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    1. Lisa McMahon to step down as first director of Westfield's Business Improvement District

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 20 2012)

      Lisa McMahon to step down as first director of Westfield's Business Improvement District

       Lisa G. McMahon, Westfield first director of its Business Improvement District, will leave her post this week.  “I was here for the labor, and the new person to lead this wonderful agency will be in the position of delivering a beautiful baby,” McMahon said Tuesday, referring to a soon-to-be-completed renovation of downtown Westfield.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Holyoke   Westfield

    2. UMass President Robert Caret could name the next chancellor soon

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      UMass President Robert Caret could name the next chancellor soon

      President Robert L. Caret, meanwhile, is reading comments sent to him about the candidates and the evaluation forms as well. The comments “are very significant,” to Caret, said spokesman Robert P. Connolly.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    3. EDC position on Community College Legislation

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 20 2012)

      The Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC) firmly believes that the extensive changes to our community college system proposed in “outside section #30” of the Governor’s budget (House Bill #2) are inappropriate and unnecessary. We are concerned that this is another example of the “what’s good for Boston is good for the state” mentality that consistently results in uneven economic growth around the Commonwealth. To the extent that the issue needs to be debated at all, we believe that it demands a more thorough debate than can be accomplished during consideration of the budget. We therefore urge that ...

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      Mentions:   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    4. Desmond Tutu Public Health Awareness Lecture Series keynote speaker will address depression

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      Desmond Tutu Public Health Awareness Lecture Series keynote speaker will address depression

      Dr. Benjamin Liptzin, chair of the department of psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Desmond Tutu Public Health Awareness Lecture Series at April 19 at 3 p.m. in Griswold Theater at American International College.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Baystate Health   The Republican

    5. International Trade Grants Available for Small Businesses

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 20 2012)

      The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (“MOITI”) recentlyannounced the details of the State Trade and Export Promotion (“STEP”) grant programfor the Commonwealth. The program is wide ranging – subsidies up to $10,000 percompany (must be a “small business” as defined by the SBA) are available forattending international trade shows, participating in trade missions, a varietyof B2B opportunities, regulatory approvals from international jurisdictions andadvertising in international publications, among other possibilities. There aretwo application periods – from now until April 2 and from April 16 – May 15. Moredetails about the program and the application form can be found here – http://www ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    6. Gov. Deval Patrick appoints former Springfield City Councilor Bruce Stebbins to Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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      Gov. Deval Patrick appoints former Springfield City Councilor Bruce Stebbins to Massachusetts Gaming Commission

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick and other top state officials on Tuesday announced the final two appointments to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission including former Springfield City Councilor Bruce Stebbins.  The five-member gaming commission is now complete and will be responsible for implementing and overseeing the gaming industry in Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Office of Business Development

    7. MassMutual Scholars Program Offers $150000 in Scholarships to Multicultural ...

      Explore PR Newswire (Mar 20 2012)

      Now in its fourth year, the MassMutual Scholars program began as a pilot program in four metropolitan areas across the country and later expanded to nine. This year the scholarship is open to students of all majors, who are of African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic descent and attending college in the United States. However, applicants must meet certain academic criteria, such as maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA, express an interest in careers in the insurance and financial services industry, and demonstrate financial need.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Nick Fyntrilakis

    8. Westfield Vocational-Technical High School students to display skills at upcoming Western Massachusetts Home and Garden Show

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 19 2012)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    9. Smith College takes lead in creating college for women in Malaysia

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 19 2012)

      Smith College takes lead in creating college for women in Malaysia

      Smith College is assuming a major role in the creation of a women’s college in Malaysia modeled on the educational system employed at American liberal arts colleges like Smith. The Asian Women’s Leadership University will eventually enroll 2,000 women in a four-year residential academic program. Although the school will be open to women from around the world, it’s expected that most of the students will come from Asia and the Middle East.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Carol T. Christ   Northampton

    10. Bank of America to close four MA branches

      Explore bizjournals (Mar 19 2012)

      Bank of America, the state's largest bank by assets, is closing branches on June 15 at St. James Avenue in Springfield and West Street in Ware, and branches on Cochituate Road in Framingham and Pleasant Street in Malden on June 22.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. Business Monday from The Republican, March 19, 2012: Who is hiring in the Pioneer Valley?

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      Business Monday from The Republican, March 19, 2012: Who is hiring in the Pioneer Valley?

      David C. Gadaire, executive director of the CareerPoint one-stop career center in Holyoke, has one piece of advice for every job seeker still struggling with a sluggish economy.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   The Republican

    12. Greenfield potter Tiffany Hilton relocates to new studio in the Arts and Industry Building in Northampton

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      Greenfield potter Tiffany Hilton relocates to new studio in the Arts and Industry Building in Northampton

      “A big reason for moving the studio was to be able to create my own teaching space and become a part of a larger community of artists. I love teaching classes, and seeing my students’ skills improve is very rewarding,” she said.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Greenfield

    13. Massachusetts strategies for economic development need to look beyond just Boston

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 18 2012)

      Massachusetts strategies for economic development need to look beyond just Boston

      My new assignment as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies brings home the daunting challenges facing our region but also offers great opportunities to overcome them.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   The Republican

    14. Millbrook Scholars Program provides inner-city Springfield teens skills to succeed in work force

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      Millbrook Scholars Program provides inner-city Springfield teens skills to succeed in work force

      The program is designed to provide future workers with the proper environment to learn and acquire the appropriate skills needed to meet Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s strategy for “bringing more good jobs and new economic growth to all parts of the state.”

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College

    15. Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray awards $4 million in grants to Massachusetts communities for providing regional services

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 16 2012)

      Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray awards $4 million in grants to Massachusetts communities for providing regional services

      Sullivan said the money will help pay for education, a part-time project director and social workers. About 60 to 75 juveniles each year should be referred to the program through the courts, police or other avenues, according to Sullivan.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer   Springfield

    16. Governor Patrick Announces Initial Results of Sweeping Regulatory Reform Initiative and New Steps to Streamline Small Business Regulations

      Explore Mass.Gov (Mar 16 2012)

      In the latest of a series of steps to keep Massachusetts ahead of its economic competitors, Governor Deval Patrick today announced the initial results of a systematic review of state regulations and new steps to streamline regulations for small businesses. After reviewing 200 regulations that were each more than 12 years old, Governor Patrick has approved changes to nearly 150 regulations. In addition, today the Governor launched a new effort to make sure that no new regulation is issued without serious consideration of its impact on small businesses.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    17. Springfield's Veritas Preparatory Charter School picks first group of students

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 15 2012)

      Springfield's Veritas Preparatory Charter School picks first group of students

      As Lorenzo Gaines, a director for the Springfield-based group ACCESS, drew names from lottery box, he told the crowd that that the value of attending a college preparatory school such as Veritas has been estimated at $1 million – the average difference in income between someone with a college degree versus a high school diploma.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield   The Republican

    18. Hampshire College conference focuses on importance of videogame, digital animation business to Western Massachusetts

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      Hampshire College conference focuses on importance of videogame, digital animation business to Western Massachusetts

      Anzovin was one of the panelists Thursday at “Digital Games: Playing in the Valley”, an afternoon-long symposium at Hampshire College aimed at fostering the Pioneer Valley’s videogame and digital animation industry. The event was sponsored by Hampshire college, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council and MassDiGI, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute.

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Amherst   Northampton

    19. Massachusetts officials seek to preserve military jobs in wake of anticipated Defense Department cuts

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      Massachusetts officials seek to preserve military jobs in wake of anticipated Defense Department cuts

      State and congressional leaders will focus on the state’s strategic location, its base sharing by different military units and community support in their effort to protect the Baystate’s military installations and jobs from federal Defense Department budget cuts.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield   The Republican

    20. Northampton officials to discuss rate hike with Coke

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      Northampton officials to discuss rate hike with Coke

      The expansion of the plant that enabled it to bottle the cold fill products also created 100 new jobs at the site. To handle the expected problems with the discharge, the city upgraded the capacity of the nearby Bradford Street pump, a $1.5 million project. The state contributed $1.125 towards the upgrade. At the same time, Coke built its own on-site pre-treatment facility as part of its expansion.

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      Mentions:   Coca-Cola   Northampton   The Republican

    21. Big Y’s big savings with new loss-prevention software

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Mar 15 2012)

      Springfield food chain Big Y, with stores in Connecticut, has signed with an Atlanta audit-software maker whose system has already shown value speeding the grocer's ability to curb retail "shrinkage.''

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    22. Hickory Ridge in Amherst sold to New-Jersey based golf course management company

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      A partner and owner in a New Jersey-based golf course management company paid $1,000,050 for the Hickory Ridge Country Clubat a TD Bank foreclosure auction Thursday.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   The Republican

    23. Student entrepreneurs compete for cash prizes to build their ideas

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      Student entrepreneurs compete for cash prizes to build their ideas

      A total of 11 teams of aspiring entrepreneurs were given 60 seconds to pitch their innovation idea without the use of slides, prototypes or written business plans to an audience and panel of five judges.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    24. Solar company 1st Light comes to Massachusetts

      Explore masshightech.com (Mar 15 2012)

      Within the next 12 months, it plans to add a second, 20-person office in the Springfield area to service customers in western Massachusetts and upstate New York.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer   Springfield

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