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    1. Massachusetts military bases pump $14 billion into economy annually, UMass report says

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 26 2012)

      The report examines each of the six bases in terms of jobs, defense and homeland security contracts and economic impact. A larger report that focuses on defense and homeland security economic benefits to the six New England states, also done by the Donahue Institute and DTI, was released Monday showing a regional economic impact of $34 billion and 319,000 jobs.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee   Westfield

    2. US Rep. Richard Neal announces $1.6 million windfall for Springfield's Quadrangle-Matoon Street district

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      US Rep. Richard Neal announces $1.6 million windfall for Springfield's Quadrangle-Matoon Street district

      The funding will allow planting of trees, construction of new sidewalks, street resurfacing and installation of antique street lights on Edwards, Elliot and Spring streets, according to Neal, who said the latest allotment brings the total spent for improvements along the State Street corridor to $200 million.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    3. Report: New England businesses and institutions shared $34 billion in National Defense and Homeland Security contracts in 2011

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      Report: New England businesses and institutions shared $34 billion in National Defense and Homeland Security contracts in 2011

      The amounts represent an increase 83 percent since 2003 and are responsible for 319,000 jobs at more than 5,000 firms and institutions across New England. In Massachusetts, defense and security contracts support 130,000 jobs at about 2,500 businesses and institutions.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee   Westfield

    4. Decision on $6.3 million grant for West Springfield Public Library expected by July 12

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      Decision on $6.3 million grant for West Springfield Public Library expected by July 12

      The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is expected to decide by its July 12 meeting whether it will allow local officials to switch the location of a library building project for which it has awarded the city $6.3 million.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    5. Come and Play: Gaming Guru George Burtch of Hasbro Talks Toys | masslive.com

      Explore Massachusetts Blogs (Jun 25 2012)

      Come and Play: Gaming Guru George Burtch of Hasbro Talks Toys | masslive.com

      What kind of impact are video games and apps having on the gaming industry at large? On Wednesday, June 27, Vice President of Global Integration for Hasbro Games George Burtch will answer this question and many more in a discussion about the business of fun.

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      Mentions:   George Burtch   Hasbro, Inc.

    6. Click Workspace Inc. of Northampton aims to aid business startups through incubator space

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      Click Workspace Inc. of Northampton aims to aid business startups through incubator space

      The incubator will bring startups and established companies together under one roof, said Ali Usman, the lead person on the project, and will be a catalyst for economic development. Usman co-founded a similar incubator in Denver with his brother.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Springfield   Northampton

    7. Valley Press Club awards annual scholarships to six

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 23 2012)

      Valley Press Club awards annual scholarships to six

      The keynote speaker at the banquet was Wayne Phaneuf, executive editor at The Republican and longtime journalist, who spoke about the lightning speed with which news is disseminated in the current climate and the menu of skills new journalists must bring to bear.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   West Springfield   Springfield

    8. Uptick in orders for small manufacturers could be sign of big turnaround in economy

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 23 2012)

      Uptick in orders for small manufacturers could be sign of big turnaround in economy

      This small manufacturer machinery boom may seem at odds with an economy that is suffering from slow job growth following the worst recession many can remember. But the increase in demand for gear that businesses use to make a variety of machines, parts, tools and devices is a sign that companies are more confident and are willing to spend. They’re also getting loans from banks to buy the equipment – evidence that lenders are feeling more secure.

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      Mentions:   Boeing   Springfield

    9. Flo Design Sonics Wins MIIP Funding

      Explore From the EDC (Jun 22 2012)

      Flo Design Sonics Wins MIIP Funding

      Governor Deval Patrick led a Massachusetts delegation toIsrael last year. One tangible result of his mission was the MassachusettsIsrael Innovation Partnership (“MIIP”), a collaboration between the IsraeliChief Scientist’s Office and three Massachusetts agencies to provide funding tosupport technology business partnerships between firms in both places. OnTuesday at the BIO convention in Boston, Governor Patrick announced the firstfour winners of the MIIP funding. One of them was Flo Design Sonics ofWilbraham, whose collaboration with TransBiodiesel Ltd. will develop viablepathways to a $3 per gallon drop-in algal biodiesel.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    10. West Springfield dedicates Thomas A. Lagodich Riverfront Park Canoe and Kayak Launch along Connecticut River

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 22 2012)

      West Springfield dedicates Thomas A. Lagodich Riverfront Park Canoe and Kayak Launch along Connecticut River

      The Thomas A. Lagodich Riverfront Park Canoe and Kayak Launch off Riverdale Street was baptized twice Thursday in simmering summer heat. First, a sign was unveiled near Riverdale Street welcoming people to the attraction. After that, officials inaugurated the launch along the Connecticut River by sending out two crews paddling the aluminum canoe the late, beloved building commissioner used in the area.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    11. Greenfield car delearships to get new building, add jobs

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      Greenfield car delearships to get new building, add jobs

      Ford and Toyota of Greenfield is planning to replace its current one-story brick building with a structure twice the size by the end of next year, The Recorder reports. The new building's size is expected to be between 33,000 and 35,000 square feet, with 22,000 square feet dedicated for parts and service.The current building totals about 17,000 square feet.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   The Republican

    12. Holyoke's Community Field reopens after year-long, $3.1 million renovation

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      Holyoke's Community Field reopens after year-long, $3.1 million renovation

      After a $3.1 million renovation, Community Field will reopen Saturday with a ceremony that will include police and firefighters playing volleyball.  A ribbon-cutting will take place at the park off Cherry Street at 12:30 p.m.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Basketball Hall of Fame   The Republican

    13. Massachusetts debuts tax credit for market-rate housing - Boston Business Journal

      Explore bizjournals (Jun 21 2012)

      “This new program will expand housing opportunities in our Gateway Cities,” said Aaron Gornstein, undersecretary of the Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD). “We look forward to working with mayors, city leaders and the development community.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    14. Holyoke skateboarders discuss sites for park at hearing on $250,000 plan

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 20 2012)

      Holyoke skateboarders discuss sites for park at hearing on $250,000 plan

      Mayor Alex B. Morse has designated $250,000 of the city’s share of the federal Community Development Block Grant for a skateboard park.  Donald R. Welch, a police officer and former city councilor, said Pulaski Park is near his home and he takes his grandchildren there. A concern is drug users like the seclusion there and police have to make numerous drug arrests. The Lawrence School is an easier-to-access location, he said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    15. Peter, Paul Picknelly in negotiations to develop casinos in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 20 2012)

      Peter, Paul Picknelly in negotiations to develop casinos in Springfield

      Kevin E. Kennedy, the chief development officer for the city of Springfield, said he has met separately with each of the Picknelly brothers to discuss possible casinos for the city's downtown, but Kennedy said his job right now is to just to listen to proposals.

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   Palmer   Springfield City Council

    16. Close proximity: A vision for the Valley: Smart planning

      Explore GazetteNET (Jun 20 2012)

      It goes on to describe a goal of "mutual consistency" among the master plans of neighboring towns and to offer a system of review of local planning coupled with recommendations for adjustment and the tools and resources to accomplish them. (Amherst is already tapping into this support in the form of PVPC assistance in crafting a Transfer of Development Rights bylaw that would help protect undeveloped outlying areas by trading building permits to denser areas.) When member towns commit to this process, they naturally bring zoning and development into line with anti-sprawl objectives across town borders.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Amherst

    17. For North Carolina artist Patrick T. Dougherty, massive sculpture in caddywompus style at Springfield's Quadrangle is 'stick-y' business

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 20 2012)

      For North Carolina artist Patrick T. Dougherty, massive sculpture in caddywompus style at Springfield's Quadrangle is 'stick-y' business

      Construction on his 238th massive sculpture continues at the Quadrangle grounds through Friday. It will remain on display for a year, erected in the area where the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden – and its Lorax character which “speak(s) for the trees” – is located.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   MassMutual   Springfield

    18. Massachusetts Senate approves bailout for MBTA, rejects control board | masslive

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      Massachusetts Senate approves bailout for MBTA, rejects control board | masslive

      The Pioneer Valley authority provides fixed-route bus service and paratransit service to 24 communities, including Amherst, Chicopee, Holyoke, Northampton, Palmer, Springfield and Westfield. The service is used by elderly people, college students, the disabled and people without cars.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Amherst

    19. Final $17 million for Union Station means rehabilitation can move forward on new train, bus station in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 19 2012)

      Final $17 million for Union Station means rehabilitation can move forward on new train, bus station in Springfield

      Construction on those rail lines in Massachusetts will begin in July, said Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Rail work should be done by 2014. The state is also studying future improvements to the east-west Boston-Worcester- Springfield rail corridor.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    20. MGM Resorts, Ameristar casino companies among new sponsors of Springfield's Fourth of July fireworks

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      MGM Resorts, Ameristar casino companies among new sponsors of Springfield's Fourth of July fireworks

      During a press conference Tuesday at the park, Spirit of Springfield presented details of the July 4 event, which is known as “Star Spangled Springfield.” MassMutual Financial Group returns as the lead sponsor.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   The Republican

    21. Dedication of Westfield Great River Bridges will kick off days of city-wide celebration

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 19 2012)

      Dedication of Westfield Great River Bridges will kick off days of city-wide celebration

      The official dedication of the $80 million Great River Bridges June 29 will kick off several days of celebrations and activities designed to bring people to the Depot Square and downtown sections of the city.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield State University   Westfield

    22. 'Man Candles' sales take off for Yankee - Boston Business Journal

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      'Man Candles' sales take off for Yankee - Boston Business Journal

      Yankee Candle Company's new line of "Man Candles" includes scents like "riding mower," "2 x 4," "First Down," and "Man Town." It's a departure from the typical scented candle offering, but Yankee says Man Candles are selling well.

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      Mentions:   Yankee Candle, Inc.

    23. Raising Their Game | BusinessWest

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      Raising Their Game | BusinessWest

      The current visitorship, less than half those original estimates, provides revenues totaling roughly 20% of the Hall’s annual budget, much less than originally projected, said Doleva, adding that this simple math, combined with the albatross-like mortgage and construction costs that were $1 million over budget, has left the Hall in need of solid revenue sources. It has found one in a growing number of events staged at its various facilities, which include Center Court, an auditorium, and several meeting facilities. They now book 175 to 200 events annually.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    24. View Finders | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 19 2012)

      View Finders | BusinessWest

      Walk inside the Westfield headquarters of Instrument Technology Inc., and the first thing you’ll notice is the totem pole. It’s kind of hard to miss, rising dramatically up two levels of the front atrium.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

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