball team will open their first home game at Bullens Field on May 31.

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    6. Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      The Callaway golf-ball-manufacturing facility in Chicopee has borrowed a famous page from the Chicago Cubs’ playbook.  When the Cubs win, a white flag with a large blue ‘W’ is flown atop the legendary hand-operated scoreboard in center field. Back to Callaway. When a member of its team — comprised of players on the various professional tours who play Callaway balls and clubs — posts a win, a flag with a large script ‘C’ (the same one used for the Callaway brand) flies underneath the American flag on the pole outside on the facility on Meadow Street.

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    7. Baystate Health and US HealthVest propose behavioral hospital for former Holyoke Geriatric...

      Baystate Health and US HealthVest propose behavioral hospital for former Holyoke Geriatric...

      Baystate Health and US HealthVest have chosen the former Geriatric Authority of Holyoke property as the site of their planned 70,000 square-foot behavioral hospital.  The hospital project beat out two other proposals for reuse of the facility at 45 Lower Westfield Road. The City Council and other city boards will now scrutinize the project. The council was expected to take up the proposal and land purchase at its Feb. 19 meeting. The property is currently zoned multifamily and professional office.

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    8. Study Shows Economic Impact of Westover Air Show

      A UMass Amherst economic impact study released today estimates that the two-day Great New England Air Show (GNEAS) held at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee in July 2018 generated $4.3 million in direct and induced local spending. The project was completed by the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department of the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.  The overall economic significance including respondents’ expenditures both within and outside the region of the air show for 2018 was estimated to be $4.02 million. However, when local attendees were removed, the direct economic expenditures from non-locals was estimated to ...

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    9. City, Chamber to Host ‘New Wave’ Economic Development Event

      The city of Springfield and the Springfield Regional Chamber will co-host “The New Wave,” on March 19, at 4 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The event will feature an overview of the new wave of economic development, including updates on projects in progress, and an introduction to upcoming initiatives in Springfield. A reception with light fare and a cash bar at 5 p.m., following the presentation. The presentation will be led by the city’s chief development officer, Kevin Kennedy.

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    10. Baystate Mary Lane in Ware opens Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

      Baystate Mary Lane in Ware opens Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

      Baystate Health underscored its commitment to keeping Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center in business with the opening of its Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Baystate invested about $400,000 to refurbish the Davis Wing at Mary Lane, creating the specialized  wound center. "I never know what the future holds -- but our commitment to Mary Lane will not change," said Baystate's Eastern Region President Michael Moran at Friday's ribbon cutting ceremony.

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    11. CISA marks 25 years of growing Local Heroes in Western Massachusetts (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      CISA marks 25 years of growing Local Heroes in Western Massachusetts (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      One way that farmers and their advocates responded to these challenges was to create CISA and our flagship marketing campaign, Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown. This effort, which uses mainstream media and marketing techniques to build broad community support for local farms, combined with the individual efforts of local farm businesses, changed the face of agriculture in the Pioneer Valley.

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    12. Baystate Health-UMass Medical docs-in-training learn to 'heal at home' in Springfield:...

      Baystate Health-UMass Medical docs-in-training learn to 'heal at home' in Springfield:...

      For almost two years now, Springfield has been the home of a thriving branch of the Worcester-based University of Massachusetts Medical School, one with the aptly named acronym PURCH. Forty-six first- and second-year medical students are now enrolled in Baystate Health's PURCH program, which stands for Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health. The diverse group of students, including several from Springfield, came up with the name when the program was considering its niche, according to Dr. Kevin Hinchey, chief education officer at Baystate Health.

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    13. Entrepreneurship is alive, thriving across Western Mass.: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint Kristin Leutz

      Entrepreneurship is alive, thriving across Western Mass.: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint Kristin Leutz

      My colleagues at Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), a volunteer-driven mentorship and acceleration program, have helped over 200 "infant" companies start their journey in Western Massachusetts. To date, these companies have grown and raised over $28 million in revenue, $23 million in investments, and created over 600 jobs last year.

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    14. Two Co-work Spaces Find Fertile Ground in Greenfield

      Two Co-work Spaces Find Fertile Ground in Greenfield

      Co-working spaces — hives of business where members share office space — have taken root in many Western Mass. communities over the past several years, for a number of reasons, from the efficiency of sharing resources to opportunities to network and be inspired by other professionals. In the past year and a half, two have cropped up a block apart in downtown Greenfield, with different types of clientele but the same goal: to help enterprises develop and grow, and have fun doing it.

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    15. MachineMetrics raises $11.3M, plans to boost workforce, focus on global sales

      MachineMetrics raises $11.3M, plans to boost workforce, focus on global sales

      Picture the scene: A factory floor buzzing with machinery, cranking out parts efficiently and quickly. Suddenly, everything grinds to a halt. The machines stop working. Supervisors scurry to figure out the problem. But imagine having the technology that could predict when errors would arise, when machines would fail. That's where MachineMetrics, an industrial Internet of Things startup that specializes in predictive analytics for manufacturers, enters the picture. "We can notify a customer if something is going to happen," CEO William M. Bither said recently. "We've detected a half hour before an actual tool was going to fail that ...

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    16. Springfield Regional Chamber wants to be catalyst for continued growth (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Springfield Regional Chamber wants to be catalyst for continued growth (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      There is new energy in downtown Springfield. Sidewalks are filled with visitors and MGM employees, many of whom live downtown. Along Main Street, new businesses have launched and others are slated to open in 2019. MGM has put a spring in Springfield's step, and downtown has become a vibrant destination. Further north, the Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute opened in the Cubit Building in Holyoke, and Mercedes-Benz of Springfield opened a new dealership in Chicopee.

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    17. Economic Development Council chief says education drives strong Western Massachusetts economy (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Economic Development Council chief says education drives strong Western Massachusetts economy (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Western Massachusetts is fortunate to be home to some of the best colleges and universities, strong public and private secondary schools and technical programs in the country. Therefore, as a region, we are in position to meet the current and future needs of the business community. The major asset of the Western Massachusetts region is the presence of so many world-class colleges and universities. These institutions are educating and training the very talent that private business is seeking.

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    18. Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint

      Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint

      Progress, innovation, advancement, development; whatever words we use to describe humanity's march to an improved future state doesn't happen without learning. Learning is the essential ingredient for progress and innovation. Health care is no different. In fact, in healthcare, progress and innovation are happening at an ever accelerating pace. In 2018, Holyoke Medical Center marked its 125th year of continuous operation. It is a history very rich in experiences, lessons and advancement. Those years have afforded the medical center and the entire Valley Health System, many opportunities to learn and to teach.

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    19. Bay Path University's cybersecurity graduates well-positioned for jobs in burgeoning field

      Bay Path University's cybersecurity graduates well-positioned for jobs in burgeoning field

      There are currently 9,000 unfilled positions in major companies looking for cybersecurity experts - and Bay Path University's women graduates are uniquely well-qualified to help fill them, according to the university's associate provost. "Bay Path may be the first school in the country - certainly it's the first women's college - to offer a master's (degree program) in cybersecurity management," says Tom Loper, associate provost and dean of the school of arts, sciences and management.

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    20. Wmas, Whll radio stations in Springfield sold to Entercom Communications

      Wmas, Whll radio stations in Springfield sold to Entercom Communications

      Entercom Communications Corp. announced Thursday it will acquire WMAS-FM, 94.7, and WHLL-AM, 1450 (formerly WMAS-AM), as well as a New York City FM station from Cumulus Media Inc. in exchange for Entercom’s three-station cluster in Indianapolis. “We are excited to add NASH FM 94.7 to our outstanding lineup in New York City and to add WMAS and WHLL to our cluster in Springfield. These additions will enhance our ability to serve our listeners, partners and communities,” said David Field, Chairman, president and chief executive officer at Entercom in a prepared statement. “We are saddened to part ways ...

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    21. River Valley Market, seeking permit for new store, to appear before Easthampton Planning...

      River Valley Market, seeking permit for new store, to appear before Easthampton Planning...

      River Valley Market will appear before the Easthampton Planning Board on Feb. 19 for a continued public hearing on its plans for a 22,000 square-foot supermarket building at 220, 228 and 232 Northampton St. The Route 10 site, approximately 10 acres, contains the former Fedor auto dealership building, which would be torn down. It also contains Captain Jack's Roadside Shack. The popular seafood stand is proposed to remain and be incorporated into the new site design, according River Valley Market's special permit application.

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    22. Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

      Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

      CRRC MA plans to build a 42,500-square-foot warehouse at its Page Boulevard factory to house large components like wheel and motor assemblies and HVAC components for the transit cars it builds there. CRRC is selecting contractors now and completion is expected in August, said Lydia Rivera, a CRRC MA spokeswoman. It’s the first major expansion of the East Springfield facility, which began production in late 2018. CRRC also has an office building on the site that was once part of the old Westinghouse complex.

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    23. Robert Kelley named Big E director of operations

      Robert Kelley named Big E director of operations

      Robert Kelley, of Westfield, has been named director of operations for the Eastern States Exposition, home to the annual Big E fair. “Bob knows the 175 acres of Eastern States Exposition better than anyone in the history of the company," Gene Cassidy, Eastern States Exposition president and CEO, said. "He is resourceful, conscientious and has a vast knowledge of the infrastructure and operation of our physical plant and its many nuances and challenges.”

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    24. Lego Systems Inc. builds on partnership with Square One children in Springfield with gift...

      Lego Systems Inc. builds on partnership with Square One children in Springfield with gift...

      When 20 representatives of Lego Systems Inc. spent a play date with children from Square One's Tommie Johnson Child & Family Center last fall, they promised they'd be back with a big surprise. On Tuesday -- to the delight of children and teachers -- Lego's community engagement division delivered on that promise as company executives and designers unveiled an eye-popping new Lego-themed playroom in the basement of Square One's 255 King St. facility. "It's truly transformational," Square One CEO Joan Kagan said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new playscape.

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