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    1. Difference Makers Class of 2013 | BusinessWest

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      Difference Makers Class of 2013 | BusinessWest

      The Class of 2013 probably accomplishes both goals as well, if not better, than any group of Difference Makers honored by the magazine.  Indeed, this year’s class includes the man almost personally responsible for keeping professional hockey in Springfield over the past 40 years — Bruce Landon — as well as the state and local police responsible for creating a unique counter-insurgency program that could become a model for cities battling gang violence. It boasts the Sisters of Providence, who have been adding new ministries of caring since they first arrived in Holyoke 140 years ago, and the group Soldier On ...

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    2. Pioneer Valley feeling the impact of federal cuts, especially to defense

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      Pioneer Valley feeling the impact of federal cuts, especially to defense

      For the past decade Paragon Manufacturing Inc.’s primary business has been defense contracting, making precision parts for aircraft-mounted Gatling guns, grenade launchers and the M2 50-caliber machine gun.

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    3. Holyoke Community College launches Network of Women Entrepreneurs

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      Holyoke Community College launches Network of Women Entrepreneurs

      Styffe said the networking group is not a “get together and chat” kind of thing, but a roll-up-your-sleeves endeavor where business owners and would-be business owners get together to talk about how to run a successful operation. The group walks participants through everything from setting up a business plan, forming a legally compliant business, creating a payroll system and dealing with payroll taxes, how to deal with the Internal Revenue Service, how to market the business, finding lending opportunities, global outsourcing, and more. The cost for the program is $10, and there is an open, rolling admission.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    4. Mary Walachy of Davis Foundation, Cheryl Stanley of Westfield State named to Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care

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      Mary Walachy of Davis Foundation, Cheryl Stanley of Westfield State named to Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care

      Mary E. Walachy, the executive director of the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, was appointed in November to the 11-member board which sets policies and oversees spending for the state Department of Early Education and Care.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Holyoke

    5. Xenex germ-annihilating robots star in Cooley Dickinson Hospital's newest commercial

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      Xenex germ-annihilating robots star in Cooley Dickinson Hospital's newest commercial

      The Xenex germ-killing robots at Cooley Dickinson Hospital use ultraviolet light as their main weapon against infection, and are now the stars of a promotional TV commercial for the hospital. With the robots’ astonishing success in stopping the spread of infection, Cooley Dickinson has been eager to share their account with the rest of the world.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    6. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby says casinos will be judged on impact over decades, not speed

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      Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby says casinos will be judged on impact over decades, not speed

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said Tuesday that decisions on casinos need to be based on the impact the projects will have over a span of decades, not on how soon a casino can be built.  Crosby, during a one-hour interview at The Republican, said the commission is taking a very methodical approach as it prepares to consider granting up to three casino licenses in Massachusetts, including one project in Western Massachusetts. The commission is “unruffled” by those who say the commission is moving too slowly, and will not be pressured into hurrying the process, he said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Mohegan Sun   West Springfield

    7. Demolition of part of Southworth Paper Co. building in West Springfield sought by owner of Tara Plant Construction of Holyoke

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      Demolition of part of Southworth Paper Co. building in West Springfield sought by owner of Tara Plant Construction of Holyoke

      The owner of a construction company specializing in power and industrial plant maintenance would like to tear down part of the former Southworth Paper Co. mill building on Front Street to make room for his business.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Holyoke

    8. United Technologies plans to cut 3,000 jobs in 2013, filing says | masslive.com

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      United Technologies Corp. expects to eliminate 3,000 employees from its overall work force this year and close 1.85 million square feet of building space, the company says in its annual report.  UTC, based in Hartford, did not indicate where the job cuts and closings may be made. Its major Connecticut holdings include Pratt & Whitney, the former Hamilton Sundstrand in Windsor Locks, now part of UTC Aerospace Systems, and Sikorsky Aircraft.

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      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.

    9. Photos and outlook from today's Mass. Business Climate conference

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      “Bottom line is it does not have to take a long time to get things done,” Grossman said. “When you see a problem in government you should be able to fix that problem far more quickly than we fix it. I would agree with that. Charlie talked about fast – boom, boom, boom. I agree.”

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    10. Howdy Awards nominees sought by Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

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      Howdy Awards nominees sought by Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau is hoping to get more nominations for its annual Howdy Awards before the March 1 deadline.  The 18th Annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence won’t be until May. But the visitors bureau is looking for nominations now, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    11. The Republican honored by New England Newspaper & Press Association awards

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      “It is very gratifying to be recognized by our peers in receiving nine NENPA awards across several different advertising categories,” said advertising director Mark French. “Our dedicated advertising and marketing staffs work tirelessly to create innovative advertising products containing messages to capture the attention of our print and online audiences.”

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   Holyoke

    12. Phoenix Academy Charter High School in Greater Springfield 1 of 5 to win education commissioner's recommendation for approval

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      Phoenix Academy Charter High School in Greater Springfield 1 of 5 to win education commissioner's recommendation for approval

      Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester has recommended approving five new charter schools statewide, including the proposed Phoenix Charter Academy High School in Greater Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Chicopee

    13. Springfield Housing Authority finalizes, defends purchase of 60 Congress St. building for $4.65 million

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      Springfield Housing Authority finalizes, defends purchase of 60 Congress St. building for $4.65 million

      The Springfield Housing Authority recently finalized the purchase of its new headquarters at 60 Congress St., with its executive director defending the price tag of $4.65 million, citing its location, condition, rental income and parking.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Massachusetts Development Finance Agency   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    14. Wilbraham Business Network International group gets networking award | masslive.com

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      Wilbraham Business Network International group gets networking award | masslive.com

      The 30-member chapter, led by president Maureen Coughlan, a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker, 'is a dedicated group of professionals who did not wait for the economy to improve on its own,' said Jason Turcotte, managing director of the Western Massachusetts BNI region, which encompasses Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties.

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    15. MassChallenge 2013 to kick off with opening of applications - Boston Business Journal

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      Boston startup accelerator MassChallenge will launch its fourth year Wednesday, opening applications to startups which will ultimately compete for $1 million in cash awards.  The program plans to accept 125 startups again this year, which will receive mentorship and office space at the MassChallenge office in the South Boston Seaport. The program is funded by sponsors and does not take equity in the participating companies.  Applications open at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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    16. The NStar way working for NU | HartfordBusiness.com

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      The NStar way working for NU | HartfordBusiness.com

      Since top executives of Boston utility parent NStar took over control of Hartford-based Northeast Utilities, industry analysts and investors have taken a more positive view of the Fortune 500 company, hailing the management team as one of the best in the country.  'We have always prided ourselves on our record,' said Tom May, the NU chief executive and president, and the former NStar CEO, president and chairman. 'When you take two teams and put them together based on their individual strengths, you come out with a stronger team.'
      London financial services company Barclays picked NU as its top regulated utility ...

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership

    17. Amherst to submit application for $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for social services

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      With uncertainty over the amount of money the town might receive in block grant funding, town officials have formed a priority list. Town officials will seek $800,000 from the competitive Community Development Block Grant program, not from the mini-entitlement program the town has been eligible for over the last several years.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    18. Development proceeds in Ludlow Mills project and throughout the town of Ludlow

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      Development proceeds in Ludlow Mills project and throughout the town of Ludlow

      HealthSouth broke ground on a new $27 million rehabilitation hospital at the site of the Ludlow Mills off State Street. Construction of the 74,000-square-foot building is expected to take one year.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   HealthSouth

    19. Chicopee hoping to make more progress on downtown redevelopment, Uniroyal cleanup

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      Chicopee hoping to make more progress on downtown redevelopment, Uniroyal cleanup

      A study last year, funded with about $175,000 from the federal Environmental Protection Agency and conducted through the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, examined the west end of downtown, concluding it has potential for improvements. It also said there were plenty of obstacles, said Carl Dietz, community development director.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee

    20. ITT Exelis to close West Springfield manufacturing plant, lay off 200; cites expected cuts in U.S. defense spending

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      ITT Exelis to close West Springfield manufacturing plant, lay off 200; cites expected cuts in U.S. defense spending

      ITT Exelis announced Wednesday it will close down its manufacturing operation on 11 Interstate Drive at the end of June and lay off most of its 235-person workforce, a company spokesman said.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   ITT Exelis

    21. Massachusetts Education Secretary Matthew Malone to meet with Springfield advocates to discuss Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed education investments

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      New state Secretary of Education Matthew Malone will meet with local education advocates Thursday to discuss Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed investments in education for fiscal year 2014.  The event is at noon, at the Community Music School, 127 State St., hosted by the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation.  Malone will also be available to answer questions from the audience during the event.  Malone, a former superintendent of schools in Brockton and Swampscott, was appointed as the education secretary by Patrick in mid-December.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    22. Agawam Planning Board endorses special permit for sports complex proposed for Shoemaker Lane

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      Agawam Planning Board endorses special permit for sports complex proposed for Shoemaker Lane

      Donald Cameron III of Amherst has proposed building a $7 million sports complex that would offer a home for his Atlantic Soccer Club, a Massachusetts Premier League youth team, as well as space open to anyone who wants to rent it.  His plans call for The Plex Sports Park to have two grass 225-by-330-foot fields and two synthetic 225-by-360-foot fields to be used for such sports as soccer, lacrosse, football and field hockey.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Amherst   Chicopee

    23. Northampton in 2012 was 'hugely active' in economic development

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      Northampton in 2012 was 'hugely active' in economic development

      Village Hill, the decade-long project that was projected to be Northampton’s economic spur, started to gather steam during 2012, with new residential units going up and a large commercial project breaking ground. In November, a 40,000-square-foot professional building on Atwood Drive had its ribbon-cutting, even as an adjacent 30,000-square-foot office building by the same Development Associates broke ground a few yards away.

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      Mentions:   Colvest Group   Baystate Health   Springfield

    24. Agawam officials expect economic uptick that started in 2012 to amplify in 2013

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      Agawam officials expect economic uptick that started in 2012 to amplify in 2013

      A total of 14 new businesses opened their doors in Agawam in 2012. The Planning Board also approved site plans for a 6,000-square-foot spec building on Moylan Lane to be constructed by James Ricco, of J R Sweeping Service. It is the first industrial building approved for construction in recent years.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Six Flags New England   Springfield

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