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    1. "PLAYING IN THE VALLEY"

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 1 2012)

      "PLAYING IN THE VALLEY"

      The Video Gaming industry is growing in Massachusetts. Video gaming represents a $2 billion dollar industry and employs almost 4,000 people across the state

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College

    2. Spheres of Influence

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 1 2012)

      Spheres of Influence

      Through most of his career in the plastics business, Mel O’Leary has kept a low profile. Make that a very low profile. Indeed, over the course of the past 29 years, during which he’s shaped Meredith-Springfield into one of the nation’s more accomplished blow-molding specialists, O’Leary has let the company’s products — actually, other people’s products, ranging from maple-syrup containers to detergent bottles — do the talking for him.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Holyoke Planning Board meeting on $16 million Big Y project postponed

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 29 2012)

      O’Connell Development Group here is planning a commercial project with two buildings and 110,000 square feet of retail that might include a restaurant, bank and other stores, officials said.  Supporters have said the project will benefit the city with 250 jobs, $400,000 a year in property tax revenue and restoring life to a dormant site.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Holyoke   Westfield

    4. Westfield schedules road upgrades at Barnes Regional Airport

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 29 2012)

      Westfield schedules road upgrades at Barnes Regional Airport

      City officials will open bids March 15 on an estimated $1.3 million relocation of an access road at Barnes Regional Airport.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   The Republican

    5. 'Picture Westfield' project, on view at Westfield Athenaeum in March, captures city life

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 29 2012)

      'Picture Westfield' project, on view at Westfield Athenaeum in March, captures city life

      The “Picture Westfield” project, conceived by Kate Deviny, the former special collections and technology librarian at the Westfield Athenaeum (now the director at the Great Barrington Libraries), and Eileen Doherty, a photographer and volunteer, is a study in a typical week in the city.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Westfield State University   Springfield

    6. Mass. foodmaker buys CT's Grote & Weigel

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Feb 29 2012)

      The company, which shut its doors earlier this month, has found salvation from Massachusetts food maker J. Polep Distribution Services, which bought Grote's assets from a bank and has pledged to reopen production facilities on Monday.

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    7. Manufacturers hire in tech and management

      Explore Home - Berkshire Eagle Online (Feb 29 2012)

      Manufacturers hire in tech and management

      Among Massachusetts manufacturers, the greatest percentage of advertised job openings were in the computer equipment sector at 28 percent, followed by positions in pharmaceutical and medicine at 24.7 percent. The most sought-after occupations by state manufacturers included sales and customer service representatives, computer and information technology-related positions, and managers.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    8. Charters for two new proposed schools granted in Springfield and Holyoke

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 28 2012)

      The Baystate Academy Charter School will open in fall 2013. The school will be located in Springfield and will enroll a maximum of 560 students in grades 6-12. The Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School will open in fall 2012. The regional school will be located in Holyoke and include the towns of West Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield, South Hadley and Northampton. The school will enroll a maximum of 500 students in grades 9-12.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   West Springfield   Springfield

    9. Eric Carle Museum announces 10th anniversary celebration

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 28 2012)

      “Our founders, Eric and Barbara Carle, dreamed of creating a museum that would celebrate picture books and inspire a love of art and reading,” says Alexandra Kennedy, executive director. “We’re very proud of the many ways the Museum has fulfilled that mission. In just ten years The Carle has become a vital center for artists, writers, teachers, librarians, scholars, and families — a place where important conversations about the future of art, books, and education happen every day.”

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      Mentions:   Amherst   The Republican

    10. New MassMutual wing promises natural healing

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 28 2012)

      New MassMutual wing promises natural healing

      The new MassMutual Wing and Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center on the Springfield campus of Baystate Medical Center borrow from Mother Nature when it comes to the healing arts.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Baystate Health   Springfield

    11. Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president: Bay State poised to take advantage of recovery, but problems loom

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 28 2012)

      Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president: Bay State poised to take advantage of recovery, but problems loom

      The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield drew 585 people to the MassMutual Center for the annual luncheon, said Jeffrey S. Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers. In recent years, the chambers had hosted the lunch at Chez Josef in Agawam. But the chambers moved this year’s event to Springfield in recognition of the city’s recovery from the devastating tornadoes.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   The Republican

    12. MAAC basketball tournament fans expected to bring business to MassMutual Center and downtown Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 28 2012)

      MAAC basketball tournament fans expected to bring business to MassMutual Center and downtown Springfield

      The MAAC – it stands for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – is bringing 20 teams – 10 women's and 10 men’s teams. A few of those teams have already committed to bringing cheerleaders, dance teams and pep bands, according to the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tourism bureau also estimates that up to 2,000 hotel and motel rooms will be booked over the five days from March 1 to March 5.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    13. Officials to gather in Boston to introduce the Northeast Climate Sciene Center at UMass-Amherst

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 28 2012)

      In October 2011, the federal government awarded a $7.5 million grant to the University of Massachusetts to create the Northeast Climate Science Center, which will study how climate change affects ecosystems, wildlife, water, and other resources from Maine to Missouri. The Amherst center is among eight national climate centers created to study the effects of climate change.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Amherst

    14. A Landmark Decision

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 28 2012)

      A Landmark Decision

      She’s calling it Cooper’s Commons, a nod to Ensign Thomas Cooper — the Civil War naval hero who lived in the home just after that conflict ended — and also to the store her father created at the rear of the property nearly 40 years ago and named after the ensign. And she described the concept as “a place where Thornes Marketplace, Northampton, meets the Village Commons, South Hadley,” a reference to two of the region’s best-known centers of eclectic retail.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    15. Deval Patrick administration plans strategy to protect Massachusetts military facilities

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 27 2012)

      Deval Patrick administration plans strategy to protect Massachusetts military facilities

      Murray, who will chair the new Commonwealth’s Military Asset and Security Task Force, said the agency will work “directly with stakeholders to develop and implement actions that will support military bases across the Commonwealth.”

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Bradley International Airport   MassDevelopment

    16. Cooley Dickinson Hospital trustees vote for affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital; Baystate Health 'extremely disappointed'

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 27 2012)

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital trustees vote for affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital; Baystate Health 'extremely disappointed'

      The Board of Trustees of Cooley Dickinson Hospital has voted to join forces with Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    17. Building a casino on Chicopee industrial parks will create unique obstacles

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 27 2012)

      Building a casino on Chicopee industrial parks will create unique obstacles

      Allan W. Blair, president and chief executive officer of Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation, which owns the proposed Air Park South, said he has not been approached by developers who want to build on the property slated for an industrial park.

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      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Springfield   Chicopee

    18. DevelopSpringfield selects Kevin Sweeney as its new interim executive director

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 27 2012)

      DevelopSpringfield selects Kevin Sweeney as its new interim executive director

      As the interim director, Sweeney will also be responsible for implementing the operating plan for DevelopSpringfield and development of a broader, long-term strategy for the organization, according to a prepared release. DevelopSpringfield was formed as a nonprofit in 2008 to pursue development projects in Springfield and to aid private development.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   Springfield

    19. EDC Continues Trade Show Support for Western Mass Firms

      Explore From the EDC (Feb 26 2012)

      The EDC has continued our partnership with Team New England(primarily supported by Northeast Utilities) to host regional firms at industrytrade shows. Earlier this month, four western Mass firms – Hoppe Technologies,Peerless Precision, Pittsfield Plastics and Cavallero Plastics -- joined DaveDriver from NU and Mike Graney from the EDC at the west coast Medical Designand Manufacturing (“MD&M) show, the largest of the many MD&M showsaround the U.S. At least a dozen other firms from the region exhibited there,in addition to national or multinational firms with a regional presence likeCovidien, Bayer, UPG and Pelican. The EDC and NU ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    20. STCC shows would-be entrepreneurs the road for taking their ideas to market

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 26 2012)

      STCC shows would-be entrepreneurs the road for taking their ideas to market

      The course, “From Concept to Commercialization,” gives students the opportunity to work as a team, create a product, prototype and business plan and then present their final products to “potential investors.”

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    21. Hampshire College students design 'green' services stations of the future for Sandri Companies

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 26 2012)

      Hampshire College students design 'green' services stations of the future for Sandri Companies

      Recently Hampshire College’s Crafting a Sustainable Design Lens class partnered with the Sandri Companies to work on a project called “Waystation of the Future” taught by Hampshire College professor Caryn Brause.

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   The Republican

    22. Smaller airports in Western Massachusetts provide big service to state economy

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 26 2012)

      Smaller airports in Western Massachusetts provide big service to state economy

      A recently released report, “Massachusetts Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study,” completed by the state transportation agency, detailed that all 39 of the Bay State’s airports, which also include Boston’s Logan International, employ more than 124,369 workers, provide a combined payroll of $4.8 billion with a total economic impact which exceeds $11.9 billion. (Logan, alone, accounts for $8.9 billion of the economic impact.)

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Chicopee   Westfield

    23. Westfield welcomes Appalachian Press; printing company to bring jobs, tax revenue to 'Whip City'

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 26 2012)

      Westfield welcomes Appalachian Press; printing company to bring jobs, tax revenue to 'Whip City'

      An empty manufacturing plant has found new life as a printing facility here with the arrival of Appalachian Press, which relocated from Lee and will contribute jobs and property taxes to the city.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   The Republican   Daniel M. Knapik

    24. Hunting tradition powers Savage Sports Holdings of Westfield

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 25 2012)

      Hunting tradition powers Savage Sports Holdings of Westfield

      In an economy ravaged by downsizing and shrinking revenues, Savage Sports Holdings has managed to do just the opposite.  The privately-held company, a part of Westfield’s history since the early 1960s, boasts 294 employees at its plant and headquarters here – a 30 percent increase from last year.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Westfield

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