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    1. Momentum Building

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 31 2012)

      Momentum Building

      One of the main marketing taglines for the Scibelli Enterprise Center at Springfield Technical Community College is ‘Business Building.” This explains both what the facility is — a facility housing small businesses, said Director Marla Michel — and what it does, which is to help certain clients develop, mature, and get to the next level. In recent years, the focus has been primarily on the former, she said, noting that, as the economy sagged, the emphasis was on filling space. Moving forward, the shift will be more to the latter, which has always been the primary mission.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    2. Shot in the Arm

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      Shot in the Arm

      Late in 2008, just as the economy began to slide into the Great Recession, officials at Baystate Health were having second thoughts about moving forward with their planned $250 million Hospital of the Future expansion. They eventually decided to press on, much to the relief of hundreds of workers in the construction trades — most of them local — who found the project a lifeline at a time when opportunities were scarce.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Baystate Health   Springfield

    3. Site Seers

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      Site Seers

      The operating ratios are very thin, with little margin for error, and downward pressure on rents. You have to be very focused on operating margins, and that means being a partner with the owner, not just running the property.” Jack Dill, president and CEO of Colebrook Realty Services in Springfield, which manages some 1.8 million square feet of space in Western Mass., echoed that assessment. “Management is not just shoveling snow and cleaning bathrooms,” he told BusinessWest. “These are very large assets that have a lot of risk in them, and we really need to understand and be thoughtful ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Holyoke based Hazen Paper remains a major player when it comes to Super Bowl 46

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      Holyoke based Hazen Paper remains a major player when it comes to Super Bowl 46

      Holyoke is called the Paper City because for over a century the paper industry was the back-bone of the cities economy. While most of the paper industry has gone by the waist-side, Hazen Paper continues to flourish.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican   Hazen Paper

    5. ‘A Potential Game Changer’

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      ‘A Potential Game Changer’

      David Thor estimates that, in the days and weeks after it was first suggested that a floor in One Financial Plaza would be a suitable location for the 500 employees expected to join his company, Thing5, LLC, this year, he probably said “that’s not a good idea” several dozen times.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   GZA Geoenvironmental, Inc

    6. Workforce Training is Good Business

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 31 2012)

      We’ve had success in Western Mass. by developing public-private partnerships to support this type of skills training, but employers can’t do it alone. The partnership between employers in the Western Mass. Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Assoc., the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB), the state, and area school systems and community colleges has leveraged resources and created or retained good-paying jobs for over 1,000 Western Mass. residents.

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    7. American Airlines cancels direct flights from Bradley International Airport to Puerto Rico

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 30 2012)

      American Airlines cancels direct flights from Bradley International Airport to Puerto Rico

      Many travelers who booked direct flights with American Airlines from Bradley International Airport in Connecticut to San Juan, Puerto Rico were recently surprised with a notice saying those flights have been rerouted.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   The Republican

    8. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts issues $717,800 in grants

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 30 2012)

      The variety in the list of grantees not only speaks to the role of nonprofits in creating a civilized society, but also hints at the generosity of the ordinary citizens who showed up to study the needs of the 103 applicants in this grant cycle.  “We have 13 district committee members, all volunteers,” said Nancy Reiche, vice president for programs at Community Foundation offices in Springfield. “They go out and meet with all these organizations.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greenfield   Holyoke

    9. Banking for Life | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Jan 30 2012)

      Banking for Life | BusinessWest “When we decided to go in there, we felt that our approach to banking would serve us well competing in a highly competitive environment,” said Bob Annon, Webster’s regional president for Northern Conn. and Greater Springfield. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   West Springfield   Baystate Health   Springfield

    10. U.S. Rep. James McGovern tours fairgrounds on 4th Northampton visit

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      U.S. Rep. James McGovern tours fairgrounds on 4th Northampton visit

      McGovern met with fair officials, Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce executive director Suzanne Beck, Allan W. Blair, head of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, and others at the fair office as part of a two-stop visit to the city.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Allan W. Blair   The Republican

    11. Fledgling Holyoke computer center gives $600000 in grants

      Explore masshightech.com (Jan 30 2012)

      While it still has yet to have its own home built, the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke is already giving out grants, announcing $600,000 seed grants going to seven research teams. The seed grants range from $45,000 to $130,000 each, going to multi-university collaborative teams doing research in areas that high performance computing could have an impact – New England coastal ecology studies to medical imaging, the center said in a release today. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Amherst

    12. First Niagara's 4Q profits rise 27 pct. | Hartford Business

      Explore HartfordBusiness.com (Jan 29 2012)

      First Niagara Financial Group Inc. -- operator of Connecticut's former NewAlliance Bank network -- said Thursday that its fourth quarter earnings jumped 27 percent thanks to strong loan and deposit growth. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   First Niagara Bank

    13. Make or break: Challenges to manufacturing in the Berkshires

      Explore Home - Berkshire Eagle Online (Jan 29 2012)

      Make or break: Challenges to manufacturing in the Berkshires Michael Graney, the senior vice president of business development at the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, said the "traditional, commodity-based heavy stuff" normally associated with New England manufacturing "is not going to make a lot of sense here" due to the high costs associated with labor, energy and doing business in this region. But Graney believes that small, well-run manufacturers who make products for a specific or "niche" markets, such as Pittsfield Plastics & Engineering, can succeed. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment   Berkshire Bank

    14. Eastman Chemical to buy Solutia Inc. for $3.4 billion

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 28 2012)

      Eastman Chemical to buy Solutia Inc. for $3.4 billion Eastman Chemical is buying Solutia Inc., chemicals provider for products from iPads to tires, for about $3.4 billion in cash and stock in a bid to drive its sluggish growth and focus on emerging markets, particularly the Asia-Pacific region. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield   Solutia Inc.   The Republican

    15. Power town: Turners Falls turns on the charm to lure small businesses, tourism and the arts

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 28 2012)

      Power town: Turners Falls turns on the charm to lure small businesses, tourism and the arts

      Today, the largest village in the town of Montague is on a roll with new businesses on its main street, a nearly-full industrial park, improved infrastructure and a RiverCulture project that works to create a vibrant and connected Turners Falls community through innovative partnerships and cultural programming.

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    16. Springfield-area small businesses urged to develop their own websites as marketing tool

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 27 2012)

      Springfield-area small businesses urged to develop their own websites as marketing tool Garvey Communication Associates and Western New England University on Tuesday hosted a free seminar for small businesses on “Growing and Managing Your Business with Google” in Rivers Memorial Hall at Western New England University. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   The Republican

    17. Construction of Columbia Greenway Rail Trail section in Westfield to begin shortly

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 27 2012)

      Armed with $1 million in state funding, City Engineer Mark S. Cressotti said construction bids will be requested next month with the intent of beginning construction by April 1 or earlier. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield   The Republican

    18. Early Childhood Education: Springfield Tackles a Benchmark

      Explore bos.frb.org (Jan 27 2012)

      Early Childhood Education: Springfield Tackles a Benchmark The old industrial city of Springfield, Massachusetts, has a long history with the written word. Dr. Seuss, whose rhymes made learning to read fun, was born here. This is the birthplace, too, of Merriam-Webster Inc., the famed dictionary company. Yet for many Springfield children, learning to read is a challenge. Sixty percent of the city's third graders read below grade level, according to the 2011 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), thus missing a critical benchmark that strongly predicts later success. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Hasbro, Inc.

    19. Tax credit expiration jeopardizes jobs in state - Boston Business Journal

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      Tax credit expiration jeopardizes jobs in state - Boston Business Journal Congress didn’t renew the federal New Markets Tax Credit program at the end of last year, threatening a program that supporters say has added several thousand jobs. (Read Full Article)

    20. Faculty innovation earns UMass 13th spot on Association of University of Technology Managers list

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 26 2012)

      Faculty innovation earns UMass 13th spot on Association of University of Technology Managers list According to the statement, Caret told the Board of Trustees Committee on Science, Technology and Research that the university was able to generate $40 million from faculty discovery and innovation and “is a testament to the great quality of the UMass faculty on all five campuses and also shows that the university is extremely focused on obtaining its fair share of the proceeds when products reach the marketplace." (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    21. Springfield officials to release post-tornado master plan for rebuilding city

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 26 2012)

      Springfield officials to release post-tornado master plan for rebuilding city City residents are encouraged to attend the “Rebuild Springfield” meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the St. Anthony’s Social Center, 375 Island Pond Road (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    22. UMass president Robert Caret discusses economic development with businesses in Holyoke, Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 26 2012)

      UMass president Robert Caret discusses economic development with businesses in Holyoke, Springfield “We always do an annual breakfast focusing on economic development and because UMass is one of the economic drivers of our region we felt it would be great to have the new president speak,” said Doris Ransford, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Springfield

    23. Regional increase in state gasoline tax eyed as way to fund transportation projects in Bay State

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 25 2012)

      Regional increase in state gasoline tax eyed as way to fund transportation projects in Bay State A 1-cent per gallon gasoline tax could generate $50 million a year for transportation projects in the region, according to the executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield   Springfield

    24. Pioneer Valley Regional School students attend 72nd Model Congress at American International College

      Explore masslive.com (Jan 25 2012)

      Pioneer Valley Regional School students attend 72nd Model Congress at American International College The three-day event is the longest running event of its kind in the country. The students submitted the legislation prior to the start of Model Congress, and each bill was then debated, amended and voted on during committee meetings. Bills that were approved in committee were taken up the next day in House and Senate sessions. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield City Council   Springfield

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