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    1. Western Mass Companies Exhibit at Medical Device Conference

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 13 2011)

      Western Mass Companies Exhibit at Medical Device Conference  Last week, the EDC coordinated a pavilion for ten companies from the four western counties at the Medical Design and Manufacturing (“MD&M”) conference in New York, the largest medical device trade show on the east coast. This is the second year that we have worked with our colleagues at Western Mass Electric Company/Northeast Utilities and the Precision Manufacturing Regional Alliance Project (“PMRAP”) to host companies at this show. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   Michael Graney

    2. Summer Energy Symposium

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 13 2011)

      Join us on June 28th, 2011 for an informative and interactive discussion on how to effectively manage energy costs for your business. (Read Full Article)

    3. Embattled UMass chancellor demands inquiry into leak - The Boston Globe

      Explore Boston.com (Jun 13 2011)

      In a highly unusual three-page letter to the University of Massachusetts president, Robert Holub uses strong language to denounce the evaluation committee’s failure to keep its work confidential, according to two people who have seen the letter. In the letter, he argues that he has become a victim of a poisonous political atmosphere that plagues the university system. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Jack Wilson

    4. There's some interest in proposed Massachusetts-owned bank but required $2.5 billion investment could cause early withdrawal

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 13 2011)

      There's some interest in proposed Massachusetts-owned bank but required $2.5 billion investment could cause early withdrawal Michael S. Tucker, president and CEO of Greenfield Co-Operative Bank, is the only other local representative on the commission. The commission will host a hearing and take public testimony 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Springfield Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street, Springfield. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    5. Westmass Area Development Corp. to buy Ludlow mills, has long-term goal of revitalizing, creating 2,500 jobs

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 12 2011)

      Westmass Area Development Corp. to buy Ludlow mills, has long-term goal of revitalizing, creating 2,500 jobs Westmass Area Development Corp. plans to buy the property by July from Ludlow Industrial Realties Inc., said Kenneth W. Delude, president and CEO, bringing the long-planned rehab of the property that much closer to reality. The project could take 15 to 20 years to complete and would be the largest mill redevelopment project in New England and could host 2,000 to 2,500 jobs at completion. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   United Bank

    6. Connecticut Center of Advanced Technology looks to build manufacturing ties in region

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 11 2011)

      In addition to conducting projects for manufacturers to solve production problems and improve operating efficiency, the center plans to host workshops “to transfer knowledge and keep manufacturers apprised of new technologies and best practices,” center President and CEO Elliot A. Ginsberg said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   The Republican   Dannel Malloy

    7. Congressman Neal reflects on Springfield's tornado-spawned setback

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 11 2011)

      Congressman Neal reflects on Springfield's tornado-spawned setback The following day, Neal trudged through the near-wasteland of the South End, which still has many of its landmark businesses standing and back in operation, including the Red Rose pizzeria and restaurant, La Fiorentina bakery and Mom & Rico’s, all on Main Street. With an entourage of media and officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in tow, Neal took time to talk with old friends and business owners. Many credited him as having been a financial savior during Neal’s mayoralty. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Bradley International Airport   MassMutual Center

    8. Mount Holyoke preps bond sale for new facility | Boston Business Journal

      Explore bizjournals (Jun 11 2011)

      Mount Holyoke College is preparing a $30 million bond sale to finance the construction of a new public-safety facility as well as other capital projects on its campus in South Hadley. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Development Finance Agency   Mount Holyoke College

    9. Oxford Performance Materials acquires PEKK medical business

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 11 2011)

      In Monday’s statement, Oxford founders Scott DeFelice and Severine Zygmont said that they have purchased the biomedical business unit for which they have had sole management responsibility ever since the firm’s inception. The newly acquired company will retain the name Oxford Performance Materials, and all phone numbers and all other contact information will remain the same, according to DeFelice, the company’s president and CEO. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   The Republican

    10. Hamilton Sundstrand finalizes contract with Chinese firm AVIC Electromechanical Systems to build air management system

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 11 2011)

      Windsor Locks-based Hamilton Sundstrand and its Chinese partner, AVIC Electromechanical Systems Co. Limited, have finalized plans and entered into a contract to manufacture “vapor cycle cooling systems” in Nanjing, China. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   The Republican

    11. Springfield's Union Station project 1 of 3 locally to win federal 'brownfields' grant

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 10 2011)

      Springfield's Union Station project 1 of 3 locally to win federal 'brownfields' grant A $70 million reconstruction project is set to begin in the summer of 2012. Called brownfields grants, the funds help “communities to assess, cleanup and redevelop abandoned or contaminated properties ... to protect health and the environment, create jobs and promote economic re-development,” the EPA said in a press release. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield   The Republican

    12. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick lauds opening of new combined Greenfield Visitor Center, Registry of Motor Vehicles branch

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 9 2011)

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick lauds opening of new combined Greenfield Visitor Center, Registry of Motor Vehicles branch Gov. Deval Patrick lauded the public and private sector groups that worked to consolidate the Registry of Motor Vehicles branch and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at the joint location’s grand opening Thursday. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Greenfield   The Republican

    13. Amherst officials to proceed with solar project at former landfill despite lawsuit by residents

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 9 2011)

      Amherst officials to proceed with solar project at former landfill despite lawsuit by residents The town is negotiating a long-term lease with the Boston-based BlueWave Capital Inc. to bring the solar array to that capped landfill, a project that is estimated to save the town about $25 million dollars over time. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   The Republican

    14. Co-working offices come to the Pioneer Valley

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 9 2011)

      The Click Workspace in Holyoke will launch next year at Open Square. The site in Florence will be at the Nonotuck Mill with plans to open in 2013. According to DeskMag, a website devoted to the topic of coworking, the number of coworking offices around the world has doubled in the past year from around 350 to over 650. They report that 54% of all coworkers are freelancers. Almost 20% are entrepreneurs who employ others and one in five works as a permanent employee, mostly in small companies of under five people. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke   The Republican

    15. 5 Westfield schools will share $7.3 million in Massachusetts energy grants

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 9 2011)

      5 Westfield schools will share $7.3 million in Massachusetts energy grants Included in the pending grant awards is a total $7.3 million for five Westfield schools which includes more than $5.2 million just for Westfield Vocational-Technical High School. Craven said the vocational school project, which includes a new roof, windows and boilers, has been on the list for five years. Other Westfield schools, all scheduled for new boilers, are Highland, Paper Mill and Southampton Road elementary schools and Westfield High School. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Greenfield

    16. Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency: Cities could be reimbursed 75 percent for tornado damage

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 8 2011)

      Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency: Cities could be reimbursed 75 percent for tornado damage “We do that by looking at the number of people displaced in shelters. We are out counting every home that’s been damaged and labeling it minor, moderate, major, destroyed. We are counting the businesses that were damaged or destroyed and we are looking at what the cost is going to be to government to replace public infrastructure, and handle the debris,” he said. The reports of the damage will be presented to Gov. Deval Patrick in the next few days, and he will submit it to the president, Schwartz said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    17. Developer hopes to rehabilitate former Westfield State training school building by beginning of new year

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 8 2011)

      Developer hopes to rehabilitate former Westfield State training school building by beginning of new year Robert J. Schwarz, vice president of Peter Pan Bus Lines and owners of University Housing, said this week the new apartment style housing will target students at Westfield State University as tenants. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst College   Westfield State University   Amherst

    18. Oil imports: Where technology meets – or avoids – the policy issue

      Explore masshightech.com (Jun 8 2011)

      Oil imports: Where technology meets – or avoids – the policy issue The range of technologies is also dizzying, with companies like Qteros training microbes to process biomass into fuel, and companies simply working on making the internal combustion engine run more efficiently, like the Scuderi Group LLC of West Springfield. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Qteros   Scuderi Group

    19. Holyoke City Council grants zone change for proposed $16 million Big Y project

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 7 2011)

      Holyoke City Council grants zone change for proposed $16 million Big Y project Frank J. Horacek, vice president of real estate and development with Big Y, and Francesca Maltese, development manager for O’Connell Development Group, said they were happy the council vote was unanimous. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Holyoke   Westfield

    20. BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (BIDS) WORK TOGETHER TO CLEAN UP DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD, MA

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 7 2011)

      BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS (BIDS) WORK TOGETHER TO CLEAN UP DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD, MA HARTFORD, CONN., June 3, 2011 – The Hartford Business Improvement District (BID) Cleaning Ambassadors are in Springfield, MA today to assist the Downtown Springfield BID and the city of Springfield, MA with their clean-up efforts following Wednesday’s tornado. Five full time Cleaning Ambassadors, including the Operations Manager arrived this morning with brooms, barrels, loppers and a pick-up truck ready to help in any way they can. They are joined by Boston’s Downtown Crossing BID. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. Pending sale of Westfield State University's former training school on Washington Street announced

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 7 2011)

      Pending sale of Westfield State University's former training school on Washington Street announced Westfield State Foundation, the financial arm of the college, has announced a pending purchase and sales agreement with University Housing LLC, under the management of Opal Real Estate Group. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Westfield

    22. Entrepreneurial Fuel

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 7 2011)

      Entrepreneurial Fuel It all started in 1931, with the leasing of a tiny gas station on Main Street in downtown Greenfield. Over the next eight decades, the company started by A.R. Sandri, later to be led by his son, William, and, today, grandson-in-law Tim Van Epps, has diversified into everything from heating oil to golf courses; from wood pellets and stoves to photovoltaic installations. The common threads among the generations are an entrepreneurial spirit, a willingness to take calculated risks, and an ability to anticipate needed services and then provide them. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Springfield   Greenfield

    23. Newer Alliance

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 7 2011)

      Newer Alliance NewAlliance Bank introduced itself to Western Mass. in 2007 after acquiring Westbank, and four years later, it has completed a merger with the larger, Buffalo, N.Y.-based First Niagara Bank. Such mergers are nothing new, but large institutions always enter Western Mass. knowing they must compete for business in a region that values its thriving array of community banks, all touting healthy balance sheets and a hometown touch. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   NewAlliance   Springfield   Chicopee

    24. An Accurate Gauge

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 7 2011)

      An Accurate Gauge More than 200 companies put their products and processes on display at the annual EASTEC show last month at the Big E. There were many local exhibitors, and most had something to say about the state of this sector and the challenges facing it. They relayed stories of relative health and vitality, but also concerns, especially about the daunting task of securing enough talented workers to keep the machines humming. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

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