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    1. $200,000 Gulfstream grant boosts Westfield aviation program toward funding goal | masslive

      $200,000 Gulfstream grant boosts Westfield aviation program toward funding goal | masslive

      Gulfstream awarded $200,000 in grant funding last week to the emerging aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School, which has gained steam during the past few months and may start as early as next fall.
      The school aims for about $3.5 million to get the aviation technology program up and running, said principal Stefan Czaporowski. The project has been in full gear for only a few months, and already organizers have their sights on about $2.26 million in city, state and grant funding.  'We're getting there,' Czaporowski said. 'Since the beginning, there has been ...

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    2. Capturing the ‘Paragus Vibe’

      Capturing the ‘Paragus Vibe’

      Sherwin Williams calls it “outrageous green.”  That’s the exceedingly bright, neon-like shade that has come to define the company now known as Paragus Strategic IT since it changed its name from Valley ComputerWorks and embarked on an aggressive branding initiative several years ago.  And there’s a lot of it at this technology-solutions company’s new headquarters facility on Route 9 in Hadley, which was unveiled at an elaborate launch last week. There’s also a somewhat softer, muted version seen on some interior walls, carpeting, and other places, as well as a host of other exotic colors, including ...

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    3. Discussion of new site for South Hadley Electric Light Department expected to draw crowd Tuesday

      Discussion of new site for South Hadley Electric Light Department expected to draw crowd Tuesday

      The company's property manager, Dominic Angelini, of Westfield, says he will attend the Tuesday night meeting and make a presentation. “I plan to present the 28 Gaylord St. property as: 1] A very good alternative; 2] At a significant reduced cost of the proposed new facility at $ 10.8 million,” Angelini said in a statement. “I have sent my handout with my comments to Reinhardt [and] to all the commissioners two weeks ago.”

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    4. First Niagara Bank branches in Chicopee, West Springfield among 17 company plans to close in new year | masslive

      First Niagara Bank branches in Chicopee, West Springfield among 17 company plans to close in new year | masslive

      Two First Niagara Bank branches in Western Massachusetts will be closed in early 2015, as the Buffalo, New York-based financial company tweaks its business model amid changing preferences of the banking public.  According to First Niagara, which currently operates more than 400 branches in four states, the growing number of customers who are using online and mobile banking helped lead to the decision to close 17 branches and two drive-thru service centers in January 2015.

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    5. Meridian Industrial Group of Holyoke gets state employee training grant | masslive

      Meridian Industrial Group of Holyoke gets state employee training grant | masslive

      Meridian Industrial Group, a Holyoke company that specializes in machining very large parts for the power generation, medical, defense and aerospace industries, has received a $63,900 worker-training grant from the state.  The company will use the grant to train 28 employees and add three more. It has a total of 30 employees.  The grant was one of 28 grants from the Workforce Training Fund announced recently by Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian. The grants are awarded through the Commonwealth Corp. All told, they will go to 72 companies around Massachusetts.

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    6. Holyoke beginning $250,000 assessment of old Parsons Paper mill with aim of marketing the site

      Holyoke beginning $250,000 assessment of old Parsons Paper mill with aim of marketing the site

      Established in 1853, Parsons Paper Co. was the first paper company in a city that came to be called the Paper City, for the mills devoted to that endeavor, and now a $250,000 review is underway to make the ravaged site marketable again. "Essentially, it's looking at soil conditions where one would suspect contaminants could have accumulated due to prior operations of the paper mill site. It really depends on what is found," Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development, said in an email Friday (Oct. 17).

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    7. Holyoke company VertitechIT announces deal with Baystate Health to manage new data system

      Holyoke company VertitechIT announces deal with Baystate Health to manage new data system

      The announcement of VertitechIT's work with Baystate Health came during a ceremony officially opening VertitechIT's headquarters at Open Square off Lyman Street. The 13-year-old company moved here in March from Northampton. Clownishly large scissors wielded by VertitechIT founders and Mayor Alex B. Morse snipped a computer cable filling in as a ribbon at the VertitechIT office. Chief Operating Officer Gregory H. Pellerin said the growing company needed a comfortable, tech-friendly place to expand. Holyoke, with the presence of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center a block away, provided that, he said.

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    8. ACCGS to Host Speed-networking Breakfast on Nov. 5

      ACCGS to Host Speed-networking Breakfast on Nov. 5

      The breakfast will take a wide departure from the salutes-and-speakers format of the traditional breakfasts and will provide attendees with a quick and entertaining opportunity to introduce themselves and pitch their company to the other attendees. The core concept to speed networking is the ‘elevator speech,’ a short summary of an individual, business, organization, product, or service — a summary that a person could deliver in the time span of a short elevator ride.

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    9. 'Top Chef Springfield'?: Business Improvement District could offer restaurant space to competition winner | masslive

      'Top Chef Springfield'?: Business Improvement District could offer restaurant space to competition winner | masslive

      Imagine a 'Top Chef' or 'Chopped'-style contest with a ready-to-go restaurant location in downtown Springfield offered as the prize.  'We are working on a restaurant contest where we would help out a new restaurateur,' said Christopher Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District.

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    10. Holyoke officials to welcome VertitechIT national computer consultant to new Open Square headquarters

      Holyoke officials to welcome VertitechIT national computer consultant to new Open Square headquarters

      VertitechIT, a computer networking and consulting company, will hold a ceremony at its national headquarters here at 5 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 17) at Open Square off Lyman Street. The announcement will include discussion about high-tech jobs and a business arrangement with Baystate Health, Vice President Steve Shaw said in a phone interview Thursday

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    11. MBTA: Red and Orange line decision due within a month, two companies want to build the cars in Springfield | masslive

      MBTA: Red and Orange line decision due within a month, two companies want to build the cars in Springfield | masslive

      MBTA staff plan to recommend a manufacturer of the new Red Line and Orange Line subway cars to the T's board of directors within a month.  The decision will likely have an impact here in Springfield where two manufacturers - Hyundai Rotem, a South Korean industrial giant, Chinese company, CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co., the largest maker of rail cars in the world - have both announced plans to do the work in Springfield if they are selected.

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    12. Close encounter with Douglas Trumbull: Visual effects wizard on working in the Berkshires, cinematic breakthroughs

      Close encounter with Douglas Trumbull: Visual effects wizard on working in the Berkshires, cinematic breakthroughs

      Academy Award winner Douglas Trumbull, whose screen credits include “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Blade Runner,” has engineered a high frame rate, 3-D system, which is light years ahead of what Hollywood is now utilizing. “The day of the multiplex is waning… with streaming, downloading and Netflix and HBO doing amazing content on television. So, of course, young movie-goers don’t see any difference. They would just as well watch ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on this,” Trumbull said while tapping his smartphone during a recent visit to his studio.

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    13. Regional Growth Strong for Electrochemical Companies

      Regional Growth Strong for Electrochemical Companies

      Western New England University, a private university in Springfield, Mass, is renowned for their personal attention to students. The University is committed to being a leader regionally and recognized nationally in providing integrated professional and liberal learning. Additionally, the University is characterized by a synergy that results internally from the collaboration of its programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law and externally from the important strategic partnerships and alliances forged with the local and regional business, educational, and civic community.

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    14. Springfield seeks to sell closed fire stations in Forest Park, Indian Orchard | masslive.com

      Springfield seeks to sell closed fire stations in Forest Park, Indian Orchard | masslive.com

      City officials are expanding their effort to sell and find new uses for long-vacant fire stations, advertising for redevelopment proposals for two former fire houses in Forest Park and Indian Orchard.  Proposals are being solicited in separate efforts for the former Oak Street fire station in Indian Orchard, and the also-closed Oakland Street station in Forest Park. The proposals are due by 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Office of Procurement at City Hall.

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    15. Holyoke jeweler James Sutter reinvents his business at historic Gateway City Arts

      Holyoke jeweler James Sutter reinvents his business at historic Gateway City Arts

      The closed Sutter’s Jewelry storefront on Northampton Street is only a symbol of new, bright beginnings. Just as jewelry can be recreated into something new, so can this jeweler’s business, as his craft is now located in the reinvented historic paper mill building on 92 Race St., inside the Gateway City Arts Building.

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    16. The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce plan major legislative summit

      The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce plan major legislative summit

      The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce have joined forces in successfully attracting the top leaders of the state Legislature and the Greater Springfield delegation to the House and Senate for an afternoon-long exchange of ideas and information. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will be the keynote speaker for the event on Nov. 7 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House. House speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Everett, will also be a keynote speaker.

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    17. Health New England's Maura McCaffrey voted Professional Woman of Year

      Health New England's Maura McCaffrey voted Professional Woman of Year

      Maura McCaffrey, president and chief executive officer of Health New England, will be honored as Professional Woman of the Year during Western Mass Women Magazine's annual "Top 25 Women to Watch" Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Chez Josef. According to a press release, the magazine honors the women, selected by public vote, for career and community achievements.

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    18. With Hyundai Rotem and CNR Changchun, Springfield now has two chances for

      With Hyundai Rotem and CNR Changchun, Springfield now has two chances for

      "I'm very pleased that we have two world-class companies that are in competition for the MBTA bid and have found that Springfield is their top spot," Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Friday."It brings a lot of good paying precision machining jobs, a lot of opportunity and a growing tax base." There are a number of other bidders. But no others are interested in Springfield, said Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. Blair expects the MBTA to make a decision very soon, probably in November. "It certainly is good for ...

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    19. Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce celebrates 10th anniversary - The Republican

      Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce celebrates 10th anniversary - The Republican

      The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 10th anniversary on Oct. 3 with a gala event celebrating Hispanic Heritage. The event was held at the Sheraton Springfield downtown. Hundreds of businesses owners, representatives of local organizations, community leaders and politicians enjoyed the evening, sharing the success and progress of different winners of awards for their different contributions to the Latino community.

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    20. It's All Relative

      It's All Relative

      The center’s executive director, the colorful Ira Bryck, said the agency was founded through the inspiration of a number of professionals and business advisers, many of whom still serve as strategic partners, and was also part of a movement in the early and mid-’90s to establish university-based education programs for family businesses.  “It became clear to a lot of expert advisers that they needed a sort of safe-harbor environment to be able to talk with business owners about a lot of issues that they normally would not be able to talk with them about if they were just ...

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    21. MassMutual starts 'Society of Grownups' to get millennials thinking of financial future | masslive

      MassMutual starts 'Society of Grownups' to get millennials thinking of financial future | masslive

      The Society of Grownups, a new educational and initiative from Springfield-based MassMutual Financial Group and IDEO, a design consulting company with offices in Boston and elsewhere around the world, wants to help dispense knowledge both the personal and the fiscal. That's especially if your are a member of the millennial generation, be it by mindset or by chronology, and looking for a little help figuring out how to be a grownup.

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    22. Holyoke businessmen plan to build gas station-convenience store at Hampden-Pleasant streets formerly owned by Eric Suher

      Holyoke businessmen plan to build gas station-convenience store at Hampden-Pleasant streets formerly owned by Eric Suher

      A local company plans to buy the site from a city development organization and build a $2 million gas station-convenience store. The facility is targeted to open next year and employ up to 14 people, officials said Thursday (Oct. 9). "I think it's a very positive project for the city of Holyoke. I think it's really positive for the neighborhood," said Matthew L. Donohue, a lawyer from Holyoke and one of three managers of Quabbin ACM, a limited liability company.

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