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    1. Belchertown seeks portion of $10 million in state funds for Belchertown State School cleanup

      Belchertown seeks portion of $10 million in state funds for Belchertown State School cleanup

      The state has set aside $10 million to clean up the contaminated former Belchertown State School property, and selectmen unanimously voted on Monday for the first time to formally asked them for a big chunk of it. A dollar figure was not included in the written request, but town officials say $6 million is required to properly eradicate the pollution. It has plagued efforts to develop the former state hospital that was shuttered a generation ago. The state school land is officially owned by Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corporation that consists of board members who were appointed by selectmen.

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    2. Industry leaders focus on the future of advance manufacturing in Massachusetts

      Industry leaders focus on the future of advance manufacturing in Massachusetts

      They then transitioned into the first panel, during which Massachusetts Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Gregory P. Bialecki lead a discussion focused manufacturing officials' expectations for the future and their workforce demands. The response from three industry professionals on the panel was similar: the greatest need is to find employees with basic skills who are able to walk into a job with minimal training necessary to start, but the capability of being trained in more advanced skills over time.

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    3. Greenfield fighting for Kennametal jobs, hopes to build on legacy of Greenfield Tap & Die

      Greenfield fighting for Kennametal jobs, hopes to build on legacy of Greenfield Tap & Die

      Greenfield, building on the 140-year history of Greenfield Tap & Die, is fighting for a major expansion of the Kennametal Inc plant here, an expansion that could instead go to the Kennametal plant in Asheboro, N.C.  Pennsylvania-based Kennametal, which bought out the old Greenfield Tap & Die in 1997, is closing its plant in Lyndonville, Vt., and will shift production to either Greenfield or to Asheboro, said Greenfield Mayor William F. Martin Monday. If the move is to Greenfield, that might mean an initial investment in tools and of equipment of $3.4 million and the hiring of 45 more employees ...

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    4. Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College partnering to create 4-year online degree program

      Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College partnering to create 4-year online degree program

      Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College are partnering to create a new four-year online degree program for students, who will be able to transfer from HCC's online associate-degree program to WSU's online bachelor's program. WSU President Elizabeth Preston and HCC President William Messner are scheduled to formally sign the agreement creating the new program at 3 p.m. Tuesday in WSU's Tekoa Room. At that time Preston and Messner will answer questions from the press and public.

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    5. Westover general confirms downsizing will happen despite politicians efforts: 334 jobs, 8 planes lost

      Westover general confirms downsizing will happen despite politicians efforts: 334 jobs, 8 planes lost

      Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain has confirmed that a much discussed plan to downsize Westover Air Reserve Base will happen, despite efforts from local politicians and others to prevent the reduction. In a press conference Monday, he said half of the base’s 16-plane fleet of C5-B Galaxy jets will eventually be transferred to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and 59 full-time positions and 275 part-time Reserve positions will be cut from the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover. The timeframe on when everything is happening is still in question. At the moment, the first plane is scheduled to leave the ...

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    6. Westover to lose 300 jobs under new Pentagon budget cuts

      Westover to lose 300 jobs under new Pentagon budget cuts

      Westover Air Reserve Base will shed 300 jobs and half of the 439th Airlift Wing's C-5 fleet under new budget cuts, Air Force officials announced Monday.  The cuts include the expected loss of 59 full-time enlisted personnel and 275 drilling reservists. No timeline has been released, and the final numbers have not been determined, officials said.  Under the plan eight of the Airlift Wing's C-5 cargo aircraft will transfer from Westover to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas beginning in 2015.

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    7. FloDesign Sonics: Control the technology, control the jobs | masslive.com

      FloDesign Sonics: Control the technology, control the jobs | masslive.com

      The engineers and scientists at FloDesign Sonics want to bring their innovative filtering technology to market.  And they want to build to see to it that technology is manufactured here.  'It was one of the selling points when we met with the Davis family and our other investors,' said Stanley Kowalski, CEO of FloDesign Sonics.  He said the equipment , which uses sound waves to stop particles from flowing with a solution, relies on the same precision manufacturing skills Western Massachusetts has relied upon for generations. It's the same technologies used to make aircraft parts, medical devices and even firearms.

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    8. Bay Path College President Carol Leary announces new online college for women with office in Springfield

      Bay Path College President Carol Leary announces new online college for women with office in Springfield

      In addressing more than 2,000 women attending Bay Path College's 19th annual Women's Leadership Conference on Friday, College President Carol Leary announced the school's newest enterprise - establishment of the American Women's College, "the "first fully online school designed exclusively for women in the world." Leary said the new online college will foster leadership skills in women who live around the world from California to Bangladesh. The office at the new school will be based in downtown Springfield. She said months of planning have been involved in the new enterprise.

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    9. Gov. Deval Patrick at Holyoke computing center launches $3 million investment in 'cloud' innovation

      Gov. Deval Patrick at Holyoke computing center launches $3 million investment in 'cloud' innovation

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick said here Friday the state will invest $3 million in launching a public "cloud" computing project for data storage and innovation. The state's money will be matched $16 million from universities and private companies, he said, at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street. "Massachusetts' competitive edge lies in our exceptional academic institutions, cutting-edge private companies, highly-skilled workforce and above all, our willingness to work together to address the increasing demand for big data solutions," Patrick said.

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    10. Community Spotlight: Wilbraham | BusinessWest

      Community Spotlight: Wilbraham | BusinessWest

      Eric Fuller, the town’s planning director, told BusinessWest that the three-mile strip of Boston Road that runs through Wilbraham is zoned for commercial and industrial use and contains land and buildings available for purchase or for lease. “Properties for sale include the former Medeiros Williams Chevrolet Co. building and lot.”
      Pearsall agrees that opportunity abounds on Boston Road, home to a significant amount of underutilized and/or vacant space. “The former Taylor Rental property next to Home Depot is available, and on a smaller scale, there is space for lease in a number of strip malls,” he said. “Plus ...

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    11. Dunkin' Donuts to open new location in downtown Springfield next to La Quinta hotel

      Dunkin' Donuts to open new location in downtown Springfield next to La Quinta hotel

      A new Dunkin' Donuts at 100 Congress St. is taking shape and the company plans to have it open by early June. The new drive-in-equipped Dunkin' Donuts is at the intersection of Congress and Dwight streets, next to the recently refurbished La Quinta Inn and Suites. The donut shop will also offer flat screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, digital menu boards and an outdoor patio seating area, according to a news release.

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    12. UMass names Katherine Newman from Johns Hopkins as new provost and senior vice chancellor

      UMass names Katherine Newman from Johns Hopkins as new provost and senior vice chancellor

      The University of Massachusetts has named Katherine Newman of the Johns Hopkins University to be its next provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. Newman will replace James V. Staros who was named to that position in 2009. He said in October he would resign at the end of the academic year.

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    13. Sabis, Renaissance in Springfield among best high schools in U.S. News & World Report 2014 ranking

      Sabis, Renaissance in Springfield among best high schools in U.S. News & World Report 2014 ranking

      Springfield's Sabis International Charter School and Springfield Renaissance School received silver and bronze medals, respectively, from U.S. News & World Report as part of the publication's annual ranking of the top public high schools around the country. The publication, which analyzed more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia, awarded gold, silver and bronze medals based on how well they prepare students for college.

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    14. Westfield State University to unveil Google Liquid Galaxy | masslive.com

      Westfield State University to unveil Google Liquid Galaxy | masslive.com

      Beginning this week, Westfield State University students and visitors can embark on a virtual trip of a lifetime – to the Grand Canyon, the pyramids of Egypt, or any place they choose to go in a search for knowledge – through the technology of Google Liquid Galaxy.  Glass artist Josh Simpson will join Westfield State faculty of Geography and Regional Planning and campus leaders on Wednesday at 5 p.m. on the mezzanine level of the Ely Library to unveil Liquid Galaxy, the interactive, panoramic system which combines wrap-around screens and computers that will allow students to input information – such as biological ...

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    15. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles executives visit Western New England engineering department | masslive.com

      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles executives visit Western New England engineering department | masslive.com

      Chinese executives who hope to build a factory here to churn out passenger cars for the MBTA and railroads beyond learned Wednesday about railroad research already going on at Western New England University.  Changchun Railway Vehicles plans to build build a 125,000-square-foot rail car assembly plant and accompanying 33,750-square-foot office building on the 40-acre former Westinghouse site on Page Boulevard in East Springfield. The factory would be the North American hub Changchun and the company plans on establishing a research and development hub there.

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    16. WMass tech company opens training facility in Spfld.

      WMass tech company opens training facility in Spfld.

      Founder and CEO of Paragus IT, Delcie Bean, said, “We’re figuring out ways of building our pipeline so that we can actually generate so much talent that we’re able to bring big companies here, and rebuild Springfield as a tech city, and put Springfield on the map as one of the top ten tech cities in America.”

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    17. Gov. Deval Patrick announces $1 million in job training grants for homeless

      Gov. Deval Patrick announces $1 million in job training grants for homeless

      The $250,000 Western Massachusetts grant will go to HAP Housing, a Springfield-based non-profit that works with other local partners to help people obtain affordable housing. Shannon Porter, vice president of rapid re-housing for HAP Housing, said the organization tries to move people who are living in motels or shelters into permanent homes and refers them to programs that provide the skills they need to maintain their housing. "Obviously, you need to maximize their income, so employment is essential and key to making sure families are able to keep their housing," Porter said.

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    18. Introducing the Class 2014 | BusinessWest

      Introducing the Class 2014 | BusinessWest

      On June 19 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke, 40 more plaques will be handed out, to members of a class that is both distinguished and diverse. It includes bankers, lawyers, and accountants, but also a Holyoke city councilor, a contractor who specializes in blitz building, and Springfield’s senior project manager. And it represents virtually every business sector, from healthcare to education; from technology to the nonprofit realm.

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    19. Health care, social services jobs lead postings at FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield

      Health care, social services jobs lead postings at FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield

      Positions in health care and social services accounted for a third of jobs posted at FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield in March, said Kevin Lynn, manager of business services at the one-stop career center.  Lynn said posted job openings are rising and running ahead of where they were a year ago at this time.  Of the 339 advertised openings, 33 percent of them were in health care and social assistance positions. Another 18 percent were in administrative support jobs. Another 8 percent were in educational services, mostly jobs posted by area colleges and universities. Remaining jobs were elsewhere in the ...

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    20. Don Courtemanche, former Springfield BID head, hired as new Amherst Chamber executive director

      Don Courtemanche, former Springfield BID head, hired as new Amherst Chamber executive director

      The former director of the Springfield Business Improvement District has been named as the new Executive Director of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.  Don Courtemanche replaces Tony A. Maroulis who left to become director of community relations at the University of Massachusetts, will start immediately, according to a press release.

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    21. UMass alum Douglas Berthiaume, wife Diana donate $10 million to UMass

      UMass alum Douglas Berthiaume, wife Diana donate $10 million to UMass

      The Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship will be the hub of a campus network of scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs, with a three-fold mission of supporting research, education and practice, all targeted at transforming ideas into business realities. The Berthiaumes’ donation builds on the couple’s extraordinary support for the university, which includes a previous gift of $5 million in support of Isenberg School initiatives.

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    22. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. executives to tour engineering school at Western New England University

      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. executives to tour engineering school at Western New England University

      Executives who seek to build a railroad car factory at the former Westinghouse site in East Springfield will tour the Western New England University School of Engineering Wednesday. Nine executives from CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles executives will be visiting Western New England University Engineering College tomorrow, between 10:45 a.m. and noon. Changchun Railway Vehicles is competing for a $1.5 billion contract to build cars for the MBTA Orange and Red lines.

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    23. Building Blocks | BusinessWest

      Building Blocks | BusinessWest

      Jay Minkarah says there’s a course of action, or series of steps, traditionally followed by developers as they are contemplating whether to acquire a piece of commercial real estate and ready it for tenants.  “Typically, you undertake your feasibility analysis and make sure the market’s there,” he said, adding that most developers will take a cautious, conservative approach to such work, especially in difficult financial times such as those experienced over the past several years. “Then, you go through your financial analysis, you line up your financing, get tenants or an end user in place, and then you ...

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    24. U.S. energy secretary: Energy issues in New England, where costs among highest in nation, vexing

      U.S. energy secretary: Energy issues in New England, where costs among highest in nation, vexing

      New England governors announced a plan in January to expand natural gas use. The governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont asked the region's grid operator for technical help to seek proposals to build transmission equipment and public works to deliver enough electricity to serve 1.2 million to 3.6 million homes. The states also asked the system operator, ISO-New England, to devise a way to finance the project.

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