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    1. Long-time Friendly's customers lament loss of their favorite restaurant locations

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 5 2011)

      Long-time Friendly's customers lament loss of their favorite restaurant locations When told of Friendly’s financial problems, which forced the restaurant chain on Wednesday to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy and close 63 locations including five in Western Massachusetts, Green shrugged and said it is the latest bit of bad news that is a direct result of the struggling national economy. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   The Republican

    2. MassEcon Announces GT Advanced Technologies as a Winner for the 8th A...

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      "New England is outpacing the rest of the country in economic recovery," said Greg Bialecki, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Development ... Smith & Wesson -- Springfield Silver: Coca-Cola -- Northampton Bronze: General Dynamics AIS -- Pittsfield (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Smith & Wesson Corp.

    3. EDC Hosts French Delegation

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 5 2011)

      EDC Hosts French Delegation   Yesterday, the EDC hosted a delegation from the Seine et Marne region of France, east of Paris. Most of our guests were economic developers, but one company representative came, too. The delegation is spending this week in North America and included a day in western Mass, in addition to stops in Boston/Cambridge and Montreal. The mission was organized by Hubtech 21, a company based in Paris with a U.S. office in Cambridge that assists European companies that want to enter the U.S. market. The EDC works with Hubtech 21 and similar organizations to identify international regions and ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Smith College   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    4. Interview: Valley Venture Mentors

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      Interview: Valley Venture Mentors Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) is a mentoring program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs in western Massachusetts launch their companies. These companies are generally in the pre-funding stage, with many unexplored details to consider. The goal is to match each team with appropriate professional mentors to guide them through the process of establishing their business. Mentors have the opportunity to share their expertise and speak from experience, while supporting the young entrepreneurs through various challenges. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   The Republican

    5. Local business grants introduced

      Explore Home - Berkshire Eagle Online (Oct 5 2011)

      Cruise is the director of business and employer services for the Hampden County Regional Employment Board and also oversees regional distribution of funds from the On-the-Job Training National Emergency Grants (OJT) program. BerkshireWorks is an OJT partner. (Read Full Article)

    6. Capped Ludlow landfill to be leased for solar panels

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      Capped Ludlow landfill to be leased for solar panels Borrego Solar Systems of Lowell is proposing to lease the landfill from the town for 20 years for the installation of solar panels on the capped town landfill on Holyoke Street for the production of electricity that would be sold to Western Massachusetts Electric Co. Energy Committee chair James Harrington said estimates are Ludlow would save $150,000 per year in municipal electricity costs. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   The Republican

    7. Chicopee business owners share concerns, ideas about Davitt Bridge project

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      Chicopee business owners share concerns, ideas about Davitt Bridge project The $8.1 million project is being run and funded by the state Department of Transportation. It will replace the bridge, which has structural problems. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee   Chicopee Savings Bank

    8. Nearly $10 million for job training in our state

      Explore ConnecticutPlus.com (Oct 4 2011)

      “We are excited to embark on another workforce development initiative with the Hartford – Springfield Economic Partnership and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (MA) in helping to get people back to work in the New England Knowledge Corridor that stretches from Connecticut into Western Massachusetts,”,” says Thomas Phillips, President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners. “This grant comes to us at a most critical time during a challenged economy and at a time when there is a strong need for a growing healthcare workforce.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield

    9. Trubeer and Berkshire Brewing Company offer Pioneer Valley Beer Drinkers Quality Craft Beer Options

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 4 2011)

      Trubeer and Berkshire Brewing Company offer Pioneer Valley Beer Drinkers Quality Craft Beer Options "Western Mass is becoming a craft beer destination," said Sam Braudis, owner of Trubeer. "Hopefully it will continue. It would be great if the revitalization of Easthampton came from the craft beer movement." (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   The Republican

    10. JetBlue adds Bradley flight to Palm Beach, Fla. | Hartford Business

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Oct 3 2011)

      JetBlue Airways is expanding its services at Bradley International Airport, with the addition of a new nonstop flight to Palm Beach Florida.The direct flight to West Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is JetBlue's fourth destination added from Hartford in the past year, when the airline began services from Bradley. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    11. Big Y to hire 100 employees for its new store in Lee - Berkshire Eagle Online

      Explore Home - Berkshire Eagle Online (Oct 3 2011)

      Big Y to hire 100 employees for its new store in Lee - Berkshire Eagle Online Monday October 3, 2011 LEE -- Big Y Foods Inc. plans to hire 100 people for its new store in Lee thats expected to open next month, company officials have said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    12. United Technologies creates new division of Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand and Goodrich

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 3 2011)

      “It appears that the company wants to consolidate its position as a commercial aerospace market supplier, hence the exclusion of Sikorsky from this new group,” Pettibone said, referring to Sikorsky Aircraft. “With all the operations under one organization, the new aerospace unit should be able to offer significant packages of components – one-stop shopping, if you will – to manufacturers.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   The Republican   United Technologies

    13. Springfield's Titeflex is growing, especially to natural gas vehicles

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      Springfield's Titeflex is growing, especially to natural gas vehicles Hurt, like many manufactures, by the recession and slowdowns in the automotive industry, Titeflex is hiring again, a message company officials shared this week when they gave a tour to U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Boeing   Springfield   The Republican

    14. High-tech conference coming to Holyoke

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      High-tech conference coming to Holyoke The center, while providing enough computing power to analyze oceans of data very quickly for universities and corporations, will only have about 25 employees. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    15. Big E draws more than 1.2 million people to West Springfield

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      Big E draws more than 1.2 million people to West Springfield In total 1,201,428 people attended the fair this year. It did not break the 1,260,000 record set in 2009, but eight days of rain during the fair made that nearly impossible, said G. Wayne McCary, president and chief executive officer of the Eastern States Exposition. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    16. Massachusetts tornadoes bring building boom to affected communities including Wilbraham, Monson, Springfield

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      Massachusetts tornadoes bring building boom to affected communities including Wilbraham, Monson, Springfield The tornadoes that blew through Western and Central Massachusetts on June 1 damaged homes, businesses and government buildings in Westfield, West Springfield, Springfield, Wilbraham, Monson, Brimfield, Sturbridge, Southbridge and Charlton along a 39-mile stretch. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   The Republican

    17. Crafts Avenue in Northampton goes upscale with new mix of businesses

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      Crafts Avenue in Northampton goes upscale with new mix of businesses “We’re looking forward to being in Northampton,” said Alexander, who will operate the business with partners Benson Hyde and Nancy Baker. “We think there’s a significant underserved niche market (for the store) in Northampton.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican

    18. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick hails job creation at Northampton Coca-Cola plant

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 30 2011)

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick hails job creation at Northampton Coca-Cola plant Patrick was among a chorus line of officials who cut the ribbon officially unveiling a $50 million expansion that has enabled the facility to produce and bottle a variety of cold-fill products and hire 100 people to do that work. When the plant began vying for the expansion several years ago, its goal was to create 40 jobs and invest $39.4 million in the project. It more than doubled both figures. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Coca-Cola   Northampton

    19. Federal funds help kick off New England cleantech consortium - Mass High Tech Business News

      Explore masshightech.com (Sep 30 2011)

      A partnership to spur innovation and research in clean technology across New England has pulled down $1.25 million in federal funds to go along with $1.65 million raised through partners such as state agencies. The New England Clean Energy Foundation, led by the New England Clean Energy Council, was awarded $1.25 million under the federal gov... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Clean Energy Center

    20. Friendly Ice Cream Corp. refuses to confirm bankruptcy report

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 29 2011)

      Friendly Ice Cream Corp. refuses to confirm bankruptcy report The Friendly Ice Cream Corp. is considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection that potentially would result in the sale of the company, according to a report published Thursday in the Wall Street Journal. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   The Republican   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    21. New England scores seven ARPA-E awards - Mass High Tech Business News

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      Under the PETRO program • University of Massachusetts, Amherst – $1.48 million, for the development of an improved oilseed crop that uses carbon more efficiently than other crops (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    22. Peoples Bank donates $43,000 for scoreboard at proposed new West Springfield High School

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      PeoplesBank will cover the estimated $43,000 cost of putting up a scoreboard on the playing field of the new West Springfield High School in exchange for having its name on the sign. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   TD Bank   MassMutual

    23. Mass. colleges make updated science buildings a priority

      Explore masshightech.com (Sep 29 2011)

      If infrastructure is a visible sign of investing in STEM education, Massachusetts universities appear to be on board. Both the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have plans to build science buildings with lab space on campus. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    24. State awards money for new elementary school in Westfield, other Western Massachusetts projects

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      State awards money for new elementary school in Westfield, other Western Massachusetts projects The Massachusetts School Building Authority Wednesday approved a new $36 million elementary school for the city along with about $23 million to cover the state’s 64 percent share of the cost. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Greenfield   Westfield   The Republican

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