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    1. Amherst seeking electric customers to start saving energy

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 3 2011)

      Amherst seeking electric customers to start saving energy Western Mass Saves - which is a partner of the Springfield-based Western Massachusetts Electric Company - is offering the panel if at least 3 percent of the town’s registered electric company customers to sign up for the program and commit to making actual changes, said Stephanie Ciccarello, the town’s energy conservation coordinator. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    2. Westfield's Pioneer Valley Energy Center expects to complete permit process for $400 million plant by February

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      Westfield's Pioneer Valley Energy Center expects to complete permit process for $400 million plant by February The Pioneer Valley Energy Center expects to complete its permit process, clearing the way for construction of its proposed $400 million natural gas-fired electric generating plant here by February allowing construction to begin in the spring. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Holyoke

    3. Western Mass Women's Expo 2011 on tap this weekend

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 2 2011)

      Western Mass Women's Expo 2011 on tap this weekend The expo is the first of its kind, Appleman said, and will feature more than 120 companies and organizations that will showcase products and services in such areas as health and wellness, acupuncture, nutrition, fashion, home deco, beauty, jewelry and accessories, psychic readings, entertainment and cuisine, financial planning and real estate, spas and salons, hardware and travel. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   The Republican

    4. Employers stopped adding jobs last month, latest unemployment report shows

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      Employers stopped adding jobs last month, latest unemployment report shows Employers stopped adding jobs in August, an alarming setback for an economy that has struggled to grow and might be at risk of another recession. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Bank of America Helps More Small Businesses Through New Loans, Increased ...

      Explore Online Press Release Distribution (Sep 1 2011)

      Among the CDFIs that have leveraged these grants is the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund in Holyoke, Mass., which has extended loans to several local businesses, including a fitness center, an architectural firm, an animal chiropractic office, an antique furniture store and a beauty salon. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Common Capital   Holyoke   Bank of America

    6. Cyalume Technologies Announces Acquisition of JFC Technologies

      Explore MarketWatch.com (Sep 1 2011)

      WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sep 1, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Cyalume Technologies Holdings, Inc., today announced that it has completed the acquisition of JFC Technologies, LLC's (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. Editorial: Springfield should push for modern press for new Putnam Vocational High School

      Explore masslive.com (Sep 1 2011)

      Editorial: Springfield should push for modern press for new Putnam Vocational High School Smarter and better trained means higher paid workers, and that’s why Putnam needs the kind of press that is big enough to print catalogs and magazine-sized booklets. Workers capable of handling those presses can earn up to $25 an hour. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    8. Holyoke seen as benefitting from $2.1 million federal grant for hydro-power upgrades at computing center

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 31 2011)

      Holyoke seen as benefitting from $2.1 million federal grant for hydro-power upgrades at computing center Power capacity will increase and some economic development could follow thanks to a $2.1 million federal grant to help with hydroelectric improvements around the high performance computing center being built here, officials said Wednesday. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke   The Republican

    9. Lego's half-year 2011 profit soars

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Aug 31 2011)

      Danish toy maker Lego, with Enfield operations, says its first-half profit rose 32 percent as its new products, such as Lego Ninjago, sold above expectations and it continued to gain market share, The Associated Press reports. (Read Full Article)

    10. Massachusetts awards $660K to 'innovation schools'

      Explore masshightech.com (Aug 31 2011)

      Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray today said that $660,000 is being awarded to 15 charter-like “Innovation Schools” throughout the state. The schools received the designation under a component of Gov. Deval Patrick’s Achievement Gap Act of 2010. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   West Springfield   Springfield Renaissance School

    11. Hampden Bank completes stock buyback

      Explore bizjournals (Aug 30 2011)

      The Springfield, Mass.-based holding company for Hampden Bank paid an average price of $10.31 a share for 357,573 shares. The stock on Tuesday afternoon traded at $12.65 a share. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Hampden Bank

    12. Bay State construction hiring popped in July

      Explore bizjournals (Aug 30 2011)

      Springfield was the biggest gainer, in terms of total jobs added, reporting a 1,400-position increase over the 12-month period. The city had 11,700 construction jobs on record as of July 31, compared to 10,300 in 2010’s corresponding period. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    13. WMECo returns power to nearly all customers

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 30 2011)

      WMECo returns power to nearly all customers Peter Clarke, president and chief operating officer of the Northeast Utilities subsidiary, said Monday that western Massachusetts was fortunate that the storm weakened substantially by the time it reached the region. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    14. Capital Ideas

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 30 2011)

      Capital Ideas Capital is the lifeblood of most all established businesses and start-ups. And for many, obstaining capital has become more difficult in this soft economy. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans can often be a creative solution to the needs of businesses large and small (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Programming the Future

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 30 2011)

      Programming the Future “The high-performance computing center will generate a lot of heat,” said Kathleen Anderson, director of Holyoke’s Office of Planning and Development. “If we did urban agriculture, we could take the heat from the computing center and pump it into greenhouses or possibly older mill buildings and start growing things.”Such a project, she said, could generate more than 100 jobs. “Then there’s distributors, processing plants up and down the Valley … how do you include them? An asset like that in Holyoke would need distribution, processing, transportation — how can we leverage that asset to help other businesses in the ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Kathleen G. Anderson   Holyoke

    16. Conventional Thinking

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 30 2011)

      Conventional Thinking Mary Kay Wydra, president of the GSCVB agreed, and said that success in attracting meetings and conventions is a matter of teamwork, through which the region has made serious inroads in a realm known within the large, highly competitive convention industry as SMERF. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Westfield

    17. Doing Business in Westfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 30 2011)

      Doing Business in Westfield Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik pointed to the large wall-mounted map of his hometown in his office and said, “In a year’s time, this city is going to look completely different.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Amherst   Westfield

    18. Profile in Business

      Explore BusinessWest (Aug 30 2011)

      Profile in Business Jack Dill was asked about the currently slumping commercial real estate market, and, more specifically, how this prolonged downturn compares to the one from two decades ago, and if this sector has finally hit bottom and started back up. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield Technical Community College   Baystate Health

    19. Westfield negotiating with Gulfstream for service center for newest corporate jet

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 29 2011)

      Westfield negotiating with Gulfstream for service center for newest corporate jet That center, if approved, will be created on property owned by Barnes Regional Airport, maintain an existing 131 jobs, create an additional 100 jobs and eventually provide Westfield with as much as $500,000 in annual property taxes. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   General Dynamics   Westfield   The Republican

    20. Bradley International Airport running at 70 percent of normal volume

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 29 2011)

      Bradley International Airport running at 70 percent of normal volume Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks is running at about 70 percent of its normal Monday volume, said John J. Wallace, director of communications at the airport. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   The Republican

    21. Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton planning for the future as it considers merger options

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 28 2011)

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton planning for the future as it considers merger options In an interview on Thursday, Craig N. Melin, Cooley Dickinson's president/CEO, said the hospital is being proactive, not reactive, as it talks with Baystate Health, Massachusetts General Hospital and Vanguard Health Systems about a possible merger. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Northampton

    22. New North Citizens' Council, Baystate Health to distribute free backbacks to North End school kids

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 27 2011)

      New North Citizens' Council, Baystate Health to distribute free backbacks to North End school kids The New North Citizens' Council Inc., together with Baystate Health, was expected to distribute free backpacks and school supplies to North End school children at a community picnic scheduled from 11 a.m. until noon Saturday at Jaime Ulloa Park on Morgan Street. But inclement weather could force the "Safe Start to School Picnic" to be held indoors at the Health and Prevention Center, 2594 Main St., according to event organizers. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   The Republican

    23. Boston Business Journal debuts Chief Marketing Officers award to highlight best on local scene

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 27 2011)

      The winners are: •John Chandler, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, MassMutual Financial Group; • Hope Margala Klein, senior vice president of brand, marketing and innovation, The Yankee Candle Co. Inc. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual   Yankee Candle, Inc.   John Chandler

    24. Printing experts urge Springfield's Putnam High School to get larger printing press for student graphics instruction

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 27 2011)

      Printing experts urge Springfield's Putnam High School to get larger printing press for student graphics instruction The Roger L. Putnam Technical Fund Inc. is a fund-raising organization dedicated to outfitting the school with the same equipment students can expect to see once the take jobs in local industry. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   West Springfield

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