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    1. Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Southworth sells Agawam plant for $1.9M; Turners Falls paper mill sold for $4M

      Bankrupt Southworth Paper Co. is selling its Agawam plant for $1.88 million to investors from Adams. The city of Agawam has first claim on $140,000 it's owed by Southworth. Papers field this week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield detail the sale. Southworth needed court permission to transfer its assets after filing in September for federal bankruptcy protection. Southworth abruptly shut down its operations in August 2017, saying it could no longer get financing. The company, in business for 178 years, had 120 employees in Agawam, the Turners Falls section of Montague, and Seattle.

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    2. Baystate PURCH Program Puts Focus on Population Health

      Baystate PURCH Program Puts Focus on Population Health

      Like most first-year students, Kathryn Norman entered medical school in August not knowing exactly what to expect.  But there were certainly some things she never expected.  Like a curriculum that included a visit to the Hampden County jail in Ludlow, where she and fellow classmates talked with inmates about their health and well-being and learned first-hand how social issues and mental-health conditions have impacted their lives and put them on a path to incarceration.

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    3. MGM Springfield continues to take shape with 2018 grand opening in sight (photos) | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield continues to take shape with 2018 grand opening in sight (photos) | masslive.com

      With a September 2018 opening coming fast, MGM Springfield officials are keeping their cards close when it comes to discussing details from inside the walls of the $960 million project.  But a walk around the 14.5 acre campus reveals a transformed section of downtown that has risen from a landscape left tattered by a 2011 tornado.  'I'm incredibly excited for 2018,' said MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis. 'We feel like this is Springfield's year to shine.'

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    4. Cambridge College, MGM Springfield launch hospitality training program

      Cambridge College, MGM Springfield launch hospitality training program

      Cambridge College's Tower Square campus is the first school in Massachusetts certified to offer classroom pre-apprenticeship training in hospitality under a program it designed with the help of MGM Springfield. Apprenticeships as a way of training people for careers make most people think of the construction trades -- for example plumbing, carpentry, steelworking -- said William McKinney, director of the division of labor standards for the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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    5. UnitedBank opens new downtown Springfield branch at Monarch Place

      UnitedBank opens new downtown Springfield branch at Monarch Place

      Saying it wanted a presence in the heart of Springfield's financial district, United Bank opened its new branch Monday in the Monarch Place office and hotel tower at Main Street and Boland Way in Springfield. Monday was the first day of operations at the new branch office. The bank's former downtown Springfield office a few blocks away on State Street has already closed.

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    6. Massachusetts Is Fertile Ground for Biotechnology Careers

      Massachusetts Is Fertile Ground for Biotechnology Careers

      For college students — or career changers — seeking a career path with plenty of opportunity close to home, biotechnology in Massachusetts is certainly enjoying an enviable wave. For example, drug research and development — one key field in the broad world of biotech — has been surging in Massachusetts for well over a decade, and isn’t slowing down, according to the annual report released in November by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, or MassBio. According to that report, Massachusetts has more jobs classified as biotechnology R&D than any other state (see table below), with 34,366 currently employed — a 40% increase since ...

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    7. Springfield renews offer of federal grants to nonprofits doing building improvements

      Springfield renews offer of federal grants to nonprofits doing building improvements

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno on Monday issued a "request for proposals" from nonprofits who might qualify for Round 3 grants of up to $25,000 for each successful organization under the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Funds must be used for rehab to the building for the purpose of preserving or expanding the existing service capacity. The city reserves the right to award more on a case by case basis.

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    8. Granite State Development Corp. Helps Businesses — and the Economy — Expand

      Granite State Development Corp. Helps Businesses — and the Economy — Expand

      Certified development companies, or CDCs, are entities that partner with banks to help small businesses secure financing to grow their operations. But in doing so, they’re also growing the economy by promoting economic development, which is, in fact, a key element of their mission. Since its inception in New Hampshire in 1982 — and its subsequent, ever-expanding work across Massachusetts — Granite State Development Corp. has been executing that mission.

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    9. Hazen Paper Co. Honored With International Award for Holography

      Hazen Paper Co. Honored With International Award for Holography

      Hazen Paper Co. was recognized with an Excellence in Holography Award from the International Hologram Manufacturers Assoc. (IHMA) at its annual conference in Barcelona, Spain. The annual awards recognize outstanding achievement in pioneering innovative holographic products or techniques, as well as the best use of holography in commercial applications. Singled out from a record number of entries, Hazen was awarded Best Applied Decorative Packaging Product for its own promotional 2017 calendar and supporting brochure. The six-panel brochure and related poster/calendar each highlight different capabilities and product characteristics, though they both feature a dramatic image of a woman dressed in ...

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    10. New Developments Light the Way in Chicopee

      New Developments Light the Way in Chicopee

      Mayor Richard Kos is fond of pointing out that Chicopee is alone among Western Mass. communities in having two exits off the Mass Pike — and now it has a third ‘beacon’ of sorts, as he calls it, with the new Mercedes-Benz dealership lighting the night as it overlooks the Pike at exit 6. “One of the benefits of Chicopee is its convenience, as well as being a great place to do business,” Kos told BusinessWest. “That’s why Mercedes chose to build in that location. Having two exits on the turnpike is unique in Western Mass., let alone being close ...

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    11. Public meeting scheduled on potential new Westfield industrial park

      Public meeting scheduled on potential new Westfield industrial park

      An informational meeting on the potential development of 66 acres of land on Turnpike Industrial and Cabot roads is planned for Jan. 10. The public meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the North Middle School auditorium. Westfield Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said this is one of the required steps associated with pre-permitting the land as an industrial park under the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA). "This is a friendly meeting to give information to anyone interested," Mitchell said. "It's just the start of the process."

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    12. Berkshire Hills Announces Employee and Community Investments - BusinessWest

      Berkshire Hills Announces Employee and Community Investments - BusinessWest

      “Berkshire’s unique culture is built on the recognition that our employees are our most important asset,” CEO Mike Daly said. “As an organization, we believe that taking care of our employees leads to more satisfied customers, healthier communities, and higher returns to shareholders. We’re pleased to have the opportunity to further reward the team for their hard work and dedication to our customers, while also investing in their long-term professional development and furthering our overall commitment to the communities we serve.”

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    13. Palmer touts electric vehicle charging stations near Mass. Pike

      Palmer touts electric vehicle charging stations near Mass. Pike

      Drivers of electric vehicles now have an oasis in Palmer. State officials joined municipal leaders Wednesday to unveil two electric vehicle charging stations in town that drivers may use free of charge. Officials say the stations fill a gap along the Massachusetts Turnpike and will encourage people to use zero-emissions vehicles. Meanwhile, town employees now are using electric vehicles for inspections and other town business. Palmer received state grants totaling $142,240 to buy the two Chevy Bolts as well as buy and install the two ChargePoint dual-head charging stations, said Planning Director Linda Leduc.

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    14. MGM Springfield Available Jobs

      MGM Springfield Available Jobs

      Thank you for your continued support as we gear up to bring a world-class destination resort to the area. Please share this information for our latest career opportunities and post in your career centers, encouraging people to apply by visiting https://mgmresorts.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/306  Job postings are subject to change daily, please visit our website for the most current job postings.

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    15. Solar cap puts drag on Massachusetts projects; alternative program in the works

      Solar cap puts drag on Massachusetts projects; alternative program in the works

      A cap on reimbursements is again stalling some solar energy projects in central and Western Massachusetts. It remains an open question whether a new incentive program for solar projects, which is expected to start this summer, will solve the problem. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says it will, although solar industry representatives are skeptical. "We are continuing to be a national leader in solar energy and energy efficiency," said Mike Judge, director of the Renewable and Alternative Energy Division at the state Department of Energy Resources. "We're continuing to promote solar, at a lower cost than we have been."

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    16. Springfield Central Cultural District Receives $25,000 Grant

      Springfield Central Cultural District Receives $25,000 Grant

      Morgan Drewniany, executive director of the Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD), announced the receipt of a $25,000 Beveridge Family Foundation grant to help the organization create an artist database, as well as increase internal capacity. Part of the grant from the Beveridge Foundation will be utilized to hire the UMass Arts Extension Service, a nationally renowned thought leader in the arts field, to help create a grassroots network of artists. This network will increase the economic growth of the creative-economy sector in Springfield by connecting artists to paid opportunities, as well as making it easier for local businesses, nonprofits ...

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    17. Berkshire Bank Launches $52,500 Scholarship Program

      Berkshire Bank Launches $52,500 Scholarship Program

      Berkshire Bank announced it will honor 35 high-school seniors across Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for their volunteer service with Berkshire Bank scholarships. The scholarships recognize students who excel academically, have a financial need, and share the bank’s commitment to community service. Additionally, students must attend a high school that is located in a county with a Berkshire Bank or Commerce Bank office. The recipients will share in $52,500 in scholarship funds.

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    18. STCC Offers EMT Program for Spring Semester

      STCC Offers EMT Program for Spring Semester

      Springfield Technical Community College will offer an Emergency Medical Training (EMT) program during the upcoming semester, beginning Monday, Jan. 22. The course consists of 177 hours of lectures and workshops in trauma, medical, behavioral, and environmental emergencies, including 28 hours of online instruction and an auto-extrication field trip that prepares the student to take the National Certification Examination.

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    19. Sears to close another Massachusetts store; see list of all 64 Kmart, 39 Sears stores included in 1st round of 2018 closings

      Sears to close another Massachusetts store; see list of all 64 Kmart, 39 Sears stores included in 1st round of 2018 closings

      This round of shutdowns once again spares Sears stores in the Eastfield Mall in Springfield and in the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside as well as Kmart locations on Route 5 in Holyoke and on Wilbraham Street (Route 20) in Palmer. Sears already announced in November its plans to shut down the Sears store in the Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough later this month. Sears isn't saying how many people will lose jobs in the closures. But workers will have the ability to apply for jobs at other Sears and Kmart locations.

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    20. Campaign underway to bring John Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst another honor

      Campaign underway to bring John Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst another honor

      University of Massachusetts architecture professor Max Page is leading the charge to bring The John Olver Design Building at UMass even more attention. In a Facebook post, Page is reporting that the building, named one of the best new buildings last year by the Wall Street Journal, has the chance for another honor. The building was of nearly 50 selected as a Building of the Week by American-Architects and now that website is conducting a poll to determine which those earns the Building of the Year designation.

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    21. MGM Springfield jobs: Casino Career Training Institute announces information, registration sessions

      MGM Springfield jobs: Casino Career Training Institute announces information, registration sessions

      Job seekers looking to get trained for table-game jobs at the new MGM Springfield casino are invited to attend a series of information sessions and Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute registration dates over then next few months. The first session is set for Friday at the Quaboag Region Workforce Training and Community College Center, 79 Main St., Ware.

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    22. Eversource cuts planned Western Massachusetts electric rate increase, citing new federal tax law

      Eversource cuts planned Western Massachusetts electric rate increase, citing new federal tax law

      In Western Massachusetts, the former Western Massachusetts Electric Co. territory, Eversource said the tax cut works out to a savings of $8.3 million a year. State regulators in November authorized Eversource to increase the total amount it intends to raise from customers by 24.8 million a year. Eversource now plans an increase of only $16.5 million a year. In other parts of the state, the former NStar service territory, the savings is $47.6 million a year and the $35.4 million-a-year increase would change to a $12.2 million-a-year decrease.

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    23. Hampshire College goes green thanks to yellow sun: 100 percent of school's electricity now comes from solar power | masslive.com

      Hampshire College goes green thanks to yellow sun: 100 percent of school's electricity now comes from solar power | masslive.com

      Hampshire College is now powered by the sun.  One hundred percent of the campus electricity will now come from a 19-acre solar-energy system approved by Eversource late last month.  Half the system at Hampshire had been operating since June.  At Hampshire, the 15,000 photovoltaic-panel arrays on two fields have a capacity of 4.7 DC megawatts -- which means 3,000 metric tons of greenhouse-gas emissions will be eliminated a year. That is equivalent to taking almost 650 cars off the road, and enough to power about 530 homes, the college said.

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