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    1. Council of Churches of Greater Springfield partners with United Way for 'Faith Warming Campaign'

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 22 2011)

      United Way of Pioneer Valley will enhance the effort because, rather than working directly with needy individuals and families, it has access to a huge network of local agencies, businesses and people who do that. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Westfield

    2. Pioneer Valley unemployment rate falls slightly; real estate market worsens

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 22 2011)

      “At the moment we seem to be in a very nice, but a very modest uptic in the economy,” said Robert A. Nakosteen, a professor of economics and statistics at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    3. BELL receives $600K from Target

      Explore bizjournals (Nov 22 2011)

      The initiative, which will support programming in Boston, Springfield and in five other states, is designed to help students strengthen their literacy skills in BELL after-school and summer programs, based in urban areas nationwide, according to a news release from BELL. The money will help BELL hire and train certified teachers, college student tutors, and others to lead the Early Readers program in participating public schools. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. MassHousing awards $300,000 for "sober housing"

      Explore bizjournals (Nov 22 2011)

      MassHousing has awarded $300,000 to bolster housing for people recovering from alcohol and drug abuse in Brockton, Lowell, Springfield and Worcester. The grants will come from a MassHousing subsidiary called the Center for Community Recovery Innovations Inc., which has awarded nearly $6 million in grants for more than 1,400 units of substance-free housing in more than 30 communities. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Kerry sponsors bill to speed up medical device approvals

      Explore bizjournals (Nov 22 2011)

      Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has co-sponsored a bill designed to streamline the U.S. Food and Drug Administration process of approval for medical devices. Medical device executives in the state, and around the country, have complained about what they say is an arbitrary, prolonged and unpredictable process. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   John Kerry

    6. Center of Attention

      Explore BusinessWest (Nov 22 2011)

      Center of Attention The concept initially came together nearly a decade ago. It was a unique and ambitious plan — to combine a transportation center with adult basic education programs and a childcare facility — but it made sense on many levels. So much so, that the Holyoke Transportation Center was able to withstand myriad challenges, many of them capable of scuttling the initiative. The end result is what one of the private-equity investors calls “a one-stop shop to improve your life.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    7. Stable Condition

      Explore BusinessWest (Nov 22 2011)

      Stable Condition In many respects, the phrase ‘jobless recovery’ still applies to the landscape in Western Mass. But one key sector where that term doesn’t fit, or at least to the same degree, is health care. Indeed, shortages exist in many specialities, and hiring remains steady across the field. This situation presents opportunities for job seekers and career changers, but many positions require degress and completion of challenging programs. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   American International College   Holyoke Community College   Springfield College

    8. Going Great Guns

      Explore BusinessWest (Nov 22 2011)

      Going Great Guns Steve Troy calls his venture, “the biggest company no one’s heard of.” And that’s largely due to his hard work to fly under the radar screen as he’s nurtured Troy Industries, a government contractor that designs, manufactures, and markets advanced small arms components and other products, into a diverse, cutting-edge company that will soon have 100 employees. But remaining anonymous is becoming increasingly difficult as this unique success story adds new and intriguing chapters. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    9. West Springfield awards Fontaine Brothers Inc. $70 million contract to build new high school

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 21 2011)

      West Springfield awards Fontaine Brothers Inc. $70 million contract to build new high school Mayor Edward J. Gibsonhailed the awarding of the contract as a milestone in the project, which is expected to cost a total of $107,109,319. The Massachusetts School Building Authority is expected to reimburse the city $68,808,290, leaving taxpayers to pick up the remaining $38,301,029. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   The Republican

    10. State education officials release 5-point improvement plan for Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Westfield schools

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 21 2011)

      State education officials release 5-point improvement plan for Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Westfield schools Test data shows the state continues to be the academic leader nationwide, but the 24 so-called mid-sized Gateway cities, which include Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee and Westfield in Western Massachusetts, are still having difficulty ensuring all children achieve. Those who are poor, have learning disabilities, are racial minorities and do not speak English well continue to score lower, said S. Paul Reville, the state secretary of education. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    11. Village Hill project in Northampton gathers steam

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 21 2011)

      Village Hill project in Northampton gathers steam Last week, city and state officials gathered at the former Northampton State Hospital campus for a ceremony marking the completion of 11 energy-efficient Craftsman and Victorian homes, all of which have been sold and are already occupied. The success of that phase has led to an agreement between Wright Builders and MassDevelopment, which owns the property, to build six additional single-family homes in a new section of Village Hill. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Massachusetts Development Finance Agency   Amherst

    12. WGBY documentary on past and future of Springfield's historic State Street corridor given premiere at Springfield Museum of History

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 21 2011)

      WGBY documentary on past and future of Springfield's historic State Street corridor given premiere at Springfield Museum of History The 55-minute documentary, titled “The State Street Corridor Project: The Road to Renewal,” produced by WGBY Channel 57, was given an advance screening Friday night to an audience of about 50 people at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. . (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   Springfield

    13. Springfield Boys & Girls Club Festival of Trees to open Friday to the public

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 20 2011)

      Springfield Boys & Girls Club Festival of Trees to open Friday to the public Buoniconti, the executive administrative assistant in marketing for Hasbro Inc., of East Longmeadow, was one of many invited to the kick-off either because they donated a decorated tree or otherwise volunteered. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    14. Steel frame taking shape for Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 20 2011)

      Steel frame taking shape for Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke When completed in late 2012, the center will feature numerous computers with the high-speed, high-capacity computing ability to process oceans of data. Applications could be biomedical research, geologic modeling or industry. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke   The Republican

    15. Bright Nights holiday lighting display ready for Wednesday opening at Forest Park for 17th season

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 18 2011)

      Bright Nights holiday lighting display ready for Wednesday opening at Forest Park for 17th season The three-mile display opens for its 17th season on Wednesday, at 5 p.m., and continues through Jan. 2. Initially the display is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, until Dec. 4, and then every night starting Dec. 7, through Jan. 2. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   The Republican

    16. Walmart hopes to to add grocery store at Westfield facility

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 18 2011)

      Walmart hopes to to add grocery store at Westfield facility The 58,692 square-foot expansion will allow Walmart to establish additional sales areas, parking and access and a new loading dock. The store will also enlarge existing stormwater management areas at the 141 Springfield Rd. site. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

    17. New Haven-to-Hartford-to-Springfield high-speed rail line project manager remains confident despite votes in Congress

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 17 2011)

      New Haven-to-Hartford-to-Springfield high-speed rail line project manager remains confident despite votes in Congress John Bernick said Thursday that Connecticut is "still in good shape" and has already received enough money to launch service from New Haven to Windsor in 2016. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    18. National Yiddish Book Center's Aaron Lansky, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Western Massachusetts chapter founder Mary Pat McMahon receive Pynchon medals

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 17 2011)

      National Yiddish Book Center's Aaron Lansky, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Western Massachusetts chapter founder Mary Pat McMahon receive Pynchon medals The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts awarded the Order of William Pynchon to Aaron J. Lansky, founder and president of the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, and Mary Pat McMahon of West Springfield, founder of the Western Massachusetts chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   The Republican   Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts

    19. Casino firms interested in Western Massachusetts welcome debate on jobs and revenue prompted by Ameristar Casinos' Springfield plan

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 17 2011)

      Casino firms interested in Western Massachusetts welcome debate on jobs and revenue prompted by Ameristar Casinos' Springfield plan Company representatives said the project would provide 1,500 jobs that would pay from minimum wage with tips to six-figure paychecks. Gaming visions are emerging as the state is on the verge of legalizing casino gambling. Legalization would lead to formation of a gaming commission that would permit three casino resorts in the state, including one in Western Massachusetts. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    20. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick awards grants to boost cultural attractions

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 17 2011)

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick awards grants to boost cultural attractions Gov. Deval L. Patrick Thursday awarded $7.4 million in building grants for nonprofit arts, history, and science groups across the state including money for projects in Holyoke, Northampton, Springfield and Sturbridge. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Northampton

    21. Patrick administration plans $10.1 billion in capital projects over 5 year period

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 17 2011)

      Patrick administration plans $10.1 billion in capital projects over 5 year period The Patrick administration’s plan totals $10.1 billion, with $1.9 billion allocated for spending in fiscal 2012, which began on July 1, and significant investments in public higher education facilities. According to the plan, administration officials applied a 3 percent revenue growth projection to fiscal 2013. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Greenfield Community College

    22. Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo says economic development legislation will be one of his next priorities

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 17 2011)

      Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo says economic development legislation will be one of his next priorities Speaking at the annual Retailers Association of Massachusetts meeting, DeLeo said with casino gambling done, it was time to think about other ways to boost economic development – the state’s jobless rate held at 7.3 percent in October. He did not offer any specifics, but said it was a top priority when the Legislature returns in January. He said he was talking to business leaders and retailers to get their input. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee   The Republican

    23. InteliCoat Technologies in South Hadley awarded NETAAC grant to remain competitive in global economy

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 17 2011)

      InteliCoat Technologies in South Hadley awarded NETAAC grant to remain competitive in global economy InteliCoat Technologies, the South Hadley-based coated paper manufacturer, is among them. But that adversity is what helped the company receive a recent $150,000 grant from the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, which will be used to stay competitive in an ever-complex global economy. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   The Republican   Congressman Richard E. Neal   IntelliCoat

    24. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines to Springfield at HAPHousing event: Hone in on jobs

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 16 2011)

      Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines to Springfield at HAPHousing event: Hone in on jobs The mayor of Winston-Salem, N.C., Allen Joines, told city leaders last night that the key to a city’s resurgence is to identify job sectors it wants to attract. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

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