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    1. Carolyn 'Biddy' Martin inaugurated as first female president of Amherst College

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 16 2011)

      Carolyn 'Biddy' Martin inaugurated as first female president of Amherst College Carolyn Arthur “Biddy” Martin has been president of Amherst College for 56 days, but she was finally inaugurated Sunday as the 19th person and first female to hold the position. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Smith College   Amherst College   Carol T. Christ

    2. Holyoke, old mill town, hosts Idea Mill, featuring robot-maker and other innovators

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 14 2011)

      Holyoke, old mill town, hosts Idea Mill, featuring robot-maker and other innovators iRobot founder Colin Angle said that Friday’s Idea Mill conference here that featured entrepreneurs discussing how they have innovated is the right recipe for Holyoke to breed more entrepreneurship. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Holyoke   The Republican

    3. Profiles in Business

      Explore BusinessWest (Oct 14 2011)

      Profiles in Business “I can literally say that I started from scratch, and with the help of my wife, my brother, my sisters, and my parents, plus hard work and perseverance, our company is growing and prospering,” the typed speech reads. Don D’Amour noted that he and his cousin, company President Charles D’Amour, will be called upon for remarks at the 75th gala, and that, while he hadn’t yet finalized his remarks, he was quite certain that they would strike a very similar theme, although the second generation certainly didn’t start from scratch, a point he emphasized many times. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Big Y Foods   MassMutual

    4. Investment News

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 14 2011)

      Investment News  On Friday, October 7, 2011, officials from Gulfstream Aerospace, a division of General Dynamics, announced that they have chosen Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield as the new site for a $23 million maintenance facility for their new ultra long-range G650 corporate jet. The new facility will employ 100 people, in addition to the 130 people already employed by Gulfstream in Westfield. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik hailed the announcement. Knapik added that “this is just the beginning” as the City plans to develop an aviation business park adjacent to the airport. Gulfstream President for Product Support ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   General Dynamics   Westfield

    5. EDC Assesses Regional Competitiveness

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 14 2011)

        The EDC commissioned CWS Consulting Group to assess ten regional industry sectors for growth and investment potential. CWS used the western Mass section of a 2008 statewide study by Moran Stahl & Boyer commissioned by the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development (“MassEcon”) as its starting point and assessed changes and opportunities that have arisen since then. This study achieved two objectives for us. It addressed our competitiveness against a regional peer group and it helped us improve our understanding of the internal workings of the sectors as part of our Homefield Advantage program. The study identified regional competitive advantages in the ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Homefield Advantage

    6. Do You Have What Mestek Wants?

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 14 2011)

      Do You Have What Mestek Wants? The EDC is pleased to join with Associated Industries of Massachusetts (“AIM”) and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development to promote our second Buy Mass Day in western Mass. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Westfield

    7. Amherst eyes BID proposal

      Explore GazetteNET (Oct 14 2011)

      If the Select Board votes in favor, organizers will then file papers to create a nonprofit organization and establish a board of directors that would manage the fees that are levied on properties within the district. The BID would become operational within six to eight months, said Ann Burke, vice president of the Western Massachusetts Development Office. All property owners will be notified by certified mail and will have 30 days to back out. Burke estimates that the BID should collect between $400,000 and $450,000 in cash and in-kind services annually. Fees would be based on property values ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Northampton

    8. Springfield Falcons to salute Calder Cup champions

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 13 2011)

      Springfield Falcons to salute Calder Cup champions In a ceremony before Springfield’s home opener against Providence at the MassMutual Center, Roberts will be at center ice with seven of his former players – Rob DiMaio, Michel Picard, Mike Walsh, Brian Chapman, Shawn Evans, Scott Daniels and Chris Pryor. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    9. MassMutual Retirement Services' Participant Website Named "Outstanding Website" by the Web Marketing Association

      Explore Fixed Mobile Convergence (Oct 13 2011)

      Together, Acsys and MassMutual created a more visually engaging, brand-enhancing online experience consistent with MassMutual's level of service excellence. In addition to the ability to fully manage their retirement plan accounts online, the website provides analysis tools, 'what if' scenarios, and access to retirement resources to help participants stay on target. Other highlights of the website include links to free online seminars, best-selling author Farnoosh Torabi's tips on finance, and many more retirement resources and tools. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    10. Springfield Falcons offer a new look on the ice and in the front office

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 13 2011)

      Springfield Falcons offer a new look on the ice and in the front office The Springfield Falcons are beginning another season, but this season they're doing it with new ownership and a new outlook on the future. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    11. Editorial: New UMass president Robert Caret setting right tone

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 12 2011)

      Editorial: New UMass president Robert Caret setting right tone Caret visited Springfield, Holyoke and Amherst on Tuesday, Day 2 of a four-day listening tour that will take him across the Bay State, courtesy of a Peter Pan bus. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health

    12. Springfield's Union Station gets $6 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 12 2011)

      Springfield's Union Station gets $6 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant “Today’s announcement is another indication that the Union Station redevelopment project is moving forward in the right direction,” Neal said. “I have always believed that the successful rehabilitation of that historic landmark has the potential to transform the north blocks of downtown Springfield. This funding by the U.S. Department of Transportation is another significant investment in an intermodal transportation project that will serve the entire Western Massachusetts region.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    13. Pioneer Valley machine shops get Massachusetts grant to train workers

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 12 2011)

      Pioneer Valley machine shops get Massachusetts grant to train workers Bialecki, along with representatives of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and area machine-shop operators, announced the grant Wednesday at Hoppe Technologies, a machine shop in Chicopee. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield

    14. Springfield city councilors seek stronger, clearer guidelines on public construction projects and local hiring

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 12 2011)

      Springfield city councilors seek stronger, clearer guidelines on public construction projects and local hiring City councilors said this week they believe that ordinances regulating public construction projects including wages and benefits and promoting local employment, can be made stronger, clearer and more effective. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    15. 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

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

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 11 2011)

      '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

    17. 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

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

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 11 2011)

      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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

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

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 10 2011)

      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

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

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 10 2011)

      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

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

      Explore masslive.com (Oct 8 2011)

      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

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