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    1. Report on FDI Forum

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 19 2013)

      Report on FDI Forum

      Over 75% of inbound FDI into the US comes from
      eight countries -- six in Western Europe, Canada and Japan. The EDC maintains relationships
      with our peers and government officials in all of them, and particularly strong
      relationships in all of them except Japan. They are a growing source of leads
      for our Prospect Management system.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    2. Massachusetts Gaming Commission hears about Casino Career Institute

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 18 2013)

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission hears about Casino Career Institute

      The commission, which met at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, heard that the initiative – spearheaded by Holyoke Community College with help from Springfield Technical Community College – has grown into a statewide effort. The colleges already had an agreement with the commission, the entity that will eventually choose an operator for a Western Massachusetts casino.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Mohegan Sun   Springfield Technical Community College

    3. Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby talks about balancing municipal rights and state needs on casino development

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 17 2013)

      Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby talks about balancing municipal rights and state needs on casino development

      He spoke with about 100 local business and civic leaders Wednesday evening during a meeting organized by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield at the La Quinta Inn and Suits.  There are four competing casino proposals in Western Massachusetts even though the region will only get one license for one casino under state law.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Palmer   Springfield

    4. Young electrician gains experience working with mentor at the Springfield Housing Authority

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 17 2013)

      Young electrician gains experience working with mentor at the Springfield Housing Authority

      Ronald Dulude is learning to be an electrician at the Springfield Housing Authority, one job at a time. Dulude, a senior at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, is fixing wiring and fusing, switching out bulbs and repairing outlets and circuit breakers, among other things, under the tutelage of authority electrician Joseph Ricker.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. UMass celebrates 150th anniversary starting Monday with Earth Day event

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      UMass celebrates 150th anniversary starting Monday with Earth Day event

      While the University of Massachusetts will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding as a land-grant institution with events all year, Founders Week festivities begin Monday with the marking of Earth Day and end with a cookout one week later. In between, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will be formally inaugurated April 27.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Edward F. Blaguszewski   Amherst

    6. Springfield YWCA and Rebuilding Together partnering for students to gain more work experience, community to offer more affordable housing | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 17 2013)

      Springfield YWCA and Rebuilding Together partnering for students to gain more work experience, community to offer more affordable housing | masslive.com

      “I really think it’s an excellent opportunity for these students, a program that really gives them some job training skills and education. They’ve had some difficulties in their lives, so I think it’s an excellent opportunity for them and a positive situation. We’re able to work with the students and also be able to work on these projects for low-income families,” said Colleen Loveless, executive director of Rebuilding Together.

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    7. Creating Agile, Sustainable and Purpose - Focused Organizations

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 17 2013)

      Creating Agile, Sustainable and Purpose - Focused Organizations

      Experience and explore a real-world-tested social technology for agile and purposeful organization at a “Taster Event” sponsored by Leadership Pioneer Valley, UMASS Family Business Center and Bredenberg Associates. It will be held on Friday, April 19 from 1-5 at UMASS Continuing and Professional Education classroom at 100 Venture Way, Hadley, MA.  This thorough and experiential introduction to Holacracy® by the pioneer of the method, Brian Robertson, is a fast-paced, concise “taste” in a single session.  The program is designed for business leaders, consultants, boards of directors and community organizers.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    8. Massachusetts get your Business Online - with Google

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 17 2013)

      Massachusetts get your Business Online - with Google

      Small  businesses took advantage expert advice from Google at a training at the Springfield Marriott. 

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    9. OPAL Real Estate Group outlines plans to preserve historic grandeur of Springfield Court Square building

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 16 2013)

      OPAL Real Estate Group outlines plans to preserve historic grandeur of Springfield Court Square building

      OPAL Real Estate Group, led by local developers Peter A. Picknelly and Demetrios N. Panteleakis, has been working with local and state historical groups, and continuously revising plans to meet challenges and concerns, said Panteleakis, chief operating officer of OPAL.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    10. Cleantech Open

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 16 2013)

      Cleantech Open

      Join us for an intimate briefing to learn how Cleantech Open can help cleantech startups get going and growing!

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. Six Flags New England tests weather guarantee this year for entire company

      Explore bizjournals (Apr 16 2013)

      Six Flags New England tests weather guarantee this year for entire company

      John Winkler, park president at Six Flags New England, says people generally will hesitate to visit the Six Flags park in Agawam if there’s any real chance of rain. So the park’s management has come up with a potential solution: a “weather guarantee” program.

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England

    12. World-renowned artist Tim Rollins brings art education talents to Springfield's Renaissance Public School in W. E. B. Du Bois inspired workshop

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 16 2013)

      World-renowned artist Tim Rollins brings art education talents to Springfield's Renaissance Public School in W. E. B. Du Bois inspired workshop

      Rollins spoke with the students about the life of Western Massachusetts native W. E. B. Du Bois, an African-American equal rights activist and teacher, and challenged the students to find their beliefs.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    13. Holyoke CareerPoint job search and interview forum draws 90 young people; Springfield online workshop held for small businesses

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 15 2013)

      Holyoke CareerPoint job search and interview forum draws 90 young people; Springfield online workshop held for small businesses

      In Springfield, workplace help of another sort came in a Google-sponsored conference that showed small business owners how to improve their online presence.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    14. Lego Systems adding more than 200 jobs in Enfield | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 15 2013)

      Lego Systems adding more than 200 jobs in Enfield | masslive.com

      Lego Systems Inc. is expanding its extensive offices in the Enfield Business Park, leasing an additional 80,198 square feet inside its former molding hall. The company eventually plans to add more than 200 employees, an official said.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    15. Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts presents annual Addys | masslive

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 15 2013)

      Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts presents annual Addys | masslive

      Local winners include American International College with one gold and two silver awards; W.F. Young/Absorbine in East Longmeadow, with one each of gold, silver and bronze; BRIGADE in Amherst with one gold, three silver and a bronze; Andrew Associates of Enfield with three bronze; and TicketNetwork of South Windsor, Conn., with one silver award.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield   Amherst

    16. Boston Beer and Samuel Adams help out Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst, Elmartin Farm in Cheshire with microloans and advice

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      Boston Beer and Samuel Adams help out Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst, Elmartin Farm in Cheshire with microloans and advice

      It’s enough to make a farmer reach for a beer. Instead, brewer Jim Koch and his Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program reached out to Simple Gifts and to Elmartin Farm in Cheshire with small loans provided through Common Capital, a Holyoke based nonprofit small business lender.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Amherst   Holyoke

    17. Pioneers of innovation share ideas at TEDx UMass Amherst

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      Pioneers of innovation share ideas at TEDx UMass Amherst

      The conference – independently organized by UMass students to the form of the successful global non-profit, TED – invited innovative thinkers and pioneering entrepreneurs to share "ideas worth spreading" on the state university's flagship campus. The theme of the event was innovation.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    18. Dr. Westchesterson 'Rocks the 413' video tribute to Pioneer Valley restaurants debuts

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 12 2013)

      Dr. Westchesterson 'Rocks the 413' video tribute to Pioneer Valley restaurants debuts

      The piece was commissioned by the visitors bureau, as a way of reaching out to a younger demographic. Michele Goldberg, director of marketing for the visitors bureau, told The Republican earlier this week that Dr. Westchesterson is a known brand in the region and a natural fit for the bureau's efforts to showcase it.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    19. CT's Bradley lands LA nonstop flights

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Apr 12 2013)

      CT's Bradley lands LA nonstop flights

      American Airlines is adding a nonstop flight from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks to Los Angeles, the first West Coast nonstop from the Connecticut airfield.  American will start flying the Connecticut-California nonstop on Aug. 27, although customers can book the flight starting on Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    20. Developer raises concerns about delayed projects at Court Square building and former Visitor Information Center site in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 11 2013)

      Developer raises concerns about delayed projects at Court Square building and former Visitor Information Center site in Springfield

      Kevin E. Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer, and Christopher Moskal, the executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, declined comment on Pappas’ letter and concerns, but have previously defended progress on the projects.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    21. Harold Grinspoon, Diane Troderman donate $1 million to Baystate Medical Center emergency department in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 11 2013)

      Harold Grinspoon, Diane Troderman donate $1 million to Baystate Medical Center emergency department in Springfield

      The new emergency room follows the $296 million MassMutual Wing and its Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center, which opened in March of 2012. Both the MassMutual Wing and the emergency room are part of the "hospital of the future" project more than four years in the making.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    22. Western Massachusetts Sports Commission introduced; will work to bring sports events to region

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 11 2013)

      Western Massachusetts Sports Commission introduced; will work to bring sports events to region

      “We’re not trying to reinvent something. We’re just trying to make it the best we possibly can,” said John F. Heaps Jr., chairman of the new commission and president and chief executive officer of Florence Savings Bank.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   MassMutual Center

    23. Westfield State University to launch Institute for Hispanic and Latin-American Education | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 11 2013)

      Westfield State University to launch Institute for Hispanic and Latin-American Education | masslive.com

      The 2010 Census Bureau reports that nearly 10 percent of Massachusetts residents identify as Hispanic. A large portion of the state's Hispanic residents live in Western Massachusetts, particularly in Springfield and Holyoke, where Hispanics make up 38.9 and 48 percent of the municipal population respectively.
      According to the 2011 Community Survey 21.4 percent of residents living in Hampden County are Hispanic while Hispanics in Hampshire and Franklin counties make up 4.9 percent of the population in each community.  Dobelle said the university reflects the growth.

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    24. Massachusetts public college presidents pledge to give students relief from fee increases under budget scenario unveiled on Beacon Hill | masslive

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 11 2013)

      Massachusetts public college presidents pledge to give students relief from fee increases under budget scenario unveiled on Beacon Hill | masslive

      Tuition and fees at the University of Massachusetts and other campuses of higher education are set to be frozen for the coming school year under a budget unveiled Wednesday on Beacon Hill.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College

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