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    1. Economic Outlook 2015 — Positively Charged | BusinessWest

      Economic Outlook 2015 — Positively Charged | BusinessWest

      Since the end of the Great Recession in 2009, economic expansion in Western Mass. — and many other parts of the country as well — has been, in a word, limited.
      And these limits have resulted from a host of factors that have stood in the way of more profound recovery. They include everything from lackluster hiring trends to high energy prices and their impact on businesses and consumers alike; from economic turmoil abroad, especially in Europe, to political chaos in Washington, as with the so-called fiscal cliff of early 2013; from a floundering housing market to a persistent lack of confidence ...

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    2. Chicopee hires first GIS director to create computer maps of the city

      Chicopee hires first GIS director to create computer maps of the city

      The city's first Geographic Information Systems Director was hired this week to develop a complete computer mapping system of the city. Michelle Santerre, a 2004 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been named director by Mayor Richard J. Kos. The salary budgeted for the job is $52,000 a year. Santerre has worked for Tighe and Bond, an engineering and environmental consulting firm since 2005, serving first as a GIS Technician and then as a GIS Analyst, Kos said in a written statement.

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    3. UMass to open aeronautical research center at Westover base in Chicopee with

      UMass to open aeronautical research center at Westover base in Chicopee with

      Westover Airport and Westover Air Reserve Base got a big boost on Friday with the Patrick administration's announcement that it has allocated $5 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support the creation of a research development partnership with the base – along with the release of a new business plan to promote economic growth opportunities. "Westover Airport and Westover Air Reserve Base are two stellar assets with so much potential for smart growth," Gov. Deval L. Patrick, said in a prepared statement. "To support the region's economy and potential for more private and commercial air service, I ...

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    4. Holyoke to begin $3.2 million construction of passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets

      Holyoke to begin $3.2 million construction of passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets

      Ground will be broken Monday (Dec. 22) on a $3.2 million platform at Dwight and Main streets signaling the city's return to passenger train service upon its completion in September, officials said Thursday (Dec. 18). "The platform will have areas for seating, and the site will have a parking lot for 25 vehicles and a loop for bus drop off," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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    5. Sisters of Providence Health System, Hartford's St. Francis Care posed to create new regional system under Trinity Health

      Sisters of Providence Health System, Hartford's St. Francis Care posed to create new regional system under Trinity Health

      The country's second largest non-profit health system is set to expand in New England, with Michigan-based Trinity Health's announcement Dec. 17 that it has signed a definitive agreement for Hartford-based St. Francis Care to join its system. The agreement, which has been negotiated over eight months, and been approved by the Archdiocese of Hartford, which sponsors St. Francis Care, includes plans for the Sisters of Providence Health System and St. Francis Care to form a non-profit regional system.

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    6. Park with Ease Program Continues in Downtown Springfield

      Park with Ease Program Continues in Downtown Springfield

      As the temperatures continue to drop, the Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) plans to continue its Park with Ease valet program through the winter.  “We are thrilled the community has responded so positively to our valet program,” said Chris Russell, executive director of SBID. “After many conversations with stakeholders downtown, including building owners, business owners, and community members, we kept hearing the same comment about parking issues, so we have addressed the concern.”

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    7. Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant

      Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant

      The state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council on Wednesday approved the town's five-year tax break for New York-based Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. which plans to begin producing 500 million envelopes next year at a plant they will lease on Gaylord Street The state action means the special tax assessment will provide Mohawk a 100 percent real estate tax break the first year, 75 percent the second year, 50 percent the third and 25 percent the fourth. The company begins paying the fully assessed value of taxes in the fifth year. South Hadley Town Meeting unanimously approved the STA last month.

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    8. Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

      Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

      A state grant will help the city demolish 128 vacant military homes that have been a problem for more than a decade and use the land for a solar farm to benefit nearby Westover Air Reserve Base. Mayor Richard J. Kos announced at the School Committee meeting Wednesday the city will receive a $1 million grant that will allow the city to demolish the housing and use the property for a solar farm. The plan is to partner with Westover Air Reserve Base officials to reduce the energy costs for the military, Kos said.

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    9. UMass President Robert Caret 'saddened' to leave post he has held for nearly 4 years

      UMass President Robert Caret 'saddened' to leave post he has held for nearly 4 years

      Robert L. Caret said in a statement that he is saddened that he will be leaving the University of Massachusetts where he has been president since 2011. Caret announced his resignation Wednesday afternoon to become chancellor for the University of Maryland system. "While I am excited and energized to return to Maryland, where I have accepted the position of Chancellor at the University System of Maryland, at the same time, I'm saddened that I will be leaving the University of Massachusetts

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    10. MassBenchmarks: 'Considerable reason for optimism' seen in Massachusetts economy | masslive.com

      MassBenchmarks: 'Considerable reason for optimism' seen in Massachusetts economy | masslive.com

      Massachusetts is adding jobs, growing its workforce and growing its population, according to the economists behind MassBenchmarks, a study of the state's economy prepared by the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts.
      Also, lower oil prices could add as much as half a percentage point to national economic growth this year, MassBenchmarks economists said. That's a considerable improvement that helps Massachusetts more than most states because there is no oil or gas extraction industry here.  The economists reported Tuesday afternoon a summary of their discussions and perspectives on the economy.

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    11. Word is spreading about Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills | masslive.com

      Word is spreading about Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills | masslive.com

      Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills is open and starting to grow.  “We opened Thanksgiving Eve,” said brewer Nick Morin. “It was snowing, and we had a full house.”  If you go they will give you a sampler of five different craft beers to try.
      Francine Kulig came in Friday night with her husband and her sister-in-law.  “We all liked a different beer,” she said.  Morin said his most popular beer is called the “Baby-Maker,” named because he was brewing it when his wife was a week and a half past her due date when she was expecting their ...

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    12. Western New England University offers Mini-Law School

      Western New England University offers Mini-Law School

      Western New England University School of Law will open its doors to the community with a five-week program focused on demystifying the law. The Mini-Law School will be held from Feb. 10 through March 10, meeting on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blake Law Center Room D, 1215 Wilbraham Road. “Individuals interested in becoming better informed and engaging in stimulating dialogue will find this program rewarding,” says Pat Newcombe, associate dean for library and information resources. “No legal knowledge is necessary, just a curious mind.”

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    13. Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant

      Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant

      Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. has chosen to locate a new envelope production center on Gaylord Street, the town administrator told the selectboard at Tuesday's meeting. The New York-based company was also considering a location in Chicopee. Mohawk senior vice president Robert Scannell, who attended last month's South Hadley Town Meeting - when the assembly unanimously approved four year tax break for the firm - said the vote was "a tremendous outcome."

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    14. The Suspense Is Building

      The Suspense Is Building

      Indeed, 2014 saw a fair amount of construction, and some of what took place was rebuilding from the 2011 tornado that ripped through Springfield and the surrounding area. Several schools in Springfield were either repaired or rebuilt, bringing construction volume to more than $100 million. While the construction trades had suffered double-digit unemployment for a few years, these public projects helped keep some of those workers employed.   Some long-time institutions spent considerable money in 2014 to upgrade their facilities, and in some cases add jobs. Mercy Medical Center completed a $20 million addition to its campus, and National Public Radio ...

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    15. Off to a Roaring Start

      Off to a Roaring Start

      “I think it’s important for any entrepreneur to map and frame out their ideas, utilize the networks that are in the community, and not be afraid to take advice along the way,” said Berry, who served the MSDC as deputy director. “There are individuals out there who have a tremendous amount of proven experience in establishing companies and moving them forward. If you have a vision or dream, and once you get through that fear of risk and get over that hurdle, you utilize the resources available and push your dream forward.”  Today, Berry is definitely practicing what he ...

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    16. Springfield City Council approves $3.2 million for Union Station project, set to be covered by MGM Springfield payments

      Springfield City Council approves $3.2 million for Union Station project, set to be covered by MGM Springfield payments

      The City Council on Monday authorized spending $3.2 million toward the long-awaited, $75.6 million Union Station intermodal transportation project. The funding was approved by unanimous vote, occurring as construction crews continue demolishing the deteriorated baggage building adjacent to the long-vacant station, helping to provide space for bus bays and a new parking garage, as key components of the project. . The council vote authorized borrowing the $3.2 million, with that cost set to be covered by annual payments from MGM Springfield. MGM is building a $800 million casino project in the South End-downtown area, and is paying $500 ...

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    17. Massachusetts announces $1.5 million for manufacturing training and additional

      Massachusetts announces $1.5 million for manufacturing training and additional

      Massachusetts is putting nearly $1.5 million into vocational training for manufacturers over the next 18 months and also granting $400,000 to update the machine shop at Smith Vocational and Agricultural School in Northampton. The  $1.5 million is a continuation of grants the state has been giving regional employment boards around the state for a few years now, said Greg Bialecki, outgoing state secretary of Housing and Economic Development. The grants are for 18 months, not the 12-month grants the state had been making. The money is administered through Commonwealth Corp.

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    18. Northampton's Smith Vocational High School is in line for $400,000 state grant

      Northampton's Smith Vocational High School is in line for $400,000 state grant

      Smith Vocational and Educational High School is about to receive a $400,000 grant from on the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development to by state-of-the art equipment to train its students. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson was on his way to the University of Massachusetts Monday morning to receive the grant, which will not become official until the school and the state sign a contract. The money will come out of the Capital Equipment Industry Training Program, which buys equipment for vocational schools. Smith must submit a list of equipment is wants and documentation showing it was chosen with ...

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    19. Springfield seeks developer for portion of former Chapman Valve property in Indian Orchard

      Springfield seeks developer for portion of former Chapman Valve property in Indian Orchard

      The city is seeking a buyer to redevelop a tax-foreclosed 17.7-acre industrial property on Pinevale Street in Indian Orchard, formerly part of the Chapman Valve site. Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said Friday he is optimistic the request for proposals will be successful.

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    20. Allan Blair's economic leadership served region well: Editorial

      Allan Blair's economic leadership served region well: Editorial

      Allan Blair, who retires at the end of December after 18 years as president and CEO of the business-funded Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, has served the community well as the regional leader of these efforts. Due in large part to Blair’s efforts over three decades, Western Massachusetts is known for having the Commonwealth’s most collaborative economic development effort, much of it directly under the umbrella of the EDC. This is not easy work. It’s hand-to-hand combat, usually behind the scenes. But whenever a ribbon is cut, whenever an industrial park is developed, whenever a new ...

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    21. Knowledge Corridor passenger line to begin as scheduled on December 29

      Knowledge Corridor passenger line to begin as scheduled on December 29

      Amtrak announced Friday that its new Vermonter passenger line, which includes stops in Northampton and Greenfield, will begin as scheduled on Dec. 29. The route, dubbed the "Knowledge Corridor," also includes a stop in Springfield and will add Holyoke to the line later in 2015. The new stops will replace service to Amherst, which will end on December 28.

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    22. Springfield Redevelopment Authority lauds plans for boutique hotel at historic Elm Street block at Court Square

      Springfield Redevelopment Authority lauds plans for boutique hotel at historic Elm Street block at Court Square

      Members of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority said Friday they are excited by new plans to restore a historic block at Court Square into a boutique hotel, saying it would be a boost to economic development, jobs and downtown vitality Demetrios Panteleakis, chief operating officer for the developer, OPAL Real Estate Group, presented early conceptual plans for the hotel project on Thursday to the authority board. The proposal replaces a prior plan to convert the site to an office building.

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