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    1. Decision on including Round Hill in Elm Street Historic District delayed by Northampton Historic District Commission

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      Decision on including Round Hill in Elm Street Historic District delayed by Northampton Historic District Commission

      OPAL has a purchase and sale agreement with Clarke Schools of Hearing and Speech to buy some 11 acres of its Round Hill campus, including 11 buildings. OPAL has said it intends to keep the stately buildings intact and turn them into luxury apartments. The Springfield company has applied to the Massachusetts Historical Commission for tax credits that could save it 20 percent on its renovation costs.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton

    2. The YPS at Five | BusinessWest

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      The YPS at Five | BusinessWest

      It now boasts more than 500 individual members and 50 corporate members. Meanwhile, its e-mail list has grown to more than 2,000. And there have been other forms of validation: BusinessWest chose the group as one of the first recipients of its Difference Makers award in 2009, and state Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield) is sponsoring legislation to develop a ‘Young Professional Commission,’ which would give the 11 YP organizations across the Commonwealth a voice on Beacon Hill.

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    3. Peter Miller appointed Westfield community development director | masslive.com

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      Peter Miller appointed Westfield community development director | masslive.com

      Former city councilor and legislative aide Peter J. Miller was appointed Thursday night as the city’s new community development director by a unanimous vote and lauded as a man of integrity and hard work.

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    4. Springfield Chamber of Commerce issues position paper on casino concerns, reiterates support for city casino

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      Springfield Chamber of Commerce issues position paper on casino concerns, reiterates support for city casino

      The Springfield Chamber of Commerce, having endorsed plans for a casino in the city in a September board of directors vote, has followed up that position with a list of several concerns that it would seek to have addressed by the companies proposing casinos.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Chamber of Commerce

    5. Funding for Westover Air Reserve Base, Barnes National Guard Base included in national spending plan

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      Military bases have a big impact on the Massachusetts economy, according to a report by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in 2012, which found that defense and security contracts support 130,000 jobs at 2,500 institutions in the state.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee   Westfield

    6. Eastern States Exposition refuses to say if it is talking with Hard Rock International as potential casino developer

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      With just a week and a half before the Jan. 15 deadline for casino advocates to get applications for projects and a $400,000 fee to the state, Eastern States Exposition chief executive officer Eugene J. Cassidy confirmed Thursday that the local organization is still in the game.  Hard Rock International has expressed interest in building a casino at the exposition’s fairgrounds in West Springfield, according to city officials. However, neither Cassidy nor spokespeople for Hard Rock would confirm those reports.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    7. Visible Progress | BusinessWest

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      Visible Progress | BusinessWest

      “It was painfully slow,” Delude, president of Westmass Area Development Corp., recalled, looking back (although he alternated between the past and present tenses) on that time when the phone literally didn’t ring for weeks and sales of industrial-park parcels were extremely few and very far between. “I’ve seen many downturns in the economy, but nothing as broad-based as that, nothing that severe.”

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      Mentions:   Westmass Area Development Corp.

    8. Planting Seeds | BusinessWest

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      Planting Seeds | BusinessWest

      Specifically, as the entrepreneurs behind Valley Malt in Hadley since 2010, they are among maybe a half-dozen enterprises in the U.S. dedicated to malting barley on a small scale. Longtime home brewers who dreamed of opening a brewery featuring local hops and grain, they were surprised to find there was no local supplier for the ingredients they needed, so they decided to fill a market niche.

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    9. Mercy Medical Center building project includes plans to demolish Allis Mansion

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      Mercy Medical Center building project includes plans to demolish Allis Mansion

      The medical building project, which is expected to be completed in early 2014, is being developed by Carew Chestnut Partners, in partnership with Sisters of Providence and Hampden County Physician Associates. A three-story, 75,000-square-foot medical office building is being built.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    10. Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center asked by Holyoke to make payments in lieu of taxes

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      Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center asked by Holyoke to make payments in lieu of taxes

      The city has asked the tax-exempt high performance computing center to begin providing yearly payments in lieu of taxes to begin at $500,000 this year and escalating to more than $1.5 million by 2022.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    11. MGM Resorts, Penn National prepare casino proposals for Springfield deadline

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      MGM Resorts, Penn National prepare casino proposals for Springfield deadline

      With a deadline just hours away, representatives of MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming were voicing confidence Wednesday that their formal, competing casino proposals will have the desired “wow” effect on city officials and the public.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Mohegan Sun   West Springfield

    12. Chicopee receives federal EPA grant to improve downtown

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      Chicopee receives federal EPA grant to improve downtown

      A final plan showing how to revitalize the west end of downtown Chicopee was unveiled Thursday along with the announcement that the federal Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the city a $100,000 grant to take the first step to implement the plan.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee

    13. Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield College unite information technology programs

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      Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield College unite information technology programs

      "The agreement between STCC and Springfield College is historic because it gives bilateral pathways for STCC students to continue their education by earning a bachelor's degree at Springfield College and it allows Springfield College students to gain access to the computer networking and security curriculum and expertise offered at STCC," said Brian Candido, computer information technologies program chairman and associate professor at STCC. "It is a true win-win scenario for all students and faculty at both institutions."

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    14. Students invited to MassMutual Building Your Future Conference on Jan. 8

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      Students invited to MassMutual Building Your Future Conference on Jan. 8

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. and Western New England University are teaming up to present the MassMutual Building Your Future Conference on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the university. More than 400 Springfield public- and private-school students in grades 10 through 12 are scheduled to attend.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Western New England University

    15. Smith Vocational in Northampton gets grant for new turning machines

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      Smith Vocational in Northampton gets grant for new turning machines

      The horizon has expanded for Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School students in precision manufacturing jobs, thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The quasi-public center chose Smith out of a pool of 35 applicants for the $100,000 grant, which will be used to purchase two turning machines that can be used to manufacture precision products for industries such as medicine and aerospace, where the standards for parts and tools are high.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Northampton

    16. E Ink plans to expand into new markets in 2013

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      Peruvemba says the firm employs about 250 people in Massachusetts today, in Cambridge and South Hadley

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    17. Construction jobs down in Springfield, up in Boston

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      Construction jobs down in Springfield, up in Boston

      Springfield, Mass., which has among the highest unemployment rate in the Bay State, had the largest percentage drop in construction employment nationwide over the past year at 27 percent, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of U.S. Labor Department data.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    18. Construction at Walmart in Westfield headed toward fall completion

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      Construction at Walmart in Westfield headed toward fall completion

      The expansion will allow Walmart to establish additional sales areas, parking and access and a new loading dock. The chain will add an expanded grocery section to the store.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    19. Report: Chicopee, Hampden banks considering sale next year amid hedge fund pressure

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      Chicopee Bancorp, parent of Chicopee Savings Bank, and Springfield-based Hampden Bancorp, parent of Hampden Bank, are weighing sales amid pressure from an activist investor, “people with knowledge of the matter” told Bloomberg.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Chicopee Savings Bank

    20. Cliff Hanger | BusinessWest

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      Cliff Hanger | BusinessWest

      Karl Petrick, an assistant professor of Economics at Western New England University, agreed. He told BusinessWest that, to get the economy moving again, businesses need to hire more aggressively, and consumers need to open their wallets more liberally — two things that won’t happen if unemployment benefits are reduced, payroll tax cuts are eliminated, and other cliff-related measures come to pass.

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    21. Female Founders | BusinessWest

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      Female Founders | BusinessWest

      Although paths to entrepreneurship differ, the number of woman-owned businesses is on the rise. According to the American Express OPEN “State of Women-Owned Businesses” report, between 1997 and 2011 the number of women-owned firms increased by 50%, at a rate of 1.5 times the national average. And today, there are more than 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. that generate $1.2 trillion in sales each year.

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    22. West Springfield License Commission OKs Lyons Package Store liquor license transfer to Costco

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      West Springfield License Commission OKs Lyons Package Store liquor license transfer to Costco

      The License Commission has approved the transfer of the all-alcohol license held by Lyons Package Store Inc. to Costco Wholesale Inc., which will use it to sell spirits from an addition to its store in the Riverdale Street shopping center.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    23. Manhan River fish ladder project in Easthampton lures bids from 7 firms

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      Manhan River fish ladder project in Easthampton lures bids from 7 firms

      Mayor Michael A. Tautznik said officials will know more about the cost of the project once the bids are analyzed

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield   Michael A. Tautznik

    24. UMass computer engineer Aura Ganz gets $1.6 million grant for disaster management system

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      UMass computer engineer Aura Ganz gets $1.6 million grant for disaster management system

      The University of Massachusetts electrical and computer engineering professor has developed a system called DIORAMA I - Dynamic Information Collection and Resource Tracking System for Disaster Management. It can show who is injured and how severely at a disaster site and evacuate them at a 50 percent faster rate than current practice.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

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