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    1. Growth Sector Series Continues on July 17

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 10 2012)

      Here is a link to the invitation to the Medical Device event in the EDC’s GrowthSector series presented by First Niagara Bank -- http://www.westernmassedc.com/medicaldevice2012/-- The session will be held on Tuesday, July 17 from 4:00-6:30 PM at the Baystate Health Conference Center at 361 Whitney Avenue in Holyoke. Please RSVP to Karen Tetreault at 413-233-9851 or k.tetreault@westernmasssedc.com if you plan to attend. Tom Merle, General Manager and Chief Development Officer of Continuum, will provide the keynote address on The Challenges of Medical Device Development. Panelists will address the role of SME ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    2. New Bradley Terminal Would Nearly Double Airport Gates

      Explore CTnow.com (Jul 10 2012)

      New Bradley Terminal Would Nearly Double Airport Gates

      Arrivals and departures are estimated to increase 44 percent between 2009 and 2028. Economic development executives in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts universally agree that a robust Bradley is crucial to adding and keeping jobs in the region.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    3. New ties to mark rail work start in Northampton

      Explore GazetteNET (Jul 10 2012)

      NORTHAMPTON - Later this summer, when new ties start going down on the city's existing railroad tracks, residents will have the first visible indication of the return of passenger rail service. read more (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer   Amtrak

    4. MassMutual makes Fortune 500 List

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Jul 9 2012)

      MassMutual makes Fortune 500 List

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance or  MassMutual came in at 457th on the  Fortune 500 list.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    5. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signs $32.5 billion state budget, vetoes $32.1 million in spending | masslive

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 9 2012)

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signs $32.5 billion state budget, vetoes $32.1 million in spending | masslive

      Patrick said the budget is balanced partly with $350 million from the state's rainy day fund, still leaving $1.28 billion in the fund, the most of any state with such a fund except oil-rich Alaska and Texas.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Office of Travel   Springfield

    6. Aug. 2 hearing on Bradley's new terminal

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Jul 9 2012)

      An Aug. 2 public hearing is planned to discuss a proposal to build a new terminal at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, The Associated Press reports.

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    7. Gil Traverso, principal at Springfield Vocational High School, is on mission to reform role of school in training workforce

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 9 2012)

      Gil Traverso, principal at Springfield Vocational High School, is on mission to reform role of school in training workforce

      Putnam Vocational has been under fire recentlyfrom the manufacturing sector for its alleged inability to attract, retain and educate enough students to fill the growing skilled work force gap in precision manufacturing in the region.

      “I feel the school currently has the correct mix of trades for the community,” Traverso said, “but I do understand the concerns in the manufacturing sector. The conflict for me is that my job is to sustain credibility as a leader by ensuring equity across programs.

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield

    8. New data center focuses on using less energy

      Explore The Boston Globe (Jul 9 2012)

      New data center focuses on using less energy

      But the Holyoke center, through the choice of its power supply, design of the cooling systems, and other measures, is expected to use at least 25 percent less energy than the typical data center. The focus on efficiency is being driven by the increasing need for more computing power, which can be expensive, said Claude Canizares, vice president for research and associate provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    9. Wind farms on land grow with few critics

      Explore The Boston Globe (Jul 9 2012)

      Wind farms on land grow with few critics

      Despite controversy that has slowed the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound, land-based wind farms are expanding rapidly in the region.

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    10. Workers sick-leave bill sent back for further study, unlikely to be addressed by legislature in this session

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 9 2012)

      BOSTON – Backers of a bill that would require certain employers to offer workers earned paid sick leave acknowledged in recent months that it would be an uphill battle to get the legislation passed this session.

      They were right.

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      Mentions:   Robert DeLeo   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    11. Mass Life Sciences Center launches new accelerator - Mass High Tech Business News

      Explore masshightech.com (Jul 9 2012)

      Mass Life Sciences Center launches new accelerator - Mass High Tech Business News

      MLSC launched the program in 2009 as a way to help startup businesses who need
      working capital or funding to pay for capital assets. A loan of up to $1 million
      per company is provided, an increase from the maximum amount of $750,000 offered
      in the past.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

    12. CampusLive lands $5M, changes name to Dailybreak

      Explore masshightech.com (Jul 9 2012)

      Boston-based CampusLive, a company founded by UMass Amherst student Boris Revsin which recently changed its name to Dailybreak, has secured $5 million in a Series A1 round of funding and tapped John Federman as its new CEO, the company announced today.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    13. Massachusetts Broadband Institute broadband effort on track with Hilltown effort

      Explore GazetteNET (Jul 8 2012)

      One of the successes of the project that's already playing out is leasing a fiber-optic line that connects with Boston, thereby dramatically reducing the cost of service providers like Greenfield ... Whittet said, western Massachusetts is ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Greenfield   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    14. HCC's Embrace Education Foundation Campaign raises $500K for Picknelly Education Center

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 7 2012)

      HCC's Embrace Education Foundation Campaign raises $500K for Picknelly Education Center

      The idea to combine an adult education facility with a bus station was the brainchild of the late Peter Picknelly, founder of Peter Pan Bus Lines. “If Peter Sr. were alive today, he would be very, very very proud,” said Robert Schwarz, executive vice president of Peter Pan Bus Lines, which owns the transportation center. “His vision is complete.”

      Schwarz said Picknelly was an avid reader who was troubled by illiteracy in the community and decided to do something about it. “Transportation centers are nice,” Schwarz said, recalling Picknelly’s vision, “but there needs to be more. The more is ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    15. UMass Amherst physicists' work is critical to Higgs boson search

      Explore Phys.Org (Jul 6 2012)

      July 6th, 2012 Physicists Benjamin Brau, Carlo Dallapiccola and Stephane Willocq at the University of Massachusetts Amherst were instrumental in this week's preliminary observation of a new particle, possibly the long-sought Higgs boson, announced by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) particle physics laboratory. The Standard Model of particle physics can correctly explain the elementary particles and forces of (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    16. Berkshire cultural sites to share $5M in state grants

      Explore Home - Berkshire Eagle Online (Jul 5 2012)

      The grants were announced this week by Gov. Deval Patrick and comprise the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, the Images Cinema in Williamstown, the Berkshire Historical Society at Arrowhead (the Herman Melville home) in Pittsfield, the city of North Adams for the Mohawk Theater, the Becket Arts Center of the Hilltowns, and the Sandisfield Arts & Restoration Committee.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment

    17. CSX railroad agrees to accelerate Route 20 railroad bridge construction, West Springfield Mayor Gregory Neffinger says

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 5 2012)

      CSX railroad agrees to accelerate Route 20 railroad bridge construction, West Springfield Mayor Gregory Neffinger says

      WEST SPRINGFIELD – Rail company CSX has agreed in principle to an accelerated construction technique for the replacement of the Union Street railroad bridge in the Merrick section, according to Mayor Gregory C. Neffinger.

              However, CSX has not confirmed that statement.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Springfield

    18. Springfield youths, artists unveil new downtown mural that stresses unity

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 5 2012)

      Springfield youths, artists unveil new downtown mural that stresses unity

      The mural project, located in the courtyard outside Morgan Square Apartments, off Taylor Street, was a joint venture of the state Department of Youth Services, the state’s juvenile justice agency, and The Performance Project, an arts group based in Springfield and Northampton that works with adults and juveniles involved with the criminal justice system.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Hampshire College   Springfield

    19. Baystate Health President honored with prestigious award

      Explore CBS 3 Springfield (Jul 5 2012)

      Baystate Health President honored with prestigious award

      Baystate Health President and CEO Mark R. Tolosky, J.D., FACHE -  who has devoted most of his lifelong career to advancing the field of healthcare in Massachusetts - has been awarded the prestigious 2012 William L. Lane Hospital Advocate Award from the Massachusetts Hospital Association in recognition of his "exceptional leadership."

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Mark R. Tolosky

    20. Massachusetts employers lose confidence in state of economy, AIM survey says | masslive

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 5 2012)

      Massachusetts employers lose confidence in state of economy, AIM survey says | masslive

      “Conditions have certainly improved over the past few years,” Mayer said. “A lot of companies are certainly doing better than they were. But everyone is very aware of the threats that are out there. Much more so than they were five years ago.”

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    21. Westfield readies plans for $5 million Gaslight District upgrade

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 4 2012)

      Westfield readies plans for $5 million Gaslight District upgrade

      Mayor Daniel M. Knapik said the project, in planning for the past decade, will “dress up this neighborhood and serve as an extension of efforts to revitalize our downtown. These two projects have always been connected.”

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    22. Streets around Ludlow Mills project due for upgrade thanks to $1 million in state transportation bill, state Rep. Thomas Petrolati says

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 4 2012)

      Streets around Ludlow Mills project due for upgrade thanks to $1 million in state transportation bill, state Rep. Thomas Petrolati says

      The Ludlow Mills project is one of the biggest development projects in Western Massachusetts and will result in jobs for the region, Petrolati said.  As part of the $70 million redevelopment project, HealthSouth plans to relocate to the Ludlow Mills.

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      Mentions:   HealthSouth   Ludlow Mills

    23. $26.6 Million For Road & Bridge Repairs

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Jul 3 2012)

      $26.6 Million For Road & Bridge Repairs

      Western Massachusetts is set to receive more than $25 million for local road and bridge projects as part of a $200 million transportation bond bill passed last week by the Legislature .

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    24. Springfield named "All-America City"

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Jul 3 2012)

      Springfield named "All-America City"

      Springfield and Pittsfield were chosen Monday by the National Civic League as two of their 2012 All-America Cities. More than 100 U.S. cities submitted entries to receive the designation; one that has been given since 1949 to communities working to solve community problems. This year, applicants were asked to focus on how to close the achievement gap.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

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