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    1. 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

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

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      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

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

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      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

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

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      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

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

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      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

    6. 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

    7. Planned East Springfield biomass plant gets initial building permit

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      Planned East Springfield biomass plant gets initial building permit Commissioner Steven T. Desilets said the building permit allows construction of the foundation of a 275-foot high smokestack for the project. Palmer Renewable Energy is planning the project at Page Boulevard and Cadwell Drive. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   The Republican

    8. Talk/Read/Succeed! program boosts both kids' literacy and families' lives

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 16 2011)

      Talk/Read/Succeed! program boosts both kids' literacy and families' lives The program’s basic goal is to make children successful readers starting from the earliest ages and extending through third grade. To accomplish this ambitious goal, Talk/Read/Succeed! provides programming and services to adults and children of all ages, under the philosophy that children succeed best when their families learn good child-rearing skills and receive support at every turn. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield   The Republican

    9. Ameristar Casinos of Las Vegas unveils plans for casino on Page Boulevard in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 16 2011)

      Ameristar Casinos of Las Vegas unveils plans for casino on Page Boulevard in Springfield Ameristar has agreed to buy the land from an affiliate of the O'Connell Development Group Inc., which had anticipated a large-scale retail project on the site. Westinghouse Electric Corp. opened the Springfield plant in 1915, and at its peak during World War II, the plant employed about 7,000 people. The company closed it in December 1970, and it has since been leased to a variety of businesses for storage and other uses. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    10. Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee at Springfield Public Forum: Cancer treatment has reached 'a fork in the road'

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 15 2011)

      Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee at Springfield Public Forum: Cancer treatment has reached 'a fork in the road' The Springfield Public Forum Tuesday welcomed Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, oncologist and author of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    11. Hasbro exhibit coming to Springfield Museum of History pays tribute to Milton Bradley

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      Hasbro exhibit coming to Springfield Museum of History pays tribute to Milton Bradley Made possible by a grant from the Hasbro Children’s Fund, the new Hasbro GameLand pays tribute to Springfield entrepreneur Milton Bradley with games of memory, chance, speed, imagination, strategy and word play. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Hasbro, Inc.

    12. MassDevelopment issues $45 million in low-interest, tax-exempt financing to Baystate Medical Center expansion project

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      MassDevelopment issues $45 million in low-interest, tax-exempt financing to Baystate Medical Center expansion project MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, has issued $45 million in low-interest, tax-exempt financing for Baystate Medical Center’s ongoing, $296 million “Hospital of the Future” project. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Baystate Health   Springfield

    13. Mercy Medical Center in Springfield completes $1.3 million renovation of emergency department

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      Mercy Medical Center in Springfield completes $1.3 million renovation of emergency department The project, unveiled Monday by Sisters of Providence Health System, increases the number of emergency beds to 42 from 29, provides a secure behavioral health unit, and allows for bedside registration and other steps to speed up care for patients. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Sisters of Providence Health System

    14. Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Co., tells Holyoke audience about small business struggles, offers assistance

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      Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Co., tells Holyoke audience about small business struggles, offers assistance The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed Koch to its annual meeting at the Delaney House. The Boston Beer Company boss discussed the Brewing the American Dream micro-loan program designed to help small businesses grow. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    15. Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles unveils new program allowing AAA members to conduct business at West Springfield office

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      Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles unveils new program allowing AAA members to conduct business at West Springfield office Instead of waiting in the famously long lines at local state Registry of Motor Vehicles offices, AAA members needing some services can now come to the motor club’s headquarters here for what is hoped will be a much speedier visit. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    16. Former Springfield school administration building sale finalized; market rate housing project proceeds

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      Former Springfield school administration building sale finalized; market rate housing project proceeds The vacant, century-old building at 195 State St., was sold to CSM North, based in New Haven, Conn., and Acton, for $1, as approved by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the City Council in July. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    17. Springfield, Bernardston and Williamsburg receive $1.5 million in state grants for economic development

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 14 2011)

      Springfield, Bernardston and Williamsburg receive $1.5 million in state grants for economic development The state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development awarded two grants totaling $674,993 to Bernardston; a $420,000 grant for Williamsburg; and $420,000 for Springfield under the state’s MassWorks infrastructure program. The grants were announced by the state agency and the office of Gov. Deval L. Patrick. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Brian M. Connors

    18. Holyoke to benefit from $250,000 grant for middle school science students thanks to computing center

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      Holyoke to benefit from $250,000 grant for middle school science students thanks to computing center The pending presence of a high performance computing center downtown has led to a $250,000 grant that will help middle-school science students, officials said. Having the $168 million technology hub under construction helped get the grant from the National Science Foundation, officials said last week. Two middle school classes here and two in Springfield will work with college professors in using online interactive textbooks that offer simulations of things like changing weather patterns to help students learn, officials said. Rick Adrion, a computer science professor at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, and Christopher Hill, a geoscientist at the ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    19. Western Massachusetts business etc.: EcoBuilding Bargains (formerly The ReStore) to open, Dave's opens Stafford Springs pet store, and more

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      Western Massachusetts business etc.: EcoBuilding Bargains (formerly The ReStore) to open, Dave's opens Stafford Springs pet store, and more This makes it it the largest operation of its type in New England with more than 20,000 square feet of showroom space featuring used and surplus cabinets, doors, windows, lighting and plumbing along with a large outside yard for lumber and other building materials. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   The Republican

    20. Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund gets a new name

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      Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund gets a new name The Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund has been able to loan $1.1 million to small businesses across the four counties of Western Massachusetts in 2011. Those loans were able to leverage $2.4 million in funding from other sources. Its offices are in the Open Square Complex in Holyoke. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Common Capital   Springfield   Holyoke

    21. Mass. Life Sciences Center opens applications for fall loans

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      Mass. Life Sciences Center opens applications for fall loans The fall round of the Accelerator Loan Program from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is taking applications for the loans to early stage life sciences companies that could be worth up to $750,000 each (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Life Sciences Center

    22. U.S. Postal Service wants to cut jobs at Indian Orchard sorting center

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      U.S. Postal Service wants to cut jobs at Indian Orchard sorting center The Postal Service’s plan would eliminate 160 union jobs and nine supervisor jobs from the Indian Orchard complexes that now employ about 1,200, according to unions representing many of those workers. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    23. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority unveils new energy efficient buses

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      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority unveils new energy efficient buses PVTA Administrator Mary L. MacInnes said the spacious new buses will make it easier for riders with disabilities or older riders to get on and off the bus. The new fleet will also include an Intelligent Transportation System, which automatically announces stops and displays time information. The buses have cameras, automatic passenger counters and more, she said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    24. UMass project 'Population 7' breathes new life into dead downtown Springfield spaces

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      UMass project 'Population 7' breathes new life into dead downtown Springfield spaces A new art installation courtesy of the UMass Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning and a slew of other university and city entities is paying homage to the past while drawing attention to a neglected part of the downtown landscape.. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

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