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    1. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick files $19 billion transportation bond bill

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      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick files $19 billion transportation bond bill

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick Wednesday submitted a $19 billion transportation bond bill to authorize and fund road, bridge and rail projects over the next 10 years including money for overhauling the elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield. The bill also includes $300 million in so-called Chapter 90 grants for cities and towns to pave and repair roads, up from the current $200 million.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    2. Springfield bidding to host NCAA women's basketball tournament regional for 2014

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      Springfield bidding to host NCAA women's basketball tournament regional for 2014

      The MassMutual Center along with the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau have put in a bid to host an NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Regional in 2014, a move that could bring the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team here twice in a four-month span. A successful bid would bring three Division I college basketball events to the downtown area between December and April.

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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   MassMutual   MassMutual Center

    3. Second year of MAAC championships in Springfield a success, but not with local fans

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      Second year of MAAC championships in Springfield a success, but not with local fans

      The MAAC signed a three-year contract with the MassMutual Center to host the tournament, an agreement that will be reviewed over the coming months. If the MAAC wants to return, and if the MassMutual Center and local organizers want to continue the partnership, the two sides will work out a deal by the end of the year.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    4. Yankee Candle owner follows 'Man Candles' success with a for-sale sign (report)

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      Yankee Candle owner follows 'Man Candles' success with a for-sale sign (report)

      Madison Dearborn Partners acquired Yankee Candle Co. Inc. of Deerfield, Mass., in 2006 for $1.6 billion. The Chicago private equity buyout firm has hired Barclays and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to advise on a sale process still in the early stages, Reuters reports.

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      Mentions:   Yankee Candle Co.   Yankee Candle, Inc.   Bank of America

    5. Learning From a Distance | BusinessWest

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      Learning From a Distance | BusinessWest

      “Online education is a great idea, but traditional education is faced with the dilemma of having to meld the two types of learning. And schools like ours are offering more online courses because the market wants it,” said Christopher Hakala, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Western New England University.

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    6. The EDC and the Commonwealth Host Financial Services Roundtable

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 13 2013)

      The EDC worked with the Mass Office of Business Development
      to hone the value proposition for our region and Secretary Bialecki made a
      cogent presentation to the consultants yesterday. Boston and New York are our
      top target markets because we add the advantage of management proximity to our
      core upside of a productive workforce at substantial cost savings compared to
      those markets

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Springfield   Michael Graney

    7. Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council to unveil marketing campaign

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      Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council to unveil marketing campaign

      Nearly 200 chamber members attended the event - the first ever to sell out - and heard reports from various chamber committees, including an update on the work of the brand-new regional chamber, the Hampshire County Regional Chamber.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce

    8. Westfield State University honors Dawn Carignan Thomas, John Davies, Lisa McMahon and Daniel Smith with Horace Mann Awards

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      Westfield State University honors Dawn Carignan Thomas, John Davies, Lisa McMahon and Daniel Smith with Horace Mann Awards

      An audience of more than 300 people packed Westfield State's Scanlon Banquet Hall to honor and support the 2013 Horace Mann award winners: civic leader, education advocate and former university trustee Dawn Carignan Thomas; businessman, former trustee and current Westfield State Foundation board member John Davies; community volunteer and former executive director of the Westfield Business Improvement District Lisa McMahon; and educator, former director of the Westfield Housing Authority and Westfield State alum Daniel Smith.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Westfield

    9. Finding Answers | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 12 2013)

      Finding Answers | BusinessWest

      There remains a large and vibrant research component at the institute, as evidenced by the white board that dominates one wall in the office occupied by Dan Hodge, the recently named director of the agency’s Economic and Public Policy Research department.  It lists more than a dozen potential projects, or “opportunities,” as he called them, and several initiatives already underway, including a study on the growth potential of the manufacturing sector in the Berkshires, commissioned by the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corp., and another research project, undertaken for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, on retention of college graduates.

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    10. Community Profile: Holyoke | BusinessWest

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      Community Profile: Holyoke | BusinessWest

      If cultivating a vibrant city is equal parts art and science, Holyoke certainly has plenty of both.  The science ranges from the $165 million Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center that opened in November to a number of high-tech firms moving into former mill space along the canals, to the ‘green’ hydroelectric power harnessed by the Holyoke Dam on the Connecticut River.

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    11. Allis Mansion's redevelopment possibilities eyed by potential developers in Springfield

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      Allis Mansion's redevelopment possibilities eyed by potential developers in Springfield

      A half-dozen prospective developers toured the W.H. Allis Mansion Monday and offered guarded opinions on whether the 1870’s-vintage structure could be saved from the wrecking ball.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Sisters of Providence Health System

    12. MGM Resorts, Penn National say casino plans will boost entertainment, create traffic that can be managed in Springfield

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      MGM Resorts, Penn National say casino plans will boost entertainment, create traffic that can be managed in Springfield

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, among those in attendance, said the city is ultimately interested in the project that will be the “best deal” and strongest plan for the city, region and state.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Mohegan Sun   MassMutual Center

    13. New England farmers look to sell directly to consumers

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      New England farmers look to sell directly to consumers

      Massachusetts statistics show that there are 7,700 farms in the state. Most are small, averaging just 68 acres in size. Just 1,700 of those farms were big enough to require any hired labor. The total cash receipts from all 7,700 farms totaled $489 million in 2011.  Linda M. Paquette, of Hampden, bought a plot of land in two years ago. She calls it Scantic River Farm and hopes to grow herbs and vegetables. But so far most of her income comes from selling fresh eggs. A nurse by profession, she grew up in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Greenfield

    14. Cambridge College opens in Tower Square in downtown Springfield

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      Cambridge College opens in Tower Square in downtown Springfield

      Cambridge College is open in downtown’s Tower Square with 50 employees and faculty, a number that includes part-timers, and courses expected to draw as many as 300 students over the course of a year.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Girls gather to build Lego robots at Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke

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      Girls gather to build Lego robots at Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke

      Nearly 40 middle-school girls in eight teams gathered Saturday at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center to build Lego robots and showcase them in a competition that measured for teamwork, design, programming and performance.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    16. And the juice will be free: Holyoke Mall to get electric vehicle recharging station with mall paying for electricity

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      And the juice will be free: Holyoke Mall to get electric vehicle recharging station with mall paying for electricity

      An electric vehicle recharging station with two rechargers will be available at the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside this month in a city, state and mall partnership. "It should be installed and up and running by the end of the month," James M. Lavelle, manager of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department, said Friday.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    17. Springfield expects $7.5 million in energy savings from online energy auction

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      Springfield expects $7.5 million in energy savings from online energy auction

      City officials expect to save $7.5 million in electricity costs during the next three years from participating in an online energy auction, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced Friday.  In a budget-trimming initiative, the city locked in favorable rates on 135 million kilowatts of electricity for a 35-month period beginning July 1, Sarno said. The electricity was purchased during a Sept. 19 auction on the World Energy Exchange, with the guidance of city consultant World Energy Solutions, Inc.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    18. NEW MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS ONE-STOP

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 8 2013)

      NEW Massachusetts Business One-Stop

      The Commonwealth has announced new links for businesses!

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    19. AIM Business Insider

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      AIM Business Insider

      The revised benchmark numbers, released in conjunction with the January 2013 employment report, adjust earlier estimates for 2011 and 2012 based on actual reports from employers (though the third quarter of 2012), which are more accurate than the survey data used in the preliminary reports.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    20. The Nominations Are In | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 8 2013)

      The Nominations Are In | BusinessWest

      A total of 99 individuals have been nominated for the honor of joining the class of 2013, the seventh since the program was initiated in 2007.  The daunting, yet rewarding, task of scoring these individuals now falls to five judges (including two previous winners), who represent fields ranging from law to accounting; from education to financial services. They will be returning their scores later this week, and the winners will be notified in the days that follow.

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    21. Callaway Golf sells Chicopee plant, but plans to maintain production under 5-year lease

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      Callaway Golf sells Chicopee plant, but plans to maintain production under 5-year lease

      Callaway Golf Co. has sold it’s 900,000-square-foot golf ball factory and warehouse complex at 425 Meadow St. to a real estate management company for $3.9 million but plans to remain there making golf balls for the foreseeable future.

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      Mentions:   Callaway Golf   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee

    22. Can Higher Education Serve the Needs of Massachusetts Employers and Employees?

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 8 2013)

      This is one factor in a bigger issue discussed at Governor Patrick’s Economic Forum this week concerning
      how well and how quickly higher education from community colleges to graduate
      programs is producing graduates with the right training and skills to join the
      workforce.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    23. Penn National Gaming announces early childhood program for future casino employees

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      Penn National Gaming announced on Thursday that it plans to provide child care services for its casino employees in Springfield at its proposed casino site, through a new partnership with the Early Childhood Centers of Greater Springfield

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    24. Smith & Wesson profit triples, outlook improves

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      Smith & Wesson profit triples, outlook improves

      Smith & Wesson's profit tripled in the quarter that ended Jan. 31, its first announced results since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., focused attention on the gun control debate.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

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