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    1. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno appoints Kevin Kennedy, aide to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, as the city's new chief development officer

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 19 2011)

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno appoints Kevin Kennedy, aide to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, as the city's new chief development officer Mayor Domenic J. Sarno on Monday announced the appointment of Kevin E. Kennedy, who serves is an aide to U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, as the city’s new chief development officer. Kennedy, 59, of 54 South Shore Drive, will oversee the city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, and serve as the city’s top economic development official. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    2. Springfield's Smith & Wesson completes move, takes aim at future

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      Springfield's Smith & Wesson completes move, takes aim at future Back in 2001, Smith & Wesson had 600 employees in Springfield. Today, Smith & Wesson has 1,200 employees in Springfield and growing, Debney said. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. reported net sales of $92.2 million during the three months ending at the end of October, up 10.5 percent from the $83.5 million in net sales recorded during the same period in 2010. Sales were strong across all nearly all firearm products but were offset by a decline in hunting firearm sales, the company said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Coca-Cola

    3. Western New England University students showcase innovation

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 19 2011)

      Western New England University students showcase innovation For some of the students in the Product Innovation and Development class at Western New England University, inspiration came on the football field. For others it came on the factory floor of Lenox American Saw East Longmeadow or on a school-sponsored trip to hospitals in Guatemala. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   The Republican

    4. United Way of Pioneer Valley looks at financial literacy

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      United Way of Pioneer Valley looks at financial literacy The United Way is beginning a new focus on financial education in hopes of developing area families not only maximize their income through workforce development and job-training programs but make the best use of the income they have, said Dora D. Robinson, president and CEO of the United Way of Pioneer Valley. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    5. Mayor Sarno, Congressman Neal to hold economic development press conference in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 18 2011)

      Mayor Sarno, Congressman Neal to hold economic development press conference in Springfield During the campaign, Sarno highlighted economic revitalization efforts already underway, including the creation of DevelopSpringfield, the city’s nonprofit economic development corporation. The organization has been "giving out loans and grants up the Main Street Corridor and State Street Corridor" to help spur economic growth, Sarno said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    6. Massachusetts could see up to $50 million boost in early childhood education funding through federal 'Race to the Top' program

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 16 2011)

      Massachusetts could see up to $50 million boost in early childhood education funding through federal 'Race to the Top' program Early education in Massachusetts is poised for up to a $50 million boost from a grant from the White House targeting this state among nine that earned federal funding through a competitive “Race to the Top” early learning challenge fund. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   The Republican

    7. Editorial: Ludlow mills gets a new lease on life

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      Editorial: Ludlow mills gets a new lease on life On Tuesday, Richard Sullivan Jr., Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, stood inside the cavernous Mill 10 to announce a senior housing project. WinnDevelopment, which recently rehabilitated Longhill Gardens in Springfield, is renovating the building into a $20 million, 83-unit apartment complex (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   United Bank

    8. Pioneer Valley officials lobby state for transportation, highway funds

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 16 2011)

      Pioneer Valley officials lobby state for transportation, highway funds PVPC executive director Timothy W. Brennan called for more revenue to help address nearly $1.2 billion in area highway projects in backlog since 2002 and another $279 million in regional transit projects. Highway projects include a $358 million estimate to replace the Interstate 91 viaduct in Springfield. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   The Republican

    9. Eastern States Exposition president Wayne McCary announces retirement

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      Eastern States Exposition president Wayne McCary announces retirement G. Wayne E. McCary is retiring as president of the Eastern Sates Exposition. His retirement will be effective June 26, 2012. Eugene J. Cassidy of Longmeadow, will succeed him. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    10. Rebuild Springfield committee hears from public on plan to restore South End following June 1 tornado

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 15 2011)

      Rebuild Springfield committee hears from public on plan to restore South End following June 1 tornado State officials Thursday announced the release of $14 million in state relief funds to the city and several surrounding communities to assist with tornado rebuilding efforts. Springfield is due to receive $8.7 million, Monson $1.8 million and Wilbraham $1.7 million. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    11. Springfield's Big Y Foods Inc. buys 2 Louis & Clark locations

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 15 2011)

      Springfield's Big Y Foods Inc. buys 2 Louis & Clark locations Louis & Clark Drug Stores has sold its two pharmacies at 471 Breckwood Drive in Springfield and 459 Main St., Wilbraham to Big Y Foods Inc. so the pharmacy can concentrate on its medical equipment, custom compounding and specialty pharmacy businesses. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   Northampton

    12. Northampton Community and Economic Development Coordinator Teri Anderson to leave post for private sector

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 14 2011)

      Northampton Community and Economic Development Coordinator Teri Anderson to leave post for private sector Anderson became Northampton’s first economic development director 11 years ago after Mayor Mary Clare Higgins created the post. In her role with the city, Anderson has had a hand in virtually every major economic development project. Among the most important of these that she cited are the redevelopment of the former Northampton State Hospital into Village Hill, the ongoing redevelopment of the Three County Fairground and the conversion of James House on Gothic Street into an adult learning center. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke   The Republican

    13. UMass officials to discuss campus master plan draft with Amherst community Thursday night

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      UMass officials to discuss campus master plan draft with Amherst community Thursday night Sometime within the next 50 years, the University of Massachusetts campus will likely have buildings congregated in a cluster near the campus pond, consolidated parking in five garages and safer, streamlined roads abutting the campus. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    14. City's development director goes regional

      Explore GazetteNET (Dec 13 2011)

      Teri A. Anderson, the city's first-ever economic development coordinator, is leaving for a new job with a regional economic development agency after more than a decade of spearheading projects from City Hall. Feb. 1, Anderson will take the newly created position of business development director at Common Capital, an agency formerly known as the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Common Capital   Northampton   Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce

    15. At the White House, Holyoke Mayor-elect Alex Morse invites President and Mrs. Obama to visit Paper City

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 13 2011)

      At the White House, Holyoke Mayor-elect Alex Morse invites President and Mrs. Obama to visit Paper City Morse was in Washington, D.C. after having been invited to the White House thanks to, at 22, being elected one of the youngest mayors in state history on Election Day Nov. 8. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    16. Ludlow Mills complex proposed for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, new senior apartments

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 13 2011)

      Ludlow Mills complex proposed for HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, new senior apartments Kenneth W. Delude, president of Westmass Area Development Corp. said Tuesday that Westmass has finalized the purchase of Ludlow Mills from the Fastenberg family of New York City for about $7 million financed through a consortium of banks: PeoplesBank, Chicopee Savings, Hampden Bank, United Bank, Nuvo Bank and Trust Co., and First Niagara. Westmass has already received a $1.5 million grant from the state. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   United Bank

    17. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issue $200,000 grant for Springfield job creation

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 13 2011)

      Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issue $200,000 grant for Springfield job creation Partners for a Healthier Community is the lead agency with the University of Massachusetts of Amherst in the two-year collaborative. The initiative is shaped after a similar successful program in Cleveland called Evergreen Cooperatives, said Fred Rose, a consultant from the University of Massachusetts Center for Public Policy and Administration. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    18. UMass dean Stephen Crosby named by Gov. Deval Patrick to chair Gaming Commission

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 13 2011)

      UMass dean Stephen Crosby named by Gov. Deval Patrick to chair Gaming Commission Gov. Deval L. Patrick today introduced Stephen Crosby, a former leading aide for two Republican governors, as the chairman of the fledgling Massachusetts Gaming Commission. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee

    19. Northampton's Kollmorgen sold

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 13 2011)

      Northampton's Kollmorgen sold Defense contractor L-3 communications has bought Kollmorgen Electro-Optical from Danaher Corp. for $210 million. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican   Kollmorgen

    20. Smith & Wesson reports positive quarter

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 13 2011)

      Smith & Wesson reports positive quarter The good news didn’t count 159-year-old Smith & Wesson’s share of what was a record-setting Black Friday for the firearms business this year. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed an all-time high of 129,166 background checks for gun buyers on the Friday after Thanksgiving, marking an 88 percent increase over the number of background checks performed on Black Friday 2010. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield   The Republican

    21. HealthSouth to relocate to Ludlow Mills as part of $70 million project

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      HealthSouth to relocate to Ludlow Mills as part of $70 million project HealthSouth plans to relocate its rehabilitation hospital to the Ludlow Mills property as part of a $70 million rejuvenation of the industrial complex. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   The Republican   HealthSouth   Ludlow Mills

    22. Springfield City Council approves sale of half-acre section of Hubbard Park for $280,000 for UniFirst Corp. parking lot expansion

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 12 2011)

      Springfield City Council approves sale of half-acre section of Hubbard Park for $280,000 for UniFirst Corp. parking lot expansion Paul E. Caron, a former state legislator and a community liaison for UniFirst, said the company is very pleased with the land agreement, believing it benefits both the company and city. The agreement will also result in the planting of at least 80 saplings to replace the loss of trees from the parking expansion. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield City Council   Springfield   Solutia Inc.

    23. Holyoke officials urged to cut business taxes and pursue revenue from tax-exempt groups

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 12 2011)

      Holyoke officials urged to cut business taxes and pursue revenue from tax-exempt groups Lowering business taxes, cutting the city budget and seeking revenue from tax-exempt entities were among ideas at a Board of Assessors public hearing Monday. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    24. UMass offering grants to professors to help them save students money on textbooks

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 12 2011)

      The Open Education Initiative launched by the provost’s office and the libraries this past spring, provided 10, $1,000 grants to faculty to help them find ways to bring course material to class using any Open Educational Resources and proprietary library resources. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Westfield

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