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    1. Employers fear community colleges run from Boston

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 6 2012)

      Employers fear community colleges run from Boston

      Every one of the 40 employees who work with A.R. Sandri Inc.’s green-energy subsidiary has taken at least one course through Greenfield Community College’s renewable energy program. “We’ve had such a successful relationship,” said Laurence H. “Jake” Goodyear, Sandri’s vice president of renewable energy. “Why change what is working so well?”

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College   Greenfield Community College

    2. InteliCoat in South Hadley to cut jobs now, but promise growth in the future

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      InteliCoat in South Hadley to cut jobs now, but promise growth in the future

      InteliCoat Technologies has announced a manufacturing partnership that will cost about 20 jobs at its South Hadley plant. But InteliCoat said in a news release it expects to achieve growth of more than 10 percent in 2012, which will enable InteliCoat to create additional jobs in production, sales, marketing and distribution out of the South Hadley location.

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      Mentions:   The Republican   IntelliCoat

    3. Microtest manufactures celiac cure on behalf of a Cambridge company

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      Microtest manufactures celiac cure on behalf of a Cambridge company

      Richter said Microtest has about 100 employees doing both manufacturing and contract laboratory work. The company plans to open another laboratory suite at its Agawam facility soon and that opening might result in more hiring.

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      Mentions:   The Republican   Microtest

    4. Penn National Gaming could be next to compete for Western Massachusetts casino

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      Penn National Gaming could be next to compete for Western Massachusetts casino

      Chicopee Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette has said in the past that city officials have discussed a casino for his city with Penn National Gaming. Bissonnette said Friday that he did not know if Penn National will select a site in Chicopee for a casino.

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      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee   The Republican

    5. Japanese consul general visits Springfield's George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum collection of Japanese art

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 3 2012)

      Japanese consul general visits Springfield's George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum collection of Japanese art

      For Takeshi Hikihara, the Japanese consul general in Boston, the family name Miochin doesn’t just signify the long-ago makers of one of the six full suits of samurai armor on display at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    6. High-speed Internet on horizon for towns

      Explore Home - North Adams Transcript (Feb 3 2012)

      MassBroadband 123 received $45.4 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and an additional $26.2 million from the state, and will lay 1,300 miles of fiber-optic cable and over 35,000 utility poles.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Springfield

    7. Forest Park Middle School renovation project advanced by Springfield School Building Commission

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      Forest Park Middle School renovation project advanced by Springfield School Building Commission

      The demolition within the building and cleanup will cost approximately $1.1 million. This was the low bid received, and was approximately $500,000 less than expected, said Rita L. Coppola-Wallace, the city’s director of capital asset construction.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    8. Amherst officials hope to have an agreement with solar company soon

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      Amherst officials hope to have an agreement with solar company soon

      Town Manager John P. Musante said this week, “We’re getting closer to an agreement.” He said they are trying “to get the best possible price for the town” and should have something settled soon.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   The Republican

    9. Adam Sandler signs deal to make movie about Hasbro's Candy Land board game

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      Adam Sandler signs deal to make movie about Hasbro's Candy Land board game

      Actor Adam Sandler has signed a deal with Sony and Hasbro, which manufactures the Candy Land board game at its East Longmeadow plant, to make a movie based on the colorful children’s board game that sends kids on a colorful quest to find the lost King Kandy, the Imperial Head Bonbon and Grand Jujube of Candy Land and his lost Castle.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Hasbro, Inc.

    10. New York Life grant supports YMCA of Greater Springfield's teen programs

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      New York Life grant supports YMCA of Greater Springfield's teen programs

      The YMCA of Greater Springfield recently was awarded a $10,000 Community Impact Grant from New York Life Insurance Co. to support teen programs.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Tom Creed   The Republican

    11. Stephen Jendrysik: Chicopee Chamber of Commerce celebrates 50 years

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      Stephen Jendrysik: Chicopee Chamber of Commerce celebrates 50 years

      The time certainly was ripe for a fresh, new independent voice in civic affairs. According to local legend, on a crisp February morning 50 years ago, over hot coffee and doughnuts, the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce was born.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Springfield

    12. The countdown is on for The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships

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      The countdown is on for The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships

      The MAAC held a press conference Wednesday, at its host site MassMutual Center, to kick-off the final month countdown to the championship. Tournament dates run from March 1-5.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    13. Holyoke job fair lets hundreds of seekers mingle with 25 companies

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 31 2012)

      Among the companies at the job fair were Baystate Health Systems, Burger King, C & S Wholesale Grocers, First Student, Loomis Communities, M1 Security, Masiello Employment Services, Sisters of Providence Health Systems, Smith College, Unique Auto Sales, Victoria’s Secret and Yankee Candle.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Chicopee   Holyoke

    14. Rebuild Springfield unveils master plan for post-tornado revitalization

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      Rebuild Springfield unveils master plan for post-tornado revitalization

      Representatives of Rebuild Springfield and from Concordia LLC of New Orleans, the lead consultant, said that the success of Springfield’s master plan will depend on the community’s continued involvement and leadership. The plan was created through extensive public input that included 19 community meetings in the past six months with attendance totaling approximately 2000 citizens, according to the report.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Gerald W. Hayes

    15. Mestek, Orion Find New Business Close to Home in Massachusetts

      Explore AIM Business Insider (Jan 31 2012)

      Mestek, Orion Find New Business Close to Home in Massachusetts

      The November BuyMass event was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Raytheon   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Westfield

    16. Women in Philanthropy conference coming to MassMutual

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 31 2012)

      Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts will host its conference, "Growing Philanthropy, New Visions, New Voices," on March 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield Technical Community College   MassMutual Center

    17. Register for Photonics Industry Sector Presentation

      Explore From the EDC (Jan 31 2012)

      The EDC wants to remind you to register for “New Market Opportunities for Photonics and Fiber Optics Companies”, the first in a series of seminars focused on growth opportunities in manufacturing sectors in western Massachusetts. The session will be held on Tuesday, February 7 from 4:00-6:30 at the Springfield Technology Park. More information can be found in the invitation -- http://www.westernmassedc.com/photonics2012/   The speakers have been confirmed. In addition to Keynote Speaker John Jay from Corning Optical Fiber (previously announced), the industry panelists will be Mike Toro from Schott, Pieter Schwarzenbach from Prima Electro, Flemming Tinker ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    18. Getting Down to Business

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 31 2012)

      Getting Down to Business

      Jeff Ciuffreda has worn many hats over the years. He joked that his time in the Peace Corps taught him the virtue of volunteering without thought of personal accolades. “But I also know that you need to get your good reputation out there more,” he said, “to let people understand what you can do.”

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Russell Denver   West Springfield

    19. Momentum Building

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 31 2012)

      Momentum Building

      One of the main marketing taglines for the Scibelli Enterprise Center at Springfield Technical Community College is ‘Business Building.” This explains both what the facility is — a facility housing small businesses, said Director Marla Michel — and what it does, which is to help certain clients develop, mature, and get to the next level. In recent years, the focus has been primarily on the former, she said, noting that, as the economy sagged, the emphasis was on filling space. Moving forward, the shift will be more to the latter, which has always been the primary mission.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    20. Shot in the Arm

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      Shot in the Arm

      Late in 2008, just as the economy began to slide into the Great Recession, officials at Baystate Health were having second thoughts about moving forward with their planned $250 million Hospital of the Future expansion. They eventually decided to press on, much to the relief of hundreds of workers in the construction trades — most of them local — who found the project a lifeline at a time when opportunities were scarce.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Baystate Health   Springfield

    21. Site Seers

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 31 2012)

      Site Seers

      The operating ratios are very thin, with little margin for error, and downward pressure on rents. You have to be very focused on operating margins, and that means being a partner with the owner, not just running the property.” Jack Dill, president and CEO of Colebrook Realty Services in Springfield, which manages some 1.8 million square feet of space in Western Mass., echoed that assessment. “Management is not just shoveling snow and cleaning bathrooms,” he told BusinessWest. “These are very large assets that have a lot of risk in them, and we really need to understand and be thoughtful ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    22. Holyoke based Hazen Paper remains a major player when it comes to Super Bowl 46

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      Holyoke based Hazen Paper remains a major player when it comes to Super Bowl 46

      Holyoke is called the Paper City because for over a century the paper industry was the back-bone of the cities economy. While most of the paper industry has gone by the waist-side, Hazen Paper continues to flourish.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican   Hazen Paper

    23. ‘A Potential Game Changer’

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      ‘A Potential Game Changer’

      David Thor estimates that, in the days and weeks after it was first suggested that a floor in One Financial Plaza would be a suitable location for the 500 employees expected to join his company, Thing5, LLC, this year, he probably said “that’s not a good idea” several dozen times.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   GZA Geoenvironmental, Inc

    24. Workforce Training is Good Business

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 31 2012)

      We’ve had success in Western Mass. by developing public-private partnerships to support this type of skills training, but employers can’t do it alone. The partnership between employers in the Western Mass. Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Assoc., the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB), the state, and area school systems and community colleges has leveraged resources and created or retained good-paying jobs for over 1,000 Western Mass. residents.

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