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Massachusetts eighth-graders outperformed most countries on a highly regarded international math and science exam, according to results being released Tuesday, offering fresh evidence that the state’s educational system rivals academically powerful nations around the globe.(Read Full Article)
MGM Resorts, Penn National pledge local jobs, boost to business, traffic solutions in Springfield casino presentations
Representatives of MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming, two companies competing to build a casino in Springfield said during public presentations on Tuesday that they are committed to local hiring, providing a boost to local business and tourism, and solving traffic concerns raised by the public.(Read Full Article)
- University of Massachusetts President Robert L Caret is working with trustees and chancellors of the five-campus system to create a plan that will guide the university into the future toward greater success. “How do we guide the system into the future instead of letting it be whatever it is,” Caret said during a meeting Tuesday afternoon of the Board of Trustees Committee of the Whole.(Read Full Article)
Partners for a Healthier Community in Springfield among 5 New England agencies to win EPA environmental justice grants
Partners for a Healthier Community at 280 Chestnut Street in Springfield applied for the grant to foster full resident participation in efforts to reduce air pollution and other environmental risks in Springfield. Through outreach via the citywide Healthy Environment/Healthy Springfield, city residents have called for more opportunities to receive education and information on air pollution in the neighborhoods they live in and take action to reduce air pollution in their neighborhoods.(Read Full Article)
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse considers 21 people for casino advisory committee as City Council set to form own gaming panel
Morse has said his turnaround on the casino issue was based on protecting Holyoke's interests. The law permits a gaming resort in Western Massachusetts, possibly in neighboring Springfield, which is considering two proposals, so it makes sense for the city to try to have a say in such an outcome, he said.(Read Full Article)
Springfield Redevelopment Authority will consider negotiating with MGM, Penn National on casino companies' desires for Union Station offices
The Springfield Redevelopment Authority is scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider opening negotiations with two casino companies regarding their desire to have offices at Union Station when it is renovated and reopened, officials said. The meeting is at noon at the city annex building at 70 Tapley St.(Read Full Article)
Work will begin early next year on the redesign and reconstruction of Airport Industrial Road, leading toward development of a new 80-acre Airport Industrial Park.(Read Full Article)
The trustees at the women's college in Northampton on Monday named Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as Smith's 11th president.(Read Full Article)
Now Atkins Farms Country Market, which is undergoing another expansion, will be between 40,000 and 50,000 square feet when finished, said company president Pauline Lannon. And the business that dispensed apples now sells everything from apples to sushi and employs between 160 and 170 people, Lannon said. The store is celebrating its 50th anniversary beginning Dec. 14 with promotions through Dec. 21.(Read Full Article)
One way the state is addressing the issue is through the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, a new group dedicated to expanding manufacturing in Massachusetts. Edward Leyden, president and CEO of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam and a co-chair of the collaborative, said the skills gap is the biggest issue facing manufacturing. Leyden said there is still a perception that manufacturing is a “dirty, dying, smokestack trade,” when in reality it is a computer-oriented business requiring math and science skills. Additionally, he said the average age for a manufacturing worker is 53 – nearing retirement age. “Most of the shops are ...(Read Full Article)
MGM Resorts bids $3.2 million to buy former Zanetti School, State Armory building for casino project
Kevin E. Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, will appoint a review committee to consider the bids, and the committee will file its recommendation to Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. Sarno will file his recommendation to the City Council which has the power to approve the sale.(Read Full Article)
Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, noted that the national economy grew at half the rate expected at the end of last year. Andre Mayer, senior vice president for research at Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the state’s largest employers’ group, noted the economic crisis in Europe and a slowdown in China’s booming economy.(Read Full Article)
Massachusetts exports to Europe during first nine months of 2011 fell by $1.1 billion, or 13.5 percent, compared with the same period a year ago, while exports to China dropped by 11 percent, or $177 million. “Those problems do have ...
The U.S. and Massachusetts economies should enjoy favorable winds once it navigates the impending fiscal negotiations.(Read Full Article)
One major initiative is MBI’s MassBroadband 123, a 1,200-mile fiber-optic, open-access(Read Full Article)
network, which will extend connectivity to more than 120 communities in both
western and north central Massachusetts. In western Massachusetts there are 45
municipalities categorized as underserved, meaning less than 50 percent of the
city or town has broadband. Construction of the MassBroadband 123 network is
slated for completion in the summer of 2013.
According to Schippers, “That's going to create a new model for newspaper publishing, a village square type model. There’s also going to be a relocation of the printing presses which will go to another part of downtown.”
Schippers told 22News they're considering property near Smith and Wesson to relocate the Republican's printing presses.(Read Full Article)
Springfield city councilors recommend $3.7 million investment to aid Court Square redevelopment project
The City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee voted Thursday to recommend the city contribute $3.7 million toward a multi-million dollar historic preservation project at Court Square that includes restoration of the Elm Street block and construction of a new parking garage.(Read Full Article)
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno suggests Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse's planned regional meeting on casinos may be premature
“Without the submission of traffic studies, engineering reports or other expert analysis, discussions at the proposed meeting may lack the substance required to address any of the relevant criteria on any objective basis,” Sarno said.(Read Full Article)
Sarno has forwarded the Holyoke meeting information to Springfield’s chief development officer, Kevin E. Kennedy, to consider “how best for Springfield to interact with the planned event,” Sarno said.
It's easy to put someone up for a "Howdy," Chambers says. All that's necessary is a quick trip to the Bureau's website, valleyvisitor.com; a click on the "Howdy" logo on the homepage; and a few moments to fill out an online form that describes why a particular nominee deserves a "Howdy."(Read Full Article)
Friendly's Ice Cream LLC has hired Boston-based Regan Communications to handle the struggling restaurant chain's public relations moving forward, the agency said on Wednesday.(Read Full Article)