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    1. UMassCenter at Springfield opens its doors to 250 students Tuesday

      UMassCenter at Springfield opens its doors to 250 students Tuesday

      The new center will offer more than 20 courses including programs in addiction counseling, education, architecture, cyber security, nursing and a masters in business administration, among others. The center will also include the University Without Walls, a program that allows students credits for life and work experiences.

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    2. The SilverBrick Group set to begin renovations at newly purchased Morgan Square Apartments

      The SilverBrick Group set to begin renovations at newly purchased Morgan Square Apartments

      The SilverBrick Group, a company that recently purchased the former Morgan Square Apartments in downtown Springfield for $9 million, will have a ceremony on Wednesday to kick off renovations. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno plans to be among officials attending the kickoff scheduled at 2 p.m., at 1611 Main St., in a storefront space. The 280-unit apartment complex is at the corner of Main and Taylor streets, near Union Station.

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    3. Explosion of Potential

      Explosion of Potential

      The good news, Hively noted, is that the innovation district has plenty going for it already, from the neighborhood’s pre-existing geographic assets to economic-development success stories such as the Baystate Innovation Center, a business accelerator that creates an anchor and partner for health technology startups; the entrepreneurial support system of entities like Valley Venture Mentors, Springfield Angels, and River Valley Investors; and Tech Foundry, which acts as a training ground for building career skills and filling job openings.

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    4. Westfield River Brewing gets Southwick's OK to relocate to College Highway site | masslive.com

      Westfield River Brewing gets Southwick's OK to relocate to College Highway site | masslive.com

      Westfield River Brewing owner Sergio Bonavita has said he hopes to open the doors of his new brewery to the public here in October. The business will be located at 707 College Highway, the former Chuck's Steakhouse Restaurant.  Once ABCC approval is received, Bonavita will be able to open his brewery, a tasting bar, outdoor patio area and retail store to sell his product. Selectmen approved operation hours of noon to 10 p.m. Mondays through Sundays.

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    5. Springfield City Council will discuss options, potential appeal, regarding planned construction of biomass plant

      Springfield City Council will discuss options, potential appeal, regarding planned construction of biomass plant

      The Massachusetts Land Court recently ruled Palmer Renewable Energy is entitled to building permits for its proposed $150 million biomass plant near the intersection of Cadwell Drive and Roosevelt Avenue. The city building commissioner had issued the permits for initial construction, but both were revoked by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Palmer Renewable Energy appealed to the Land Court in Boston, and won.

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    6. Charles E. Cavagnaro of Wing Memorial Hospital now president of Baystate Eastern Region including Wing Memorial and Baystate Mary Lane

      Charles E. Cavagnaro of Wing Memorial Hospital now president of Baystate Eastern Region including Wing Memorial and Baystate Mary Lane

      Baystate Health has appointed Dr. Charles E. Cavagnaro III, now president of Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer, as the president of Baystate's new Eastern Region which will include both Wing and Baystate Mary Lane in Ware, according to a news release.  Baystate's purchase of Wing from the Worcester-based UMass Memorial Medical Center was approved by the state earlier this month and the formal switchover is expected to occur, Monday, Sept. 1. Dr. Cavagnaro will also be in charge of Baystate's medical practices and other operations in the Palmer and Ware areas, according to the announcement.  With that ...

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    7. Lamson & Goodnow says orders pouring in, company in talks to bring back unionized workers

      Lamson & Goodnow says orders pouring in, company in talks to bring back unionized workers

      Lamson & Goodnow is in talks to bring back its unionized production work force soon and restart production as it recovers under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
      Founded in 1837, Lamson & Goodnow is the oldest maker of cutlery in continuous operation in the United States.  Lambson laid off production works last week as it entered Chapter 11, said James Pelletier, chief operating officer and part of a new management team. He hopes to have those workers back soon and then begin adding more staff to the total prebankruoptcy headcount of 31 or so.

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    8. Downtown Springfield poster exhibit shows how small changes can have healthy impacts

      Downtown Springfield poster exhibit shows how small changes can have healthy impacts

      A popular poster exhibit of Springfield residents spotlighting the small but significant changes they make in their lives to improve their health is open every Friday through Sept. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Design Center on Court Square. Free, healthy refreshments are available. It is part of the LiveWell Springfield health initiative that began two years ago to promote health, bringing together dozens of public and private organizations. “The posters are beautiful and the stories are inspiring,” said Catherine Ratté, the LiveWell Springfield project manager for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and principal ...

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    9. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts awards $240,000 in grants

      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts awards $240,000 in grants

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts has awarded some $240,000 in partnership grant commitments to organizations in the four counties, including ones that work in the area of foster care, teen pregnancy prevention and with incarcerated mothers. "The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts leverages the power of partnership to positively change the landscape for women and girls in Western Massachusetts," said Elizabeth Barajas-Román, the foundation's new chief executive officer. "Our most recent grant commitment of $240,000 over three years in the four counties is a significant investment to support projects that we know will ...

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    10. Palmer Renewable Energy plans for construction of biomass plant following Massachusetts Land Court ruling

      Palmer Renewable Energy plans for construction of biomass plant following Massachusetts Land Court ruling

      A lawyer representing Palmer Renewable Energy said Wednesday the company is “looking forward” to moving ahead with a biomass wood burning plant in East Springfield following a state court ruling that reinstated its building permits. Thomas A. Mackie, a Boston lawyer representing the company, offered no estimate of when construction could begin, but praised the Massachusetts Land Court for ruling that the permits are valid. The Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals had overturned the building permits. That move was overruled by last week’s court decision.

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    11. Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton up and running; delivers 1st batch to local restaurants

      Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton up and running; delivers 1st batch to local restaurants

      Fort Hill Brewery has proudly delivered its first batch of craft beer — an Oktoberfest Lager — to local restaurants after breaking ground 22 months ago. The German-style lager is now available at venues such as Coco and the Cellar Bar, Galaxy, the Brass Cat, the Hideaway, Amy's Place, and the Apollo Grill in Easthampton, and will soon be on tap at Roberto's in Northampton, said owner and head brewer Eric Berzins. "The lager is trickier to brew than ales, because the fermentation process is conducted at a lower temperature," said Berzins. "The yeast management is different. Any mistake made ...

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    12. Monsanto donates plant cell library, equipment to UMass worth more than $1 million

      Monsanto donates plant cell library, equipment to UMass worth more than $1 million

      The Monsanto Co. has donated a unique plant cell library and related equipment valued at more than $1 million to the University of Massachusetts for research. The library contains tissues and cells from 3,500 plant species and is considered to be one of the largest plant cell collections in the world, according to a press release. University and company officials state that the collection of materials does not contain any genetically modified organisms, but rather comprises natural plant materials from around the world, according to the press release. Millions have protested Monsanto's use of genetically modified organisms.

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    13. Holyoke's Common Capital helps business get new start

      Holyoke's Common Capital helps business get new start

      Common Capital invests in local small businesses – accepting loans from investors for as little as $1,000 to its Community First Fund. According to its website, it assists through consultation and floating loans to small businesses that will create jobs and help build the local economy. Businesses can apply online for loans of up to $50,000, but Common Capital offers loans of up to $300,000. Common Capital invests in a wide array of businesses throughout the valley. Based in Holyoke, it reaches as far south as Springfield, as far north as Greenfield, as far east as Pittsfield.

       

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    14. Filling the Gap | BusinessWest

      Filling the Gap | BusinessWest

      Specifically, STCC’s associate-degree program in precision machining doubled in size last September from 40 to 80 students, thanks to a $2 million upgrade of the school’s Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center. “We have all new CNC machines, computers, high-end computer workstations, and software. We also hired two new faculty members as well as technicians,” said STCC President Ira Rubenzahl, adding that there will be a total of about 250 students in non-credit and for-credit manufacturing-related programs this fall.

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    15. What's in a Name? | BusinessWest

      What's in a Name? | BusinessWest

      Carol Leary was asked about her institution’s decision to call itself a university, rather than a college, and the reasons behind that move. But before going there, she took a few minutes — actually, more than a few — to chronicle and explain the many times over the past 117 years that the name over the school’s front door has changed.  It began as Bay Path Institute, when it was located in downtown Springfield and focused on training men and women for roles in business and accounting, she noted, adding that it became Bay Path Secretarial School in 1945 after ...

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    16. The Student Prince / Fort restaurant reopening in Springfield now planned for October

      The Student Prince / Fort restaurant reopening in Springfield now planned for October

      The Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room restaurant in downtown Springfield is now scheduled to reopen Oct. 1, its new owner, Peter Picknelly, said on Monday.  The Fort, long the venue for holiday celebrations, business dinners and parties, has been closed since July. At that time, the Springfield dining icon was slated to close altogether before Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines, announced his plans to buy The Fort.

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    17. Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield

      Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield

      The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield is seeking nominations for its annual Super 60 awards program. Applications are due no later than midnight on Sept. 5.  Now  in its 25th year, the awards program celebrates the success of the fastest-growing and privately-owned businesses in the region which continue to make significant contributions to the strength of the regional economy. Each year, the program identifies the top performing companies in revenue growth and total revenue. Last year, one-third of the winners in the revenue growth category experienced growth in excess of 50 percent with the average growth of all ...

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    18. Campagnari Construction seeks to buy former Page Boulevard fire station in Springfield for office, apartments

      Campagnari Construction seeks to buy former Page Boulevard fire station in Springfield for office, apartments

      Campagnari Construction has filed a proposal to buy the former Page Boulevard fire station from the city for $20,000 to convert to office space and two market-rate apartments. Matthew Campagnari, owner of the company, submitted the high bid for the city-owned station, which is located at 833 Page Blvd. at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue.

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    19. State, MassChallenge Launch Government Innovation Competition

      MassIT, the Commonwealth’s lead state agency for technology across the executive branch, announced a first-of-its-kind MassIT Government Innovation Competition, with a $50,000 prize for the winning project. MassIT will partner with MassChallenge, a start-up accelerator that supports high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs, on this initiative. The goal of the MassIT Government Innovation Competition is to provide high-quality startups with incentives to develop innovative solutions that can help the state government meet constituent needs more efficiently and at lower cost to taxpayers. For the first time, the Commonwealth will have access to entrepreneurs focused on improving the constituent-government relationship. The Commonwealth ...

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    20. Millfest to be held Sept. 10 at Ludlow Mills

      Millfest to be held Sept. 10 at Ludlow Mills

      Ludlow Mills on State Street will be the site of “Millfest” presented by the East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield Sept. 10 from 5 p.m. until dusk. The rain date is Sept. 11. Millfest will take place in an outdoor tent setting and will provide attendees the opportunity to network in a casual and informal setting. Attendees will be able to network with many of the businesses that are based in the industrial complex and learn about the Ludlow Riverwalk which is expected to be ...

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    21. Mass energy department awards UMass-Amherst $2.5 million to create endowed chair in renewable energy

      Mass energy department awards UMass-Amherst $2.5 million to create endowed chair in renewable energy

      The University of Massachusetts College of Engineering has been awarded $2.5 million from the state Department of Energy Resources to create a new endowed chair in renewable energy. Tim Anderson, dean of the College of Engineering, said he plans to conduct a national search beginning in the fall of 2015, according to a UMass release. "There has been tremendous progress in renewable energy during the past 10 years," Anderson said. "The endowed chair will ensure that the College of Engineering stays at the frontier of energy research."

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    22. Baystate Health Selects Premier Inc. to Support Innovation Center

      Baystate Health Selects Premier Inc. to Support Innovation Center

      Baystate Health has been a member of Premier and its predecessor companies for 30 years, leveraging both its performance and supply-chain services. Last fall, the health system deployed PremierConnect Enterprise to quickly and more efficiently access, integrate, and interpret its clinical, financial, and operational data. Seeing the positive results, the Innovation Center signed a separate, multi-year agreement to use PremierConnect Enterprise to integrate payer, provider, and other healthcare data from participating innovators within a structured collaborative environment. By leveraging PremierConnect Enterprise’s platform and unique healthcare-data model, innovators will easily access and manipulate data for testing and scaling new HIT ...

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    23. Common Capital announces loan to Quabbin Harvest, a co-op grocery in Orange

      Common Capital announces loan to Quabbin Harvest, a co-op grocery in Orange

      Common Capital, the Holyoke based nonprofit lender to small business, has closed a $40,000  loan to help Quabbin Harvest, a soon-to-open grocery cooperative in Orange. Chris Sikes, Common Capital's CEO, made the announcement in an email Wednesday. Common Capital is making the loan in partnership with the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Mount Grace Land Trust. The trust  purchased the building at 12 North Main St. where the new market is being built. The location was the former Workers Credit Union building. The market is set to open in the middle of September, said Quabbin ...

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