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    1. MGM Resorts bids $3.2 million to buy former Zanetti School, State Armory building for casino project

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 7 2012)

      MGM Resorts bids $3.2 million to buy former Zanetti School, State Armory building for casino project

      Kevin E. Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, will appoint a review committee to consider the bids, and the committee will file its recommendation to Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. Sarno will file his recommendation to the City Council which has the power to approve the sale.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    2. More than ‘fiscal cliff’ at work in state budget shortfall - Business

      Explore The Boston Globe (Dec 7 2012)

      Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, noted that the national economy grew at half the rate expected at the end of last year. Andre Mayer, senior vice president for research at Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the state’s largest employers’ group, noted the economic crisis in Europe and a slowdown in China’s booming economy.
      Massachusetts exports to Europe during first nine months of 2011 fell by $1.1 billion, or 13.5 percent, compared with the same period a year ago, while exports to China dropped by 11 percent, or $177 million. “Those problems do have ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    3. Forecasters Predict Favorable Winds for Massachusetts, U.S. Economy

      Explore AIM Business Insider (Dec 7 2012)

      Forecasters Predict Favorable Winds for Massachusetts, U.S. Economy

      The U.S. and Massachusetts economies should enjoy favorable winds once it navigates the impending fiscal negotiations.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    4. Massachusetts ranks no. 2 in broadband adoption

      Explore masshightech.com (Dec 7 2012)

      Massachusetts ranks no. 2 in broadband adoption

      One major initiative is MBI’s MassBroadband 123, a 1,200-mile fiber-optic, open-access
      network, which will extend connectivity to more than 120 communities in both
      western and north central Massachusetts. In western Massachusetts there are 45
      municipalities categorized as underserved, meaning less than 50 percent of the
      city or town has broadband. Construction of the MassBroadband 123 network is
      slated for completion in the summer of 2013.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    5. Developer wants Republican’s property

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Dec 6 2012)

      Developer wants Republican’s property

      According to Schippers, “That's going to create a new model for newspaper publishing, a village square type model. There’s also going to be a relocation of the printing presses which will go to another part of downtown.”

      Schippers told 22News they're considering property near Smith and Wesson to relocate the Republican's printing presses.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    6. STCC, Smith College awarded $3 million grant to get children interested in engineering

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      STCC, Smith College awarded $3 million grant to get children interested in engineering

      Springfield Technical Community College and Smith College have received a five-year $3 million grant to get children interested in engineering.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Springfield   The Republican

    7. Springfield city councilors recommend $3.7 million investment to aid Court Square redevelopment project

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      Springfield city councilors recommend $3.7 million investment to aid Court Square redevelopment project

      The City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee voted Thursday to recommend the city contribute $3.7 million toward a multi-million dollar historic preservation project at Court Square that includes restoration of the Elm Street block and construction of a new parking garage.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno suggests Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse's planned regional meeting on casinos may be premature

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      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno suggests Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse's planned regional meeting on casinos may be premature

      “Without the submission of traffic studies, engineering reports or other expert analysis, discussions at the proposed meeting may lack the substance required to address any of the relevant criteria on any objective basis,” Sarno said.

      Sarno has forwarded the Holyoke meeting information to Springfield’s chief development officer, Kevin E. Kennedy, to consider “how best for Springfield to interact with the planned event,” Sarno said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   West Springfield   Springfield

    9. Off the Menu: Howdy Award nominations open

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      Off the Menu: Howdy Award nominations open

      It's easy to put someone up for a "Howdy," Chambers says. All that's necessary is a quick trip to the Bureau's website, valleyvisitor.com; a click on the "Howdy" logo on the homepage; and a few moments to fill out an online form that describes why a particular nominee deserves a "Howdy."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    10. Friendly's Ice Cream taps Regan for public relations work

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      Friendly's Ice Cream taps Regan for public relations work

      Friendly's Ice Cream LLC has hired Boston-based Regan Communications to handle the struggling restaurant chain's public relations moving forward, the agency said on Wednesday.

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      Mentions:   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    11. Big Y celebrates Enfield store renovations

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      Big Y celebrates Enfield store renovations

      Headquartered in Springfield, Mass., Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England. Big Y operates 64 locations throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with more than 10,000 employees.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    12. Strong support voiced for two charter school proposals in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 5 2012)

      Several prominent figures, including Square One executive director Joan Kagan and John Davis of the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, also urged approval for the Springfield Collegiate proposal.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    13. Big Y's D'Amour family, retired UConn coach Jim Calhoun to be honored for service by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Rotary Club

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 5 2012)

      The D'Amour family has championed southern New England's only family-owned supermarket chain, Big Y, to service the community for more than 75 years. "In addition to running great supermarkets, education has played a very important role for them," the hall of fame and the Rotary Club said in a joint press release announcing the award recipients.

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      Mentions:   University of Connecticut   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    14. Fiscal cliff failure will cost MA badly

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Dec 5 2012)

      Fiscal cliff failure will cost MA badly

      Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez addressed the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield about the subject Wednesday afternoon.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    15. Kellogg highlight of Chamber breakfast

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Dec 5 2012)

      Kellogg highlight of Chamber breakfast Bacon, business and basketball: The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield hosted their monthly business breakfast on Wednesday morning at the Basketball Hall of Fame. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    16. Massachusetts is projected to return to pre-recession employment levels by mid-2014

      Explore bizjournals (Dec 5 2012)

      We’ve got to wait until 2014 before employment in the Bay State returns to pre-recession levels. And after we get there, we’ll be staring at a dramatically different economy than the one we left behind in early 2008.

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    17. 'Malarkey' a top word of 2012

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Dec 5 2012)

      They're words that sort of encapsulate the zeitgeist. They're words that are in the national conversation," said Sokolowski from company headquarters in Springfield, Mass.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    18. Michael Jonnes to step down as executive director of Springfield Symphony Orchestra

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      Michael Jonnes to step down as executive director of Springfield Symphony Orchestra

      “Michael is one of the most even-tempered people I’ve ever known, and that consistency and reliability has often served as a rock in the storm ... so to speak,” Rhodes said. “We have never approached any of the challenges facing the orchestra as two people staking out their own ground, but rather as two team members looking to find the best solution for any problem.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Symphony Orchestra

    19. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse seeks meeting with mayors on regional ups, downs of casino resort

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      Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse seeks meeting with mayors on regional ups, downs of casino resort

      “The arrival of a large-scale gaming project to any of our communities will have a tangible effect on all of us, so I am hoping we can all come together to discuss one of the most important decisions to face our region,” Morse wrote in the letter dated Monday.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Palmer   Springfield

    20. Fighting Spirit | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 4 2012)

      Fighting Spirit | BusinessWest

      Paul Kozub says that, since the day he started his ambitious business venture, people haven’t been shy about asking him for a job.  “It’s understandable — this is the vodka business, and people think it’s sexy,” said Kozub, who took his brand, V-One, to the marketplace through Valley Vodka Inc. in 2005. “And what’s better than going into bars and buying people drinks and being out all the time?”

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    21. Springfield's Bright Nights wins Yahoo! Travel recognition as top 10 national holiday attraction

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      Springfield's Bright Nights wins Yahoo! Travel recognition as top 10 national holiday attraction

      The Bright Nights holiday lights festival has landed in Yahoo! Travel’s top 10 national holiday attractions, along with Disney World, Rockefeller Center in New York City, and Chicago’s Miracle Mile.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Judy Matt

    22. Massachusetts' largest wind energy farm nears completion in Florida

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 3 2012)

      Gov. Deval Patrick and state Energy and state energy officials on Monday visited the 19-turbine Hoosac Wind Power project in the western Massachusetts towns of Florida and Monroe.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    23. Ludlow Mills project included in latest Massachusetts brownfields cleanup funding

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      Ludlow Mills project included in latest Massachusetts brownfields cleanup funding

      Kenn W. Delude, president of Westmass, said the Ludlow Mills redevelopment project is the largest brownfield mill redevelopment project in New England.
      He said the remediation funds helped attract HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts which broke ground last summer on a new $27 million rehabilitation hospital at the site.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Ludlow Mills   Timothy P Murray

    24. Savage Arms, Polymer Corp., Thing5 honored by MassEcon

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      Savage Arms, Polymer Corp., Thing5 honored by MassEcon

      Several Western Massachusetts companies were recently honored by MassEcon at its ninth annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards luncheon.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Office of Business Development

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