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    1. Hampshire College's new Creativity Center: Preparing students for the real world of work

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 1 2011)

      This fall, with the help of a $500,000 lead gift from clothing designer and businesswoman Eileen Fisher, Hampshire College have launched the Creativity Center, whose purpose is to encourage imaginative thinking and collaboration. According to Professor Gerber Fried, “The Creativity Center will be dedicated to encouraging creativity across the college in order to prepare our students to be visionaries and problem-solvers of the future.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Hampshire College   The Republican

    2. Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield celebrates Super 60

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 1 2011)

      Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield celebrates Super 60 The Super 60 program, recognizing growth and revenue, is open to any privately-owned company in Hampden or Hampshire counties or any member of the chamber. Companies must have been in business for at least three years and must have had revenues of at least $1 million in the last fiscal year. Chamber officials review financial information submitted by nominees, but keep the actual figures in confidence. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield College   West Springfield   Springfield

    3. 'Boston to the Berkshires' event to be held Wednesday

      Explore Home - Berkshire Eagle Online (Nov 1 2011)

      Marty Jones, the new head of MassDevelopment, will speak on Wednesday at "Boston to the Berkshires," a forum featuring state and local economic development leaders at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, 500 Benedict Road. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Rick Lord

    4. Ware hires PDS Engineering & Construction of Connecticut as contractor for $7 million new fire station

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 31 2011)

      Selectmen have hired a contractor for the $7 million fire station construction project. Demolition work has been going on at the 200 West St. site by Associated Building Wreckers of Springfield and was nearly finished Friday as workers were grinding up some of the debris to be used as fill. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Oct. 24 to hire PDS Engineering & Construction, Inc., of Bloomfield, Conn., as the general contractor at a price of $5.4 million. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    5. Business bits: Springfield No. 5 in construction hiring, Bostonians don't like to eat out and are saying 'humbug' to holiday spending, and more

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 31 2011)

      Business bits: Springfield No. 5 in construction hiring, Bostonians don't like to eat out and are saying 'humbug' to holiday spending, and more Also high on the list - ranked No. 5 - was the region that includes Springfield and communities north of Hartford. That region added net new 1,700 jobs, or 17 percent, over the past 12 months. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    6. Chase, Clarke, Stewart & Fontana insurance agency celebrates 185 years in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 30 2011)

      Chase, Clarke, Stewart & Fontana insurance agency celebrates 185 years in Springfield The agency is celebrating its 185th anniversary next year, making it one of Springfield’s oldest companies, said Robert A. Stewart Jr., agency president. It was chartered at about the same time as the former Springfield Institution for Savings, now part of TD Bank. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   The Republican

    7. Construction continues on Holiday Inn Express in downtown Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 30 2011)

      Construction continues on Holiday Inn Express in downtown Springfield Construction work continues on the $6 million project to renovate 143 State St. in Springfield into a 98-room Holiday Inn Express hotel. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   The Republican

    8. Holyoke hosts Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray's 32nd stop statewide to encourage regionalization

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 28 2011)

      Holyoke hosts Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray's 32nd stop statewide to encourage regionalization Millions of dollars in grants are available to cities and towns that work together – regionalize – in areas from public safety dispatch to health boards, state officials said here Friday. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    9. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's revenue leaders plan to distribute $65 million in additional local aid to cities and towns on Halloween

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 28 2011)

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick's revenue department alerted cities and towns Friday that it will distribute $65 million in additional local aid on Monday including $2.3 million for Springfield, $269,000 for Northampton and $621,000 for Holyoke. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer   Springfield

    10. Hub colleges go green with computer lab

      Explore Home - BostonHerald.com (Oct 28 2011)

      That’s what’s coming to Holyoke in early 2013 when the $89 million Massachusetts Green High Power Computing Center — fueled in part by on-site hydropower — should be ready, according to its president, Andrei Ruckenstein. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Kathleen G. Anderson   Holyoke

    11. Massachusetts Film Office seeks boost to economy from making movies

      Explore GazetteNET (Oct 27 2011)

      Massachusetts Film Office seeks boost to economy from making movies Strout, who began her job in June, spoke at the Hotel Northampton to people directly and indirectly affected by the film industry, including innkeepers, administrators at area historic sites, location scouts, screenwriters and city officials. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   Greenfield   Teri Anderson

    12. Cambridge College coming to downtown Springfield's Tower Square

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 27 2011)

      Cambridge College coming to downtown Springfield's Tower Square Cambridge College will move its regional center from Cottage Street to Tower Square downtown by March. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   The Republican

    13. Navy lab may boost local businesses

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 27 2011)

      “We have companies who have developed vests that help autistic children deal with their conditions and some of those applications may be suitable for military, just to choose one example,” said Allan Blair, President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke   Allan W. Blair

    14. Hartford's CBT acquired by Mass. lender

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Oct 27 2011)

      Berkshire is the parent of Berkshire Bank, which currently has more than $4 billion in assets and more than 60 branches in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Berkshire Bank

    15. Westover air base pumps $238M into western Mass.

      Explore Home - BostonHerald.com (Oct 27 2011)

      The U.S. Air Force says the Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee poured nearly $238 into the local economy in the financial year ending Sept. 30, marking a $29 million drop over the previous year. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee

    16. Amherst committee plans public hearing to discuss Community Development Block Grant recommendations

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 26 2011)

      Amherst is one of 10 communities in the state designated as a mini-entitlement community as part of the Community Development Block Grant program. 
Greenfield and West Springfield are also eligible for mini-entitlement funding. Amherst received $1 million this current year. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Greenfield

    17. U.S. Rep. John Olver announces plan to retire when term ends next year

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 26 2011)

      U.S. Rep. John Olver announces plan to retire when term ends next year “Since 1991, I have had the privilege and great honor of representing the people of the First District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Olver said in a statement issued shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. “The district has grown much larger from the district as it was in 1991, and these 20 years have been tumultuous years for America.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst   The Republican   Congressman John W. Olver

    18. 3 Western Massachusetts school music programs ask readers to vote for them in a national online contest

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 26 2011)

      3 Western Massachusetts school music programs ask readers to vote for them in a national online contest Three public schools in Western Massachusetts submitted videos and are in the running for $1 million in prize money. Besides Boland, the others are South Hadley High School and the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in South Hadley. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    19. Amherst Select Board voted to establish downtown Business Improvement District

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 26 2011)

      UMass deputy chancellor Todd A. Diacon also said the university gives “its strongest support possible” to the district’s creation. “What is good for the downtown is good for the University of Massachusetts.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst College   Springfield

    20. Holyoke computing center gets $14.5M from MassDevelopment

      Explore masshightech.com (Oct 26 2011)

      So far, the center has brought in $89 million in funding commitments, including $50 million from five Massachusetts universities – Boston University, MIT, Harvard, University of Massachusetts and Northeastern – and a $24.5 million grant from the Patrick-Murray Administration, as well as a $2.5 million grant from both EMC Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Holyoke

    21. Springfield unemployment steady, regional jobless numbers down; Greater Springfield outpaces Massachusetts in job growth

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 25 2011)

      Greater Springfield added 5,400 jobs from August to September for a 1.9 percent rate of growth. That’s the largest rate of job growth of any region in the state, beating the statewide average of 0.1 percent job growth. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    22. UMass highlights 50 years of computing with talk and timeline

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 25 2011)

      The office of Information and Technology, a descendant of that first Research Computing Center, is celebrating 50 years of computing on campus with a talk and exhibits Thursday that are open to everyone. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    23. Stories Worth Telling

      Explore BusinessWest (Oct 25 2011)

      Stories Worth Telling Jeffrey Ciuffreda says the annual Super 60 luncheon is more than a recognition of individual achievement in business, although it is definitely that, too. It’s also a celebration of Western Mass. as a whole. “I believe this program is a great showcase of our region and truly shows the diversity of our employment base, our businesses, which is our strength,” said Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, which sponsors the event. “The list of winners includes human-services providers, manufacturers, institutions of higher education, technology, environmental firms, insurers, and more.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Northampton

    24. Amherst Select Board OKs Business Improvement District

      Explore GazetteNET (Oct 24 2011)

      The Select Board voted unanimously Monday to create the BID after a petition was submitted by a steering committee that received support from the majority of property owners within the proposed district. BID Steering Committee Co-Chairman Jerry Jolly said Amherst will benefit from the new entity. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst College   Amherst

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