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    1. Congressman Neal to discuss federal cuts with New England Council at Boston breakfast

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 12 2011)

      The nonpartisan New England Council is comprised of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations from the six-state New England region. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    2. Editorial: Western Massachusetts construction projects sign of brighter days

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 12 2011)

      Editorial: Western Massachusetts construction projects sign of brighter days The $168 million Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center celebrated the first phase of construction last month as workers raised the last steel beam of the building’s frame and topped it off with a pine tree. The ceremony represents an important milestone in the construction of the center that is rising on the site of the former Mastex factory on Bigelow Street. The 90,000-square-foot complex will conduct academic research using numerous computers sifting data into everything from medicine and the arts to climate change and cell structures. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health

    3. Women's Fund sends out call for grant applications

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 11 2011)

      The Women’s Fund, founded in 1997, has held steady in spite of the turbulent economy, said Julie Kumble, director of grants and programs at the Easthampton-based foundation. It gave out $150,000 in grants last year, and it will give out the same amount this year. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Mount Holyoke College   Holyoke   The Republican

    4. Edward Leyden of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam is co-chairman of state manufacturing task force

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 11 2011)

      Edward Leyden of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam is co-chairman of state manufacturing task force Edward T. Leyden, president of Ben Franklin Design and Manufacturing in Agawam, likes a lot of things about being the co-chairman of the Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield Armory

    5. Over $86,000 in tornado relief funds awarded by Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 9 2011)

      Over $86,000 in tornado relief funds awarded by Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts “As a community foundation, one of our key roles is pooling the resources of our generous community members to support those most in need. We are pleased to be able to provide much-needed funding to the many nonprofits in our region that have worked tirelessly to keep up with the increased demand brought about by the tornadoes,” said Community Foundation President Ron Ancrum. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    6. Monet, van Gogh other French masterpieces to debut in Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 9 2011)

      Monet, van Gogh other French masterpieces to debut in Springfield The permanent collection of French art in the D’Amour Museum is strong, instructive, satisfying. In dialogue with the special exhibition from the Wadsworth Atheneum, it sparkles. Both collections benefit from the relationship. And the audience gets to have a field day, a feast of French art. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    7. FEMA releases money to Springfield, Wilbraham for tornado relief

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 8 2011)

      FEMA releases money to Springfield, Wilbraham for tornado relief U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal announced Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Springfield $3.97 million and $1.94 million to Wilbraham to reimburse the communities for some of the cost of cleanup after the storm. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    8. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

      Explore GuruFocus (Dec 8 2011)

      Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (SWHC) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2011-10-31. Smith & Wesson Holding Corp has a market cap of $204.8 million; its shares were traded at around $3.17 with and P/S ratio of 0.5. This is the annual revenues and earnings per share of SWHC over the last 10 years. For detailed 10-year financial data and charts, go to 10-Year Financials of SWHC (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    9. Estimating Software Helps Fuel Manufacturing Initiatives With Colleges

      Explore PR Newswire (Dec 8 2011)

      Estimating Software Helps Fuel Manufacturing Initiatives With Colleges "Manufacturing initiatives, emerging at an increasing rate, indicate the growing concern to help bring more manufacturing jobs back to America. Without an actively growing job market, the future of U.S. manufacturing could remain on the decline. For more than a decade, manufacturers have also continued to experience a reduced pool of adequately skilled candidates from which to select for hire," states Jay Snow, Marketing Manager at MTI Systems, Inc. "Our manufacturing customers tell us, if colleges could take the initiative to train students on the software used by their manufacturing company, these new employees would be that much further ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    10. Mohegan Sun officials talk with Western Massachusetts business people about proposed Palmer casino

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 8 2011)

      Mohegan Sun officials talk with Western Massachusetts business people about proposed Palmer casino Jeffrey S. Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield said his chamber participated simply as a way to get information to its member businesses. Neither he nor the Chamber are endorsing a proposal and members still have concerns about what a large casino operation will mean for local mom-and-pop businesses, especially restaurants, that will have to compete with the resort. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Mohegan Sun   MassMutual Center

    11. UMass officials say agreement with Brazil should be boon for Western Massachusetts farmers

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 7 2011)

      UMass officials say agreement with Brazil should be boon for Western Massachusetts farmers It means an office at UMass for Brazilian scientists and researchers to come to “to collaborate with us to benefit farmers” in Brazil and Massachusetts, said the Stockbridge School of Agriculture Extension Associate Professor. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    12. Editorial: Imagining a new cycle of economic growth in America

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 7 2011)

      Editorial: Imagining a new cycle of economic growth in America When the Labor Department released the November jobless numbers last Friday, the unemployment rate had dropped by 0.4 percentage points to 8.6 percent. We’ve still got a very long way to go, but, thankfully, we are heading in the right direction. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   The Republican

    13. LUXE Burger Bar named preferred developer for former Springfield Visitor Information Center building

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 6 2011)

      LUXE Burger Bar named preferred developer for former Springfield Visitor Information Center building The Springfield Redevelopment Authority has selected a preferred developer for the former Visitor Information Center, which is proposing a $2.3 million investment to convert the riverfront site to a LUXE Burger Bar patterned after a Rhode Island restaurant. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    14. Massachusetts employers have more confidence, but not adding jobs, according to Associated Industries of Massachusetts survey

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 6 2011)

      Massachusetts employers have more confidence, but not adding jobs, according to Associated Industries of Massachusetts survey “There continue to be some positive signs, not very strong, but enough to make employees feel that we may be making progress however slowly.” (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    15. Breaking Down the Report Card

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 6 2011)

      Breaking Down the Report Card Bob Pura says he found at least a few things to like about the recent Boston Foundation report titled “The Case for Community Colleges: Aligning Higher Education and Workforce Needs in Massachusetts” — especially the main subject of the account. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Greenfield Community College

    16. No Time Like the Present

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 6 2011)

      No Time Like the Present When it comes to end-of-year business planning, Kevin Vann said, every company is different. “If you’re an accountant, obviously tax planning is critically important,” he said. “If you’re a business advisor, consultant, or whatever, other things are critical, like long-term strategic planning.” But he has one piece of advice that crosses all sectors: business planning is not just a year-end exercise. At least, it shouldn’t be. “We look at it as an ongoing thing,” said Vann, a principal with the Springfield-based Vann Group (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Kevin B. Vann   Meyers Brothers Kalicka

    17. The Casino Era Begins

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 6 2011)

      The Casino Era Begins Indeed, only a few seconds in, Blair, president of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., said that, while he had no official determination on the matter, he thought it quite fair to say that the resort casino due to be built over the next several years somewhere within the 413 area code will easily be the region’s largest development project ever. And he wasn’t just talking about dollars and cents, although the projected $500 million (minimum) project — at least twice the cost of Baystate Health’s $250 million Hospital of the Future — will certainly cover that aspect ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Mohegan Sun

    18. Springfield postal workers brace for impact of processing center closure

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 5 2011)

      Springfield postal workers brace for impact of processing center closure One of the processing centers affected is in Indian Orchard, where about 160 jobs would be eliminated and the responsibility for first-class mail would shift to Hartford or Worcester, according to Daniel R. Kuralt, president of Local 497 American Postal Workers Union. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    19. Springfield City Council approves special tax incentive for Custom Carbide; incentive for F.W. Webb undecided

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 5 2011)

      Springfield City Council approves special tax incentive for Custom Carbide; incentive for F.W. Webb undecided Councilor Timothy C. Allen, chairman of the council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee, who was among councilors in favor of both tax incentive proposals, said he believes they benefit both the city and the local firms. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield City Council   Springfield

    20. Springfield's Caring Health Center expansion, to be named after U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, gets financial boost

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 5 2011)

      Springfield's Caring Health Center expansion, to be named after U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, gets financial boost Caring Health Center’s planned $20 million expansion has drawn six-figure donations from two local financial institutions and attracted the support of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, after whom the new center will be named. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Hampden Bank   The Republican

    21. UMass-Amherst strengthens ties with agricultural researchers in Brazil

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 5 2011)

      UMass-Amherst strengthens ties with agricultural researchers in Brazil Patrick said the deal between UMass-Amherst and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation will aid ongoing research on Brazilian crops, leading to economic development and job creation in agribusiness. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    22. Holyoke native Dr. Arthur Roberts to receive Distinguished American Award

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 5 2011)

      Holyoke native Dr. Arthur Roberts to receive Distinguished American Award Roberts, 69, is the 40th recipient of the Distinguished American Award. Past winners include Dr. Frank L. Boyden (1971), who was headmaster at Deerfield Academy when Roberts was a post-grad student there in 1960-61. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Basketball Hall of Fame

    23. Holyoke Public Library to relocate to City Hall during $14.5 million renovation

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      Holyoke Public Library to relocate to City Hall during $14.5 million renovation The move is because the 109-year-old library is undergoing a $14.5 million reconstruction. It will reopen in 2013, officials said. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    24. MassEcon salutes companies for contributions, commitment

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 4 2011)

      MassEcon salutes companies for contributions, commitment Companies from across the commonwealth - including Smith & Wesson in Springfield, Coca-Cola in Northampton and General Dynamics in Pittsfield - were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy. More than 400 people attended the event, including featured speaker Gov. Deval L. Patrick, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, and award presenter WCVB-TV Channel 5’s longtime news anchor, Anthony Everett. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Coca-Cola

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