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    1. Holyoke hosts Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray's 32nd stop statewide to encourage regionalization

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 28 2011)

      Holyoke hosts Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray's 32nd stop statewide to encourage regionalization Millions of dollars in grants are available to cities and towns that work together – regionalize – in areas from public safety dispatch to health boards, state officials said here Friday. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    2. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's revenue leaders plan to distribute $65 million in additional local aid to cities and towns on Halloween

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 28 2011)

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick's revenue department alerted cities and towns Friday that it will distribute $65 million in additional local aid on Monday including $2.3 million for Springfield, $269,000 for Northampton and $621,000 for Holyoke. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer   Springfield

    3. Hub colleges go green with computer lab

      Explore Home - BostonHerald.com (Oct 28 2011)

      That’s what’s coming to Holyoke in early 2013 when the $89 million Massachusetts Green High Power Computing Center — fueled in part by on-site hydropower — should be ready, according to its president, Andrei Ruckenstein. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Kathleen G. Anderson   Holyoke

    4. Massachusetts Film Office seeks boost to economy from making movies

      Explore GazetteNET (Oct 27 2011)

      Massachusetts Film Office seeks boost to economy from making movies Strout, who began her job in June, spoke at the Hotel Northampton to people directly and indirectly affected by the film industry, including innkeepers, administrators at area historic sites, location scouts, screenwriters and city officials. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   Greenfield   Teri Anderson

    5. Cambridge College coming to downtown Springfield's Tower Square

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 27 2011)

      Cambridge College coming to downtown Springfield's Tower Square Cambridge College will move its regional center from Cottage Street to Tower Square downtown by March. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   The Republican

    6. Navy lab may boost local businesses

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 27 2011)

      “We have companies who have developed vests that help autistic children deal with their conditions and some of those applications may be suitable for military, just to choose one example,” said Allan Blair, President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke   Allan W. Blair

    7. Hartford's CBT acquired by Mass. lender

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Oct 27 2011)

      Berkshire is the parent of Berkshire Bank, which currently has more than $4 billion in assets and more than 60 branches in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Berkshire Bank

    8. Westover air base pumps $238M into western Mass.

      Explore Home - BostonHerald.com (Oct 27 2011)

      The U.S. Air Force says the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee poured nearly $238 into the local economy in the financial year ending Sept. 30, marking a $29 million drop over the previous year. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee

    9. Amherst committee plans public hearing to discuss Community Development Block Grant recommendations

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 26 2011)

      Amherst is one of 10 communities in the state designated as a mini-entitlement community as part of the Community Development Block Grant program. 
Greenfield and West Springfield are also eligible for mini-entitlement funding. Amherst received $1 million this current year. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Greenfield

    10. U.S. Rep. John Olver announces plan to retire when term ends next year

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 26 2011)

      U.S. Rep. John Olver announces plan to retire when term ends next year “Since 1991, I have had the privilege and great honor of representing the people of the First District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Olver said in a statement issued shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. “The district has grown much larger from the district as it was in 1991, and these 20 years have been tumultuous years for America.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst   The Republican   Congressman John W. Olver

    11. 3 Western Massachusetts school music programs ask readers to vote for them in a national online contest

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 26 2011)

      3 Western Massachusetts school music programs ask readers to vote for them in a national online contest Three public schools in Western Massachusetts submitted videos and are in the running for $1 million in prize money. Besides Boland, the others are South Hadley High School and the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in South Hadley. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    12. Amherst Select Board voted to establish downtown Business Improvement District

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 26 2011)

      UMass deputy chancellor Todd A. Diacon also said the university gives “its strongest support possible” to the district’s creation. “What is good for the downtown is good for the University of Massachusetts.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst College   Springfield

    13. Holyoke computing center gets $14.5M from MassDevelopment

      Explore masshightech.com (Oct 26 2011)

      So far, the center has brought in $89 million in funding commitments, including $50 million from five Massachusetts universities – Boston University, MIT, Harvard, University of Massachusetts and Northeastern – and a $24.5 million grant from the Patrick-Murray Administration, as well as a $2.5 million grant from both EMC Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Holyoke

    14. Springfield unemployment steady, regional jobless numbers down; Greater Springfield outpaces Massachusetts in job growth

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 25 2011)

      Greater Springfield added 5,400 jobs from August to September for a 1.9 percent rate of growth. That’s the largest rate of job growth of any region in the state, beating the statewide average of 0.1 percent job growth. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    15. UMass highlights 50 years of computing with talk and timeline

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 25 2011)

      The office of Information and Technology, a descendant of that first Research Computing Center, is celebrating 50 years of computing on campus with a talk and exhibits Thursday that are open to everyone. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    16. Stories Worth Telling

      Explore BusinessWest (Oct 25 2011)

      Stories Worth Telling Jeffrey Ciuffreda says the annual Super 60 luncheon is more than a recognition of individual achievement in business, although it is definitely that, too. It’s also a celebration of Western Mass. as a whole. “I believe this program is a great showcase of our region and truly shows the diversity of our employment base, our businesses, which is our strength,” said Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, which sponsors the event. “The list of winners includes human-services providers, manufacturers, institutions of higher education, technology, environmental firms, insurers, and more.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Northampton

    17. Amherst Select Board OKs Business Improvement District

      Explore GazetteNET (Oct 24 2011)

      The Select Board voted unanimously Monday to create the BID after a petition was submitted by a steering committee that received support from the majority of property owners within the proposed district. BID Steering Committee Co-Chairman Jerry Jolly said Amherst will benefit from the new entity. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst College   Amherst

    18. MAAC, Basketball Hall of Fame unveil new exhibit in advance of championships

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 24 2011)

      MAAC, Basketball Hall of Fame unveil new exhibit in advance of championships The MAAC and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will unveil a new exhibit entitled “The MAAC Experience’’ at the shrine Tuesday and tickets for the tournament will go on sale the same day. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    19. Bay Path College spends $2.5 million renovating faculty offices and classrooms

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 24 2011)

      Bay Path College spends $2.5 million renovating faculty offices and classrooms The renovation project cost $2.5 million and took eight months to complete, said Michael J. Giampietro, vice president for finance and administration. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield   United Bank   The Republican

    20. Springfield's Tower Square celebrates 40 years while finding a future in a changed world

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 24 2011)

      Springfield's Tower Square celebrates 40 years while finding a future in a changed world The Springfield Business Improvement District estimates the total number of people who work downtown each day at about 8,000. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    21. Event: The NHHS Rail Corridor: Opportunities for Economic Growth

      Explore Regional Plan Association (Oct 24 2011)

      Event: The NHHS Rail Corridor: Opportunities for Economic Growth Connecticut is moving forward with plans to improve passenger rail service in the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield corridor in Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. These rail improvements will allow the frequency of passenger rail service in the corridor to increase to every half hour at peak times. Participants in the event will identify strategies that the region must implement in order to maximize the economic impact of this project. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Knowledge Corridor

    22. West Springfield seeking low-interest loan for $10 million water main project

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 23 2011)

      The city has sent off its application for a low-interest loan to the state Department of Environmental Protection to do a $10 million water main project that bears water to the community from Southwick. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    23. Pucino Group of Amherst wins $1.4 million contract with New York City

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 22 2011)

      Pucino Group of Amherst wins $1.4 million contract with New York City The services she is offering to New York City include managerial and supervisory courses, clerical and administrative courses, special-team building events, individualized and small group coaching and strategic planning retreat design and facilitation. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Health New England

    24. Hampshire Council of Governments seeks to keep solar dollars local

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 22 2011)

      Hampshire Council of Governments seeks to keep solar dollars local The council is now an officially registered Massachusetts Solar Renewable Energy Certificate, or SREC, aggregator. The goal of the program is to retain green energy dollars in Western Massachusetts and become the aggregator of choice for solar development installations throughout the region. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Greenfield   The Republican

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