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    1. Massachusetts highway administrator boosts 1-91 overhaul in Springfield, possible restoration of turnpike tolls

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      Massachusetts highway administrator boosts 1-91 overhaul in Springfield, possible restoration of turnpike tolls

      DePaola, an engineer who was appointed to his position in 2011, was among top leaders in state government who spoke in front of business officials during this year's "Beacon Hill Summit" at the Statehouse by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce.

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Springfield   Amherst

    2. Mohegan Sun Massachusetts officials say host community agreement with Palmer should be inked by July | masslive.com

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      Mohegan Sun Massachusetts officials say host community agreement with Palmer should be inked by July | masslive.com

      Paul E. Burns, an at-large member of the Palmer Town Council, is among the biggest local boosters of the plan, which he believes will bring jobs and growth to western and central parts of the Bay State. 'Mohegan Sun's announcement that they are seeking to complete a host community agreement in time for a September referendum is welcome news,' he said. 'This announcement clearly positions Mohegan Sun and the Palmer project back in the forefront of the race for the sole Western Mass casino license.'

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    3. Job Growth Projections Come With...

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      Job Growth Projections Come With...

      The State of Massachusetts has chosen 6 economic sectors where it sees the best potential to create jobs over the next ten years. Project Manager of the Workforce Development and Transformation Grant for Greenfield Community College, Andrew Baker said, “Those are in Healthcare, Information Technology, Renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology and entrepreneurship.  Each region is pursuing the programs and the jobs that best fit its region and its college.” 

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    4. DevelopSpringfield buys historic Greek Revival home at 83 Maple St.

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      DevelopSpringfield buys historic Greek Revival home at 83 Maple St.

      DevelopSpringfield recently acquired a deteriorating historic property at 83 Maple St. for rehabilitation in keeping with its historic significance. A property to the rear at 234 Union St. was also acquired and will be developed as a part of the project, according to a press release from DevelopSpringfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Jobs outlook better for 2013 grads

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      Jobs outlook better for 2013 grads

      The surveyed employers are looking to fill positions in information technology, customer service, finance, and accounting, with starting salaries between $30-50,000 dollars per year. “Some of my friends are looking to get degrees in programs that I have no idea what they're going to do with it. I just really like working with computers. I chose it based on that and I happened to choose a field that is popular,” said Daniel Houle of Agawam.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    6. Jenoptik Optical Systems to close Easthampton plant, eliminate 39 jobs | masslive

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      Jenoptik Optical Systems to close Easthampton plant, eliminate 39 jobs | masslive

      Jenoptik Optical Systems is closing it plant on Industrial Drive and eliminating 39 local jobs because of falling demand from the Pentagon.

      Jenoptik used the Easthampton plant to make lenses for battlefield equipment like range-finders and night-vision goggles, said Jay Kumler, president of the German-owned company’s U.S. operations. He said the defense cuts that hurt Jenoptik predate the “sequester” cuts the federal government recently imposed.

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      Mentions:   Easthampton

    7. Mass. groups emphasize international collaboration with new programs - Boston Business Journal

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      Mass. groups emphasize international collaboration with new programs - Boston Business Journal

      From the floor of the 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago, the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) said Monday it was launching a new International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP) to enable the group to partner with other nations to award funding to support R&D in Massachusetts and in the partnering nations. The international program will promote collaboration between life sciences companies and to increase the development of new products for commercialization.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

    8. Springfield Falcons, fans enjoy fantastic regular season as team heads to playoffs

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      Springfield Falcons, fans enjoy fantastic regular season as team heads to playoffs

      The Springfield Falcons are heading to the playoffs. Repeat after me: the Springfield Falcons are heading to the playoffs. This has been a fantastic, record-breaking year for your local professional hockey team. I am not going into all of the details. Having the second-most points in the 30-team American Hockey League sums it all up. Winning the Northeast Division by 20 points puts it all in perspective. This year has been something special. There have been too many wonderful team and individual achievements to list them all.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    9. Community Profile: Springfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 23 2013)

      Community Profile: Springfield

      Jeff Ciuffreda has become a bit weary of the casino issue as well. As executive director of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, he knew any stand taken by the ACCGS would be controversial with some, “so we supported it with one caveat — that it not distract from ongoing economic development.” After all, an $800 million casino does change the equation downtown, and is not exactly the sort of project the City of Homes is accustomed to. Ciuffreda wants assurances that MGM or Penn National won’t ignore the small businesses that are in many ways the city ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual

    10. Ventures and Adventures

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      Ventures and Adventures

      Sharon Styffe, dean of Workforce and Professional Development at Holyoke Community College (HCC), says that coming up with a successful new business concept is a challenge that comes in two parts: having a good idea, and identifying a market to buy that idea. “It’s one thing to do what you’re good at,” she told BusinessWest, “but its quite another thing to find something you’re good at — and that the market will buy. You can’t just sell something that’s your passion; it has to be someone else’s need — because otherwise it’s just an organized ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    11. Center for EcoTechnology in Springfield celebrates Earth Day by unveiling new solar powered system

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      Center for EcoTechnology in Springfield celebrates Earth Day by unveiling new solar powered system

      Electric costs have fallen 33% also as a result of the energy retrofit, Majercak said. “This is an example of what you can do to an older building,” he told a gathering of employees, customers, supporters a public officials, including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Northampton

    12. 'Enormous pent-up need' propels public school construction across Western Massachusetts

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      'Enormous pent-up need' propels public school construction across Western Massachusetts

      It’s all part of a wave of school construction that includes $7 million in new science labs at Dean Technical High School in Holyoke and the $107 million high school now under construction in West Springfield that is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014. South Hadley plans to replace Plains Elementary School at a cost of $28 million. Chicopee has received state approval for a $30 million renovation of Chicopee Academy, according to the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    13. With demand up, Western Massachusetts builders see a housing revival

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      With demand up, Western Massachusetts builders see a housing revival

      But that’s not the only price point. Priscilla Harman, a Realtor with Real Living Realty Professionals in Westfield, said her customers call for homes priced from $275,000 to $280,000. “You couldn’t build them fast enough,” she said.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Northampton

    14. University of Massachusetts and other education projects keeping heavy construction companies, workers busy

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      University of Massachusetts and other education projects keeping heavy construction companies, workers busy

      But today, the four counties of Western Massachusetts have, collectively, more than $1 billion in ongoing construction projects, Garand said. That includes public schools, colleges and universities, as well as the $134 million construction project at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst College

    15. Massachusetts building at Big E gets $2.7 million facelift

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      Massachusetts building at Big E gets $2.7 million facelift

      The state has undertaken a $2.7 million project to rehabilitate the Massachusetts State Exposition Building at the Big E campus in West Springfield.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    16. Bradley International - American Airlines Announcement

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 19 2013)

      Following the exciting news last week about American Airlines instituting nonstop service to Los Angeles from Bradley, I want to thank all of the members of the business community who have continuously helped our efforts to attract new air service which is critical to our region’s needs.  We are working diligently on securing additional markets and increasing capacity, and have tailored our efforts to meet your air service requests.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities

    17. Report on FDI Forum

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 19 2013)

      Report on FDI Forum

      Over 75% of inbound FDI into the US comes from
      eight countries -- six in Western Europe, Canada and Japan. The EDC maintains relationships
      with our peers and government officials in all of them, and particularly strong
      relationships in all of them except Japan. They are a growing source of leads
      for our Prospect Management system.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    18. Massachusetts Gaming Commission hears about Casino Career Institute

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      Massachusetts Gaming Commission hears about Casino Career Institute

      The commission, which met at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, heard that the initiative – spearheaded by Holyoke Community College with help from Springfield Technical Community College – has grown into a statewide effort. The colleges already had an agreement with the commission, the entity that will eventually choose an operator for a Western Massachusetts casino.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Mohegan Sun   Springfield Technical Community College

    19. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby talks about balancing municipal rights and state needs on casino development

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      Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby talks about balancing municipal rights and state needs on casino development

      He spoke with about 100 local business and civic leaders Wednesday evening during a meeting organized by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield at the La Quinta Inn and Suits.  There are four competing casino proposals in Western Massachusetts even though the region will only get one license for one casino under state law.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Palmer   Springfield

    20. Young electrician gains experience working with mentor at the Springfield Housing Authority

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      Young electrician gains experience working with mentor at the Springfield Housing Authority

      Ronald Dulude is learning to be an electrician at the Springfield Housing Authority, one job at a time. Dulude, a senior at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, is fixing wiring and fusing, switching out bulbs and repairing outlets and circuit breakers, among other things, under the tutelage of authority electrician Joseph Ricker.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. UMass celebrates 150th anniversary starting Monday with Earth Day event

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      UMass celebrates 150th anniversary starting Monday with Earth Day event

      While the University of Massachusetts will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding as a land-grant institution with events all year, Founders Week festivities begin Monday with the marking of Earth Day and end with a cookout one week later. In between, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will be formally inaugurated April 27.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Edward F. Blaguszewski   Amherst

    22. Springfield YWCA and Rebuilding Together partnering for students to gain more work experience, community to offer more affordable housing | masslive.com

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      Springfield YWCA and Rebuilding Together partnering for students to gain more work experience, community to offer more affordable housing | masslive.com

      “I really think it’s an excellent opportunity for these students, a program that really gives them some job training skills and education. They’ve had some difficulties in their lives, so I think it’s an excellent opportunity for them and a positive situation. We’re able to work with the students and also be able to work on these projects for low-income families,” said Colleen Loveless, executive director of Rebuilding Together.

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    23. Creating Agile, Sustainable and Purpose - Focused Organizations

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 17 2013)

      Creating Agile, Sustainable and Purpose - Focused Organizations

      Experience and explore a real-world-tested social technology for agile and purposeful organization at a “Taster Event” sponsored by Leadership Pioneer Valley, UMASS Family Business Center and Bredenberg Associates. It will be held on Friday, April 19 from 1-5 at UMASS Continuing and Professional Education classroom at 100 Venture Way, Hadley, MA.  This thorough and experiential introduction to Holacracy® by the pioneer of the method, Brian Robertson, is a fast-paced, concise “taste” in a single session.  The program is designed for business leaders, consultants, boards of directors and community organizers.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    24. Massachusetts get your Business Online - with Google

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 17 2013)

      Massachusetts get your Business Online - with Google

      Small  businesses took advantage expert advice from Google at a training at the Springfield Marriott. 

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

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