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    1. Tech Foundry in Springfield hosts open house, hopes to recruit 25 high school students for IT job placement program

      Tech Foundry in Springfield hosts open house, hopes to recruit 25 high school students for IT job placement program

      Tech Foundry will be holding an open house April 23, for teachers, students and volunteers at their new headquarters on 1391 Main St.  Founded by Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean, Tech Foundry is a nonprofit education and job placement program for high school students looking to work in the world of informational technology. With partners such as Mass Mutual, UMass and Baystate Health, Tech Foundry has raised nearly $450,000 to get started.  In the near term, the program seeks to educate ambitious local students in order to create a homegrown workforce for the many area businesses looking for tech ...

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    2. Western Mass. firm using sound in bioprocessing raises $10M

      Western Mass. firm using sound in bioprocessing raises $10M

      FloDesign Sonics, a Wilbraham firm working on a way to use sound to separate particles from a liquid in drug development, has gotten a $10 million investment led by Bright Capital. The company said the Series A financing round also came from Springfield-based Ventry Industries, James Waters, founder of Waters Corp., and Jonathan Fleming of Oxford Biosciences.

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    3. MGM Springfield to provide millions of dollars for Union Station redevelopment

      MGM Springfield to provide millions of dollars for Union Station redevelopment

      Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said on Wednesday that the city's host agreement calls for MGM to rent 44,000 square feet of space at Union Station. Under the deal, MGM would spend approximately $6.75 million for a build-out suitable for the station. If Union Station is not ready for occupancy by the time the proposed casino opens in the South End, the company will pay $500,000 per year to the Springfield Redevelopment Authority.

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    4. Hampden Bank wins award from MassHousing

      Hampden Bank wins award from MassHousing

      Hampden Bank recently received an award for Best Overall Performance by a bank from the MassHousing agency.  This recognition, reserved for those Massachusetts banks dedicated to providing loans to low-income borrowers, was recently presented at the annual MassHousing awards ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts. Hampden Bank also received recognition in several other categories, including top producer, most loans made to low-income borrowers, second most loans in Hampden County and second most loans to minority borrowers statewide.

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    5. Temporary Route 20 bridge removed over CSX Railroad in West Springfield

      Temporary Route 20 bridge removed over CSX Railroad in West Springfield

      The new bridge, built higher to allow the railroad to run double-stacked freight trains, has been open for some months now and workers are also realigning the road too match the new bridge. The project is scheduled to be completed in August, according to the state Department of Transportation. The $6.5 million bridge is part of a larger $25.8 million state-funded railway access project to enable the double-stacked trains.

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    6. Springfield Technical Community College will offer summer STEM academy for fall students to get early start

      Springfield Technical Community College will offer summer STEM academy for fall students to get early start

      Springfield Technical Community College has announced a new summer program to allow incoming students a chance to get an early start on their college credits by exploring the possibility of a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines . The STEM Starter Academy will allow participants to earn a $1,000 stipend; take free college courses including: the college success seminar, essentials of engineering and math; participate in field trips; and learn from guest speakers and STEM experts working in the field.

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    7. Former federal building at 1550 Main in Springfield named Outstanding Building

      Former federal building at 1550 Main in Springfield named Outstanding Building

      The Building Owners and Managers Association has awarded 1550 Main in Springfield its Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) award in the government building category of the Middle Atlantic Conference. This is the second consecutive year the redevelopment of the former federal building has won this award, according to a news release from MassDevelopment.

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    8. Springfield Armor's departure for Grand Rapids made official by NBA Development League

      Springfield Armor's departure for Grand Rapids made official by NBA Development League

      The sale of the Springfield Armor and the franchise's move to Grand Rapids, Mich., was made official on Tuesday by the NBA Development League. The move was first reported on March 26 by David Mayo, the Detroit Pistons beat writer for MLive.com, an Advance Digital sister site of MassLive.com, which subsequently reported the Armor's departure from Springfield. The D-League on Tuesday announced that SSJ Group, led by Steve Jbara, has purchased the Armor and relocated it to Grand Rapids for the 2014-15 season. The team will be affiliated with the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.

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    9. Eagle Home Buyers moves to Open Square in Holyoke

      Eagle Home Buyers moves to Open Square in Holyoke

      Developer John Aubin and Eagle Home Buyers LLC are pleased to announce the opening of Eagle Home Buyers’ new office in the historic mill complex at Aubin's Open Square.  The 860-square-foot space positions the full-service real estate investment company to expand its services throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties. Gayle L. White, Eagle Home Buyers owner, said she is excited to bring specialty realty services to new clients and to become part of a thriving new model of business development to revitalize urban areas.

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    10. North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room wins state approval: still awaiting federal OK

      North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room wins state approval: still awaiting federal OK

      The state has approved Berkshire Medical Center's plan to open a satellite emergency room at North Adams Regional Hospital but federal approvals are still in the works.
      But the North Adams community, especially the Massachusetts Nurses Association which represents nurses at both Berkshire Medical Center and the former North Adams Regional Hospital, is still pushing for the restoration of more services than just the emergency room.

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    11. MassDevelopment grants $250000 to Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in

      MassDevelopment grants $250000 to Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in

      MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council have provided a $250,000 grant to the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. A 2012 study by the Economic Development Research Group of Boston anticipated that upon its completion, the full campus expansion project will enhance tourism growth in the Berkshires region; generate annual business sales in Berkshire County of $7 million; increase state tax revenues by $323,000 annually; and spur creation of about 90 jobs throughout the county to support a broader visitor base.

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    12. Florence Savings Bank contributes $2,5000 to Forbes Library

      Florence Savings Bank contributes $2,5000 to Forbes Library

      Florence Savings Bank has donated $2,500 to the Forbes Library in Northampton, in memory of the Bank’s past President and CEO Ed Morin. Bank President and CEO John F. Heaps, Jr. made the announcement at the Bank’s recent Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program Awards Ceremony, held at the Northampton Senior Center. During the ceremony, Heaps recalled the life and accomplishments of his predecessor, who recently passed away. Also present at the ceremony were Scott Morin, Ed Morin’s son, and Forbes Library Director Janet Moulding.

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    13. UMass Isenberg School of Management ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek

      UMass Isenberg School of Management ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek

      The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked 36th overall and 14th among public universities in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek magazine listing of undergraduate business programs.  Mark A. Fuller, dean of the Isenberg School, said in a news release, “Over the past several years we have modernized our curriculum to better meet today’s business needs, increased hands-on learning and internship opportunities and significantly increased corporate and executive engagement in the classroom. These ongoing efforts ­– along with a highly engaged faculty, staff and student body – are paying significant dividends in expanding opportunities for our graduates ...

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    14. Avery Dennison to shut down Chicopee plant

      Avery Dennison to shut down Chicopee plant

      The new owners of Avery Dennison's label business are proceeding with plans to close the plant in Westover Airpark North as economic developers plan to begin marketing the space to a new occupant.  In a letter to employes, Avery Dennison said it laid off 124 union and nonunion workers Jan. 31  and that the remaining employees will be out of work by June 27. the plant makes binders and labels.

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    15. High bidder for tax-foreclosed Springfield apartment building on Maple Street proposes owner-occupied housing cooperative

      High bidder for tax-foreclosed Springfield apartment building on Maple Street proposes owner-occupied housing cooperative

      Uptown Construction, within its proposal, states that if accepted, it plans to provide “balanced housing for all income groups, including both low-income housing and market-rate housing, as well as moderate-income housing.” Each apartment would be marketed for owner-occupants, including opportunities for existing tenants, the proposal states. The estimated project budget is listed as $928,000 including the $100,000 cost of buying the property. The developer does not list any public funding in its budget breakdown.

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    16. Governor Patrick Announces Economic Development Package

      Governor Patrick Announces Economic Development Package

      Governor Deval Patrick today announced an economic development package that provides new tools and training so our workforce is prepared to meet the needs of employers, invests in our Gateway Cities to promote development across the entire state, and provides incentives to create jobs and stimulate the economy. The Governor’s bill, An Act to Promote Growth and Opportunity, builds on the Administration’s proven growth strategy of investing in education, innovation and infrastructure that has led to record job creation in Massachusetts and made the Commonwealth a global leader in key innovation economy sectors.

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    17. Gov. Deval Patrick: economic development plans include job training, brownfields redevelopment help

      Gov. Deval Patrick: economic development plans include job training, brownfields redevelopment help

      A $100-million four-year economic development program unveiled Thursday by Gov. Deval Patrick could have a profound impact on Western Massachusetts, Patrick's secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki.  'Certainly one of the the themes of the bill is extending economic opportunity to every resident of the state,' Bialecki said in an interview Thursday afternoon, after the news conference but a few hours before the bill was filed.

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    18. DevelopSpringfield aids South End building improvements with $20,000 grant

      DevelopSpringfield aids South End building improvements with $20,000 grant

      DevelopSpringfield, a local nonprofit organization, recently awarded a $20,000 grant to aid exterior improvements at 1095 Main St., in the South End, that houses business tenants including Square One Family Center. The funds were used to revitalize and repair the existing façade and included new windows, doors, and signage, according to a news release from DevelopSpringfield. The grant supported a substantial investment in building improvements by the owner, 1095 Main Street Irrevocable Trust, the release said.

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    19. Holyoke Community College again to play host to electronics recycling to help scholarships

      Holyoke Community College again to play host to electronics recycling to help scholarships

      Old electronics like televisions and computers can be recycled for fees that will boost a scholarship fund at Holyoke Community College April 26. "This is the third time HCC students have held this event, with the plan to continue once every semester," said student Jeffery Anderson, organizer of the recycling effort since it began in 2012. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., people can bring unwanted electronics to the college's Parking Lot C near the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development, 303 Homestead Ave.

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    20. MassDevelopment grants to New England Public Radio

      MassDevelopment grants to New England Public Radio

      MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council have provided a $113,432 Cultural Facilities Fund grant to the New England Public Radio Foundation for its new studios now under construction on Main Street. The New England Public Radio Foundation, Inc. is using grant funds to renovate a recently purchased space at 1525 Main Street in Springfield. Renovation plans call for rebuilding the 15,000-square-foot location installing four radio production suites, a technical operations center, and office space for programming, operations, engineering, development and administration staff.

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    21. State announces $54 million in Workforce Training Grants including for companies in East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Springfield, and West Springfield and West Brookfield

      State announces $54 million in Workforce Training Grants including for companies in East Longmeadow, Holyoke, Springfield, and West Springfield and West Brookfield

      Titeflex is receiving $56,025 in Workforce Training Fund to update the skills of its 109 workers and add two additional employees to its staff.  The company manufactures flexible hoses for industrial and transportation uses. Made of Teflon and often clad in protective stainless steel, Titeflex hoses flew on the Space Shuttle and fly now on new Airbus and Boeing jetliners. Titeflex hoses also carry the glue in machines that turn out disposable diapers.

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    22. Governor Deval Patrick to unveil $100 million economic development plan

      Governor Deval Patrick to unveil $100 million economic development plan

      Gov. Deval Patrick is unveiling a $100 million economic development proposal he says will better train Massachusetts' workers while promoting development in struggling cities and offering incentives to create new jobs.  Patrick says he wants to revamp the state's research and development tax credit program, encourage more high tech companies to hire interns, and expand the state's international marketing efforts to increase tax revenue related to foreign travel and business for tourism-related industries.  The plan would also invest in the state's older, financially strapped cities known as Gateway Cities, he said.

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    23. State Treasurer Steve Grossman in Springfield for 'topping off' ceremony at Elias Brookings Elementary School in Six Corners

      State Treasurer Steve Grossman in Springfield for 'topping off' ceremony at Elias Brookings Elementary School in Six Corners

      The state authority has approved full reimbursement for the $27.9 million Brookings project and $15.2 million for the Mary Dryden School project. Both schools suffered severe damage in the June 2011 tornado that tore through Springfield and other Western Massachusetts communities. The new Brookings school will total 65,000 square feet, which is larger than the previous structure, and will include a gym and larger classrooms, among other features.

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    24. Holyoke Gas and Electric customers could net savings from ongoing meter study involving high performance computing center

      Holyoke Gas and Electric customers could net savings from ongoing meter study involving high performance computing center

      Researchers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are working with the HGE and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center here on the pilot program. They are analyzing electricity usage as recorded by the "smart electric meters" the utility already has installed at its more than 18,000 customers' homes, said a press release from Patrick J. Callahan of the UMass Office of News and Media Relations. The project is funded by a $200,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the press release said. Meters report electronically every five minutes and such detail is being gathered ...

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