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    1. Dr. David Peck, general contractor Craig Sweitzer renovate former Duryea building in downtown Springfield

      Dr. David Peck, general contractor Craig Sweitzer renovate former Duryea building in downtown Springfield

      NAI Plotkin real estate brokers and property managers sold the building to Peck, President Evan Plotkin said. Plotkin said he'll keep his offices on the first floor, renting from Peck. Contractor Craig Sweitzer and his family have made a specialty out of dental offices, having built more than 70 such facilities in the Pioneer Valley over the past two decades.

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    2. State transportation bond proposal includes $26 million for Union Station, other projects in Springfield's North and South Ends and riverfront

      State transportation bond proposal includes $26 million for Union Station, other projects in Springfield's North and South Ends and riverfront

      The state Legislature is considering passage of a transportation bond bill that includes $26 million for Springfield projects, ranging from funds to aid redevelopment of Union Station to safety improvements along the 3.7-mile Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway.  State Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera, D-Springfield, announced this week that the House Ways and Means Committee has granted its approval for the Springfield projects, located in her district, to be included in the statewide bond bill. She is assistant vice-chairman of the committee.

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    3. Fast trains to Boston, New Haven, Montreal subject of Springfield meeting | masslive.com

      Fast trains to Boston, New Haven, Montreal subject of Springfield meeting | masslive.com

      The public hearing was held to collect input on the Northern New England Intercity Rail Initiative, a plan to improve intercity rail service not only east-west over the 99 miles between Springfield and Boston, but north and south serving New Haven, Springfield and Montreal. All told, the east-west and north-south routes total 470 miles, and the project could require $364.5 million.

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    4. MGM Resorts International details plan for Springfield casino in front of Massachusetts Gaming Commission

      MGM Resorts International details plan for Springfield casino in front of Massachusetts Gaming Commission

      Company executives, alongside Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and a few city councilors, made the final pitch for an $800 million casino in the city. In a 90-minute presentation, CEO Jim Murren and President Bill Hornbuckle touted not only the company's standing among its peers, but also the details of a host community agreement that they and their supporters argue will breathe new life into one of the oldest cities in America.

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    5. Baystate's Mini-Medical School heads to Northampton

      Baystate's Mini-Medical School heads to Northampton

      Baystate Medical Center will bring its Mini-Medical School to Northampton, for the first time, when it holds its spring session, beginning Feb. 12 at the Northampton Senior Center. The program – an eight-week health education series featuring a different aspect of medicine each week – will give area residents a reason to come out of hibernation from the cold winter and join others interested in the field of medicine. Classes this spring will include sessions on various medical topics, such as sleep disorders, breast cancer, anesthesiology, psychiatry, infertility and several other subjects.

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    6. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse touts grant opportunities, benefits to city of attending mayors' conference in Washington, D.C.

      Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse touts grant opportunities, benefits to city of attending mayors' conference in Washington, D.C.

      Mayor Alex B. Morse said a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. for the U.S. Conference of Mayors helped the city because he established and strengthened contacts with officials that can spur receipt of grants. "The conference is a great opportunity to connect with mayors all across the country, from small cities to big cities, and learn best practices. Also, (mayors) have access to nine federal cabinet secretaries while here to discuss federal grants and programs," Morse said in a text message Thursday.

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    7. United Financial Bancorp Reports Fourth Quarter Results; Announces Dividend Of $0.11 Per Share

      United Financial Bancorp Reports Fourth Quarter Results; Announces Dividend Of $0.11 Per Share

      (NASDAQ Global Select Market: UBNK), the holding company for United Bank (the "Bank"), reported net income of $4.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to net loss of $4.7 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the corresponding period in 2012. Excluding merger-related expenses of $598,000 ($449,000 net of tax benefit) resulting from the Company's agreement to merge with Rockville Financial, Inc. and gains from sales of securities totaling $277,000 ($164,000 net of tax expense), net income would have been $4.3 million, or ...

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    8. NU still contributes to economic development | HartfordBusiness.com

      NU still contributes to economic development | HartfordBusiness.com

      Lyle Wray, executive director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments, noted NU's long-time support of HSEP's marketing outreach and then is quoted as saying, 'the biggest impact they had was eliminating their support.' It's important to note that NU remains an important member of the HSEP steering committee and is current with its annual membership dues. Consistent with the point of the article, NU has scaled back its economic development marketing support, but very much remains at the table as a corporate backer.

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    9. Community Spotlight: Amherst | BusinessWest

      Community Spotlight: Amherst | BusinessWest

      Optimism for such a development stems in large part from the emergence of new programs and tens of millions of dollars in research projects at the university, said Maroulis, who pointed specifically to the new, $157 million Life Science Laboratories, part of the Mass. Life Sciences Center (MLSC), and one of many potential catalysts for economic development in the town.  Through the MLSC, the Commonwealth is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the growth of the state’s life-sciences supercluster. At UMass Amherst, the MLSC includes such facilities as the Biosensors and Big Data Center, the Healthcare Informatics and ...

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    10. Agawam forges ahead with economic development projects

      Agawam forges ahead with economic development projects

      With a newly revitalized Main Street and new tenants along Springfield Street, this city had a productive 2013 and is forging ahead with more economic development in the works for 2014.  “Economic development in Agawam continues to be fairly strong,” said Mayor Richard A. Cohen. “We’ve been fortunate. Even with the downturn in the economy, we’ve seen growth in small business.”  Over the past year, several new tenants have moved in to the former Food Mart and Dave’s Soda & Pet Food City plazas on Springfield Street. They include Stick Time Sports, with ice hockey rinks, indoor soccer ...

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    11. Massachusetts, Vermont transportation officials to hold public meetings on passenger rail service along Boston-Montreal corridor

      Massachusetts, Vermont transportation officials to hold public meetings on passenger rail service along Boston-Montreal corridor

      Massachusetts and Vermont transportation officials are scheduled to hold public meetings in Springfield and White River Junction, Vt., to discuss the possibility of more frequent and higher speed passenger rail service along the Boston-Montreal corridor passing through Western Massachusetts and the Green Mountain State. The first hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hotel Coolidge, 39 S. Main St., White River Junction, followed by another meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress St., Springfield. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) are holding the sessions ...

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    12. Holyoke City Council considers proposal to limit utility department's ability to buy, sell property

      Holyoke City Council considers proposal to limit utility department's ability to buy, sell property

      The Holyoke Gas and Electric Department would need approval of the City Council and mayor to buy or sell property under a proposal the council referred to committee Tuesday. The proposal filed by council President Kevin A. Jourdain follows concerns in the past few years about the possibility that a so-called big-box store like Walmart or Lowe's could open on a parcel of nearly 19 acres on Whiting Farms Road the department owns.

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    13. Massachusetts gaming chief in CBS 3 Springfield interview: 'Not very likely that (MGM) would be stopped'

      Massachusetts gaming chief in CBS 3 Springfield interview: 'Not very likely that (MGM) would be stopped'

      MGM officials will present their proposal to the Gaming Commission on Thursday at 9:30 a.m., postponed from Wednesday by the snowstorm. The presentation will be live-streamed and can be accessed from MassLive. Following the presentation, Crosby said, there will be at least two public hearings, including one in Springfield and one in a surrounding community. "When we do award a license, whether it’s to MGM or anybody else, we will do it with conditions that we will enforce, so there’s still a lot of room to give us constructive public feedback," Crosby told Leclerc. Crosby said ...

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    14. Springfield Central Cultural District launched; will promote arts, culture, tourism

      Springfield Central Cultural District launched; will promote arts, culture, tourism

      The newly named “Springfield Central Cultural District” was formally launched on Tuesday, with the state designation designed to help promote and expand upon the historic, artistic and cultural assets in the downtown area. The name of the district was revealed during a press conference at One Financial Plaza in the downtown, attended by many advocates for the arts and culture and downtown business leaders.

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    15. Joanne Marqusee named president/CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care

      Joanne Marqusee named president/CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care

      Joanne Marqusee has been named the next president/CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care.  Her appointment was approved Tuesday by the Board of Trustees, which approved the recommendation of the search committee.  Marqusee will join Cooley Dickinson on March 31 from Hallmark Health System, located just north of Boston, where she has served since 2009 as executive vice president and chief operating officer.  Matthew M. Pitoniak, who is chief executive officer, chairman of the Board of Trustees and search committee chairmanr, said the selection of Marqusee fulfills the search committee’s goals.

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    16. Springfield College faculty, administrators collaborate with local officials, organizations on making city a better, safer place

      Springfield College faculty, administrators collaborate with local officials, organizations on making city a better, safer place

      The event, sponsored by the Springfield College Faculty Institute, took place at the Museum of Springfield History, and included participation by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and Mayor Domenic Sarno. The majority of the attendees were from the college, but with the mission of interacting with city stakeholders. Both Neal and Sarno were among officials pointing out Springfield’s rich history, including its many inventions and innovations on display at the museum, and the need to work cooperatively to make the city safer and more vibrant.

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    17. Chicopee Chamber of Commerce hires Eileen Drumm as new president to replace retiring Gail Sherman

      Chicopee Chamber of Commerce hires Eileen Drumm as new president to replace retiring Gail Sherman

      Eileen P. Drumm, of Chicopee, will officially begin the job on Feb. 3, but she is already spending time working with retiring president Gail A. Sherman, who is leaving the job after 17 years.  “I’m thrilled about this. This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Drumm said. “I love this chamber.” Drumm, who most recently worked as the director of community relations at Armbrook Village, a senior living facility in Westfield, earned a master's degree in management of non-profit organizations from American International College in 2011.

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    18. Maverick Group, a document services company, celebrates 20 years in Springfield

      Maverick Group, a document services company, celebrates 20 years in Springfield

      The Maverick Group moved to the 17th floor of Tower Square in 1998 before outgrowing that space and taking a larger space on the 15th floor finally settling in approximately 2,000 square feet of space on the second floor above Champions restaurant. According to founder and owner Jose Rodriguez, the company, processed about 15,000 documents per month when they first started out. Now the Maverick Group processes more than half-a-million documents each month.

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    19. Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds

      Menck USA window company gets $5 million in tax-exempt bonds

      MassDevelopment has issued a $5 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Menck USA Inc., which does business as Menck Windows. Menck USA, which will be based in Chicopee, was formed through a partnership between Menck Fenster GmbH, a 130-year-old Hamburg, Germany, custom window and door manufacturer and Liesenfeld International. The company is using bond proceeds to buy manufacturing equipment and renovate roughly half a 150,000-square-foot Chicopee building that was vacant for several years. Menck USA expects to create 50 jobs over the next five years as a result of the project. Boston Private Bank purchased the bond and the ...

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    20. MassMutual board of directors honored by National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter

      MassMutual board of directors honored by National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter

      MassMutual's 13-member board, made up of some of the top business minds in the region, has contributed greatly to the company's success, the association said in awarding its Private Company Board of the Year award for 2014. In recent years, MassMutual recorded many new achievements: in 2012, the company acquired The Hartford Retirement Plans, nearly doubling the number of retirement participants served across the country, and its assets under management reached a record high of $508 billion. MassMutual is currently one of only two Fortune 100 companies located within Massachusetts (the other is Boston-based Liberty Mutual).

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    21. Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield taking applications for Leadership Institute

      Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield taking applications for Leadership Institute

      The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield is accepting applications are now being accepted for the 2014 session of Leadership Institute, Rethinking Leadership: Sharpening Skills for Organization and Community Service, sponsored by MassMutual Financial Group and the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation. The Leadership Institute is a unique collaboration between the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and Western New England University to teach mid and upper level managers the crucial thinking and problem solving skills needed to enable them to be effective leaders in service to the community and in their workplaces and designed to ...

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    22. Lean Launchpad Graduating Teams Delivered! — >>Click Workspace

      Lean Launchpad Graduating Teams Delivered! — >>Click Workspace

      Earlier this month we graduated the first cohort from our Lean Launchpad:Pioneer Valley course.  The results were extraordinary.   Compared to similar types of intro-to-entrepreneurship courses the same instructors have taught before graduates of the Lean Launchpad were 10x more likely to be generating revenue!  Angel investors walking out of the graduation ceremony remaked that they had never seen first-time entrepreneurs make so much progress so quickly.

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    23. 2013 Saw Click Grow 50%, Launch Hotly Demanded Course, and Have a Blast! — >>Click Workspace

      2013 Saw Click Grow 50%, Launch Hotly Demanded Course, and Have a Blast! — >>Click Workspace

      We have a lot to be thankful for as we close the books on 2013.  Click's membership grew by more than 50% and includes amazing people that joined our existing awesome crew.  We held some of the only family-friendly entrepreneurship socials (which were a blast :)) in the Valley.  And finally, we launched our first entrepreneurship course and watched it deliver results far better than anything we have seen before.

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