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    1. Pochassic Street Bridge demolition begins in Westfield

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 16 2013)

      Pochassic Street Bridge demolition begins in Westfield

      Mayor Daniel M. Knapik said the Massachusetts Department of Transportation gave the contractor approval to work up until midnight Saturday on the demolition phase of the project, and City Engineer Mark S. Cressotti added that the work should be done by Sunday night.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    2. Yankee Candle Co. to be sold, according to Reuters report

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 15 2013)

      Yankee Candle Co. to be sold, according to Reuters report

      The private equity company that owns Yankee Candle Co. is preparing to sell it, the news service Reuters reported Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. The company was acquired by the Chicago-based buyout firm Madison Dearborn Partners for $1.6 billion in 2006.  Madison Dearborn is now working with Barclays and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on a sale process that is still in the early stages, according to the Reuters story.

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      Mentions:   Yankee Candle Co.   Yankee Candle, Inc.   Bank of America

    3. Fontaine Brothers of Springfield hired to build $8 million Chicopee Senior Center

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 14 2013)

      Fontaine Brothers of Springfield hired to build $8 million Chicopee Senior Center

      The city has hired the Springfield-based Fontaine Brothers to built the new senior center and expects to break ground on the building in early April.
      The full cost of the building, which will be built on the former Facemate factory property off West Main Street, will be $8.05 million, Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette said.

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      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. EDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Collaborate on Shared Service Center Initiative

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 14 2013)

      EDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Collaborate on Shared Service Center Initiative

      The EDC and state officials including Secretary of Housing
      and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, supported by Governor Deval Patrick,
      are touting western Mass advantages for Shared Service Centers, Call Centers
      and other back office space. The EDC organized a roundtable in Boston on March
      12 when Secretary Bialecki made his pitch to regional site selectors and
      brokers. We can present a general pitch or one tailored to a firm’s specific
      needs at your request. Senior public and private sector officials will be
      available to host any prospect.

      Our primary corporate targets are Financial Services firms,
      but our assets are ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Knowledge Corridor

    5. International Prospect Activity Increasing

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 14 2013)

      International Prospect Activity Increasing

      The EDC has maintained an international business development
      initiative focused on western Europe. We initially focused on inbound FDI and,
      while that remains a core objective, we are currently managing more requests
      for trans-Atlantic partnerships, joint ventures and contract manufacturing for
      the North America market. We sell the region’s companies and industry sectors
      as much as we sell the region as a strategic location. With risk sentiment
      still running high on both sides of the Atlantic, classic Greenfield FDI (and
      Greenfield investment inside the US, for that matter) is limited. But our
      pipeline has been filling with opportunistic European ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    6. The EDC on the Road

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 14 2013)

      The EDC on the Road

      EDC Senior VP Mike Graney will represent western
      Massachusetts at several conferences and trade shows during 2013. Please
      contact Mike at 413-755-1300 or m.graney@westernmassedc.com
      if you want to discuss our Shared Service Center initiative, international
      business development opportunities or any other interest in western
      Massachusetts. Of course, we are always pleased to host companies and consultants
      in Springfield, too.

      April 14-16                 Consultants Forum FDI               St. Louis

      April 22-25               BIO International Convention     Chicago

      May 13-15                  Plastics in Medical Devices        Boston (Waltham)

      June 17-21                 Paris Air Show

      September 23-26    Adva Med                                     Washington

      November 20-22     Medica                                          Düsseldorf

      December 2-4 ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    7. Springfield's North End celebrates $120,000 expansion of ShotSpotter audio surveillance system, successes of Safe Neighborhood Initiative

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 14 2013)

      Springfield's North End celebrates $120,000 expansion of ShotSpotter audio surveillance system, successes of Safe Neighborhood Initiative

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno praised the efforts of Jose L. Claudio and the New North Citizens’ Council, Inc. in spearheading the effort to fund the expansion. “This is part of our continued attack to get guns, gangs and drugs off the streets,” Sarno said. Claudio, community development and relations director for the council., thanked the organizations and businesses that have committed to fund the $120,000 annual cost of the system for three years. He said the outpouring is part of resurgence of community spirit in the North End.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Baystate Health   Springfield

    8. Friendly's changes Fribble recipe for a third time as part of menu redesign

      Explore bizjournals (Mar 14 2013)

      Friendly's changes Fribble recipe for a third time as part of menu redesign

      Maguire says he wants to make the change to hard ice cream improve the quality of the shake. By the end of May, he says the soft-serve machines will be removed from all of the 360 or so Friendly’s restaurants. (The company manufacturers its own hard ice cream.) By making the switch, Friendly’s can now offer Fribbles in any of its ice cream flavors (Maguire prefers black cherry).

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      Mentions:   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    9. Wave Corp. takes in $1M in private placement

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      Wave Corp. takes in $1M in private placement

      Last November the company reported $7 million in revenues for the three months ending in September, down 26 percent year-over-year and down 10 percent from the second quarter. The company blamed the decline on a $1.6 million decrease in OEM royalties versus the prior year period, and a $3.2 million decrease in OEM bundling revenue since the beginning of 2012.

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    10. Northampton Community Preservation Committee reviews applications for 2013 funding

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      Northampton Community Preservation Committee reviews applications for 2013 funding

      The Conservation Commission wants $300,000 for design and construction on the Greenway, which will eventually connected the Norwottuck Rail Trail with the old New Haven/Northampton Canal. The funding would pay for a bridge over the canal, which empties into the Connecticut River, and for boardwalks over wetlands in the area. The Board of Public Works is asking the commission for $194,500 to hire an architect to design renovations to the 1.138-acre Pulaski Park in the heart of downtown. The board believes the redesign will increase public use of the space.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    11. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick files $19 billion transportation bond bill

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 13 2013)

      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick files $19 billion transportation bond bill

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick Wednesday submitted a $19 billion transportation bond bill to authorize and fund road, bridge and rail projects over the next 10 years including money for overhauling the elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield. The bill also includes $300 million in so-called Chapter 90 grants for cities and towns to pave and repair roads, up from the current $200 million.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    12. Springfield bidding to host NCAA women's basketball tournament regional for 2014

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      Springfield bidding to host NCAA women's basketball tournament regional for 2014

      The MassMutual Center along with the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau have put in a bid to host an NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Regional in 2014, a move that could bring the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team here twice in a four-month span. A successful bid would bring three Division I college basketball events to the downtown area between December and April.

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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   MassMutual   MassMutual Center

    13. Second year of MAAC championships in Springfield a success, but not with local fans

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 13 2013)

      Second year of MAAC championships in Springfield a success, but not with local fans

      The MAAC signed a three-year contract with the MassMutual Center to host the tournament, an agreement that will be reviewed over the coming months. If the MAAC wants to return, and if the MassMutual Center and local organizers want to continue the partnership, the two sides will work out a deal by the end of the year.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    14. Yankee Candle owner follows 'Man Candles' success with a for-sale sign (report)

      Explore bizjournals (Mar 13 2013)

      Yankee Candle owner follows 'Man Candles' success with a for-sale sign (report)

      Madison Dearborn Partners acquired Yankee Candle Co. Inc. of Deerfield, Mass., in 2006 for $1.6 billion. The Chicago private equity buyout firm has hired Barclays and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to advise on a sale process still in the early stages, Reuters reports.

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      Mentions:   Yankee Candle Co.   Yankee Candle, Inc.   Bank of America

    15. Learning From a Distance | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 13 2013)

      Learning From a Distance | BusinessWest

      “Online education is a great idea, but traditional education is faced with the dilemma of having to meld the two types of learning. And schools like ours are offering more online courses because the market wants it,” said Christopher Hakala, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Western New England University.

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    16. The EDC and the Commonwealth Host Financial Services Roundtable

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 13 2013)

      The EDC worked with the Mass Office of Business Development
      to hone the value proposition for our region and Secretary Bialecki made a
      cogent presentation to the consultants yesterday. Boston and New York are our
      top target markets because we add the advantage of management proximity to our
      core upside of a productive workforce at substantial cost savings compared to
      those markets

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Springfield   Michael Graney

    17. Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council to unveil marketing campaign

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 13 2013)

      Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council to unveil marketing campaign

      Nearly 200 chamber members attended the event - the first ever to sell out - and heard reports from various chamber committees, including an update on the work of the brand-new regional chamber, the Hampshire County Regional Chamber.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce

    18. Westfield State University honors Dawn Carignan Thomas, John Davies, Lisa McMahon and Daniel Smith with Horace Mann Awards

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 13 2013)

      Westfield State University honors Dawn Carignan Thomas, John Davies, Lisa McMahon and Daniel Smith with Horace Mann Awards

      An audience of more than 300 people packed Westfield State's Scanlon Banquet Hall to honor and support the 2013 Horace Mann award winners: civic leader, education advocate and former university trustee Dawn Carignan Thomas; businessman, former trustee and current Westfield State Foundation board member John Davies; community volunteer and former executive director of the Westfield Business Improvement District Lisa McMahon; and educator, former director of the Westfield Housing Authority and Westfield State alum Daniel Smith.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Westfield

    19. Finding Answers | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 12 2013)

      Finding Answers | BusinessWest

      There remains a large and vibrant research component at the institute, as evidenced by the white board that dominates one wall in the office occupied by Dan Hodge, the recently named director of the agency’s Economic and Public Policy Research department.  It lists more than a dozen potential projects, or “opportunities,” as he called them, and several initiatives already underway, including a study on the growth potential of the manufacturing sector in the Berkshires, commissioned by the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corp., and another research project, undertaken for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, on retention of college graduates.

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    20. Community Profile: Holyoke | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 12 2013)

      Community Profile: Holyoke | BusinessWest

      If cultivating a vibrant city is equal parts art and science, Holyoke certainly has plenty of both.  The science ranges from the $165 million Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center that opened in November to a number of high-tech firms moving into former mill space along the canals, to the ‘green’ hydroelectric power harnessed by the Holyoke Dam on the Connecticut River.

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    21. Allis Mansion's redevelopment possibilities eyed by potential developers in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 11 2013)

      Allis Mansion's redevelopment possibilities eyed by potential developers in Springfield

      A half-dozen prospective developers toured the W.H. Allis Mansion Monday and offered guarded opinions on whether the 1870’s-vintage structure could be saved from the wrecking ball.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Sisters of Providence Health System

    22. MGM Resorts, Penn National say casino plans will boost entertainment, create traffic that can be managed in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 11 2013)

      MGM Resorts, Penn National say casino plans will boost entertainment, create traffic that can be managed in Springfield

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, among those in attendance, said the city is ultimately interested in the project that will be the “best deal” and strongest plan for the city, region and state.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Mohegan Sun   MassMutual Center

    23. New England farmers look to sell directly to consumers

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 11 2013)

      New England farmers look to sell directly to consumers

      Massachusetts statistics show that there are 7,700 farms in the state. Most are small, averaging just 68 acres in size. Just 1,700 of those farms were big enough to require any hired labor. The total cash receipts from all 7,700 farms totaled $489 million in 2011.  Linda M. Paquette, of Hampden, bought a plot of land in two years ago. She calls it Scantic River Farm and hopes to grow herbs and vegetables. But so far most of her income comes from selling fresh eggs. A nurse by profession, she grew up in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Greenfield

    24. Cambridge College opens in Tower Square in downtown Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 11 2013)

      Cambridge College opens in Tower Square in downtown Springfield

      Cambridge College is open in downtown’s Tower Square with 50 employees and faculty, a number that includes part-timers, and courses expected to draw as many as 300 students over the course of a year.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

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