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    1. Layoffs planned at Mt. Tom Power Plant in Holyoke, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers says

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 12 2011)

      Layoffs planned at Mt. Tom Power Plant in Holyoke, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers says The owners of Mt. Tom Power Plant plan to lay off half the plant’s 50-person staff including 16 or 17 employees from the 33-member unionized work force, according to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 455 in Springfield. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    2. 'Zero query search' next for Google, Wired magazine's Steven Levy tells Springfield Public Forum

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      'Zero query search' next for Google, Wired magazine's Steven Levy tells Springfield Public Forum “People find what they are looking for in seconds. They say it feels like magic,” Levy said at Tuesday’s Springfield Public Forum held at Symphony Hall. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    3. Editorial: Could Holyoke produce the next Steve Jobs?

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 11 2011)

      Editorial: Could Holyoke produce the next Steve Jobs? For proof that innovation is not dead, we need look no further than Holyoke where a group of local innovators believe the Pioneer Valley could become the next Silicon Valley. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    4. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts issues $40,000 in tornado relief grants

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      Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts issues $40,000 in tornado relief grants Four area nonprofit organizations will receive grant awards totaling $40,000 from the Tornado Relief Fund for Western Massachusetts, according to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. In the aftermath of the June 1 tornadoes that hit Western Massachusetts, the Community Foundation established the tornado relief fund to assist nonprofits which were either directly impacted by the storm or are serving impacted individuals. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   United Bank   The Republican

    5. UMass receives $2.5 grant to help train health care workers in Holyoke, Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 10 2011)

      UMass receives $2.5 grant to help train health care workers in Holyoke, Springfield This grant to the School of Public Health and Health Sciences was the first grant to be awarded in Western Massachusetts, and fellow grant recipients included the likes of Johns Hopkins University. Said Chipkin, “We’re keeping very good company.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield

    6. 2012 European Business Development Mission

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 10 2011)

      2012 European Business Development Mission   EDC Senior VP of Business Development Mike Graney will return to Europe in November to continue our international business development initiative. Mike annually attends Medica, the world’s premier medical device trade show in Düsseldorf. He will also represent the EDC as part of a New England’s Knowledge Corridor® (Hartford CT – Springfield MA region) sponsorship of a Dutch medical device regulatory affairs conference two days before Medica. The EDC’s goal is to identify and talk to corporate executives from firms that are interested in U.S. investment, partnerships and/or supply chain, especially in the northeast. Mike will ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Knowledge Corridor   Michael Graney

    7. 2 studies to provide more information about Amherst's Gateway Project

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 10 2011)

      Town officials are hoping to learn more about traffic that would be generated from the proposed Gateway project sometime in December. The University of Massachusetts will be conducting a traffic study as part of its master planning process and will pay the cost of assessing traffic at the intersections surround the project that would feature a mix of housing and retail link the downtown to UMass. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    8. UMass President Robert Caret launches statewide bus tour to learn how to better serve Massachusetts residents, businesses

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      UMass President Robert Caret launches statewide bus tour to learn how to better serve Massachusetts residents, businesses Embracing a tactic more often associated with political candidates, University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret is heading out on the road Monday for a week-long public bus tour to learn how UMass can better serve commonwealth residents. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    9. Idea Mill seminar at Open Square explores whether new industries will create a 'new' Holyoke

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      Idea Mill seminar at Open Square explores whether new industries will create a 'new' Holyoke “It is people who are creative innovators and people who are interested in urban revitalization,” said organizer Brendan M. Ciecko. “The conference is a really wonderful crossroads of all of that. We’d been having a number of informal meet-ups. I felt there was a lot more potential for a larger event, given the magnitude of the computer center.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    10. Voices of the Valley: John Hazen, Hazen Paper Co.

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      Voices of the Valley: John Hazen, Hazen Paper Co. The business was founded by my grandfather John N. Hazen in 1925. The company is a paper converter and a paper decorator, and has been since the beginning. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican   Hazen Paper

    11. $23 million Gulfstream project announced in Westfield

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 7 2011)

      In Westfield, Gulfstream has already started hiring for the highly technical aviation maintenance and repair jobs that will fill the new hangar, Mark Burns said. “These are the kinds of jobs that can uplift a community,” Burns said. “We are very proud of that.” Westfield beat out sites in other states that were vying for the maintenance facility because of the quality of its workforce. “Our customers routinely tell us that this facility is the best,” he said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    12. UMass wins five-year, $7.5 million federal grant to host Northeast Climate Science Center

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 7 2011)

      “The nationwide network of Climate Science Centers will provide the scientific talent and commitment necessary for understanding how climate change and other landscape stressors will change the face of the United States, and how the Department of the Interior, as our nation’s chief steward of natural and cultural resources, can prepare and respond,” Salazar said in a statement. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Amherst

    13. Chicopee applies for $5.4 million state grant for work on Uniroyal and Facemate sites

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      Chicopee applies for $5.4 million state grant for work on Uniroyal and Facemate sites The city has applied for a $5.4 million state grant to continue with the years-long aim of transforming the old Uniroyal and Facemate plants into a mixed-use development on the Chicopee River, Mayor Michael D. Bissonnette said Friday. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Chicopee   The Republican

    14. Supplemental Budget Will Free Money to Train Workers

      Explore AIM Business Insider (Oct 7 2011)

      Supplemental Budget Will Free Money to Train Workers The $460 million budget measure will allow state officials to move money earmarked earlier this year for the Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP) into a new trust fund created when Governor Deval Patrick signed the Fiscal Year 2012 budget in July. Officials cannot currently apply money that was in the fund prior to the creation of the trust, meaning that companies awarded grants in July have been waiting to receive their money. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    15. House Passes Bill That Earmarks Millions To County

      Explore iBerkshires.com (Oct 7 2011)

      The bill also includes investments in work-force training through health care, work-force training for health-care workers to transition to new systems proposed in health-care reform legislation, summer jobs programs and STEM initiatives.The bill also commits an additional $10 million to cities and towns affected by the June 1 tornadoes for unreimbursed costs and $6.2 million to reimburse cities and towns for a portion of the costs incurred in the December 2008 ice storm. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    16. $20 million renovation of Caring Health Center building in Springfield's tornado-battered South End moves forward

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 6 2011)

      $20 million renovation of Caring Health Center building in Springfield's tornado-battered South End moves forward Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray visited the city's storm-battered South End to celebrate the revival of the Caring Health Center's expansion project after it was nearly decimated by the June 1 tornado. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    17. Signs point toward Gulfstream Aerospace announcing new maintenance hangar in Westfield

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      Signs point toward Gulfstream Aerospace announcing new maintenance hangar in Westfield Gulfstream Aerospace plans to host Gov. Deval L. Patrick at a news conference Friday at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport, an apparent sign that Westfield has been successful in its efforts to bring a new Gulfstream maintenance hangar and 100 jobs. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    18. Friendly's sees a way forward after bankruptcy filing

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      Friendly's sees a way forward after bankruptcy filing “You know Friendly’s has been around 76 years,” said Harsha V. Agadi, the chairman and CEO of Friendly’s since August of 2010. “I think this is the first day of the next 76 years.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    19. ISO New England replaces two directors

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Oct 6 2011)

      ISO is responsible for setting the wholesale price of electricity in New England, and its policies influence how much ratepayers in Connecticut and the region's other states give to utilities each month. Connecticut officials currently are trying to have ISO reconsider its pricing model for electricity, as state officials believe the model forces higher prices. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Bank of America

    20. Michelle and Donald D'Amour Fine Arts Museum to host 'Old Masters to Monet Exhibit

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      Michelle and Donald D'Amour Fine Arts Museum to host 'Old Masters to Monet Exhibit An exhibit entitled, 'Old Masters to Monet', is coming to the Museum in December. And the exhibit has vaulted the D'Amour Museum into the stratosphere of the fine art world. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    21. Long-time Friendly's customers lament loss of their favorite restaurant locations

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      Long-time Friendly's customers lament loss of their favorite restaurant locations When told of Friendly’s financial problems, which forced the restaurant chain on Wednesday to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy and close 63 locations including five in Western Massachusetts, Green shrugged and said it is the latest bit of bad news that is a direct result of the struggling national economy. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   The Republican

    22. MassEcon Announces GT Advanced Technologies as a Winner for the 8th A...

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      "New England is outpacing the rest of the country in economic recovery," said Greg Bialecki, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Development ... Smith & Wesson -- Springfield Silver: Coca-Cola -- Northampton Bronze: General Dynamics AIS -- Pittsfield (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Smith & Wesson Corp.

    23. EDC Hosts French Delegation

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 5 2011)

      EDC Hosts French Delegation   Yesterday, the EDC hosted a delegation from the Seine et Marne region of France, east of Paris. Most of our guests were economic developers, but one company representative came, too. The delegation is spending this week in North America and included a day in western Mass, in addition to stops in Boston/Cambridge and Montreal. The mission was organized by Hubtech 21, a company based in Paris with a U.S. office in Cambridge that assists European companies that want to enter the U.S. market. The EDC works with Hubtech 21 and similar organizations to identify international regions and ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Smith College   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    24. Interview: Valley Venture Mentors

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      Interview: Valley Venture Mentors Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) is a mentoring program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs in western Massachusetts launch their companies. These companies are generally in the pre-funding stage, with many unexplored details to consider. The goal is to match each team with appropriate professional mentors to guide them through the process of establishing their business. Mentors have the opportunity to share their expertise and speak from experience, while supporting the young entrepreneurs through various challenges. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   The Republican

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