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    1. From the Ground Up | BusinessWest

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      From the Ground Up | BusinessWest

      The first were from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is projecting an employment growth rate of 19% for civil engineers and 22% for environmental engineers — one of the fastest-growing subspecialties within the broad realm of civil engineering — between 2010 and 2020.

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    2. Massachusetts business confidence edges up, Associated Industries survey says

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      Massachusetts business confidence edges up, Associated Industries survey says

      The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence index gained 1.1 points last month to reach 50.1, pretty much the neutral point on a scale that goes from 1 to 100, according to Associated Industries of Massachusetts. The March 2013 number is 4.7 points below the 54.8 points recorded in March 2012.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    3. Chicopee Academy to see up to $30 million in renovation funding from Massachusetts School Building Authority

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      Chicopee Academy to see up to $30 million in renovation funding from Massachusetts School Building Authority

      Under the grant, the authority will provide up to $30.1 million, or 80 percent of a project that entails fixing structural deficiencies, and improving the building's mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Work on the school's windows also falls under the scope of the project.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    4. Massachusetts legislative leaders propose to increase gas, cigarette taxes to finance transportation improvements | masslive

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      Massachusetts legislative leaders propose to increase gas, cigarette taxes to finance transportation improvements | masslive

      Leaders of the state Legislature on Tuesday unveiled a plan to finance transportation improvements by increasing the state gas tax by 3 cents a gallon, hiking the cigarette tax by $1 a pack and increasing taxes on utilities and certain software services.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield

    5. Bree-Z-Knoll dairy farm among 800 acres in Leyden to be conserved with $1.08 million state grant

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      Bree-Z-Knoll dairy farm among 800 acres in Leyden to be conserved with $1.08 million state grant

      "I am proud to stand with Governor Patrick, Lt. Governor Murray and Secretary Sullivan in announcing these grants," state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said. "These grants are further indications that our state government recognizes the enormous value - economic and environmental - of our forested land. My congratulations to all the people in Leyden, and all those involved with the Franklin Land Trust, the DAR and the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust for securing this substantial award."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amherst   Greenfield

    6. Cooley Dickinson Hospital supporters back acquisition of Northampton facility by Massachusetts General in Boston

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      Cooley Dickinson Hospital supporters back acquisition of Northampton facility by Massachusetts General in Boston

      Dozens of people attended a public hearing at Look Park Tuesday that was scheduled by the state Department of Public Health to gauge community input as it considers a proposed acquisition of Cooley Dickinson Hospital by Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    7. Rebuilding Together will use 1,000 volunteers to repair and renovate 25 homes in Springfield's Old Hill neighborhood

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      Rebuilding Together will use 1,000 volunteers to repair and renovate 25 homes in Springfield's Old Hill neighborhood

      Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving affordable homeownership and to the revitalization of neighborhoods. In Springfield, it formed in 1992, and completed rebuilding 71 homes in the city in the past year with the help of approximately 5,000 volunteers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. Massachusetts Get Your Business Online with Google

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      Massachusetts Get Your Business Online with Google

      The EDC is partnering with Google to offer a free training for small business on how to take your business from offline to online on April 15 at the Springfield Marriott. Google will provide guidance on how to build a free website, register a domain name and create an online business listing.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    9. More nimble airport authority still on arrival | HartfordBusiness.com

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      More nimble airport authority still on arrival | HartfordBusiness.com

      Connecticut's promise of a more nimble, market-responsive airport authority has been delayed by the long process of switching authority from the state Department of Transportation.  But the promise may come to fruition soon as ConnDOT will relinquish full control to the Connecticut Airport Authority sometime between mid-April and mid-May.  'Most people are very anxious to see this happen,' said Kevin Dillon, CAA executive director. 'It is a pretty comprehensive undertaking. Most people think that one day you shake hands and the next day you're in charge.'  The state General Assembly created the CAA in June 2011 to change ...

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Delta Air Lines

    10. Massachusetts legislative leaders unveil transport plan | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts legislative leaders unveil transport plan | masslive.com

      Massachusetts legislative leaders are making the unusual move of announcing a joint House-Senate transportation financing plan.  Leaders including Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, are scheduled to attend the announcement scheduled for Tuesday morning.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Robert DeLeo

    11. Holyoke Dean Tech vocational school will be managed by Project Grad Usa of Texas under current plan

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      Holyoke Dean Tech vocational school will be managed by Project Grad Usa of Texas under current plan

      Superintendent David L. Dupont said he is trying to forge a contract with Project GRAD USA to manage Dean Technical High School when the current manager terminates its contract with the city in June.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    12. South Hadley school board approves partnership with American International College to give high school students chance to earn college credits

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      South Hadley school board approves partnership with American International College to give high school students chance to earn college credits

      The School Committee unanimously approved a plan which offers South Hadley High School students a chance to earn a year’s worth of college credits. The initiative involves a collaboration with Springfield’s American International College.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    13. 'The Judge' with Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall eyes Shelburne Falls, Western Massachusetts sites for filming

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      'The Judge' with Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall eyes Shelburne Falls, Western Massachusetts sites for filming

      "They are looking at several locations in Western Massachusetts right now. I am in touch with the location scouts," said Diane Pearlman, executive director of the Berkshire Film and Media Commission.

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    14. $400 million overhaul of Interstate 91 hovers over planned casinos in Springfield, West Springfield

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      $400 million overhaul of Interstate 91 hovers over planned casinos in Springfield, West Springfield

      A planned overhaul of an elevated section of Interstate 91 in Springfield is raising questions about access to two proposed downtown casinos in the city and in West Springfield and could emerge as a key issue in the casino competition in Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    15. Common Capital looking for local investors for Community First Fund to spur business in Pioneer Valley

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      Common Capital looking for local investors for Community First Fund to spur business in Pioneer Valley

      Common Capital helped James S. Kahle start Jim’s Auto Trim on State Street in Springfield back in 2009.  Without Common Capital, he wouldn’t have five employees plus himself working in the business. He wouldn’t be able to give discounts to customers who help out Open Pantry. He wouldn’t have collected more than 15,000 pounds of food for the needy.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Common Capital   Springfield

    16. MassMutual gets Massachusetts tax incentive to move jobs to Springfield; Crane gets tax incentive to add jobs in North Adams

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      MassMutual gets Massachusetts tax incentive to move jobs to Springfield; Crane gets tax incentive to add jobs in North Adams

      MassMutual Financial Group received a $3.75 million state tax credit to relocate 250 jobs to its State Street headquarters, supporting a $59.4 million investment by MassMutual. The workers are moving as a result of MassMutual’s purchase in September of The Hartford’s Retirement Plans business for $400 million. That deal became official on Jan. 1

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    17. Chicopee Electric Light to purchase hydroelectric power facility on Chicopee River

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      Chicopee Electric Light to purchase hydroelectric power facility on Chicopee River

      Chicopee Electric Light Department will soon get into the hydroelectric business.  The department is preparing to purchase the hydroelectric facility built on the Chicopee River as part of an agreement created 30 years ago when the facility was first built, said Jeffrey R. Cady, general manager of Chicopee Electric Light.  The power plant, constructed by the Swift River Company in 1983, was built with an agreement that gave the company an easement to the dam. The deal included a provision that it was to be sold to the Chicopee Electric Light Department after 30 years, Cady said.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Chicopee   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    18. EDC to Sponsor Medical Device Conference

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      EDC to Sponsor Medical Device Conference

      The EDC is a Supporting Sponsor of the 2013 Plastics in Medical Devices Conference
      coming up in May in Waltham.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    19. Quadrangle, Allen Street, Tiffany Street and Indian Orchard areas to be subject of 4 major Springfield road improvment projects

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      Quadrangle, Allen Street, Tiffany Street and Indian Orchard areas to be subject of 4 major Springfield road improvment projects

      “The projects announced today are the start of a busy 2013 construction season in Springfield,” Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said in a prepared statement. “As we move forward with our rebuilding efforts, projects like these are contributing to the continuing narrative that Springfield is on the mend and on the move.”

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    20. Berkshire Hills to repurchase 500K shares

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      Berkshire Hills to repurchase 500K shares

      Pittsfield-based Berkshire has about $5.3 billion in assets and more than 70 branches in western Massachusetts, Upstate New York, Connecticut and Vermont.

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      Mentions:   Berkshire Bank

    21. Face Lift | BusinessWest

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      Face Lift | BusinessWest

      Shardool and Kishore Parmar, president and vice president respectively of the Pioneer Valley Hotel Group (PVHG), understand that they have two sizeable challenges when it comes to the property at 711 Dwight St. in Springfield.  The first is to get people to stop talking about it in the past tense — a still-common practice, especially when it comes to the rotating restaurant on the top floor that was once a major destination in the region — and using one of the names that used to be on the building, especially Holiday Inn.  The second is to convince several constituencies, from families to ...

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    22. L-3 KEO president Michael Wall to retire at the end of the month; Matthew Richi to take helm at company formerly known as Kollmorgen

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      L-3 KEO president Michael Wall to retire at the end of the month; Matthew Richi to take helm at company formerly known as Kollmorgen

      Business was so brisk at Kollmorgen that it outgrew its King Street headquarters and moved in 2011 to a new site on Village Hill with 50,000 square feet of additional space. Last year, the company was purchased by defense contractor L-3 Communications, which renamed it L-3 KEO.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Kollmorgen

    23. Springfield to use $21.9 million in federal disaster relief money on South End Community Center, reconstruction of Boston Road and other projects

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      Springfield to use $21.9 million in federal disaster relief money on South End Community Center, reconstruction of Boston Road and other projects

      The money is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 's Community Development Block Grant program, said City Development Officer Kevin E. Kennedy. The federal government will also provide $7.2 million in HUD storm recovery money to other Massachusetts communities, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield. Neal's office and the city made the joint announcement.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    24. Springfield Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy earns $190,000 in utility rebates for energy efficiency measures

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      Springfield Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy earns $190,000 in utility rebates for energy efficiency measures

      The new Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy will yield energy savings estimated at $130,000 annually due to state-of-the-art technology, and has also earned the city rebates totaling approximately $190,000 from Western Massachusetts Electric Co., officials said Wednesday  During a press conference at the new Putnam building, representatives of the city, school and WMECo praised the school’s design regarding energy efficiency including advanced lighting, and premium-efficiency heating, ventilating and cooling systems within the school.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

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