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    1. American River Nutrition Begins Construction in Hadley

      American River Nutrition Begins Construction in Hadley

      Westmass Area Development Corp. announced that American River Nutrition, founded by former UMass Amherst Professor of Food Science and Nutrition Barrie Tan, has begun construction of a 25,000-square-foot office and manufacturing building at the Hadley University Business Park. With the coordinated permitting efforts of the Hadley Planning Board and Conservation Commission, construction is able to commence.

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    2. Baystate Health finances $77 million in projects in Springfield and Greenfield through MassDevelopment | masslive

      Baystate Health finances $77 million in projects in Springfield and Greenfield through MassDevelopment | masslive

      Baystate Health has financed $77.115 million in building projects – a new addition with operating rooms at Baystate Franklin in Greenfield and an inpatient pharmacy and 96 patient rooms in Springfield – by selling bonds through MassDevelopment.  Baystate plans to hold separate media events in Greenfield and in Springfield over the next few weeks detailing both projects. But an old release describing them can be found here.

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    3. 42 Design Fab Studios in Springfield builds wonderlands with lions, trees and Celtics greats | masslive

      42 Design Fab Studios in Springfield builds wonderlands with lions, trees and Celtics greats | masslive

      We use a physical environment to tell a story,' said 42 Design Fab Studio co-owner Todd Harris.  And soon, that story will be Springfield's story. The owners and mangers of the Springfield Riverfront Redevelopment that includes the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame building has hired 42 Design Fab Studio to build rolling kiosks to replace the storefront William C. Sullivan Tourist information Center at the Hall of Fame's main concourse. The tourist center space has been taken over by an office tenant, and building management has hired 42 Design Studios to build the rolling kiosks with graphic ...

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    4. Western Massachusetts native and lawyer Seth Stratton to serve as VP of MGM Springfield casino | masslive

      Western Massachusetts native and lawyer Seth Stratton to serve as VP of MGM Springfield casino | masslive

      Springfield native and Longmeadow resident Seth Stratton, is set to take over the role of vice president and general counsel for the estimated $800 million downtown development, which is slated to hold a grand opening in 2017. In this new role, Stratton will be responsible for overseeing legal affairs and government relations at the casino, according to MGM.  MGM Springfield president Michael Mathis said that since the first day Stratton joined the team offering legal counsel, he has been a crucial part of the local efforts.

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    5. Northampton: Click Workspace to move downtown, triple size of operations with purchase of former antiques center | masslive

      Northampton: Click Workspace to move downtown, triple size of operations with purchase of former antiques center | masslive

      It's out with the old and in with the new for the downtown building that housed the Antique Centers of Northampton for nearly three decades.  Stakeholders of Click Workspace, a co-working enterprise that acts as a temporary home-base for entrepreneurs, techies and creative professionals, closed on the purchase of the 9,000-square-foot building at 9-1/2 Market Street in Northampton last week.  The three-story structure was purchased for just under $800,000 by Market9.5 LLC -- a company run by Click founders Ali Usman and Lisa Papademetriou and President Mary Yun.

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    6. Girls Who Code comes to Springfield to get young women interested in technology careers | masslive

      Girls Who Code comes to Springfield to get young women interested in technology careers | masslive

      MassMutual is bringing Girls Who Code, a national group aiming to bring more young women into lucrative tech careers, to Springfield this summer.  It is the first time Girls Who Code will be in Springfield. The program is expanding 19 seven-week summer immersion programs that served 375 girls in 2014 to 60 programs reaching 1,200 girls in 2015.

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    7. Valley Venture Mentors celebrates grand opening of downtown accelerator space in Springfield | masslive

      Valley Venture Mentors celebrates grand opening of downtown accelerator space in Springfield | masslive

      Valley Venture Mentors held a grand opening party on Friday, opening the doors to their new accelerator space in Tower Square.  Within the space, VVM will offer coworking, training and event rooms for community and innovation parters in the area. Additionally, the mentorship program will serve as home base for 30 growing business accepted into their accelerator class.  Entrepenuers in the program are enrolled in a rigorus training program that works to overcome typical causes of startups to fail. At the end of the program, they are eligible to win $50,000.

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    8. Springfield Union Station demolition progresses; real estate consultant coming

      Springfield Union Station demolition progresses; real estate consultant coming

      Upstairs on a second-floor mezzanine, city chief development officer Kevin Kennedy marveled at how opened up the 66,000-square-foot main waiting room looked and felt now that demolition had begun. And, from the mezzanine, it was all visible. "Imagine what a magnificent space this will be," Kennedy said of the mezzanine. "With these great windows to the outside on one side and the view of the grand waiting room on the other."

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    9. Argotec plans $20 million expansion, 50-job addition at Greenfield facility

      Argotec plans $20 million expansion, 50-job addition at Greenfield facility

      Argotec, a manufacturer of plastic film sheets for everything from waterproof clothing to bullet-resistant glass and smartphone screens, is planning a $20 million expansion in Greenfield that would see it add 50 jobs over the next 10 years. The expansion is detailed in paperwork submitted for state and local tax breaks. The inducement is expected to go before the Greenfield City Council soon and before a state review panel in March.

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    10. Community Spotlight: Holyoke | BusinessWest

      Community Spotlight: Holyoke | BusinessWest

      The most significant undertaking is the new, $3.5 million passenger-rail platform being built on Dwight and Main streets. “We broke ground on Dec. 22, and when it is finished in September, it will be the first completed rail platform in Western Mass.,” the mayor said.  The project is a reflection of foresight, because when Morse took office, there were no plans for a commuter-rail stop in Holyoke. “But it was a huge economic-development opportunity, and although there were times when funding was short, we were able to get $4 million in state and federal funds for it through MassWorks ...

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    11. Big Y hiring for Big Y Express location in Pittsfield | masslive

      Big Y hiring for Big Y Express location in Pittsfield | masslive

      Springfield-based Big Y Foods Inc. will hire 12 part-time positions available for its newest location; Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Store located at 202 West St, Pittsfield.  The store opens at the end of February  The hiring and interviewing will be completed at the Big Y Supermarket location at 200 West St, Pittsfield. All interested applicants should apply at www.bigy.com.  Big Y Express offers flexible shifts and many scheduling options. Big Y's employee benefits include competitive wages, paid holidays, paid time off, tuition assistance, scholarships, a 401(k) plan, and a work/life care program, according to ...

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    12. Johnson Memorial Medical Center plans bankruptcy to become part of Saint Francis Care

      Johnson Memorial Medical Center plans bankruptcy to become part of Saint Francis Care

      The emerging pattern in the delivery of health care, in this age of accountable and affordable care, is for smaller hospitals systems to merge with bigger ones. In December, Michigan-based Trinity Health, the country's second largest non-profit health system, announced it had signed a definitive agreement for Hartford-based Saint Francis Care to join its system. Today, another Connecticut-based system, Johnson Memorial Medical Center, announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to allow it to become a subsidiary of Saint Francis Care. Johnson Memorial has been in a two-year affiliated arrangement with Saint Francis Care. "Throughout our working ...

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    13. Popular Mechanics highlights Holyoke as one of 'The 14 Best Startup Cities in America' | masslive

      Popular Mechanics highlights Holyoke as one of 'The 14 Best Startup Cities in America' | masslive

      In their upcoming February issue, Popular Mechanics highlights what they consider to be the best 14 startup cities in the country.  'No disrespect to San Francisco or Brooklyn, but we wanted to identify the next wave of cities building an ecosystem to turn innovators into entrepreneurs,' the editors write.  Mayor Alex B. Morse wrote the description of innovation in Holyoke for the magazine. Since taking office in 2011, Morse said his administration has considered it a priority to make the city a center of innovation in the region.

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    14. Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean on how to turn youth into a strong workforce | masslive

      Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean on how to turn youth into a strong workforce | masslive

      Delcie Bean wants to do everything he can to make Massachusetts the technology capital of the Northeast, but he knows he can't do it alone.  The Paragus Strategic IT CEO's progressive position on how to sustainably grow his Hadley company was the major motivation behind launching his nonprofit venture, Tech Foundry, in 2014.

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    15. Top Entrepreneur 2014: Delcie Bean | BusinessWest

      Top Entrepreneur 2014: Delcie Bean | BusinessWest

      That was the case with people named Elvis, Ringo, and Tiger (OK, his real name is Eldrick). And, to a lesser extent, it’s working for the 29-year-old that BusinessWest has chosen to be its Top Entrepreneur for 2014 — Delcie Bean. Or just ‘Delcie,’ because that’s all that’s generally required when he becomes the subject of conversation. That’s true in part because, well, let’s face it, there are not many Delcies out there. But it’s also because Bean, in just a few years, has become a dominant force in the business community — and also with ...

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    16. O'Reilly Auto Parts opening in Springfield, chain plans more stores in Western Massachusetts | masslive

      O'Reilly Auto Parts opening in Springfield, chain plans more stores in Western Massachusetts | masslive

      O'Reilly Auto Parts plans to open its new Springfield location, its first in Western Massachusetts, sometime in the first quarter of 2015.  O'Reilly, which is based in Springfield, Missouri, is also planning to open more stores in Western Massachusetts following this first location at 664 State St., said spokesman Mark Merz.  O'Reilly was founded as a family business in 1957 in Missouri. Since then, it has grown to 4,311 locations in 43 states

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