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    1. Letterkenny officials see bright future for Massachusetts businesses with

      Letterkenny officials see bright future for Massachusetts businesses with

      Three economic development delegations have visited the university in the last year from Massachusetts with officials from across the state including the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council and State Senate President Therese Murray. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh credited the three recent trade missions as well as those in previous years with making the partnerships possible. "This is really about opportunitiy and building relationships," said Walsh while speaking before university and business officials. One of Walsh's traveling partners in Ireland, Boston Corporation Counsel Eugene O'Flaherty, made multiple trips to LYIT and County Donegal ...

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    2. State awards $7M for municipal cleantech projects

      State awards $7M for municipal cleantech projects

      This is the first round of project grants from the state Department of Energy Resources' $40 million initiative, which is aimed at paying for clean energy projects that can help communities keep or restore power after a major disruption in electrical service. The funding for these project grants, along with a previous round of technical assistance awards, comes from alternative compliance payments made by major electric utilities if they fall short of the state’s renewable energy or alternative energy procurement goals.

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    3. UMass Moves Up in Ranking of Public Universities

      UMass Moves Up in Ranking of Public Universities

      UMass Amherst now ranks among the nation’s top 30 public universities, moving up 10 spots during the past year in the 2015 Best Colleges guide released recently by U.S. News & World Report. There are more than 600 public, four-year colleges in the country, and U.S. News ranks the top 122. The Commonwealth’s flagship campus, led by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, earned its highest ranking ever in the prestigious national universities category. Since 2010, when UMass Amherst ranked 52nd among public schools, the university’s standing has steadily improved, reaching 40th last year before advancing to 30th for ...

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    4. Editorial: MassMutual's policies continue to win it distinction as an excellent place to work

      Editorial: MassMutual's policies continue to win it distinction as an excellent place to work

      “The MassMutual community is proud of the recognition that our women- and mother-friendly practices have consistently received from Working Mother,” said Deb Palermino, executive vice president of human resources at MassMutual. Anything companies can do to make their environments more hospitable to mothers (and fathers) who wish to work will help boost the earning power and financial stability of families. Offering on-site day care, flexible schedules and generous maternity leave policies allow mothers to re-enter or stay in the corporate work force where they might have been squeezed out by rigid policies. Some of these steps, admittedly, are expensive. Others ...

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    5. Freedom Credit Union wins state approval for Springfield expansion project - The Republican

      Freedom Credit Union wins state approval for Springfield expansion project - The Republican

      Freedom Credit Union's plans to create a $2.2 million consolidated back office operation in Springfield's North End  got a boost this week from a state economic development agency. The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council has approved a five-year Tax Increment Financing or TIF agreement valued at $90,100 first approved by the City of Springfield.

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    6. Charging stations for Tesla electric cars proposed for Riverdale Shops in West Springfield

      Charging stations for Tesla electric cars proposed for Riverdale Shops in West Springfield

      The town is considering a plan to add chargers for Tesla electric cars at the Riverdale Shops, giving drivers the chance to quickly "super charge" their vehicles on trips around the northeast. Assistant town planner Tara Gehring said the proposal serves two purposes. The first is to close a gap. The two nearest Supercharge stations, which Tesla says take 30 minutes to give the Model S enough power to drive 170 miles, are far away. By number of miles, the nearest stations are in Albany, N.Y., and Milford, Conn.

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    7. Governor: New UMass center in downtown Springfield provides bridge to success

      Governor: New UMass center in downtown Springfield provides bridge to success

      In the thoughts of Gov. Deval Patrick, and many others celebrating the opening of a new University of Massachusetts downtown center at Tower Square: mission accomplished. Patrick was among local, state and university officials who gathered at the 26,000-square-foot center on Wednesday to see the new facility, dubbed UMassCenter at Springfield, and celebrate its opening. The student interest in the new center, which opened on Sept. 2, has been higher than expected, officials said.

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    8. Springfield student-staffed branch of Freedom Credit Union opens at Putnam Academy | masslive.com

      Springfield student-staffed branch of Freedom Credit Union opens at Putnam Academy | masslive.com

      There was no shortage of credit being given out Tuesday as the Freedom Credit Union opened a new branch at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational and Technical Academy to be staffed by six student tellers.  Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Superintendent Daniel Warwick and others praised the partnership between Putnam and the Freedom Credit Union as a prime example of cooperation between business community and the vocational school.

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    9. Northampton Arts Council seeks appplications for grants

      Northampton Arts Council seeks appplications for grants

      The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15 deadline for applications from organizations for its fall round of arts grants funding. The grants are aimed at supporting artistic and cultural activities in the community, including exhibits, writings, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year ...

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    10. Chicopee Chambers plan ‘Table Top Expo’ trade show

      Chicopee Chambers plan ‘Table Top Expo’ trade show

      The business community, as well as the general public is invited to attend the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce multi-chamber trade show on Sept. 30 at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. The event is presented by the Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The “Table Top Expo” allows members the chance to showcase their service or product to other exhibitors as well as to the many business people and general public who will attend the show.

       

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    11. Gov. Deval Patrick among officials set to celebrate new University of Massachusetts center in downtown Springfield

      Gov. Deval Patrick among officials set to celebrate new University of Massachusetts center in downtown Springfield

      Gov. Deval Patrick will be among local and state officials gathering at the new University of Massachusetts downtown center at Tower Square on Wednesday, to celebrate its opening and to take part in tours. Tours for the public officials are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a speaking program at 11 a.m., at the site, located on the second floor of Tower Square, 1500 Main St. The UMass Center at Springfield occupies 26,000 square feet of space at Tower Square including classrooms, specialized nursing facilities, conference rooms, a computer lab and a reception area ...

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    12. Community Spotlight: South Hadley | BusinessWest

      Community Spotlight: South Hadley | BusinessWest

      Two years ago, South Hadley won a Communities by Design award from the American Institute of Architects, or AIA. In addition to the accolades, it earned town leaders a visit from a sustainable-design assessment team, which created a revitalization plan for the Falls section of town.  The committee that crafted the winning proposal is called the Rise of the Falls Facilitation Group, and part of its work involves implementing recommendations put forth in the report.  It has been updated with new ideas and adjustments, but the vision of a rebirth of the industrial neighborhood, which had fallen into a state ...

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    13. Big Picture | BusinessWest

      Big Picture | BusinessWest

      There’s an art and science to marketing commercial real estate. In some cases, lots of art.  Take 1350 Main Street, or One Financial Plaza, in downtown Springfield, which was recently branded the MassLive Building after its newest tenant, which is leasing 11,000 square feet of space and paying for the right to emblazon the tower with its logo. MassLive is among several companies and colleges that have recently forged deals at 1350 Main, drawn by its location, its noteworthy art galleries (more on that later), and what Evan Plotkin describes as a palpable “vibe” at the site.

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    14. Research by UMass scientist could lead to development of new antibiotics

      Research by UMass scientist could lead to development of new antibiotics

      Peter Chien, a biochemist at the University of Massachusetts, is part of a team of researchers that conducted a study that could be key to the development of new antibiotics.  The team’s discovery unveiled a major bacterial process that is crucial for bacterial growth, virulence and infection, according to a UMass press release. The research was completed in partnership with a team of University of California, Berkeley biochemists led by Kathleen Ryan. “There is a present human health need for the development of alternative antibiotics,” Chien said. “The mechanisms of the current ones are becoming less effective. There is ...

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    15. Pipeline constraints will force this Mass. utility to stop accepting new customers

      Pipeline constraints will force this Mass. utility to stop accepting new customers

      Like their counterparts at other utilities, Berkshire Gas executives are always looking for new customers. But Berkshire will soon be forced to turn them away, at least in the eastern half of its service territory. Spokesman Chris Farrell tells me Berkshire Gas expects to declare a moratorium on new customers for its Franklin County territory, primarily in and around Greenfield, by the end of the year. And then, by mid-2015, the United Illuminating subsidiary will have to do the same for its adjacent Hampshire County territory, where UMass Amherst is its biggest customer.

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    16. Allpax division of Guardair Corp. expands gasket cutting product line | masslive

      Allpax division of Guardair Corp. expands gasket cutting product line | masslive

      Allpax Gasket Cutter Systems, a division of Guardair Corp., has expanded its line of extension-style gasket cutters, replacement parts and accessories including Zimmerman “Spearhead” brand-compatible products, according to a news release..
      Allpax has broadened its extension-style gasket cutter line beyond traditional brass (heavy-duty) models and now offers cutters featuring aluminum (medium-duty), plastic (light-duty) and phenolic (compact) construction. All kits include new, non-slip, self-healing cutting boards. Punch offerings have expanded beyond hollow punches to include arch, power and dovetail types. Packing hooks are now available in 14 convenient sizes.

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    17. Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 20 National Awards | BusinessWest

      Of the select few long-term-care and senior-living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corp. for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, more than half of the Massachusetts winners are Berkshire Healthcare communities.  “We are very honored to award these exemplary locations of Berkshire Healthcare for their excellent quality of care, resident experiences, and staff engagement, as recognized by their customers and employees,” said Mary Oakes, vice president of Post-Acute at National Research. “Every day, Berkshire Healthcare is making a difference in the lives of residents and caregivers across all facets of the long-term-care and senior-living spectrum to ensure ...

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    18. Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

      hat is one of the queries on a 13-question survey Associated Industries of Massachusetts is taking around the Commonwealth, taking the temperature of employers as it develops an economic development platform called "Blueprint for the Next Century" John Regan, Associated Industries' executive vice president for government affairs, admits the name sounds a bit grandiose. It's a play on the state-wide business lobbying group's 100th anniversary in 2015. Associated Industries was founded in 2015 by manufacturers, including paper mills, mostly based in the western portion of the state who felt they needed a stronger unified voice when speaking to ...

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    19. Attain Therapy + Fitness Open for Business in Westfield

      Attain Therapy + Fitness announced the hiring of Michael Fall, who will act as the facility manager and treating physical therapist at the recently acquired facility at 65 Springfield Road in Westfield.  Fall has been practicing orthopedic physical therapy for more than 30 years. He has owned, built, and subsequently sold two private practices in Connecticut. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1983, a master’s degree in orthopedic physical therapy in 1992, and his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut in 2001. In 2013, he was accepted into the prestigious ...

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    20. Caring Health Center to Be Named Richard E. Neal Complex

      Caring Health Center to Be Named Richard E. Neal Complex

      Caring Health Center / Community Health Center (CHC), located at 1049 Main St., will be named the Richard E. Neal Complex at a dedication ceremony to be held on Monday, Sept. 22 at noon.  CHC was just beginning construction on its Main Street location when the building was ravaged by the June 2011 tornado, causing $1.2 million in damages. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has been instrumental in guiding fund-raising efforts, securing federal appropriations and grants to help CHC complete the project. “Congressman Neal has completely dedicated himself to this cause,” said Tania Barber, president and CEO of Caring Health ...

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    21. Holyoke City Council Finance Committee to consider borrowing $1.45 million to raze Essex House

      Holyoke City Council Finance Committee to consider borrowing $1.45 million to raze Essex House

      The City Council Finance Committee Friday (Sept. 19) will discuss whether to approve borrowing $1.45 million to pay for the demolition of the 134-year-old Essex House on High Street that the fire chief has said is unstable. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Reconsideration of the borrowing comes a week after business owners and others held a protest outside the building at 400 High St. to urge the council to approve the money to raze the structure. They said bricks have broken off and fallen onto nearby roofs and the protective fencing squaring off the ...

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    22. Westfield Redevelopment Authority will oversee downtown urban renewal effort

      Westfield Redevelopment Authority will oversee downtown urban renewal effort

      The City Council Thursday night approved the transfer of several downtown parcels to the Westfield Redevelopment Authority for future development. On a 10-3 vote the council authorized the WRA to oversee the consolidation of about six parcels located within the boundaries of Church, Arnold and Elm streets for a combination of public and private development. Included in the parcels is the former J.J. Newbury Department Store site that has remained vacant since a 1986 fire that destroyed the downtown landmark.

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    23. Taxes just one factor in Greater Springfield Area income inequality, local economists say

      Taxes just one factor in Greater Springfield Area income inequality, local economists say

      A Standard & Poor's study released Monday revealed a link between high income inequality and lower state tax revenues, which local economists say could even further widen the gap between the Greater Springfield Area's rich and the poor.But those who work to reduce that gap in the area stress that taxes are just one piece in an increasingly complex fiscal puzzle.

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    24. Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

      Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

      State, local and community dignitaries joined Westfield State University officials for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the $33 million science center that will change the landscape of Western Avenue. Interim President Elizabeth H. Preston told those gathered under a tent at the construction site on Thursday afternoon that the 54,000-square-foot building, scheduled for completion in August 2016, will not only serve as a state-of-the art educational facility, but its design will also enhance the surroundings.

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