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    1. Eastern States Exposition to make announcement about casino possibility in West Springfield

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      Eastern States Exposition to make announcement about casino possibility in West Springfield

      Jeffrey S. Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, said he hasn’t met with anyone to discuss a casino project in West Springfield. But he has heard from business sources in West Springfield that casino developers plan to build a new access road to the Big E from Route 5 near Bondi’s Island and the power plant.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield   Palmer

    2. AIC announces plans for Indian Motocycle, Mason Square Fire House

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      AIC announces plans for Indian Motocycle, Mason Square Fire House

      American International College announced plans Tuesday for the $25 million renovation of the former Indian Motocycle building and Mason Square Fire House adjacent to the college's campus three years after being named by the city as preferred developer for the project.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    3. Lidya Rivera, Springfield Housing Authority grants coordinator, goes extra mile to serve residents

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      Lidya Rivera, Springfield Housing Authority grants coordinator, goes extra mile to serve residents

      "When I started, I had no GED," said McCarter, referring to the General Educational Development tests that bring the equivalent of a high school diploma. SHA runs GED classes at Sullivan as well as at Riverview Apartments. The popular programs always have long waiting lists.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield College   Western New England University

    4. Springfield Technical Community College SIMS Medical Center to offer three new certificate programs for health-care work

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      Springfield Technical Community College SIMS Medical Center to offer three new certificate programs for health-care work

      Beginning this month, the SIMS Medical Center at Springfield Technical Community College will offer three new, college credit, certificate programs for enhanced certified nursing assistant, for patient-care technicians, sterile processing technicians and community health workers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    5. Center for Human Development earns grant to help disabled soldiers with sports and physical activity programs

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      Center for Human Development earns grant to help disabled soldiers with sports and physical activity programs

      “We’re working in collaboration with CHD Disability Resources to plan two, three-day workshops that will include adaptive sports like wheelchair basketball and wheelchair soccer,” she said. “We’re going to combine it with our wellness and healthy living workshops. We may do cycling, yoga, sled hockey and maybe some other activities we haven’t determined yet.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    6. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick pledges to streamline small business regulations

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      Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick pledges to streamline small business regulations

      Patrick was joined at the press conference by Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, agency commissioners and business leaders, including Jon Hurst of the Massachusetts Retailers Association.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Department of Transportation   Timothy P Murray

    7. MassMutual Financial Group sees results in 5-year push to increase diversity among staff, customer base

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      MassMutual Financial Group sees results in 5-year push to increase diversity among staff, customer base

      When a MassMutual agent is talking to a man about life insurance, he shouldn’t assume that the perspective customer has a wife at home.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual

    8. Community College Casino Careers Training Institute inks deal with potential casino operators to train Western Massachusetts gaming workers

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      Community College Casino Careers Training Institute inks deal with potential casino operators to train Western Massachusetts gaming workers

      J. William Ward, executive director of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County said people interested in getting casino jobs should contact their local career center, like CareerPoint in Holyoke or FutureWorks in Springfield. If they don't have a high school diploma, they need to get their GED now. if their English skills are not good, they need to take English as a second language training.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Mohegan Sun   Springfield Technical Community College

    9. Pratt & Whitney gets $300M contract from South Korea Air Force

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      Spokesman Shawn Watson told Mass High Tech that this is the first engine maintenance award Pratt & Whitney has received from the Republic of Korea.
      Pratt & Whitney’s F100 engine powers F-15 and F-16 aircraft worldwide, used by more than 23 air forces around the world, the company said. Pratt & Whitney has built more than 7,200 F100 engines, and also supplies the F135 engine for the F-35, F117 for the C-17 and F119 for the F-22.

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      Mentions:   United Technologies Corp.   Boeing   United Technologies

    10. Mass. DPU is upset with size of layoffs at Northeast Utilities after NStar merger

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      No layoffs? Sounds too good to be true, right?
      Well, yes, it does. It turns out there were a number of layoffs after all – or, as NU likes to call them, “Merger-Related eliminations of redundant corporate positions.” Under pressure from the state Department of Public Utilities, NU disclosed in a Nov. 29 letter that at least 173 employees left the company because of merger-related layoffs after the merger was complete.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities

    11. Westfield Vocational Technical High School to add robotics to manufacturing technology department

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      Funding for the estimated $40,000 project will come from an annual golf tournament that benefits the manufacturing technology department. That fund-raiser is hosted by the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association and the high school’s manufacturing advisory committee.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   National Tooling and Machining Association

    12. MassMutual, The Stag finalize $400M unit sale | HartfordBusiness.com

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      Springfield's Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. has finalized its $400 million buyout of the retirement-plans business from The Hartford Financial Services Group

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    13. Smith & Wesson stock rebounds, up for the year despite gun-control debate following Newtown school shooting

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      Smith & Wesson stock closed Friday at $8.80 a share. That’s up $4.49 or about 94 percent since Jan. 4, 2011. Smith & Wesson’s stock fell as low as $7.69 a share on Dec. 18, just a few trading days after the Dec. 14 shooting. The price had been bouncing around above $10 a share in the months leading up to Newtown. Smith & Wesson stock sold at $11.08 a share in October and $10.85 Dec. 6.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    14. Western Massachusetts companies get state funds to aid in cost of training workers

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      Western Massachusetts companies get state funds to aid in cost of training workers

      Mustang received a $45,600 work force training grant from the state workforce training fund. It was part of $6,846,496 in Workforce Training Fund grants to 87 Massachusetts companies. The grants support up to two years of training and will create a total of 682 new jobs and train over 6,300 workers at the 87 companies.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Palmer   Springfield

    15. Patrick signs bill requiring oral cancer drug coverage, over business groups' opposition

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      Employer groups say they are faced with a burgeoning list of new mandates every year that threaten their ability to provide affordable health care to workers.
      The bill, first filed in 2009 by State Senator Stephen M. Brewer, is designed to mitigate the sometimes astronomical co-pays for newly-approved therapies.
      “The bottom line is that this bill is about keeping up with technology. Oral cancer therapies are the future of cancer treatment and most importantly they are not interchangeable with IV drugs,” Brewer said in a statement. “This new law will provide an additional level of comfort for patients as well ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    16. Decision on including Round Hill in Elm Street Historic District delayed by Northampton Historic District Commission

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      Decision on including Round Hill in Elm Street Historic District delayed by Northampton Historic District Commission

      OPAL has a purchase and sale agreement with Clarke Schools of Hearing and Speech to buy some 11 acres of its Round Hill campus, including 11 buildings. OPAL has said it intends to keep the stately buildings intact and turn them into luxury apartments. The Springfield company has applied to the Massachusetts Historical Commission for tax credits that could save it 20 percent on its renovation costs.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton

    17. The YPS at Five | BusinessWest

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      The YPS at Five | BusinessWest

      It now boasts more than 500 individual members and 50 corporate members. Meanwhile, its e-mail list has grown to more than 2,000. And there have been other forms of validation: BusinessWest chose the group as one of the first recipients of its Difference Makers award in 2009, and state Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield) is sponsoring legislation to develop a ‘Young Professional Commission,’ which would give the 11 YP organizations across the Commonwealth a voice on Beacon Hill.

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    18. Peter Miller appointed Westfield community development director | masslive.com

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      Peter Miller appointed Westfield community development director | masslive.com

      Former city councilor and legislative aide Peter J. Miller was appointed Thursday night as the city’s new community development director by a unanimous vote and lauded as a man of integrity and hard work.

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    19. Springfield Chamber of Commerce issues position paper on casino concerns, reiterates support for city casino

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      Springfield Chamber of Commerce issues position paper on casino concerns, reiterates support for city casino

      The Springfield Chamber of Commerce, having endorsed plans for a casino in the city in a September board of directors vote, has followed up that position with a list of several concerns that it would seek to have addressed by the companies proposing casinos.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Chamber of Commerce

    20. Funding for Westover Air Reserve Base, Barnes National Guard Base included in national spending plan

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      Military bases have a big impact on the Massachusetts economy, according to a report by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in 2012, which found that defense and security contracts support 130,000 jobs at 2,500 institutions in the state.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee   Westfield

    21. Eastern States Exposition refuses to say if it is talking with Hard Rock International as potential casino developer

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      With just a week and a half before the Jan. 15 deadline for casino advocates to get applications for projects and a $400,000 fee to the state, Eastern States Exposition chief executive officer Eugene J. Cassidy confirmed Thursday that the local organization is still in the game.  Hard Rock International has expressed interest in building a casino at the exposition’s fairgrounds in West Springfield, according to city officials. However, neither Cassidy nor spokespeople for Hard Rock would confirm those reports.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    22. Visible Progress | BusinessWest

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      Visible Progress | BusinessWest

      “It was painfully slow,” Delude, president of Westmass Area Development Corp., recalled, looking back (although he alternated between the past and present tenses) on that time when the phone literally didn’t ring for weeks and sales of industrial-park parcels were extremely few and very far between. “I’ve seen many downturns in the economy, but nothing as broad-based as that, nothing that severe.”

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      Mentions:   Westmass Area Development Corp.

    23. Planting Seeds | BusinessWest

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      Planting Seeds | BusinessWest

      Specifically, as the entrepreneurs behind Valley Malt in Hadley since 2010, they are among maybe a half-dozen enterprises in the U.S. dedicated to malting barley on a small scale. Longtime home brewers who dreamed of opening a brewery featuring local hops and grain, they were surprised to find there was no local supplier for the ingredients they needed, so they decided to fill a market niche.

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    24. Mercy Medical Center building project includes plans to demolish Allis Mansion

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      Mercy Medical Center building project includes plans to demolish Allis Mansion

      The medical building project, which is expected to be completed in early 2014, is being developed by Carew Chestnut Partners, in partnership with Sisters of Providence and Hampden County Physician Associates. A three-story, 75,000-square-foot medical office building is being built.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

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