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    1. NU advances transmission project in Mass., Conn.

      Explore Boston.com (May 3 2012)

      ANortheast Utilitiesexecutive said Thursday that the warm weather has helped it advance a transmission project in western Massachusetts and Connecticut. Leon Olivier, executive vice president and chief operating officer, told investor analysts on a conference call that the work is nearly two-thirds complete.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    2. Covidien reports strong growth in Q2

      Explore Molecular Imaging Insight (May 3 2012)

      Finally, its medical supplies unit’s second quarter sales of $434 million were unchanged from the comparable quarter of 2011, as increased sales of medical surgical and OEM products were offset by lower sales of nursing care and SharpSafety products.

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      Mentions:   Covidien

    3. Massachusetts businesses still feel recession, but business confidence is up, AIM report says | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (May 3 2012)

      Massachusetts businesses still feel recession, but business confidence is up, AIM report says | masslive.com

      “I’m not saying its over,” said David C. Southworth, president of Sourthworth Co. in Agawam a manufacturer of high-quality paper and envelopes. “It’s still a pretty challenging environment.” Southworth said his company is seeing growth in some product niches but the overall market for paper is not growing. With 160 employees, he estimates he replaces only about half the employees who leave the company through the regular course of attrition.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    4. J. Polep Distribution Services Selects VAI to Streamline Food Distribution and Manufacturing Operations

      Explore businesswire.com (May 3 2012)

      J. Polep Distribution Services, a Massachusetts-based leading convenience store distributor, has selected its S2K for Food Enterprise Management Software to grow and streamline its operations, while increasing efficiency and profitability. Servicing more than 4,000 chain and independent retailers in the six New England States, New York and Pennsylvania, J. Polep is ranked as one of the top 12 convenience store distributors in the country. The company has Distribution Centers located in Chicopee and Woburn, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and West Haven, Connecticut. The Polep family has been in the business of servicing its customers for over 110 years.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    5. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield College join to give Dunbar center new backboards

      Explore masslive.com (May 2 2012)

      Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield College join to give Dunbar center new backboards

      “The Dunbar Center is an important resource for the Springfield community, and we are pleased to be a part of this celebration,” said Flynn. “Springfield College maintains very close ties with both the YMCA movement and the basketball hall of fame. We believe that both of these fine organizations are guided by principles and values that are absolutely consistent with the mission of Springfield College - educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Baystate Health   Springfield

    6. Editorial: Western Massachusetts ready to make business connections

      Explore masslive.com (May 2 2012)

      Editorial: Western Massachusetts ready to make business connections

      We applaud the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, an independent state agency, for showcasing what the west has to offer during Monday’s conference aimed at Boston-area business leaders. It’s not often such an event is dedicated solely to business opportunities west of Interstate-495.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Springfield   Holyoke

    7. Franklin County Community Development Corp. in Greenfield has recipe for success for entrepreneurs

      Explore masslive.com (May 2 2012)

      Franklin County Community Development Corp. in Greenfield has recipe for success for entrepreneurs

      Headquartered at 324 Wells St., the Franklin County Community Development Corp. is an economic development non-profit organization that provides comprehensive business development education, access to capital, commercial office and manufacturing space and the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center, which helps guide specialty food entrepreneurs from the New England region along the path to launch and manufacture food products.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    8. Massachusetts Gaming Commission moves to create process for qualifying casino ...

      Explore masslive.com (May 1 2012)

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission moves to create process for qualifying casino ...

       Seeking to speed the process for opening casino resorts, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is moving to qualify potential casino operators before they submit full-blown bids for licenses.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer

    9. Community health centers in Holyoke and Springfield win federal grants to expand dental services

      Explore masslive.com (May 1 2012)

      Two community health centers in Western Massachusetts on Tuesday won federal grants that will help them improve dental services. The Holyoke Health Center received two grants, one for $2.8 million and another for $414,000. The Caring Health Center in Springfield received $310,000. The money for the grants was included in the 2010 federal health care law.


       

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    10. Westfield Vocational Technical High School manufacturing program should be statewide model, education secretary Paul Reville says | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (May 1 2012)

      WESTFIELD – When David A. Amanti, vice president of Advance Manufacturing in Westfield, hires a graduate of Westfield Vocational Technical High School he knows he is getting someone trained to step in to his shop and get to work.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Westfield

    11. Departing UMass Chancellor Robert Holub highlights campus accomplishments during his tenure

      Explore masslive.com (May 1 2012)

      In his message, Holub thanked the greater community for all its work. “These campus records, national recognitions, and achievements could not have been accomplished without the dedicated work of hundreds of individuals across the campus, as well as many individuals from the community and from our wonderful and loyal alumni,” he wrote.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    12. Gov. Deval Patrick announces $520000 in new Massachusetts tornado relief

      Explore masslive.com (May 1 2012)

      Gov. Deval Patrick announces $520000 in new Massachusetts tornado relief

      Of the $520,000, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission was chosen to oversee $425,000 in home repair funds, with a maximum benefit of $15,000 per household, according to the governor’s office and the state Department of Housing and Urban Development. Homeowners in the nine tornado-impacted communities can receive the funds to make repairs to damage not covered by insurance or other resources.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield

    13. Greenfield's Valley Steel Stamp Expands Thanks To MassDevelopment Bond

      Explore Home Page (May 1 2012)

      "Precision machine shops form the backbone of western Massachusetts’s manufacturing sector, which employs almost 40,000 workers,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “We’re pleased to support small, family-owned companies like Valley Steel as they expand their businesses and hire more employees.”

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Greenfield

    14. Boston conference promotes potential of new computing center, high-speed Internet in Western Massachusetts

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 30 2012)

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, a Springfield Democrat, said the point of the conference was to sell Western Massachusetts, which has lower costs, including labor, housing and office rental, than the eastern part of the state.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Springfield

    15. Springfield's Hoop City Jazz Festival cancels 2012 concerts, but promises to be back in 2013 and beyond

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 30 2012)

      Springfield's Hoop City Jazz Festival cancels 2012 concerts, but promises to be back in 2013 and beyond

      The Hampden Bank Hoop City Jazz & Arts Festival will not happen this year, according to a news release issued Monday by primary sponsor Hampden Bank.
      Organizers promised a much better, and expanded festival with a new location in 2013.


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      Mentions:   Springfield   Hampden Bank

    16. Holyoke year away from seeing construction begin on Big Y-retail plaza

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 30 2012)

      Holyoke year away from seeing construction begin on Big Y-retail plaza

       Construction is set to begin in spring 2013 on a $16 million retail project with a Big Y supermarket set for Lower Westfield Road and Homestead Avenue, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Holyoke   Westfield

    17. MassEcon welcomes startups, others to Bay State

      Explore masshightech.com (Apr 30 2012)

      MassEcon welcomes startups, others to Bay State

      Many of those businesses are high tech or life sciences business. Included in the list of new businesses are DPS Biometics of Framingham; Hadapt Inc. of Cambridge; Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals of Cambridge; Japan Airlines of Boston; Matrigen Life Technologies of Worcester; MIDAC Corp. of Westfield; Navidea Biopharmaceuticals of Andover; Netwatch of Medford; Russian Venture Company– USA of Boston; and Wegmans Food Markets of Northborough.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Westfield

    18. Critics assail cutbacks to machine technology program at Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical Academy

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 30 2012)

      Critics assail cutbacks to machine technology program at Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical Academy

      “There are over 400 manufacturing companies in Western Mass. alone and a skilled work force in the area is key to keeping them local and competitive globally,” added Mayo, who is a retired executive from the former American Saw & Manufacturing in East Longmeadow, now Lenox. “Precision manufacturing is a path for these students to achieve a career that pays $70,000-$80,000 in total annual compensation,” said J.M. “Buck” Upson, vice president of fund. The salary figure would include the value of benefits.

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   West Springfield   Palmer

    19. Volunteers renovate 15 homes in Springfield through Rebuilding Together building blitz

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 28 2012)

      Volunteers renovate 15 homes in Springfield through Rebuilding Together building blitz

      Also helping out at the King Street home was Bay Path College President Carol Leary, who was celebrating her 65th birthday. In honor of her birthday, students were encouraged to donate a day of service. There were approximately 45 students at four different sites, as well as staff from the school of management and social justice.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    20. MassMutual lawyers donate time to Hampden County Bar Association's legal clinic

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 28 2012)

      MassMutual lawyers donate time to Hampden County Bar Association's legal clinic

      The Hampden County Bar Association is expanding its lawyer-of-the-day program into Springfield District Court with the help of MassMutual Financial Group.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    21. Graduates of New England Farm Workers Council's youth program celebrate earning GEDs

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 28 2012)

      Graduates of New England Farm Workers Council's youth program celebrate earning GEDs

      Fifty of the 131 Hampden County youths who have attained their high school equivalency (GED) diplomas under the agency’s Workforce Investment Act Youth Program took part in a graduation ceremony at the Paramount Theater.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    22. Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle and wife Kit Dobelle have followed path of public service to serve their community

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 27 2012)

      Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle and wife Kit Dobelle have followed path of public service to serve their community

      “I determined the best way I could contribute to make a difference (in people’s lives) was as a college president,” said Evan Dobelle during a recent interview together with his wife in his office at Westfield State.He said he was “called to political action” in the late 1950s and ‘60s when his family lived in Florida and he spent his high school years seeing first-hand the day-to-day realities of the segregated south.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Amherst

    23. MassMutual promotes Nicholas Fyntrilakis to vice-president as he aids Rebuild ...

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 27 2012)

      Fyntrilakis continues to serve as co-chairman of the “Rebuild Springfield” effort in the aftermath of last June’s tornado. In addition, he is chairman of the Board of Directors of DevelopSpringfield, a private nonprofit group leading post-tornado efforts to revitalize Springfield in conjunction with the Springfield Redevelopment Authority.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Western New England University

    24. Springfield employers swap disaster preparedness tips

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 27 2012)

      Springfield employers swap disaster preparedness tips

      Dawn Creighton, a Springfield-based regional director for Associated Industries of Massachusetts, said the idea for Thursday’s discussion grew out of an informal talk she had last month with several executives. One told her a crew shoveling heavy snow off his plant’s roof in February 2011 did more than $100,000 worth of damage to the vent pipes he’d recently had installed for a manufacturing clean room.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Solutia Inc.

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