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    1. UMass hoping to save nearly $50 million in electricity costs over next 2 to 3 decades

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      UMass hoping to save nearly $50 million in electricity costs over next 2 to 3 decades

      The University of Massachusetts system is hoping to save $50 million in electric costs over the next two to three decades serving as hosts to companies building solar photovoltaic projects in the state. UMass Wednesday announced a new partnership with the Net Excess Generation Credit program offered by the commonwealth of Massachusetts that makes the arrangement viable.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Robert Caret

    2. Students from Massachusetts colleges promote STEM fields to high school students in Springfield

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      Students from Massachusetts colleges promote STEM fields to high school students in Springfield

      Students from Massachusetts community colleges, state universities and the University of Massachusetts are at Springfield’s Central High School today to promote science, technology, engineering and math -- the "STEM" fields -- to students from three of the city’s high schools.  The new effort to promote STEM majors and career training opportunities is part of the statewide “Go Public!” campaign to highlight academic excellence at the state’s 29 public campuses.  Six student speakers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Westfield State University as well as Springfield Tech, Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges are speaking this ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University

    3. Western New England University students get real-time stock trading facility thanks to generosity of Springfield couple. | masslive

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      Western New England University students get real-time stock trading facility thanks to generosity of Springfield couple. | masslive

      The room has banks of computers and projection equipment as well as a stock-market zipper display along the wall. Of particular benefit, said assistant professor of finance Bryan P. Schmutz, is the room's new Bloomberg terminal. The terminal allows Western New England students to get 'Bloomberg Certified' and aid in their eventual job search.  'We want to teach most of our finance classes here,' Schmutz said. 'I know a lot of students want to get on the Bloomberg terminal.'

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. UMass professor Lisa Chasan-Taber receives $3.2 million in federal grants

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      UMass professor Lisa Chasan-Taber receives $3.2 million in federal grants

      University of Massachusetts professor Lisa E. Chasan-Taber has received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases to use individual coaching and support to help Hispanic women avoid obesity during pregnancy and to develop a healthy, active lifestyle. This is the fourth multimillion-dollar grant the epidemiology professor has received from these agencies to work with Hispanic women, totaling more than $10 million.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    5. Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni nominated for federal judgeship by President Barack Obama

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      Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni nominated for federal judgeship by President Barack Obama

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick will appoint an interim Hampden district attorney upon Mastroianni's potential confirmation by the U.S. Senate, who will sit until the next election in 2014. Mastroianni, who has been vetted by the American Bar Association and FBI, must appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee and be confirmed by the full U.S. Senate.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   John Kerry   Springfield

    6. Springfield Technical Community College wins grant to boost performance of Latino students; colleges in Holyoke, Greenfield and Pittsfield receive funds also

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      Springfield Technical Community College wins grant to boost performance of Latino students; colleges in Holyoke, Greenfield and Pittsfield receive funds also

      Springfield Technical Community College has received $122,099 state grant to develop strategies for improving the academic performance of Hispanic students, while community colleges in Greenfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield will share in $239,334 grant to improve learning in science, technology and math. The money for the two-year Springfield college was among $7.5 million in competitive grants awarded by the state Department of Higher Education on Monday to encourage innovation and improve graduation rates and other aspects of student performance at the state's 29 community college, state university and University of Massachusetts campuses.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    7. Western Massachusetts Electric Co., National Grid seek to buy wind power as part of 565-megawatt, green-energy deal | masslive

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      Western Massachusetts Electric Co., National Grid seek to buy wind power as part of 565-megawatt, green-energy deal | masslive

      The deals, announced Monday by the state of Massachusetts, involve the purchase of 565 megawatts of wind energy by four utilities including Western Massachusetts Electric Co. and National Grid, enough to power about 170,000 homes, at an average weighted price of just less than 8 cents a kilowatt hour.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    8. Willimansett Bridge construction halted as contractor Pihl Inc. files for bankruptcy | masslive.com

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      Willimansett Bridge construction halted as contractor Pihl Inc. files for bankruptcy | masslive.com

      Chicopee and Holyoke officials said they are working with the state to ensure the reconstruction of the Willimansett Bridge does not stall for long.  Work on the project stopped last Monday after the contractors, Pihl Inc., of Denmark, filed for bankruptcy.  The Massachusetts Department of Transportation, which is funding and overseeing the $19.2 million project, received formal notice on Sept. 13 from the performance bonds holder that the company is no longer staffing any bonded projects, said Sara Lavoie, press secretary for the department.

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    9. Mohegan Sun to use Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in negotiations with surrounding communities to its proposed Palmer resort casino

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      Mohegan Sun to use Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in negotiations with surrounding communities to its proposed Palmer resort casino

      Mohegan Sun plans to use the services of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to help negotiate with communities surrounding its proposed resort casino and water park project off Thorndike Street (Route 32) in Palmer. Mohegan representatives met with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission officials on Thursday in a closed meeting. The exact details of the agreement between the Connecticut casino operator and the Springfield-based planning commission are still being finalized.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Mohegan Sun   West Springfield

    10. Massachusetts Utilities Sign PPA for Wind Energy That Is Cheaper than Coal

      Explore Renewable Energy World (Sep 24 2013)

      Three utilities have grouped together to purchase more wind energy at a rate averaging less than $0.08 per kWh, which beats most other generation sources. National Grid, Northeast Utilities (on behalf of its divisions NSTAR and Western Massachusetts Electric Co.), and Unitil (representing Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co.) have filed separate documents with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (CPU 13-146 through 13-149) seeking to add 565 MW of wind energy from six projects across Maine and New Hampshire. The winners, securing PPAs of 15-20 years, include First Wind, Iberdrola Renewables, and Exergy Development, for projects all under development ...

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    11. Springfield College sport management program and AHL share special connection

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      Springfield College sport management program and AHL share special connection

      This connection between Springfield College and the AHL goes back to 2006, when Andrews was invited to speak to a marketing conference on campus.
      “After my presentation, Dr. Matthew Pantera (chair of SC’s sport management and recreation department) asked if I would be interested in standing in for a professor who was going on sabbatical. One thing led to another, and I’ve been teaching at the college for seven years now,” Andrews said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield

    12. Congressman Richard Neal gets new Springfield park named after him

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      Congressman Richard Neal gets new Springfield park named after him

      The donation of 18 acres of private park land on Page Boulevard to the city by Eastman Chemical Co., culminated on Monday with the official opening and dedication of the site as the “Congressman Richard E. Neal Indian Orchard Community Park.”  Representatives of Eastman gathered with city and state officials and Neal on Monday for the dedication ceremony, unveiling the new name at the park entrance. It was previously known as Plastics Park, but the transfer of the land to the city last year ensures its preservation as a public park for future generations, officials said.

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

    13. Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 23 2013)

      Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Promoting our regional aerospace cluster is a high priority
      for the EDC this year. Enhancing Western Mass – Canada trade is a significant
      tactic in our initiative. US – Canada trade tends to be north-south. Canada’s
      aerospace firms predominate in Quebec, so our region is well positioned to pick
      up future business opportunities.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    14. Western Massachusetts Electric Co.'s Peter Clarke to take regional reliability job | masslive

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      Western Massachusetts Electric Co.'s Peter Clarke to take regional reliability job | masslive

      Peter Clarke has been promoted from Western Massachusetts Electric Co. president and CEO to senior vice president of emergency preparedness for all of Northeast Utilities.  The new role gives Clarke responsibility over storm preparation and recovery and preparation for more exotic threats such as cyber terrorism, across not just Western Massachusetts Electric Co. but other Northeast Utilities operations such as NStar in Eastern Massachusetts, Yankee Gas, Public Service New Hampshire and Connecticut Light and Power.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    15. Business leaders tout sites in contest for UMass satellite campus in downtown Springfield | masslive

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      Business leaders tout sites in contest for UMass satellite campus in downtown Springfield | masslive

      In a competition for a key project to revive downtown Springfield, business leaders are jockeying for a contract to lease space to the University of Massachusetts for a satellite campus.  UMass is considering a three-year lease, with extension options, for space at four different downtown buildings: the Peter Pan Bus terminal , the 10-floor Harrison Place at 1391 Main St., the 17-story One Financial Plaza and the 28-floor Tower Square, owned by the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. UMass staff toured the sites last week.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Mohegan Sun

    16. Meredith-Springfield Associates in Ludlow says shortage of staff, high utility prices limit prospects | masslive

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      Meredith-Springfield Associates in Ludlow says shortage of staff, high utility prices limit prospects | masslive

      Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc. can churn out 30 million tiny plastic bottles a year for the folks who make Mrs. Dash seasonings, but it can't find enough potential employees with the requisite mechanical skills to grow along with the company.
      'We can take a car mechanic and make a blow-mold machine operator,' Meredith -Springfield founder, president and CEO Mel O'Leary said. 'But you need to have the skills and the experience to build upon.'

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    17. Springfield's Scibelli Enterprise Center gets clean energy grant

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      Springfield's Scibelli Enterprise Center gets clean energy grant

      The Scibelli Center already has three tenant companies engaged in clean energy technologies: Black Island Wind Turbines, which adapts wind power technology orginally developed to power Antarctic expeditions; SolaBlock, which makes solar panels in concrete blocks for stackable vertical use; and Victory Energy Solutions, which helps homeowners save energy. Patrick Quinlan runs both Black Island and SolaBlock. He describes the companies as "graduates "of the Scibelli Enterprise Center, having moved to new, larger quarters in Hadley.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    18. Feliciano, chariman of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, Jay Minkarah of DevelopSpringfield and The O’Connell Companies honored for Gateway Cities work.

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      Feliciano, chariman of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, Jay Minkarah of DevelopSpringfield and The O’Connell Companies honored for Gateway Cities work.

      MassINC will honor Armando Feliciano, chairman of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, and Jay Minkarah of DevelopSpringfield as well as The O’Connell Companies for their efforts at revitalizing Massachusetts cities. Together with leaders from the 26 Gateway Cities, MassINC will celebrate the innovative spirit of Massachusetts’ historic Gateway Cities by honoring five individuals and two organizations that have had a transformative impact on their communities, according to a news release. The awards will be presented at the first annual Gateway Cities Innovation Institute Luncheon, to held on Nov. 12th, at University of Massachusetts at Boston. The event will mark the ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    19. Amherst officials seeking $2.45 million from state to improve Pomeroy Village infrastructure

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      Amherst officials seeking $2.45 million from state to improve Pomeroy Village infrastructure

      Officials have applied for a $2.45 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to make improvements in the Pomeroy Village Center. The intention is to encourage “multi-family housing, economic development and enhance vehicular pedestrian safety,” according to the application. The town will pay $55,000 to pay for the surveying, design and permitting for the project. The improvements would support the second phase of development of Amherst Office Park, a development by Ronald LaVerdiere. He has proposed a three-story mixed use building with 12,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and 17 residential units on the two ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    20. Zombies coming to downtown Springfield for zombie games and more | masslive

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      Zombies coming to downtown Springfield for zombie games and more | masslive

      Games zombies play include 'limb toss' for distance and accuracy, and a version of the beanbag game tossing brains in the zombies' mouth, said Michele Goldberg, director of marketing for the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.  'I don't know if you have ever done a news conference with a zombie,' said Springfield Business Improvement District Executive Director Donald A. Courtemanche as a zombie hungrily eyed his cranium. 'It's a little disconcerting.'

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England   Springfield   Holyoke

    21. Westfield, Chicopee, Holyoke and Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield plan trade show | masslive

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      Westfield, Chicopee, Holyoke and Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield plan trade show | masslive

      The event is sponsored by the Greater Westfield, Chicopee, Holyoke and Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield. It provides chamber members the opportunity to showcase their services or products to other exhibitors as well as to the many business people who will attend the show.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    22. Westfield State University dedicates new dormitory

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      Westfield State University dedicates new dormitory

      A $59 million, suite-style residence hall at Westfield State University was officially dedicated Thursday in a ceremony that heralded the facility as an achievement in determination, foresight and leadership. During the ceremony, WSU alumnus state Rep. Brian M. Ashe, D-Longmeadow, announced the future construction of a $48 million science and technology building on which they plan to break ground next year with a completion date scheduled for 2016.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Dr. Evan S. Dobelle

    23. Bay Path to Host Cybersecurity Summit October 11, 2013

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      Bay Path to Host Cybersecurity Summit October 11, 2013

      Bay Path College, which is launching a new Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management in October, the first of its kind in New England, will be hosting a Cybersecurity Summit: The Human Side of Cybersecurity Management on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Blake Student Commons on the College’s Longmeadow Campus. Robert Milton, retired commander of the London Metropolitan Police Service, New Scotland Yard; Managing Director, Milton Tezelin Ltd. that provides international antiterrorism security training, will offer the keynote address at the conference.

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      Mentions:   Allan W. Blair   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Bay Path College

    24. Monson official wants in on meeting between Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Gaming Commission and Mohegan Sun

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      Monson official wants in on meeting between Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Gaming Commission and Mohegan Sun

      A meeting between Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Mohegan Sun and Gaming Commission representatives planned for this week has riled officials in the town of Monson, who think they should be able to attend it because it will discuss Mohegan's approach in dealing with surrounding communities. Mohegan is proposing to build a nearly $1 billion resort casino on Thorndike Street (Route 32) in Palmer, which borders Monson.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Mohegan Sun   Palmer

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