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Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC) today reports net income to common shareholders of $2.2 billion, as revenue improved from the same period a year ago and expenses and provisions for loan losses declined.(Read Full Article)
But in a lot of ways, a TD purchase of Citizens makes a lot of sense. For example, with Citizens in its pocket, TD’s deposit base in Massachusetts would be within striking distance of Bank of America’s. TD’s presence in the markets it already serves would be even more intense.(Read Full Article)
By now, most traces of the Sovereign name are gone, replaced by Santander Bank, and the new tagline, “A bank for your ideas.”(Read Full Article)
Bank officials say Sovereign customers won’t be bothered by the transition. Account numbers, PIN numbers, log-in information, passwords and checks all stay the same.
Evan Dobelle, president of Westfield State University, placed on administrative leave amid controversy over spending practices
WESTFIELD – Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of his spending practices at the university. An announcement was made around 12:30 a.m. Thursday following a marathon session of the Board of Trustees...(Read Full Article)
In the spirit of the presenting ideas worth spreading, the independently organized TEDx Springfield event scheduled Friday is aiming to enlighten with nearly 20 diverse speakers talking about the nature of innovation.(Read Full Article)
The four owners have put what Ed Hamel calls “sweat equity” into the business, meaning they have done most of the work themselves to build the winery, including cutting all the wooden posts and installing the trellis system for the multiple rows of grapevines. The vineyard is also home to an old shed from about the 1850s that the owners converted into wine tasting area and a retail space where Kersbergen handles the sales of the bottled wine and other products, such as Black Birch T-shirts. Mary Hamel leads many of the tastings and serves a variety of reds and ...(Read Full Article)
In a step forward for a massive transportation project in Western Massachusetts, the state has chosen a consultant to study possible alternative alignments for Interstate 91 through Springfield, while highway officials proceed with a plan to replace decks on a deteriorating elevated portion of the highway in the city. The transportation department on late Friday said that it has picked the Cheshire, Conn.-based consulting firm Milone & MacBroom Inc. to evaluate alternatives for a section of Interstate 91 including possibly depressing the highway section to ground level or below ground.(Read Full Article)
Solid plans for a University of Massachusetts satellite campus in downtown Springfield, plans including a specific location and an outline of the course and degree offerings and how the facility would be funded, should be out in about four weeks, university president Robert L. Caret told reporters Tuesday on a visit to Springfield Technical Community College.(Read Full Article)
And so it begins. Speculation about how and to whom RBS Citizens will be sold has bubbled to the surface with a report that TD Bank plans to make a $12.8 billion bid for the U.S. bank.(Read Full Article)
Exit 6 to Exit 5: $0.25 cents (one-way), $0.50 cents (round trip)
- Exit 6 to Exit 4: $0.25 cents (one-way), $0.50 cents (round trip)
- Exit 6 to Exit 3: $0.45 cents (one-way), $0.90 cents (round trip)
- Exit 6 to Exit 2: $1.35 (one-way), $2.70 (round trip)
- Exit 6 to Exit 1: $1.75 (one-way), $3.50 (round trip)
Annual UMass bus tour with President Robert Caret rolls into Springfield, Hadley before heading east
University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret is again embarking on a mobile listening tour to hear from community leaders while simultaneously trumpeting what he believes is the vital statewide role played by the five-campus public school system. Caret and Henry M. Thomas III, chairman of the university's board of trustees, will be joined by other UMass administrators during what has become an annual cross-state bus tour, which begins Tuesday with stops in Springfield and Hadley. The taking-it-to-the-streets tactic was launched two years ago by Caret, who uses the face-to-face meetings with mayors and community and business leaders to ...(Read Full Article)
It's not on the list, but Brennan pointed to the May grand opening of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s 125,000-square-foot , $23-million maintenance hangar at Westfield Barnes Regional Airport. That facility, designed to service the next generation of larger corporate jets, meant about 100 added jobs in Westfield.
"People don't realize there are private companies making investments and adding jobs," Brennan said. "It's going on all over the valley. People just don't always see it."(Read Full Article)
A program run by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston called Working Cities Challenge could provide much as $700,000 in grant money on the table to help Springfield develop a full-line supermarket and bring fresh produce to the "food desert" neighborhoods surrounding Mason Square.
"We are also hoping to do some workforce development if we get the Working Cities grant," said A. John “Jay” Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield, a public-private group focused on economic development in the city.(Read Full Article)
John Gallup, one of the founders of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, which distributed more than $10 million in awards, including scholarships, during its last fiscal year, will be honored with its Volunteer Engagement Award, during the foundation's 22nd annual meeting on Oct. 16 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Close to 400 people are expected to attend to hear a report on the past year, meet new trustees and volunteers, and honor Gallup. The foundation is one of the largest funders in the Pioneer Valley.(Read Full Article)
MassDevelopment bought the former federal courthouse in Springfield in 2009 and has since revitalized and rebranded it as 1550 Main. Five years ago, city, state, federal, and business leaders worried the building would be mothballed; today, occupancy at 1550 Main exceeds 92 percent.(Read Full Article)
We believe that there are greater things to come as Danny Warwick begins his second full year on the job. His leadership and willingness to try new approaches in an effort to raise the bar for Springfield students is the breath of fresh air the city schools need.(Read Full Article)
The city has been chosen as the focus of a design competition dealing with innovation in energy consumption. "The competition invites student designers to envision ways Holyoke could lead the way as a sustainable city of the 21st century by using renewable energy and energy efficiency to fuel an economic revitalization," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development. The competition is organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, an organization founded in Greenfield in 1974 that works on efficient building techniques and finding ways to bring clean, renewable energy into everyday use.(Read Full Article)
The website was developed as a result of a collaborative effort. It is an initiative of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB), which teamed up with members of the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Mass., with the goal of strengthening the region’s healthcare workforce and enhancing the quality of patient care. “The idea for the website was generated by employers, educators, and community-based organizations with the express desire of letting people know what types of healthcare jobs and careers are available in the Pioneer Valley and where they exist on the continuum of care,” said Kelly Aiken ...(Read Full Article)
- She told BusinessWest she was comfortable with the institution long before she actually toured it, and even well before her first two interviews for the position, the first via Skype and the second at a hotel at Bradley International Airport — although those sessions and her subsequent visit certainly reinforced her opinion.
She liked the feel and the fit so much that she quickly terminated a quest for another college president’s position to focus all her energies on this one.
The primary reason why is the culture that pervades the school, one summed up by its motto (“Spirit Mind Body ... (Read Full Article)
Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College signed an articulation agreement recently which will benefit students transferring from Holyoke’s medical billing certificate program to Springfield’s medical coding and billing specialist associate degree program.(Read Full Article)
Under this agreement, credits completed in Holyoke’s medical billing certificate program will transfer to the Springfield program, allowing students who may have initially decided to complete the certificate program to transfer seamlessly to a degree program.
As president of Easthampton-based Innovative Business Systems (IBS), a 23-year-old IT-solutions company — and the parent company of newly acquired TechCavalry — DelVecchio and his four partners are tasked with finding solutions for businesses and individuals to access data, at home or at work.(Read Full Article)
Through IBS specifically, DelVecchio and his team can provide expertise and resources to meet a client’s information-technology needs, or operate as the IT department’s best resource.
Larry Snyder says his broad goal is to help position Bay Path College as a “hub of cybersecurity in Western Mass.”(Read Full Article)
That’s a somewhat ambitious but certainly attainable goal, he said, noting that there are many aspects to the process of getting there, starting with the school’s decision to create what is believed to be the first master’s degree program in cybersecurity management in New England, which will be led by Snyder and launched later this month.
B-G Mechanical Contractors is adding a 10,000 square-foot building to its existing site. The new building is not expected to add jobs, at least initially. Currently between two to eight people work in Holyoke depending on the type of contracts the company has at the time and they will be transferred to the new building when it is finished. Another 42 people work in Chicopee and there are also some outside staff, Geroux said.(Read Full Article)