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    1. Western Massachusetts Broadband Expansion Moves Forward along with State ...

      Explore publicbroadcasting.net (Jun 6 2011)

      The Massachusetts Broadband Institute, or MBI, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, is currently in the process of constructing the MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic network; approximately 1,100 miles of cable connecting over 300,000 residents and over 40,000 businesses in 123 communities. Jason Whittet is deputy director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    2. Springfield considering 2 proposals for reuse of former Visitor Information Center

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 4 2011)

      Springfield considering 2 proposals for reuse of former Visitor Information Center The city, after failing to find a business tenant two years ago for the vacant, former Visitor Information Center building on West Columbus Avenue, is now considering two competing proposals for reuse of the site. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   The Republican

    3. Editorial: Could manufacturing be king here again?

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 3 2011)

      Editorial: Could manufacturing be king here again? Geographically, Springfield-Holyoke has a competitive advantage over the Sun Belt in shipping to the Northeast’s mega-markets. Also, it already hosts a cadre of growing companies which manufacture high-end precision products with high-skilled and high-paid workers. Furthermore, those companies are supported by an excellent infrastructure that also could serve mass manufacturers that need low labor costs to be competitive. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Liberty Mutual   Springfield   Holyoke

    4. Tornado relief: Chambers of commerce asked to compile impacted businesses

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 3 2011)

      Tornado relief: Chambers of commerce asked to compile impacted businesses Allan W. Blair, president of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, estimated that at least 30 businesses were destroyed in Springfield’s South End alone. The neighborhood, like the hard-hit Merrick neighborhood in West Springfield, was home to older buildings long subdivided into offices and small shops. “A lot of professionals, insurance sales, architects, consultants,” Blair said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Allan W. Blair

    5. Reading for fun gets a boost

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 3 2011)

      Reading for fun gets a boost In addition, the club purchased books from Olander Worthy, owner of “Read for Gold: Personalized Books and CDs,” for Lisa Longpre's third-grade class to help encourage this age group to journey forward as readers. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield   The Republican

    6. Massachusetts tornado relief: Gov. Deval Patrick announces storm assistance centers

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 3 2011)

      Massachusetts tornado relief: Gov. Deval Patrick announces storm assistance centers "Our homeowners and business owners are the backbone of our communities and we are committed to connecting them with the resources that are available so they can rebuild," said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. "These centers will offer guidance on a wide array of assistance, from Small Business Administration funding to business relocation and reopening tools to tips on how to file insurance claims. We stand behind all of the people whose lives and livelihoods have been uprooted and we will not rest until everyone is back on their feet." (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer   Springfield

    7. Festival celebrates art of illustration

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 3 2011)

      Festival celebrates art of illustration The festival will feature the works of members of the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild and include art activities, demonstrations and book signings by nine area illustrators of popular children’s books. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst   The Republican

    8. Basketball Hall of Fame escapes damage from Springfield tornado

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 2 2011)

      Basketball Hall of Fame escapes damage from Springfield tornado The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame did not sustain any damage in the tornado that ripped through downtown Springfield, museum officials said. That good luck came despite the path of the twister tracking within a mile of the facility as it crossed the Connecticut River near the North End Bridge connecting West Springfield and Springfield. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    9. Government Offers Resources for Businesses Affected by Tornadoes

      Explore AIM Business Insider (Jun 2 2011)

      Government Offers Resources for Businesses Affected by Tornadoes The federal government offers a variety of resources to companies harmed by tornadoes - ranging from disaster assistance loans to tax relief to guidance on managing employees following a disaster. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans are available for physical damage, economic injury and inventory replacement. A complete list of government resources for employers may be found at: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/disasterinformation/your-business-farm.shtm Specific information about SBA loans may be found at: http://www.fema.gov/assistance/process/sba_assistance.shtm (Read Full Article)

    10. Green power

      Explore Ow.ly (Jun 2 2011)

      Green power Douglas A. Bowen, chief executive, PeoplesBank There are times when the people who drive change in an organization are those with the deepest roots. (Read Full Article)

    11. Springfield insurance giant donates $100G to tornado aid

      Explore Home - BostonHerald.com (Jun 2 2011)

      “Our sincerest thoughts and sympathies are with those who were impacted by this devastating event,” MassMutual chief Roger Crandall said in a statement. “We hope that these funds and efforts from our volunteers will help bring comfort and security to those who have been impacted, including our own employees and financial professionals who call this region home." (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    12. In wake of tornadoes, local crews receiving a hand from state and federal agencies

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 2 2011)

      In wake of tornadoes, local crews receiving a hand from state and federal agencies At a press conference held at the city's Emergency Preparedness Center on Carew Street Wednesday evening, local officials were joined by Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. John Kerry, who both assured Western Massachusetts that help in on the streets and more is on the way. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   John Kerry

    13. Amarantus BioSciences Announces Partnership Agreement With Generex Biotechnology

      Explore Marketwire (Jun 1 2011)

      Amarantus BioSciences Announces Partnership Agreement With Generex Biotechnology Amarantus BioSciences, Inc. ("Amarantus"), a biotechnology company developing first-in-class, disease-modifying treatments that address an underlying cause of cell death known as apoptosis, today announced a licensing agreement under which Amarantus will in-license Generex Biotechnology, Inc.'s ("Generex") drug delivery technologies in all therapeutic areas, excluding diabetes mellitus, where Generex and Amarantus will pursue a joint research collaboration. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute

    14. Bradley flying without route-development pilot | Hartford Business

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (May 31 2011)

      The long vacancies between hires at key positions is a main reason Gov. Dannel Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly are trying to create an independent airport authority to oversee all the state's airports. The new authority will have the ability to hire key positions and make important decisions without having to run back to DOT for approval. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Dannel Malloy

    15. Just Ask: What is purpose of the poles being stockpiled at Westover Industrial Park?

      Explore masslive.com (May 31 2011)

      That lot, owned by the Westover Metropolitan Development Corp., is being leased by Northeast Utilities to be used as a lay down or storage area for supplies for the Springfield Reliability Project, that began this spring. The project will upgrade 39 miles of high voltage transmission lines in Greater Springfield that are considered a weak link in the Northeast Utilities system. The project will run from Ludlow to Bloomfield, Conn, said Frank J. Poirot, Northeast Utilities spokesman, the parent company for Western New England Electric Co. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Chicopee

    16. General Dynamics exceeds Mass. hiring goals - Mass High Tech Business News

      Explore masshightech.com (May 31 2011)

      General Dynamics exceeds Mass. hiring goals - Mass High Tech Business News General Dynamics currently employs 1,100 in Pittsfield, according to the announcement from Patrick’s office. More than half of the new employees have been hired from inside Berkshire County, with the other half split between Massachusetts and outside of Massachusetts, General Dynamics said in the announcement. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Raytheon   General Dynamics

    17. Amherst officials want Chancellor Robert C. Holub to remain in the position

      Explore masslive.com (May 30 2011)

      Amherst officials want Chancellor Robert C. Holub to remain in the position In a letter to UMass President Jack M. Wilson, Amherst Area Chamber Executive Director Tony Maroulis wrote: “On behalf of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors representing the Chamber’s 600 businesses in Amherst, Hadley, and 8 surrounding towns, I am writing to urge you to retain Dr. Robert Holub as Chancellor. He wrote that Holub “has been a great friend to the town and the business community,” noting that Holub received the chamber’s “2011 A+ Award, recognizing exceptional community achievements. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health

    18. Local high school students participate in State House contest on financial literacy sponsored by Massachusetts Bankers Association

      Explore masslive.com (May 29 2011)

      Local high school students participate in State House contest on financial literacy sponsored by Massachusetts Bankers Association The Statehouse event, sponsored by the Massachusetts Bankers Association and five banks including PeoplesBank of Holyoke, was also held in support of bills that would mandate the teaching of personal finance within the math curriculum for students from kindergarten to grade 12. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    19. Union Station project gets $75 million

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (May 29 2011)

      Union Station project gets $75 million It's been a long time in the works but now $75 million in federal and state funds will go into overhauling Springfield's Union Station in an effort to bring high speed rail to the area. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. Development following New England high-speed rail

      Explore masslive.com (May 28 2011)

      Development following New England high-speed rail "It's not just about the train service," said Timothy Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in Springfield, Mass. "It's how train service becomes a catalyst for development. There are areas that can stand revitalization." (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield   Timothy W. Brennan

    21. Sen. Scott Brown swings through Western Massachusetts, calls for less politicking, more job creation

      Explore masslive.com (May 27 2011)

      Sen. Scott Brown swings through Western Massachusetts, calls for less politicking, more job creation “Jobs, jobs, jobs,” Brown told the crowd of 125 gathered at the Country Club of Wilbraham. “That’s why you are here, to meet up with people, try and network and grow your businesses.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Berkshire Bank   Springfield   Chicopee

    22. Holyoke library project gets $200,000 from PeoplesBank, with President Douglas Bowen calling library catalyst

      Explore masslive.com (May 27 2011)

      Holyoke library project gets $200,000 from PeoplesBank, with President Douglas Bowen calling library catalyst “The library project is an initiative that will be a catalyst for community development on so many fronts – economic, social, educational,” Douglas A. Bowen, PeoplesBank President and CEO, said in a press release Thursday. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican   Douglas A Bowen

    23. A manufacturing revival: For some high-tech companies, making products in Massachusetts is making more sense | Boston Business Journal

      Explore bizjournals (May 27 2011)

      But high-tech products don’t entirely explain the resilience of the state’s manufacturing sector, said Jack Healy, director of the nonprofit Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which assists small manufacturers with improving operations. Low-tech products are also being made here competitively thanks to what are known as “lean” or “advanced” manufacturing approaches, he said. (Read Full Article)

    24. Japan Airlines sets Hub-Tokyo service - The Boston Globe

      Explore Boston.com (May 27 2011)

      “Our counterparts in Tokyo understand the value of a direct flight that will connect them to our growing health care, biotechnology, telecommunications, and advance technologies industries, and to our prestigious colleges and research universities,’’ Governor Deval Patrick said yesterday in a statement. “This is an invaluable economic partnership for the Commonwealth, and we look forward to the increased tourism, commerce, and economic development with Japan that it will bring.’’ (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massport   Boeing

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