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    1. Editorial: Smith & Wesson hones historic brand

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 21 2011)

      Sales of Springfield-made Smith & Wesson firearms are going great guns. And that’s great news for the iconic company, its employees – and the region’s longtime reputation as a place where premier products are made. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield   The Republican

    2. 'Think Westfield First, Buy Local' promotion designed to draw holiday shoppers downtown

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 21 2011)

      'Think Westfield First, Buy Local' promotion designed to draw holiday shoppers downtown “Think Westfield First, Buy Local” is an event that encourages people to shop in Westfield and earn chances to win a gift basket, said BID director Lisa G. McMahon. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Westfield   The Republican   Lisa McMahon

    3. Mass., feds agree to $26.7B health care extension

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 21 2011)

      Mass., feds agree to $26.7B health care extension "Massachusetts has proven itself as a national leader in health care reform, with more than 98 percent of our residents insured," Patrick said Tuesday. "This new federal agreement will help us build on our success and tackle the next phase of our work — cracking the code on health care costs." (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    4. Holyoke solar power project, among largest in New England, starts up

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 21 2011)

      Holyoke solar power project, among largest in New England, starts up The second and final piece of an $18 million to $20 million project that includes nearly 18,400 ground-mounted solar panels in two locations in the city was ready to generate, said James M. Lavelle, manager of the Holyoke Gas & Electric Department, the city-owned utility. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   Holyoke Gas & Electric   The Republican

    5. Jason Mark, Northampton author and online entrepreneur, sees respect as key to writing for kids

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 20 2011)

      Jason Mark, Northampton author and online entrepreneur, sees respect as key to writing for kids Inspired by readers, Mark recently also made available a print version of the book, about two children who find a ghost in their house and ultimately become instrumental in helping the ghost grow to be a better “person.” Mark, 40, is the chief strategist and creative leader of Gravity Switch, and he describes himself as “an inventor and technologist” who loves working with people who are both smart and fun. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican   Jason Mark

    6. MassMutual donates $3 million to Baystate Medical Center’s Springfield expansion

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 20 2011)

      MassMutual donates $3 million to Baystate Medical Center’s Springfield expansion The donation, announced Tuesday by Baystate and MassMutual officials, comes 2½ months before the first section of the $296 million “hospital of the future” is scheduled to open on March 2. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual   Baystate Health   Springfield

    7. Massachusetts gets $60 million grant to help homeless people

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 20 2011)

      Massachusetts gets $60 million grant to help homeless people The funding is intended to be used to help provide transitional and permanent housing and supportive services to homeless people across the state. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. Municipal Economic Development Announcements

      Explore From the EDC (Dec 20 2011)

        There have been two significant announcements about municipal economic development positions in western Mass within the last week. First, Teri Anderson, Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Northampton, announced that she is leaving to accept a position with Common Capital, formerly Western Mass Enterprise Fund. Teri had an outstanding career in Northampton. She worked with the EDC on a number of projects including Village Hill, the Three County Fairgrounds and the formation of the Northampton Business Improvement District. In addition, she played an important role on the Economic Development Partners, providing cogent advice for the region while ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Common Capital   Springfield   Northampton

    9. Bowie School students in Chicopee learn engineering with after-school club

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 20 2011)

      Bowie School students in Chicopee learn engineering with after-school club The challenge was done during the second day of the after-school LEGO engineering club that is teaching students basic engineering skills and having them test different concepts while working with LEGO bricks and other building materials, such as index cards and ice cream sticks. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Chicopee   The Republican

    10. Groundbreaking Developments

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 20 2011)

      Groundbreaking Developments Redevelopment of the Ludlow Mills complex, an ambitious undertaking on the part of Westmass Development, is well underway, with two large-scale projects punctuating ceremonies to mark the closing on the historic property. One is construction of a new HealthSouth rehabilitation hospital only a few blocks from the current site, the former Ludlow Hospital, while the other is a planned 82-unit senior independent-living facility. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Chicopee

    11. City2City

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 20 2011)

      City2City Following up a trip a year ago to Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C., a delegation from Greater Springfield recently visited Grand Rapids, Mich. to see and learn how that community has earned the designation of ‘resurgent city.’ Civic and business leaders there said much of it comes down to private-public partnerships, collaboration between all parties involved in an initiative, and what one official called “coloring waaay outside the lines.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    12. Tax incentive for F.W. Webb relocation and expansion plans gets Springfield City Council final approval

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 19 2011)

      “We are excited a company here in Springfield wants to expand and invest in the city in these tough economic times,” said Brian M. Connors, deputy director of planning and economic development. “It’s a great project.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Brian M. Connors   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield City Council

    13. Primed for Recovery

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 19 2011)

      Primed for Recovery As 2011 winds to a close, it appears that the nation will see growth of only a percentage point or two. That’s nothing remarkable, but certainly an accomplishment, considering how bleak things looked only a few months ago, when a double dip seemed very possible. And now there are several indicators — from stronger-than-expected holiday sales to signs of life in the housing market — that something approaching real recovery could be on the horizon. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    14. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno appoints Kevin Kennedy, aide to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, as the city's new chief development officer

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 19 2011)

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno appoints Kevin Kennedy, aide to U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, as the city's new chief development officer Mayor Domenic J. Sarno on Monday announced the appointment of Kevin E. Kennedy, who serves is an aide to U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, as the city’s new chief development officer. Kennedy, 59, of 54 South Shore Drive, will oversee the city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, and serve as the city’s top economic development official. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    15. Springfield's Smith & Wesson completes move, takes aim at future

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 19 2011)

      Springfield's Smith & Wesson completes move, takes aim at future Back in 2001, Smith & Wesson had 600 employees in Springfield. Today, Smith & Wesson has 1,200 employees in Springfield and growing, Debney said. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. reported net sales of $92.2 million during the three months ending at the end of October, up 10.5 percent from the $83.5 million in net sales recorded during the same period in 2010. Sales were strong across all nearly all firearm products but were offset by a decline in hunting firearm sales, the company said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Coca-Cola

    16. Western New England University students showcase innovation

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 19 2011)

      Western New England University students showcase innovation For some of the students in the Product Innovation and Development class at Western New England University, inspiration came on the football field. For others it came on the factory floor of Lenox American Saw East Longmeadow or on a school-sponsored trip to hospitals in Guatemala. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   The Republican

    17. United Way of Pioneer Valley looks at financial literacy

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 19 2011)

      United Way of Pioneer Valley looks at financial literacy The United Way is beginning a new focus on financial education in hopes of developing area families not only maximize their income through workforce development and job-training programs but make the best use of the income they have, said Dora D. Robinson, president and CEO of the United Way of Pioneer Valley. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    18. Mayor Sarno, Congressman Neal to hold economic development press conference in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 18 2011)

      Mayor Sarno, Congressman Neal to hold economic development press conference in Springfield During the campaign, Sarno highlighted economic revitalization efforts already underway, including the creation of DevelopSpringfield, the city’s nonprofit economic development corporation. The organization has been "giving out loans and grants up the Main Street Corridor and State Street Corridor" to help spur economic growth, Sarno said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    19. Massachusetts could see up to $50 million boost in early childhood education funding through federal 'Race to the Top' program

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 16 2011)

      Massachusetts could see up to $50 million boost in early childhood education funding through federal 'Race to the Top' program Early education in Massachusetts is poised for up to a $50 million boost from a grant from the White House targeting this state among nine that earned federal funding through a competitive “Race to the Top” early learning challenge fund. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   The Republican

    20. Editorial: Ludlow mills gets a new lease on life

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 16 2011)

      Editorial: Ludlow mills gets a new lease on life On Tuesday, Richard Sullivan Jr., Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, stood inside the cavernous Mill 10 to announce a senior housing project. WinnDevelopment, which recently rehabilitated Longhill Gardens in Springfield, is renovating the building into a $20 million, 83-unit apartment complex (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   United Bank

    21. Pioneer Valley officials lobby state for transportation, highway funds

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 16 2011)

      Pioneer Valley officials lobby state for transportation, highway funds PVPC executive director Timothy W. Brennan called for more revenue to help address nearly $1.2 billion in area highway projects in backlog since 2002 and another $279 million in regional transit projects. Highway projects include a $358 million estimate to replace the Interstate 91 viaduct in Springfield. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   The Republican

    22. Eastern States Exposition president Wayne McCary announces retirement

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 16 2011)

      Eastern States Exposition president Wayne McCary announces retirement G. Wayne E. McCary is retiring as president of the Eastern Sates Exposition. His retirement will be effective June 26, 2012. Eugene J. Cassidy of Longmeadow, will succeed him. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    23. Rebuild Springfield committee hears from public on plan to restore South End following June 1 tornado

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 15 2011)

      Rebuild Springfield committee hears from public on plan to restore South End following June 1 tornado State officials Thursday announced the release of $14 million in state relief funds to the city and several surrounding communities to assist with tornado rebuilding efforts. Springfield is due to receive $8.7 million, Monson $1.8 million and Wilbraham $1.7 million. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    24. Springfield's Big Y Foods Inc. buys 2 Louis & Clark locations

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 15 2011)

      Springfield's Big Y Foods Inc. buys 2 Louis & Clark locations Louis & Clark Drug Stores has sold its two pharmacies at 471 Breckwood Drive in Springfield and 459 Main St., Wilbraham to Big Y Foods Inc. so the pharmacy can concentrate on its medical equipment, custom compounding and specialty pharmacy businesses. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield   Northampton

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