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    1. NE defense industry cautious about looming budget cuts - Boston Business Journal

      Explore The Business Journals (Feb 5 2013)

      What we do know is that defense spending plays a significant role in New England’s economy. According to the New England Defense Industry Report, released last summer by the Defense Technology Initiative, the region benefits from $34 billion in DoD and Homeland Security contracts, providing more than 319,000 jobs and over $22.6 billion in payroll. Massachusetts benefits the most, with 2500 companies receiving the lion’s share of defense-related contracts, totaling $13.9 billion, followed closely by Connecticut, with 1100 companies receiving $12.7 billion in defense spending.

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    2. Elms College in Chicopee to provide medical care to poor, homeless people with 'caRe vaN'

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      Elms College in Chicopee to provide medical care to poor, homeless people with 'caRe vaN'

      The ribbon had been barely cut on the new Elms College caRe vaN and already nursing students were signing up for a chance to work on it.  The van, which is really a converted 32-foot recreational vehicle, will be traveling to two spots in the city to provide some basic medical care and information to underserved people in the city, said Michael Duffy, an assistant professor of nursing with Elms College and a brother for the Conventual Franciscan Friars.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Elms College   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    3. Futureworks holds career fair

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      Futureworks holds career fair Hundreds of job seekers met with employers like Yankee Candle, Springfield Technical Community College and Six Flags New England Monday. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Six Flags New England   Springfield

    4. Solar panel installation underway on old town landfill in Ludlow

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      The Board of Selectmen has signed a contract with Borrego Solar Systems of Lowell for a 20-year contract for the lease of 17 acres of the old town landfill, Harrington said.  In exchange for the lease of property to the solar company, the town will get a credit for energy purchases. Electricity now costs the town 9 cents per kilowatt hour. The price to the town will come down to 5 cents per kilowatt hour, Harrington said. That will result in an electricity savings to the town of about $80,000 to $100,000 the first year, Harrington said.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Holyoke   Easthampton

    5. MassBenchmarks report: Massachusetts economy barely growing | masslive.com

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      MassBenchmarks report: Massachusetts economy barely growing | masslive.com

      Goodman is one of the editors of MassBenchmarks, a quarterly look at the state’s economy published through the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in Hadley. The most recent MassBenchmark’s report, issued last week, said the state’s gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. The U.S. gross domestic product fell by 0.1 percent.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Boston Fed

    6. Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School district wins $1.1 million federal grant for elementary counseling

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      Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School district wins $1.1 million federal grant for elementary counseling

      U.S. Rep Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, visited the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District Thursday to celebrate the receipt by the district of a $1.1 million elementary counseling grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The federal initiative was established to support counseling programs in schools, with the goal of increasing the number of qualified mental health professionals available to expand counseling services.  “As we educate our children, it is important to make the learning experience as welcoming as possible,” Neal said. “The U.S. Department of Education is initiating innovative strategies for success, and I am pleased the ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    7. Gov. Deval Patrick touts plan to increase college scholarships during visit to Springfield Technical Community College

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      Gov. Deval Patrick touts plan to increase college scholarships during visit to Springfield Technical Community College

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick pushed his proposed $34.8 billion budget and his plan to add $112 million to the MASSGrant college scholarship program Friday during a visit with students at Springfield Technical Community College's Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    8. Raytheon gets $33.3M DOD contract; General Dynamics snaps up $41.5M

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      Raytheon gets $33.3M DOD contract; General Dynamics snaps up $41.5M

      Raytheon wasn’t the only New England company to get a piece of the DOD contract pie. General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. of Groton, Conn. was awarded a $41.5 million firm-fixed-priced modification to the previously awarded contract for maintenance and modernization of the USS Hartford submarine.

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      Mentions:   Raytheon

    9. Baystate Children's Hospital awarded $1.6 million federal grant to help area families cope with psychological trauma

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      Baystate Children's Hospital awarded $1.6 million federal grant to help area families cope with psychological trauma

      The center’s mission is to lead the community in improving the health, safety, and well-being of children and families affected by trauma by providing expert medical and mental health treatment to address the negative effects of childhood trauma, in addition to providing prevention and education services to the community.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health

    10. MassBenchmarks report: State GDP surpassed nation's; faster growth predicted in 2013

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      Massachusetts’ real gross domestic product grew faster than the recovering national economy in the fourth quarter of 2012, increasing at an annual rate of 1.0 percent, according to the latest MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index released today by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Boston Fed

    11. Holyoke gets $325,000 from state to help students learn English in summer school; Springfield shares $45,000 grant

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      Holyoke gets $325,000 from state to help students learn English in summer school; Springfield shares $45,000 grant

      The grants are part of Gov. Deval L. Patrick's Gateway Cities Education Agenda, an effort to eliminate gaps that affect students living in poverty, students of color, students with disabilities, and those who are learning to speak English, a press release said.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    12. Westfield engineer describes Ashley Street area road project

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      Westfield engineer describes Ashley Street area road project

      Community Planning Director Peter J. Miller said the $2 million project, which will be paid with federal and local Chapter 90 funds, is “somewhat contingent” on whether proposed plans for a new school at Ashley and Cross streets, the former site of the School Department office, move forward.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    13. UMass needs a walk-in presence in Springfield, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy says

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      UMass needs a walk-in presence in Springfield, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy says

      University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy knows his university needs a permanent, staffed and welcoming storefront office in downtown Springfield. He's just not sure where to put it or how to fund it yet.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    14. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal to be in WMass Thursday with U.S. Sen. John Kerry, will announce $1.1 million grant for Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District

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      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal to be in WMass Thursday with U.S. Sen. John Kerry, will announce $1.1 million grant for Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District

      Neal then will also make a $1.1 million federal grant announcement at Minnechaug Regional High School at 11:15 a.m.  Neal also plans to take the time to teach a class at the high school.  The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District an elementary counseling grant of $1.1 million. One of only 60 recipients in 24 states, the federal assistance will support counseling programs in schools, with the goal of increasing the number of qualified mental health professionals available to expand the availability, quantity and quality of counseling services.

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      Mentions:   John Kerry   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    15. Springfield's Union Station project gets funding boost from MassDevelopment; grant targets site cleanup

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      Springfield's Union Station project gets funding boost from MassDevelopment; grant targets site cleanup

      - A grant issued through MassDevelopment's Brownfields Redevelopment Fund [pdf] will help pay for the mitigation of environmental issues at Union Station, the site of a new regional transportation center. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the grant Wednesday. Environmental issues at the site that runs along Frank B. Murray Street include petroleum and underground tanks at the former Hotel Charles location. The former baggage building and the terminal building are home to an asbestos roof, PCBs in window caulking, and asbestos-wrapped pipes.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    16. Balancing Act | BusinessWest

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      Balancing Act | BusinessWest

      The development of good relations with producers and agents has enabled her to secure popular acts for both venues, and keep the Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp. on solid financial ground. There have also been relationship-building efforts with city officials and the public at large, she said, work that has been helped by several years of effective listening to what demanding audiences want — and delivering what she believes is a quality product.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp.

    17. Winning Team | BusinessWest

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      Winning Team | BusinessWest

      In fact, while MassMutual boasts 85 agencies around the country, including large markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, Charter Oak — which used to center solely on the Greater Springfield market before merging with a Hartford-based agency, and now blankets much of Western Conn. as well — consistently finishes second in annual sales, trailing only a Manhattan office.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    18. Kirk Smith, CEO of YMCA of Greater Springfield: Y provides a place for lifelong learning

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      Kirk Smith, CEO of YMCA of Greater Springfield: Y provides a place for lifelong learning

      As part of an organization that prides itself on a holistic approach to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and serves virtually every sector of the community, I am often struck by one thing that we all have in common, regardless of age, gender, race, religion and life experiences. Inherent in each of us is our ability to learn, to absorb our surroundings and use them to develop ourselves and create opportunities for ourselves and others in doing so.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Baystate Children's Hospital Kristen Fioravanti-Collette named Nurse Educator of the Year in the pediatric and family medicine category by the Massachusetts chapter of March of Dimes

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      Baystate Children's Hospital Kristen Fioravanti-Collette named Nurse Educator of the Year in the pediatric and family medicine category by the Massachusetts chapter of March of Dimes

      Baystate Children’s Hospital critical care nurse Kristen Fioravanti-Collette, a registered nurse at the master degree level from Ludlow, has been named Nurse Educator of the Year by the March of Dimes Massachusetts Chapter, one of nine nurses in the state honored in the organization’s second annual Nurse of the Year Awards.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    20. Informative Session on STEP Grants Scheduled

      Explore From the EDC (Jan 29 2013)

      Eligible firms can apply for up to $10,000 for approved export activities. The list of eligible
      activities is broad and includes attendance at international trade shows,
      international business marketing, translation services, Gold Key service from
      the US Commercial Service and similar activities.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    21. Holyoke Medical Center to launch search for new president in wake of Hank Porten's resignation

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      Holyoke Medical Center to launch search for new president in wake of Hank Porten's resignation

      Under Porten’s leadership, Holyoke Medical Center received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, according to the news release. It also developed an award-winning stroke program, had the first breast cancer center in Western Massachusetts to receive national accreditation, and its Oncology Services consistently received accreditation with commendation from the commission on cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Medical Center   Holyoke   Westfield

    22. Western New England University gets $1 million gift from Frances and Norman Cohen estate

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      Western New England University gets $1 million gift from Frances and Norman Cohen estate

      The university announced Monday that the Cohen estate has given it $1 million. Half the money will go to a new stock-trading room for the College of Business’ Churchill Hall and the other half will fund six scholarships a year for deserving business students.  “And hopefully that group will then be able to keep up that spirit of giving ,” said Anthony S. Caprio, president of Western New England University.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Anthony S. Caprio

    23. Focus of summit between Agawam, West Springfield councilors flips from possible casino to CSX railway crossing

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      Focus of summit between Agawam, West Springfield councilors flips from possible casino to CSX railway crossing

      A main focus of a meeting between the Agawam City Council Community Relations Subcommittee and West Springfield officials has changed from the impacts a casino proposed for West Side’s Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds would have on Agawam to issues concerning a CSX railway crossing.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Six Flags New England   Springfield

    24. Friendly's Ice Cream draws from past successes as it looks to future of restaurant chain

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      Friendly's Ice Cream draws from past successes as it looks to future of restaurant chain

      Friendly’s has already renovated 10 of its 114 company and 247 franchised restaurants. At the same time introducing a significantly revamped new menu in the process. Employees all had to re-interview and be rehired for their jobs and had to be retrained with an eye toward faster service and a cleaner, more pleasant restaurant.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Western New England University   Springfield

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