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    1. High-performance computing center, other developments help Holyoke ride wave of success

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      High-performance computing center, other developments help Holyoke ride wave of success

      The $165 million Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center opened in November on Bigelow Street between Cabot and Appleton streets. Partners in the research facility run by colleges and private firms include world-famous institutions Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Northampton

    2. Springfield College president to retire

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      Springfield College president to retire

      Richard B. Flynn announced on Tuesday that he would leave the job he has held for the last 14 years on August 31. “My time at Springfield College truly has been a labor of love and the highlight of my professional career,” Flynn said in a statement sent to 22News.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    3. Cambridge College now open downtown

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      Cambridge College now open downtown

      Cambridge College is celebrating its move to Tower Square in downtown Springfield. The college, which caters to working adults, marked the relocation of its Springfield campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday morning.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Tourist attractions draw visitors to Western Massachusetts

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      Tourist attractions draw visitors to Western Massachusetts

      he Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has encouraged such trips, and though each year there has been a small increase in visitation from outside the region, consumers are still concerned about their discretionary income, and travel patterns have not returned to pre-2008 levels in many parts of the tourism economy, Wydra said. “Staycations are still a popular option for many families.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    5. Holyoke urban renewal plan, tax credits for new housing should give developers confidence, state housing official says

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      Holyoke urban renewal plan, tax credits for new housing should give developers confidence, state housing official says

      Establishing the programs should give developers confidence about coming here, James Arthur Jemison, deputy undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development, said at a press conference Monday.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    6. UMass professor Stuart Shulman's DiscoverText software sifts through reams of data to ID what's unique

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      UMass professor Stuart Shulman's DiscoverText software sifts through reams of data to ID what's unique

      The web-based software system can quickly sifts through data to identify and summarize what is unique compared to the length of time it would take a person to manually do the same task.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    7. Education, training key to closing skills gap

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      Education, training key to closing skills gap

      What's ahead for businesses and what is the role the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield will play?  We try to answer this question every year, and this year is no different.  The majority of the businesses in the communities we serve - East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Springfield and Wilbraham, as well as others outside of this immediate area - are doing fairly well. Many are strong and maintaining their work force; others are growing.

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield   Jeff Ciuffreda

    8. Baystate Health stays positive with healthy outlook

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      Baystate Health stays positive with healthy outlook

      Baystate Health is a very different organization in the early days of 2013 than it was in the early days of 2012.  From the buildings that constitute our hospital and health facilities to the way in which we're providing care, our organization is changing at a faster pace than at any other time during my 20-year tenure

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Mark R. Tolosky

    9. Westfield continues focus on downtown redevelopment

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      Westfield continues focus on downtown redevelopment

      Completion of the Great River Bridges and Main, Broad and Elm streets reconstruction in 2012 will foster continued redevelopment plans in the downtown and is expected to spur private investment in Westfield as a whole during the next several years.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    10. Springfield leaders say casino gambling is 'game changer' but much more pending for economic development

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      Springfield leaders say casino gambling is 'game changer' but much more pending for economic development

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Chief Development Officer Kevin E. Kennedy said the city is making great progress in pursuing a casino project, having two “first class” companies, MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming competing for the sole license available in Western Massachusetts. Each project is roughly $800 million, with MGM proposing a casino in the South End and Penn National proposing a project in the North End of the downtown district.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    11. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno chooses MGM Resorts as preferred developer of two city-owned South End properties

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      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno chooses MGM Resorts as preferred developer of two city-owned South End properties

      MGM, through its development arm, Blue Tarp Redevelopment LLC, was selected preferred developer of the two vacant, tornado-damaged properties on Howard Street after submitting the high bids to buy both properties in December, totaling $3.2 million.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Colvest Group   West Springfield

    12. Connecticut tax would impose multimillion-dollar burden on Mass. businesses, residents - Boston Business Journal

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      Connecticut, you see, has its own fiscal problems. And at the prodding of Gov. Dannel Malloy, lawmakers there two years ago helped plug a budget hole by taxing all major power plants in the state. The tax was supposed to sunset on June 30. But we know that it’s not easy for government to give up on a tax once it has a new revenue stream. So it wasn’t particularly surprising to see Malloy include the generator tax in his budget proposal this week.

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      Mentions:   Dannel Malloy

    13. Power plants in nine Northeast states to cut emissions - Boston Business Journal

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      In what could be a boon for local clean tech, energy efficiency and environmental firms, a regional group that includes nine states, including Massachusetts, will cut in half the amount of carbon emissions from power plants.  The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative agreement, which was forged in 2008, puts a limit on carbon emissions aimed at slowing man-made climate change (Natalie Hildt, manager of public policy outreach for the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, touted some of the benefits of the agreement in the 2011 blog item for Mass High Tech).

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    14. Springfield, Holyoke among communities to benefit from $67 million statewide in housing funds, tax credits

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      Four local housing projects are benefiting from $67 million in funds and tax credits announced by the state on Thursday.
      Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki said the state aid will benefit a total of 23 developments in 21 Massachusetts communities, creating 1,326 units of housing and 1,710 construction jobs. Included in the fund are $9 million in federal credits for low-income housing, $7.7 million in state housing tax credits and $47 million in state and federal subsidies.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Easthampton

    15. Westfield State University to offer medical interpreting class

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      Students will receive comprehensive information about all aspects of practicing as a medical interpreter, including standards of practice and code of ethics. The program is registered with the International Medical Interpreters Association and designed to meet the educational prerequisites for the professional certification as required by the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    16. Western Mass. distiller Valley Vodka releases 'love'-flavored spirit - Boston Business Journal

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      Kozub's own business is now growing, and this week marks a milestone. The Massachusetts native is launching his first flavored vodka, called V-One Love, which contains notes of vanilla and rose.  Kozub has spent the past five years trying to come up with a good flavor, but finally settled on V-One Love.

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    17. CFO survey: Optimism about economic growth in 2013 - Boston Business Journal

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      Chief financial officers across the U.S. are the most optimistic they've been about economic growth since the Great Recession, according to a new survey from TD Bank.

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      Mentions:   TD Bank

    18. University of Massachusetts biostatisticians use new data analysis approach to 'advance genetic knowledge of many diseases'

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      University of Massachusetts biostatisticians use new data analysis approach to 'advance genetic knowledge of many diseases'

      Foulkes, who directs the Institute for Computational Biology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at UMass Amherst, explains that MixMAP draws on a principled statistical modeling framework and the vast array of summary data now available from genetic association studies to formally test at a new, locus-level, association.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    19. United Bank of West Springfield invests in Hampshire County Chamber of Commerce

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      United Bank of West Springfield invests in Hampshire County Chamber of Commerce

      Dena Hall, senior vice president of marketing and community relations at United Bank, said she is encouraged by the vision that the leaders of the regional chamber have, and she knows that her company will benefit from the knowledge the regional body disseminates.  United Bank has 39 branches located throughout Western and central Massachusetts and Connecticut. It has three branches in Hampshire County – two in Northampton and one in Huntington, Hall said she sees the power of the regional chamber as a resource not only to chamber members but also to bank customers.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Northampton

    20. Massachusetts Gaming Commission may hire Rick Day as executive director

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      Massachusetts Gaming Commission may hire Rick Day as executive director

      Bruce Stebbins of Springfield, a member of the commission who led the search process, recommended Day as the candidate for executive director in Massachusetts. Currently, commission members have been filling the role of executive director.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. Barnes Regional Airport runway reconstruction could cause F-15 fighter jets to be temporarily transferred to Westover Air Force Base

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      Barnes Regional Airport runway reconstruction could cause F-15 fighter jets to be temporarily transferred to Westover Air Force Base

      The project, which is estimated to cost at least $30 million, must be approved and funded by the Air National Guard, the Federal Aviation Administration, the city of Westfield and the state. It is very early in the planning process, he said.  If the runway is resurfaced, it will call for Fighter Wing’s F-15 Eagle fighter jets to be moved to another location while work is being done. Base officials are having discussions with those at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee and other airports in the northeast to find a temporary home for the planes, Mutti said.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

    22. NE defense industry cautious about looming budget cuts - Boston Business Journal

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      What we do know is that defense spending plays a significant role in New England’s economy. According to the New England Defense Industry Report, released last summer by the Defense Technology Initiative, the region benefits from $34 billion in DoD and Homeland Security contracts, providing more than 319,000 jobs and over $22.6 billion in payroll. Massachusetts benefits the most, with 2500 companies receiving the lion’s share of defense-related contracts, totaling $13.9 billion, followed closely by Connecticut, with 1100 companies receiving $12.7 billion in defense spending.

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    23. Elms College in Chicopee to provide medical care to poor, homeless people with 'caRe vaN'

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      Elms College in Chicopee to provide medical care to poor, homeless people with 'caRe vaN'

      The ribbon had been barely cut on the new Elms College caRe vaN and already nursing students were signing up for a chance to work on it.  The van, which is really a converted 32-foot recreational vehicle, will be traveling to two spots in the city to provide some basic medical care and information to underserved people in the city, said Michael Duffy, an assistant professor of nursing with Elms College and a brother for the Conventual Franciscan Friars.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Elms College   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    24. Futureworks holds career fair

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      Futureworks holds career fair Hundreds of job seekers met with employers like Yankee Candle, Springfield Technical Community College and Six Flags New England Monday. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Six Flags New England   Springfield

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