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    1. Holyoke Dean Technical High School to share grant for lab equipment, teacher development from biotech foundation

      Holyoke Dean Technical High School to share grant for lab equipment, teacher development from biotech foundation

      Dean Technical High School is one of 10 schools that will share a $250,000 grant next year from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation. The foundation will provide nearly $25,000 to the city's vocational school at 1045 Main St. for laboratory equipment, a press release said. Funding also will be provided for professional development for teachers, curriculum for biotech labs and helping students with "career exploration experiences," though it was unclear how much that funding will be.

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    2. Transforming Springfield into a tech hub: Tech Foundry prepares for first class of students

      Transforming Springfield into a tech hub: Tech Foundry prepares for first class of students

      Tech Foundry is a new style of education. It’s a nonprofit that teaches high school seniors technical and workplace skills, but its curriculum was developed in partnership with tech companies. The students learn the skills the company would want in an entry-level employee. Director of Operations Natalie Sacco said the target student is someone graduating high school who is unsure of their next step. Maybe college isn’t the right choice. Students could choose Tech Foundry’s summer program “instead of a four-year college, which is something that is sort of crammed down everyone’s throats,” she said.

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    3. Holyoke to see unveiling of 'Urban Collaborative' planning guides from Conway School graduate students | masslive.com

      Holyoke to see unveiling of 'Urban Collaborative' planning guides from Conway School graduate students | masslive.com

      The planning guidelines -- 'a canvas for innovation' -- will influence how public infrastructure such as public art will be arranged, Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development, said in a phone interview Wednesday.  The students' work also features recommendations for the conservation-minded like dealing with stormwater, he said.

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    4. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hands out Howdy Awards | masslive

      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau hands out Howdy Awards | masslive

      The gala dinner, held at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, attracted more than 300 tourism industry professionals.  The awards are meant to honor front-line service workers who often do not get the recognition they deserve. The bureau also awarded a Spotlight Award to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The spotlight award recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication and outstanding contribution to the region's hospitality industry.

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    5. Hitchcock Center in Amherst receives $600,000 Cultural Facilities Fund grant for new building

      Hitchcock Center in Amherst receives $600,000 Cultural Facilities Fund grant for new building

      The Hitchcock Center is one of eight programs to receive $1.3 million in state grants. The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, which is building a 8,500-square-foot environmental education center at Hampshire College, has received a $600,000 Cultural Facilities Fund grant from the state for that project. It is one of eight programs to receive $1.3 million in state grants announced in a press release from Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst. The Hitchcock Center plans to meet the Living Building Challenge, which is the most advanced measure of sustainability.

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    6. West Springfield creates summer job program for young adults

      West Springfield creates summer job program for young adults

      Mayor Edward C. Sullivan, in collaboration with state Rep. Michael Finn have created a summer job program for young adults in West Springfield, which includes positions in the Department of Public Works. “We’ve hired 11 young adults to be working with the DPW and we have four working in and around the municipal office building,” said Sullivan. “We’re very pleased to be able to bring back the summer work program.”

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    7. HAP seeks CPA funds to buy Northampton Lodging

      HAP seeks CPA funds to buy Northampton Lodging

      HAP Housing is asking for an expedited review of its $300,00 request for Community Preservation Act funds to buy Northampton Lodging on 129 Pleasant Street. The agency has a purchase and sales agreement to buy the 58-room property for $1.6 million from current owner Bowditch LLC. but must close on the sale by the end of the year. HAP intends to manage Northampton Lodging as currently constructed until it can build a five-story, mixed-use, mixed-income building on the site. The new building will contain 78 studio and one-bedroom apartments with retail space on the ground floor.

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    8. UMass trustees take first vote to freeze tuition and fees for second year in a row at all campuses

      UMass trustees take first vote to freeze tuition and fees for second year in a row at all campuses

      Provided state funding for the University of Massachusetts remains consistent with the House and Senate budgets, tuition and fees will be frozen for a second year in a row.  The UMass Board of Trustees Administration and Finance Committee at its Wednesday meeting voted to approve rates that freeze them in place. The full board must approve the rates at its meeting June 18. According to a press release, the House and Senate versions of the budget both contain funding for the five-campus UMass system of just less than $519 million – a funding level consistent with the 50-50 proposal advanced by ...

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    9. Team Player | BusinessWest

      Team Player | BusinessWest

      In her first two months on the job, Marqusee has been busy spending time in many different areas of the hospital and, in fact, the entire CDH network. “I’m trying to make people understand that it’s not just a hospital; Cooley Dickinson is also the VNA, off-site physician practices, radiology, and rehab,” just to name a few, she said.
      “I’m also trying to meet people from different shifts — nights, weekends, evenings. It’s a whole new world at night, so I’m trying to understand their challenges, too. I’m just trying to create some visibility; I ...

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    10. Baystate Recognized Nationally for Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes

      For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baystate Children’s Hospital among the top programs in the nation in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. The “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Just 89 hospitals across the nation ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists. “We’re proud to again be recognized among the ...

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    11. Tighe & Bond Honored for Its Role in Developing Computing Center

      During its 21st awards celebration in Boston last month, the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) presented Tighe & Bond with an award for its role in developing the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). The EBC named this state-of-the-art data center, which sits on a former industrial site in Holyoke, the James D.P. Farrell Brownfields Project of the Year. Tighe & Bond was one of several key project contributors to receive this award. Three years in the making and completed in November 2012, the $165 million MGHPCC transformed a historic Holyoke canal mill complex into a gleaming Massachusetts ...

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    12. Western Massachusetts Developers Conference

      Western Massachusetts Developers Conference

      The June 26 Western MA Developers Conference at the Basketball Hall of Fame is your chance to learn about and visit shovel -ready development opportunities in the region, and  hear from CEOs and industry experts about the value proposition of doing business Western MA. The conference will feature MassMutual CEO Roger Crandall as the keynote speaker, tours, exhibits  and exciting announcements of developments in our region.  Register today at  www.westernmassedc.com.  We look forward to seeing you in Springfield!

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    13. Baystate Children's Hospital among top 50 in specialty rankings of U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Children's Hospital among top 50 in specialty rankings of U.S. News & World Report

      For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baystate Children’s Hospital among the top 50 programs in the nation in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Just 89 hospitals across the nation ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists, according to a release.

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    14. Annual State of the Region Conference Slated for June 13

      The New England’s Knowledge Corridor Partnership’s annual State of the Region Conference will be held June 13 from 7:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport. The program’s centerpiece will be an action agenda for sustaining the interstate region’s economic competitiveness. New England’s Knowledge Corridor extends along the I-91 corridor from New Haven, Conn., through Hartford and Springfield, to Greenfield.

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    15. Springfield, Smith & Wesson, Caring Health among recipients of Springfield Preservation Trust awards

      Springfield, Smith & Wesson, Caring Health among recipients of Springfield Preservation Trust awards

      The City of Springfield, as well as Smith & Wesson and Caring Health, are among the recipients named to receive the Springfield Preservation Trust's Annual Historic Preservation Awards, that will be given at a public reception on June 17, at 6 p.m., at Center Court, Tower Square, 1500 Main St. The event honors individuals and groups that have made contributions with renovation and stewardship of properties in the City of Springfield.

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    16. Community Spotlight: Easthampton | BusinessWest

      Community Spotlight: Easthampton | BusinessWest

      Mayor Karen Cadieux says Easthampton’s transformation from a mill town into a thriving city began roughly 15 years ago, and continues today due to unique and ongoing collaborations.  “One hand helps the other here, and partnerships between the city and private business owners have spearheaded revitalization,” she explained. “Public funding has encouraged business owners to make investments, which is how our story began.”  Town Planner Jessica Allan agrees.  “The city finds money through grants for infrastructure, and as a result, private business owners use their own money to make improvements to their property,” she noted. “Things have happened in ...

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    17. 'Walk with a Doc' at Holyoke Mall

      'Walk with a Doc' at Holyoke Mall

      Rebecca MacGregor, Holyoke Medical's marketing and development supervisor, said she read about the program, which is international, online. “I learned there was a hospital in Eastern Massachusetts that was offering this program,” she said. “I learned more about it, and I said, ‘This is a great program, and something we should be offering here in Western Massachusetts.’”

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    18. Westfield's Pochassic Street Bridge reopens after $2.7 million rehabilitation

      Westfield's Pochassic Street Bridge reopens after $2.7 million rehabilitation

      It was a day of relief for residents and businesses of the Drug Store Hill neighborhood when Pochassic Stree Bridge reopened Friday following $2.7 million in repairs. Business owners like Daniel J. Puza, of North Elm Butcher Block, and Marika Theodorakis of Elm Pizza along with residents Mark Bruno of Parker Avenue and his neighbor Shelly Perry were equally excited by the simple ceremony marking the bridge reopening to traffic. Pedestrian traffic was allowed last week.

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    19. Is the BID worth it? Westfield property owners make cases for downtown's future

      Is the BID worth it? Westfield property owners make cases for downtown's future

      Community Development Director Diana McLean and others spoke in support of the BID, saying the 2012 changes were constitutional and brought Massachusetts BIDs in line with all other BIDs, which have mandatory participation. Maureen Belliveau, Executive Director of the BID, called into question the petition itself, saying some of the signers may have been confused by the process. She said 21 of the signers may have misunderstood the situation because they were nonprofits — who don’t pay fees — or residential properties with three units or less, which are within the district but are not technically members.

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    20. Answering the Call | BusinessWest

      Answering the Call | BusinessWest

      “It was just not a good job market, and there were a lot of people vying for the same positions,” she told BusinessWest, adding that she eventually came to the conclusion that she had to move in a new direction.  And it was right about that time that her counselor at the Springfield-based one-stop career center FutureWorks told her about something called the Advanced Call Center & Customer Service Training Program, an initiative led by the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB) in conjunction with the Training & Workforce Options (TWO) program created by Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community ...

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    21. Class Action | BusinessWest

      Class Action | BusinessWest

      Paragus Strategic IT, by any measure, is one of the Pioneer Valley’s recent success stories, a fast-growing technology firm that’s getting set to move into a brand-new building in Hadley, having long outgrown its current location.  In fact, said its president, Delcie Bean, the firm would like to grow even faster, but that’s not always possible, because of the difficulty finding the right talent. It’s a story other business owners have been telling as well.  “We have been struggling with staffing for a long time, as has everyone else in the area,” Bean said. “We thought ...

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    22. Where the Jobs Are — and Where They Will Be | BusinessWest

      Where the Jobs Are — and Where They Will Be | BusinessWest

      Larry Martin says the numbers in the most recent report from the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development concerning employment by sector in Hampden County paint a fairly accurate picture of the local economy, and what’s likely to happen over the next several years.  The statistics, updated every two years — a new report is due out at the end of this year — show that, overall, employment is expected to increase roughly 8% between 2010 and 2020, with growth projected for several key sectors, said Martin, director of Business Services and special project manager for the Regional Employment ...

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    23. YMCA of Greater Springfield and Square One recipients of grants from Hampden district attorney's office

      YMCA of Greater Springfield and Square One recipients of grants from Hampden district attorney's office

      Hampden District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni on Thursday announced $30,000 in grants to two local nonprofit agencies from the Forfeiture Donation Program. The initiative takes cash seized from drug arrests and diverts it to local charities that help keep at-risk youth off the streets and provide aid to those already caught up in substance abuse. This year, the recipients were the YMCA of Greater Springfield and Square One, an early education network in Springfield. The agencies received $20,000 and $10,000 respectively.

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