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    1. Home sales, prices down 4 percent for year in Pioneer Valley

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 19 2012)

      Home sales, prices down 4 percent for year in Pioneer Valley Corinne A. Fitzgerald, 2012 president of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley and an owner at Fitzgerald Real Estate in Greenfield, said the market improved late in 2011, possibly because of a mild, relatively snowless winter thus far. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley

    2. peerTransfer Notes Universities Show Continued Efforts to Cater to Their International Student Popul

      Explore PR-USA.net (Jan 19 2012)

      Schools such as the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Penn State University, Wayne State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and California State University - Chico have joined peerTransfer's now 65 plus partner schools. "At Averett University, our international student population continues to grow. We are always trying to find ways to make the process for our international students easier and more user-friendly. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    3. Mass. jobless rate falls to 6.8%; lowest in three years

      Explore The Boston Globe (Jan 19 2012)

      The Massachusetts unemployment rate last month fell below 7 percent for the first time in three years, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported today. The state jobless rate declined to 6.8 percent from 7 percent in November. It was the lowest unemployment rate since December 2008. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst College   Amherst

    4. Total amount of money spent on real estate in Hampden County dropped 8 percent last year, Register of Deeds Donald Ashe says

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 19 2012)

      Total amount of money spent on real estate in Hampden County dropped 8 percent last year, Register of Deeds Donald Ashe says The total amount of money spent on real estate in Hampden County dropped 8 percent in 2011 from $992.9 million in 2010 to $913.4 million, according to figures released Wednesday by Hampden County Register of Deeds Donald E. Ashe. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    5. Gov. eyes additional $5M for cultural funding

      Explore Home - Berkshire Eagle Online (Jan 19 2012)

      As the state prepares to formally release $853,000 in matching grants to support restoration, repairs and upgrades at a half-dozen Berkshire cultural organizations, the Gov. Deval Patrick administration has revealed plans to release an additional $5 million statewide in Cultural Facilities Fund awards for the coming year. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment

    6. Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative eyeing purchase of Five Star Transportation facility in Agawam

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 18 2012)

      The executive director of the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative said it would be better for her organization, which is a tenant at the Five Star Transportation facility in Agawam, to own the property. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   The Republican

    7. ITT Exelis laying off 76 workers

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Jan 18 2012)

      A manufacturing company in West Springfield laid off 76 employees on Wednesday. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    8. Green loan goes to So. Deerfield company

      Explore bizjournals (Jan 18 2012)

      The state’s finance and development agency provided $758,460 to Pro Pel Plastech, a South Deerfield, Mass. manufacturer of recycled plastic pellets from industrial plastic waste and consumer materials. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    9. Transportation grants to help UMass-Amherst, other New England campuses

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 18 2012)

      The U.S. Department of Transportation says the New England schools will get a share of $77 million it is allocating to 22 facilities known as University Transportation Centers, in which various schools team up for research. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   University of Connecticut   Amherst

    10. Holyoke considers $16 million Big Y project: jobs and tax revenue vs. traffic and possible fast-food drive-up window

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 17 2012)

      Jobs and tax revenue are being weighed against increased traffic and a possible fast-food restaurant with a drive-up window in the consideration of a proposed $16 million supermarket project. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Holyoke   Westfield

    11. Most Amherst downtown property owners participating in new business improvement district

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 17 2012)

      Most Amherst downtown property owners participating in new business improvement district Officials and business owners are also excited about the recent creation of the town’s Business Improvement District, said Tony A. Maroulis, executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, which they see as another boost. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst College   Amherst

    12. Peter Pan Bus Lines subsidiary targets downtown Westfield for off-campus WSU student housing

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 17 2012)

      Peter Pan Bus Lines subsidiary targets downtown Westfield for off-campus WSU student housing University Housing LLC, a Peter Pan Bus Lines company, will invest an estimated $5 million in Westfield’s downtown to create off-campus housing for students attending Westfield State University. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Westfield

    13. Mass wins $50M grant for early learning

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Jan 17 2012)

      Massachusetts is one of nine states being awarded a $50 million federal grant over the next four years as part of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge. The governor attributes the accomplishment to a supportive Legislature and administration. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    14. State awards grants totaling $3.6 million for enhancing Western Massachusetts parks and recreation sites

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 17 2012)

      State awards grants totaling $3.6 million for enhancing Western Massachusetts parks and recreation sites Across Massachusetts, the grants totaled $14 million under the state’s Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Program and the Gateway Cities Parks Program. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield   The Republican

    15. Strategies for Springfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 17 2012)

      Strategies for Springfield Indeed, 2012 will be a year when tornado-recovery plans are put on the table, many downtown initiatives could take big steps forward, the Union Station project may actually go to bid, and the casino debate — with a Springfield site among many in contention — will intensify. “While the hits we took in 2011 were substantial, I foresee a very good year in 2012 — we have enormous possibilities,” said Kennedy. “If we can all work together and coalesce around the plans and come up with the correct strategies to implement what’s there, we’ve got great opportunity. We still have good ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    16. Continuity and Change

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 17 2012)

      Continuity and Change Glenn Welch, the new president and COO of Hampden Bank, takes over with an informal philosophy of not trying to fix anything that isn’t broken — and this encompasses most all strategic initiatives at the nearly 160-year-old institution. For now, his primary focus is on seizing opportunities to grow the commercial portfolio presented by improving confidence among business owners and what Welch called “concern with larger-bank relationships and where they’re headed.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Hampden Bank   Glenn Welch

    17. Getting Down to Business: Playing Matchmaker

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 17 2012)

      Getting Down to Business: Playing Matchmaker The full measure of his organization, Allan Blair will tell you, is pretty straightforward. “Three goals,” he began. Blair is president and CEO of the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Western Mass., and he explained that those goals to stimulate the regional economy are quality jobs, public and private investment, and bringing in additional visitors. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Allan W. Blair

    18. New bakery, Sal's Bakery & Cafe, opens on Belmont Avenue in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 16 2012)

      New bakery, Sal's Bakery & Cafe, opens on Belmont Avenue in Springfield A lifelong city residents, owner Salvatore Circosta runs the emerging business with his two friends Nunzio Bruno, who is the business manager, and Santino Bruno, who is the operations manager. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    19. Belchertown Planning Board continues public hearing on solar array at New England Small Farm Institute

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 16 2012)

      Belchertown Planning Board continues public hearing on solar array at New England Small Farm Institute NESFI has partnered with Amherst-based solar company Hyperion Systems to install a 3-acre dual-use array on a 5.5-acre hay field. The panels would be elevated several feet and spaced out to allow crops to grow and animals to graze. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst   The Republican

    20. Blu Homes closes shop in East Longmeadow, moves to California

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 13 2012)

      Blu Homes closes shop in East Longmeadow, moves to California Blu Homes, a modular home company that touted Western Massachusetts as the perfect place to manufacture its homes, has closed its East Longmeadow factory and moved production to Vallejo, Calif. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   The Republican   Blu Homes

    21. Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle: education equals jobs

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 13 2012)

      Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle: education equals jobs According to data Dobelle and Konig collected with the help of The Brookings Institution in Washington, higher education has outstripped manufacturing as a generator of jobs in every U.S. Metropolitan area except Milwaukee, Wis. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   University of Connecticut   Springfield College

    22. Massachusetts business confidence rebounded in December

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 13 2012)

      Massachusetts business confidence rebounded in December “I think it is a sort of cautious optimism,” said Michael D. Goodman, chairman of the public policy program at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and a member of Associated Industries of Massachusetts’s Board of Economic Advisors. “It suggests slow but steady improvement.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    23. MGM Resorts International casino in Brimfield would create 3,000 permanent jobs, developers say

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 12 2012)

      MGM Resorts International casino in Brimfield would create 3,000 permanent jobs, developers say While the Brimfield resort would have a hotel, entertainment venue and assorted table games and slots, the exact design has not been created. Murren said the project is expected to cost in excess of $600 million. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   Palmer   Springfield

    24. Berkshire Bank Promotes Pioneer Valley VP

      Explore iBerkshires.com (Jan 12 2012)

      Berkshire Bank Promotes Pioneer Valley VP Berkshire Bank, headquartered in Pittsfield, has promoted Shaun Dwyer of Feeding Hills to first vice president and commercial team leader for the Pioneer Valley. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   TD Bank   Springfield Technical Community College

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