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    1. State estimates $29.5 million to $37.8 million cost for new MassPike exit between Lee and Westfield

      State estimates $29.5 million to $37.8 million cost for new MassPike exit between Lee and Westfield

      It’ll cost between $29.5 million and $37.8 million to build new highway exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) between Exit 2 in Lee and Exit 3 in Westfield, according to recently released Massachusetts Department of Transportation cost estimates. To supporters like state Sen. Donald Humason, R-Westfield, the new exit is a chance to bring people and investment to the lagging Hilltowns and solve a nagging rush-hour traffic snarl at Exit 3.

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    2. EduCare Springfield prepares to open state-of-the-art early childhood center

      EduCare Springfield prepares to open state-of-the-art early childhood center

      Educare Springfield - a $14 million, nationally recognized early childhood center under construction in the Old Hill neighborhood, one of the poorest in the city - will open this fall, serving 141 children and their families who will be selected from the region's Head Start program. The Davis Foundation, an early childhood education advocate, is the lead partner in pushing for the new center, which will be one of 25 Educare centers operating in 15 states - plus one in Washington, D.C. and another in the Winnebago nation - supported by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.

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    3. Holyoke commission deems 43 Canal St. historically significant; community center planned

      Holyoke commission deems 43 Canal St. historically significant; community center planned

      OneHolyoke, a nonprofit housing organization, bought the 1840s row house in February 2018 and plans to use it as a community center. Executive Director Michael Moriarty said the historic designation would help in obtaining official recognition by the state, which would enable it to receive preservation grant funding.  OneHolyoke will seek a $55,000 Community Preservation Act Grant to renovate the row house. The Holyoke Community Preservation Act Committee administers the grants.

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    4. Hangar Pub and Grill owner buying Michael’s Pasta In The Pan in Agawam

      Hangar Pub and Grill owner buying Michael’s Pasta In The Pan in Agawam

      The owner of The Hangar Pub and Grill chain is in the process of buying Michael’s Pasta In The Pan at 395 River Road. Employees at the Agawam restaurant said Monday they don’t know when Michael’s is closing. However, employees at the Wilbraham location on 2133 Boston Road, said that location will remain open. The Agawam Liquor License Commission will conduct a hearing on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the public library on the sale of the liquor license, according to a legal advertisement placed with The Republican. Neither Michael’s owner Michael B ...

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    5. Baystate Health Foundation receives $26K grant for Palmer emergency department

      Baystate Health Foundation receives $26K grant for Palmer emergency department

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded Baystate Health Foundation a $26,000 Capital Grant to purchase two patient monitors for the recently opened Baystate Wing Hospital Emergency Department in Palmer. The Phillips IntelliVue MX450 portable patient monitors will allow team members to quickly check vital signs on one screen, including blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate.  That data then moves with patients to their next phase of treatment, if required.

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    6. Bradley International Airport plans construction, added flights and services in 2019 | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport plans construction, added flights and services in 2019 | masslive.com

      Bradley had more than 6 million passengers in 2018 and saw its passenger arrival and departure stats up about 3.7 percent heading into the busy holiday season.  It’ll be a busy year for the Connecticut Airport Authority and Bradley as they try to add more destinations, airlines and routes. It’s a process Dillon said he hopes will continue the good momentum from 2018. He’s also planning facility upgrades designed to add passenger comfort, increase crowd capacity and put off the need for an expensive second terminal at Bradley for as long as possible.

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    7. Job market bright for graduates of UMass Center's accelerated nursing baccalaureate degree...

      Job market bright for graduates of UMass Center's accelerated nursing baccalaureate degree...

      Howett, is the assistant dean of the accelerated bachelor's degree program in nursing at the UMass Center at Springfield, where she is excited about helping others make a career shift to a field that is both rewarding and in great demand. "People who choose to go into nursing long for that patient connection," she says. "They are highly motivated. They have their eyes on the prize." Students who enroll in the fast-track program must already hold a bachelor's degree to apply, according to Howett. Their previous bachelor's degrees run the gamut - from political science to journalism and ...

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    8. Western Massachusetts manufacturers, workforce boards team to meet future staffing needs

      Western Massachusetts manufacturers, workforce boards team to meet future staffing needs

      Advanced manufacturing is a priority industry in the Pioneer Valley region. The member companies of the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association are primarily small and medium sized enterprises that are part of a supply chain engaged in producing precision mechanical parts, components, and sub-assemblies utilizing high technology equipment, lean manufacturing, and world-class innovation technology development.

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    9. Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce innovates for the future

      Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce innovates for the future

      First, in 2018, the chamber began staging quarterly meetings with a segment of its membership -- the downtown businesses -- to bring value to a group of members who share common challenges and opportunities, and who could work together to affect positive changes to our historic central business district.

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    10. Springfield-built Orange Line cars get first daytime T tryout

      Springfield-built Orange Line cars get first daytime T tryout

      The T tested Springfield-built Orange Line trains for the first time Friday during regular service hours, giving Boston commuters their first glimpse of the new cars from CRRC MA.The MBTA has been testing the cars for months, said spokesman Joe Pesaturo. But Friday was the first time they were tested in between trains running with passengers aboard. The CRRC trains will start hauling passengers for the first time in early spring, Pesaturo said. The new cars ran between 10 a.m. and noon

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    11. Springfield economic development chief bullish on city’s prospects, large and small

      Springfield economic development chief bullish on city’s prospects, large and small

      Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s chief development officer, is bullish on the economic outlook in 2019, and says the reasons are easy to spot — ranging from the nearly $1 billion MGM Springfield casino in full swing to other less dazzling but still impressive projects on tap.Some of the major projects in Springfield in recent years, such as the Union Station redevelopment and the CRRC rail car factory on Page Boulevard, continue to gain steam and bring heightened economic development prospects, Kennedy said. The new year will bring more progress, he said.

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    12. United Personnel Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing Client And Talent Awards

      United Personnel Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing Client And Talent Awards

      United Personnel announced it has won the Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards from ClearyRated, formerly known as Inavero. These awards were granted to United Personnel for the second year in a row for providing superior service to its clients and placed talent. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings by their clients and the candidates they’ve helped find jobs. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.2 times more likely to be completely satisfied, and candidates who have been ...

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    13. Springfield Union Station looks to grow while driving development

      Springfield Union Station looks to grow while driving development

      Springfield Union Station will need to go to the City Council again later this year for more money to close a funding gap, said Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer. But the Springfield Redevelopment Authority says it’s working to attract more tenants and make ends meet, and that the station is already paying for itself by encouraging more development in its neighborhood just north of downtown. Peter Pan Bus Lines moved its headquarters into Union Station in 2018, clearing the way for it to sell 1776 Main St., the site of the old Springfield Bus Terminal, to ...

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    14. Springfield’s CRRC begins shipping cars to Boston, plans for Philadelphia, Los Angeles projects

      Springfield’s CRRC begins shipping cars to Boston, plans for Philadelphia, Los Angeles projects

      Officials from Los Angeles and Philadelphia were there in December when Gov. Charlie Baker and representatives from the MBTA came to Springfield to celebrate completion of the first Orange Line cars at CRRC MA’s factory. The transit systems in those two cities are CRRC’s next customers. Los Angeles has ordered 64 subway cars at a cost of $178.4 million, with an option for 218 more beginning in 2021.  CRRC will build 45 double-decker passenger cars for SEPTA, Greater Philadelphia’s transit system, for $137.5 million. SEPTA has an option to purchase 10 additional cars after that.

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    15. Baystate Health seeks input for Community Health Needs Assessment report

      Baystate Health seeks input for Community Health Needs Assessment report

      Beginning Friday, Baystate Health will be holding the first of several Community Conversations to learn which health needs are most important to the local population.  The first gathering will take place Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Riverview Senior Center on 122 Clyde St. in Springfield This first Community Conversation will be conducted in Spanish, and lunch will be provided.  The goal is to gather as many community members and stakeholders as possible to ensure that all aspects of community issues and assets can be included in the final 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment  report ...

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    16. Daily Beast columnist Margaret Carlson to speak at Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce 'Outlook’ lunch

      Daily Beast columnist Margaret Carlson to speak at Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce 'Outlook’ lunch

      Margaret Carlson, columnist for The Daily Beast and the first woman columnist at Time magazine, will be the keynote speaker at the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Outlook lunch next month. Carlson was formerly chief political columnist for Bloomberg News and White House correspondent for Time. She appeared on CNN’s “Capital Gang” for 15 years. The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 4 at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St.

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    17. Bay Path Invites Women to Ask ‘Why Not Me?’ at 24th Women’s Leadership Conference

      Bay Path Invites Women to Ask ‘Why Not Me?’ at 24th Women’s Leadership Conference

      In celebration of women everywhere knocking down doors and breaking through glass ceilings, Bay Path University will host its 24th annual Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) on Friday, March 29 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. This one-day event, which has become the region’s prime women’s leadership event for professional networking and enrichment, will challenge women seeking to make career or life changes to look at the power within to make their dreams a reality, and to dare to ask “why not me?” instead of “why me?”

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    18. Columnist Margaret Carlson to Keynote Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook Luncheon

      Columnist Margaret Carlson to Keynote Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook Luncheon

      Margaret Carlson, columnist for the Daily Beast, will be the keynote speaker at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s annual Outlook luncheon on Monday, March 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield. Presented by Health New England, the Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook is the area’s largest legislative event, attracting more than 700 guests and presenting expert speakers on local, state, and federal issues. The event is sponsored by platinum sponsors Eastern States Exposition, Eversource, MassMutual Financial Group, and United Personnel; and gold sponsors Bulkley Richardson and Berkshire Bank. Program ...

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    19. Valley Venture Mentors, DevelopSpringfield show off Innovation Center, Hub ahead of grand opening (photos, video)

      Valley Venture Mentors, DevelopSpringfield show off Innovation Center, Hub ahead of grand opening (photos, video)

      On Wednesday, Kennealy — who took over the state’s top economic development job from Jay Ash in December — toured the new Valley Venture Mentors Hub in DevelopSpringfield’s Springfield Innovation Center, 270-276 Bridge St. downtown. “I believe, and the administration belies, that great companies can and should be grown everywhere,” Kennealy said.

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    20. Ludlow Mills, WinnDevelopment appreciate state redevelopment money -- but want it faster

      Ludlow Mills, WinnDevelopment appreciate state redevelopment money -- but want it faster

      WinnDevelopment and Westmass Area Development Corp. have plans to turn Mill 10, the prominent clock tower building at the front of the property, into market-rate apartments for families and couples along with lower-floor office space at a cost of about $40 million. The project at Mill 10 was first announced in 2016. But, Curtis said the funding is still not in place. He expects to start construction in a year or so.

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    21. Bay Path to Host Free Virtual Event to Help Women Find Their Power Voice

      Bay Path to Host Free Virtual Event to Help Women Find Their Power Voice

      Women far and wide will virtually gather together on Monday, Feb. 11 at noon as Bay Path University’s Strategic Alliances hosts a virtual roundtable with guest Angela Lussier. Lussier, an award-winning speaker, six-time author, two-time TEDx presenter, and CEO and founder of the Speaker Sisterhood, will teach women how to find the strength in their voice, how to avoid losing their power, and how to create confidence and strength in the moments when they need it most.

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    22. MGM Springfield poised to take over management of Symphony Hall | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield poised to take over management of Symphony Hall | masslive.com

      The city is reportedly negotiating with MGM Springfield to manage the municipally-owned Symphony Hall after considering competing proposals from the casino giant and Spectacle Management Inc., of Lexington.  Timothy J. Plante, the city’s chief administrative and financial officer, confirmed he is negotiating a contract with the preferred management company, but that the review committee is not revealing the firm yet.

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    23. Bay Path University awarded $1.6 million grant for technology programs

      Bay Path University awarded $1.6 million grant for technology programs

      Bay Path University received a $1.58 million grant from the nonprofit Strada Education Network for a three-year project titled “Closing the Gaps: Building Pathways for Adult Women in a Technology-Driven Workforce.” Bay Path said in a news release Tuesday that it will use the money to research and engage with employers and to build up its The American Women’s College program to enroll more adult women. The courses offer cybersecurity and information technology studies.

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