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    1. Springfield's unemployment inches up over 4 weeks, but is down for the year

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 26 2011)

      Springfield's unemployment inches up over 4 weeks, but is down for the year As a region, Springfield and its surrounding communities had an unemployment rate of 8.9 percent in June, up from 8.4 percent in May but down from 9.3 percent a year ago. Statewide, the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in June, up from 7.4 percent in May, but down from 8.5 percent in June. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    2. Holyoke Mall adds stores, relocates, remodels others

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 26 2011)

      Holyoke Mall adds stores, relocates, remodels others With three new stores open, several stores currently being remodeled in new locations and construction set to begin on two more stores, Holyoke Mall at Ingleside is moving to bring shoppers an updated store selection, says Bill Rogalski, mall manager. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    3. FEMA tornado recovery centers in Monson, West Springfield now Small Business Administration disaster loan centers

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 25 2011)

      FEMA tornado recovery centers in Monson, West Springfield now Small Business Administration disaster loan centers The Federal Emergency Management Administration disaster recovery centers in Monson and West Springfield became Small Business Administration disaster loan outreach centers on Monday, according to the Small Business Administration. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   The Republican

    4. Northampton Historical Commission delays Smith College's demolition of Belmont Avenue buildings

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 25 2011)

      Northampton Historical Commission delays Smith College's demolition of Belmont Avenue buildings The Historical Commission has delayed the demolition of two buildings on Belmont Avenue until May 27 after finding them "preferably preserved." (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Smith College   Daily Hampshire Gazette   Northampton

    5. Western Massachusetts business etc.: Big East women's hoop championship to stay in Hartford

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 25 2011)

      Western Massachusetts business etc.: Big East women's hoop championship to stay in Hartford MSC Industrial Direct Co., a distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States, has acquired American Tool Supply Inc., of Chicopee, and its affiliate, American Specialty Grinding Co. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield College   Palmer   Springfield

    6. Summer jobs few and far between for teen-agers in Hampshire, Franklin counties

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 24 2011)

      Summer jobs few and far between for teen-agers in Hampshire, Franklin counties In an economy still reeling from recession, jobs for teenagers are few and far between. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Northampton

    7. Business leaders in Massachusetts convene on ways to improve early education

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 22 2011)

      Business leaders in Massachusetts convene on ways to improve early education "When we are investing in our children, it is risk-free with a guaranteed yield," said George Burtch of Ludlow, a vice president with Hasbro Inc., a toy and game company with a manufacturing facility in East Longmeadow. Burtch was among about 14 people from the Springfield area to attend the 2011 National Business Leader Summit on Early Childhood Investment at the Boston Harbor Hotel. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   The Republican

    8. Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Orange win grants for stations to charge electric cars

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 22 2011)

      Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Orange win grants for stations to charge electric cars Gov. Deval Patrick's environmental secretary on Friday unveiled plans to install 105 charging stations for electric vehicles in 25 cities and towns around the state including units for Greenfield, Holyoke, Lenox, Northampton and Orange. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Greenfield Community College   Northampton

    9. Five Western Massachusetts towns qualify for 'green communities' energy grants

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 22 2011)

      The Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities designation and grant program uses funding from auctions of carbon emissions permits under the regional greenhouse gas initiative to reward communities that win green communities designation by meeting five clean energy benchmarks. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   The Republican

    10. West Springfield business-education partnership funds school programs

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 22 2011)

      The West Springfield Partnership for Education this past academic year donated thousands of dollars to fund innovative programs in the city’s public, private and parochial schools, according to an announcement issued by the organization. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Springfield Symphony Orchestra

    11. Senate approves $24 million to build new fueling system at Westover

      Explore GazetteNET (Jul 21 2011)

      "This investment is national security for America and jobs for Massachusetts," Kerry said in a statement. "I wrote to Chairmen Daniel Inouye and Tim Johnson to emphasize this was a top priority for troops and military families in Massachusetts, and I'm glad this money's going right where it's needed next year." (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   John Kerry   Chicopee

    12. Massachusetts gains jobs, unemployment rate unchanged as fewer than expected tornado-related claims made

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 21 2011)

      Massachusetts gains jobs, unemployment rate unchanged as fewer than expected tornado-related claims made Ellis S. “Bud” Delphin, director of programs and services at CareerPoint career center in Holyoke said demand is high for skilled health-care workers, including nurses and technicians. He’s also seeing high demand for skilled machinists who can operate computer-controlled machines in a precision-manufacturing environment. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Western New England University   Baystate Health   Springfield

    13. Cleantech industry gets jolt of energy from student interns

      Explore masshightech.com (Jul 21 2011)

      Cleantech industry gets jolt of energy from student interns A world-class workforce is one of the most important advantages that Massachusetts has in the competition to grow a clean energy industry that can attract investment, build successful companies and create jobs. Central to the development of that workforce is the involvement of students and young people, who are the key to the long-term future of our sector. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Clean Energy Center

    14. Pioneer Valley housing sales down in 2nd quarter; new construction perks up nationally

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 21 2011)

      New Home construction also appears to be rebounding , according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Privately owned housing starts in June were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 629,000, 14.6 percent greater than the revised May estimate of 549,000 and 16.7 percent greater than the June 2010 rate of 539,000. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst   Chicopee   Westfield

    15. Massachusetts hospitals face financial squeeze from Medicaid

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 20 2011)

      Massachusetts hospitals face financial squeeze from Medicaid Baystate Health, which owns the medical center, announced on Wednesday it plans to cut 354 jobs including 169 through layoffs. The health system, a private, nonprofit organization, cited underpayments from Medicaid, a federal-state health insurance program for the needy and disabled. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Greenfield

    16. 354 jobs being eliminated at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Baystate Mary Lane hospital in Ware, and Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 20 2011)

      354 jobs being eliminated at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Baystate Mary Lane hospital in Ware, and Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield The job loss includes 185 positions that are currently vacant. There will be 169 layoffs among managers and staff. The cuts are effective Aug. 19. Workers, who were advised of the layoffs earlier Wednesday, will get severance pay. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Greenfield

    17. Editorial: Main Street block in Springfield ready for renewal

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 19 2011)

      Editorial: Main Street block in Springfield ready for renewal The $1.6 million Asylum project – including the demolition work, construction of a new back wall and foundations, parking lot construction and landscaping – is being funded by city and state funds including a $400,000 state growth district grant and brownfields funding from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield   The Republican

    18. Regional Report: New England's Strong Educational Infrastructure Fosters Growth

      Explore Area Development Online (Jul 19 2011)

      Communities throughout New England are leveraging that vital resource, i.e., an educated work force, as a means to attract and grow their base of innovative businesses. Case in point is the “Knowledge Corridor,” a term often used to refer to the Hartford, Conn.-Springfield, Mass. metropolitan area. The MSA is home to 1.9 million residents and 120,000 higher education students taking courses at some 32 different colleges and universities based in the area. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Knowledge Corridor

    19. Lymtech Scientific, part of John R. Lyman Co., expands on Chicopee's Westover Road

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 19 2011)

      Lymtech Scientific, part of John R. Lyman Co., expands on Chicopee's Westover Road The company has a total of about 100 employees, 18 at the old facility in Chicopee’s Cabotville Industrial Park. The remainder have worked on Westover Road since March, according to Wright. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Michael D. Bissonnette   Springfield   Chicopee

    20. Back to the Drawing Board

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 19 2011)

      Back to the Drawing Board LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification is the industry’s new buzz term, incorporating various energy-saving programs and environmentally sound practices and materials. There aren’t many who would argue against these design attributes, but is the certification plaque on the wall worth the price of admission? “Yes, clients are concerned with the overall cost of a project, and in many cases they are making the conscious decision to do the right thing,” Edgin said, referring specifically to two current clients at work on new police stations, in Northampton and at UMass Amherst. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    21. What's in Store for the Westinghouse Site?

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 19 2011)

      What's in Store for the Westinghouse Site? “We think the site has a lot of potential, and clearly some of that is for retail uses,” he said, “because it is within a fairly dense residential area and has such easy and immediate access to 291. That access accounts for much of the site’s appeal, but there’s also the visibility from the highway.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield   Holyoke

    22. Rebuilding Springfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Jul 19 2011)

      Rebuilding Springfield Jerry Hayes says that, while it might be tempting to say there isn’t a book one can turn to for help as Springfield goes about the process of rebuilding after the June 1 tornadoes, the truth is there are several. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Westfield State University

    23. MLSC opens applications for tax incentives - Mass High Tech Business News

      Explore masshightech.com (Jul 19 2011)

      The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has opened up the application process for the 2011 Life Sciences Tax Incentive Program, which has the potential to dole out up to $25 million in tax breaks each year. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

    24. Springfield City Council approves sale of old school administration building

      Explore masslive.com (Jul 18 2011)

      Springfield City Council approves sale of old school administration building The City Council was willing Monday to sell the vacant, century-old former School Department office building at 195 State St., for a nominal fee of $1, saying the proposed market rate housing project, the future tax revenues, and the reuse of the site was too important to let slip away. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield City Council   Springfield   The Republican

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