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    1. Holyoke schools won't opt out of contract with Collaborative for Educational Services to run Dean Tech

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 14 2012)

      Progress but no final decision came Thursday on the issue of management of Dean Technical High School.  Superintendent David L. Dupont told the School Committee he will inform state education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester on Friday the city won’t opt out of its contract with the Collaborative for Educational Services, of Northampton, which has been running Dean since July..

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    2. MTDC adopts new name, MassVentures, and will parcel out $14 million in new grants and investments

      Explore Boston.com (Jun 14 2012)

      The state's venture capital arm, the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation, is announcing at an event tonight that it will adopt a new name: MassVentures. Bird has also scraped together $14 million in new funds to invest in tech startups. Much of it comes from money that MassDevelopment, the state's economic development agency, has asked MassVentures to manage. About $3 million comes from liquidity events in MassVentures' prior portfolio companies, Bird says, and another $6 million comes from the state's new START program, announced earlier this year.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    3. Massachusetts Career Development Institute announces layoffs ...

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 14 2012)

      Massachusetts Career Development Institute announces layoffs ...

      The institute will also focus on adult basic education, job readiness and life skills training, and youth development, as part of services that promote “family self-sufficiency,” Sneed said.  The institute’s annual $3 million budget is being reduced by approximately $500,000 in the fiscal year starting July 1. The agency was receiving $625,000 annually from the city under a four-year contract, but the contract has expired and no further funds will be received as the city deals with its own budget hardships, said Lee C. Erdmann, the city’s chief administrative and financial officer.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Ameristar Casinos plans $50 million I-291 road/bridge project for proposed ...

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 13 2012)

      Ameristar Casinos plans $50 million I-291 road/bridge project for proposed ...

      A Las Vegas-based company is planning an estimated $50 million road and bridge project off Interstate 291 in Springfield to service its planned casino.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield City Council   Springfield

    5. Westfield State University trustees to review fees, act on budget

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 13 2012)

      Westfield State University trustees to review fees, act on budget

      The Board of Trustees at Westfield State University plan to meet Thursday to approve a new operating budget for the college for fiscal 2013 that begins July 1.
      Included in budget deliberations will be a review of the university’s student fee scheduled which last year was increased by $455 or 6 percent in mandatory assessments on each student.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    6. Construction bids sought for new $36 million Westfield elementary school

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 13 2012)

      Construction bids sought for new $36 million Westfield elementary school

      The city will accept construction bids July 26 on the planned $36 million elementary school to be built at the intersection of Cross and Ashley streets.
      Advertisement for bids was publicized this week with a July 12 deadline for all sub-contractor bids, City Purchasing agent Tammy B. Tefft said. General contractor bids are due July 26.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    7. Editorial: Massachusetts-Connecticut Knowledge Corridor has powerful potential

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 13 2012)

      Editorial: Massachusetts-Connecticut Knowledge Corridor has powerful potential

      It’s a metropolitan area with a population of 1.8 million, more than 45,000 companies, a labor force of 1.1 million people, 32 colleges and universities and more than 120,000 students

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Knowledge Corridor   Gregory P. Bialecki

    8. Finalists for Springfield school superintendent post will meet public

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 12 2012)

      Finalists for Springfield school superintendent post will meet public

      The first session is scheduled for Friday, with Deputy Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Central High School library, 1840 Roosevelt Ave.  The second will be Monday, with Jesus Jara, superintendent of the Monroe County, Fla., public schools, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Van Sickle Middle School auditorium, 1170 Carew St.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    9. Gov. Deval Patrick unveils $26.8 million in block grants for Massachusetts communities

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 12 2012)

      Gov. Deval Patick today unveiled $26.8 million in federal block grants for 46 cities and towns including money for 17 communities in Western Massachusetts. "These grants are critical investments to help communities fix up homes and roadways and provide much needed local services for residents while putting people to work," Patrick said in a statement before an event on Cape Cod to release the grants.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Amherst

    10. Attorney General Martha Coakley to address Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield at MassMutual Center event

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 12 2012)

      Coakley is expected to deliver the keynote speech at the organization's annual lunch and awards ceremony, which runs from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday. Reservations were required for the event.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Chicopee

    11. Ameristar Casinos Appoints Jonathan Little as Director of Government and Community Relations

      Explore stockhouse.com (Jun 12 2012)

      Little joins Ameristar from the Springfield-based R.J. Greeley Company where he worked in the commercial real estate field since 2007. Prior to that, he served as the legislative director for Senator Scott Brown on Beacon Hill when Brown was a state senator. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and marketing from the University of Vermont.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. Casino could affect small businesses

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Jun 12 2012)

      Casino could affect small businesses

      Jeffrey Ciuffreda, the Executive Director of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, told 22News, it doesn't matter what kind of business you own. It could be a restaurant or a convenience store, but everyone would be affected one way or another by a casino. "When [resort casinos] come in, they'll have to respect the fabric they are operating within and not just come in and take over everything," he said. "But as I said, share the wealth with everyone."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Chamber of Commerce   Jeff Ciuffreda

    13. Stearns Square Summer Concert Series returns with new acts, old favorites

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 11 2012)

      Stearns Square Summer Concert Series returns with new acts, old favorites

      “It has been amazing to watch the series evolve over the years,” Weppler said. “But I am often left nostalgic over the first couple of years. This started as an opportunity for the Springfield Business Improvement District to show off downtown, the unique buildings, open spaces, and of course, the restaurants. The collaboration really created a long standing summer tradition. It is something I am proud to be a part of. Over the last twelve years, many businesses and political leaders have changed, but the concerts kept happening.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    14. Western New England University cited in national study for successful approach in teaching calculus | masslive

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 11 2012)

      Western New England is one of just 16 colleges and universities cited as having particularly successful programs in a study of Calculus I classes nationwide conducted by the Mathematical Association of America.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    15. National Grid making $36M upgrade

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Jun 11 2012)

      National Grid making $36M upgrade

      Marcy Reed, the president of National Grid in Massachusetts, said the plan is part of their effort to improve reliability following the June 1 tornado and the October snowstorm. “We pledged to help these communities recover from these devastating storms, and this is the latest step in that process,” Reed said.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    16. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is working on sponsored research with a goal of using microbes to digest trash to fuel | masslive

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 11 2012)

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst is working on sponsored research with a goal of using microbes to digest trash to fuel | masslive

      ReCommunity Recycling has committed $635,000 to the Institute for Massachusetts Biofuels Research, also known as TIMBR, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in hopes of developing microbes that digest household trash and turn it into fuel.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    17. Northampton nonprofit Click Workspace hatches a plan for a business incubator

      Explore GazetteNET (Jun 10 2012)

      Northampton nonprofit Click Workspace hatches a plan for a business incubator

      William Bither, who started and then sold a software development company in Easthampton called Atalasoft, is an adviser to Click Workspace. Bither is now a member of River Valley Investors of Springfield, a financial backer of local companies.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Springfield   Northampton

    18. Viewpoint: Technical schools need employer voice

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 10 2012)

      Viewpoint: Technical schools need employer voice

      Such a sense of employer direction can help guide not just curricular development and programmatic emphasis, but also student decisions. A central aspect of career preparation, one that should be a key strength of vocational schools, is an understanding of the realities of the world of work.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    19. Big Y and other supermarkets push again for an end to item price tags

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 9 2012)

      Big Y and other supermarkets push again for an end to item price tags

      Claire M. D’Amour-Daley, Big Y spokeswoman, said the operative word in the state law is “supermarket.” Other retailers that might sell the same thing don’t have to go to the trouble of putting individual stickers on those same items.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   The Republican

    20. Pratt & Whitney signs contract to supply jet engines to Russia's Irkut Corp. | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 9 2012)

      Pratt & Whitney signs contract to supply jet engines to Russia's Irkut Corp. | masslive.com

      Pratt and Russia’s Irkut Corp. on Tuesday signed an agreement to offer the Pratt-built PurePower PW1400G engine on Irkut’s MC-21 line of planes, Todd Kallman, president of Pratt’s Commercial Engines operation, said.

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      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   The Republican

    21. Monson Developmental Center's use nearing the end

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 8 2012)

      Monson Developmental Center's use nearing the end

      The latest proposal for 65-acre Belchertown State is from Pennsylvania-based Weston Solutions, which wants to bring in a developer to create an assisted-living complex featuring 170 units. Belchertown Town Meeting recently approved a $1.25 million bond to build a new roadway into the property, but the road would be built only if Weston spends $2 million of its own money to clean up environmental hazards on an 11-acre section of the property for the project.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer   Northampton

    22. Springfield named All-America City Award finalist thanks to reading program

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 8 2012)

      Springfield named All-America City Award finalist thanks to reading program

      Now a project in Springfield has been recognized by the National Civic League for its efforts to overcome the problem. “Reading Success by 4th Grade: Blueprint for Springfield” is one of 32 finalists for the All-America City Award.  The “Reading Success” project can be traced back 2009, when MCAS results showed that two-thirds of third-graders in Springfield did not have the reading proficiency to pass the test.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    23. Consultants Forum

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 8 2012)

      I attended the Consultants Forum last week, a semi-annualconference hosted by Area Development magazine, an economic development tradepublication. The Forum features 10-12 site consultants who present on topics ofinterest to economic developers. It is a good opportunity to stay abreast ofcurrent trends in the US and globally and an important opportunity to inform(or remind) the consultants about the advantages of western Massachusetts, NewEngland’s Knowledge Corridor© and New England. While the presentations were wide-ranging, one theme emergedabove all others. Site Selection is becoming more and more about a globalcompetition for talent, whether at the PhD, college grad, community college ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Knowledge Corridor   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    24. Grundy Worldwide Insurance East Coast Nationals come to Western MAssachusetts

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 8 2012)

      Grundy Worldwide Insurance East Coast Nationals come to Western MAssachusetts

      “We’re excited to bring one of our events to the Eastern States Exposition Center,” said Harry Daviess, events director for Goodguys. “The northeast has long been a hot bed for custom car activity and enthusiasts. The East Coast Nationals gives automobile enthusiasts and hot rodders from all over the Northeast a place to gather to show and celebrate vintage American cars.”

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      Mentions:   Eastern States Exposition

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