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    1. Tourism, Arts, Culture Committee to Visit Hampshire County

      Explore BusinessWest (May 6 2016)

      The state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development continues its 2016 listening tours across the state in Hampshire County on Monday, May 9, beginning with a public hearing at 10 a.m. at the UMass Fine Art Center Concert Hall. This listening tour is part of a statewide series headed by state Sen. Eric Lesser and State Rep. Cory Atkins, committee co-chairs. Legislators from the committee and representatives from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, and the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Committee will join community members, artists, and local business owners ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Northampton

    2. Networking Event for Creatives Comes to Springfield

      Explore BusinessWest (May 6 2016)

      Networking Event for Creatives Comes to Springfield

      The Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) and Springfield Business Improvement District will jointly present a “Plug Into the Creative Valley” networking event on Tuesday, May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will feature music by renowned jazz pianist Jim Argiro in the lobby/gallery of 1350 Main Street. He will be joined by a bassist for the event. Evan Plotkin of City Mosaic will give a few sneak-peek details about the upcoming Jazz and Roots Festival, to be officially announced on May 17.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    3. Westfield, Chicopee Merger Called a Logical Step on Many Levels

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      Westfield, Chicopee Merger Called a Logical Step on Many Levels

      He couldn’t pinpoint exactly when they started, but Westfield Bank President and CEO Jim Hagan said the talks he’s had with his counterpart at Chicopee Savings Bank, Bill Wagner — about this marketplace, the changes taking place in it, and a possible merger of their institutions — are not exactly a recent development.  Well, that’s true of those first few subjects of conversation, anyway.  “Bill and I had a number of discussions about this market, what was happening in it, bank consolidations, and the importance of size and scale in the industry,” said Hagan, who took the helm at ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. Amy Cahillane, Downtown Northampton Association's new executive director, wants to help attract more visitors to city | masslive.com

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      Amy Cahillane, Downtown Northampton Association's new executive director, wants to help attract more visitors to city | masslive.com

      Cahillane, 44, is an attorney specializing in estate and tax law. She is also co-president of the Northampton Education Foundation, and has served on its board since 2011.  Cahillane will be responsible for programming strategy, fundraising initiatives, special events, finances and cultivating community and business partnerships.  She will be paid a salary of $40,000 a year, Wolf said, and will be expected to work about 30 hours a week. Cahillane will have an office at Click Workspace on Market Street.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    5. Visitors Bureau names Springfield Armory as Howdy Spotlight winner | masslive.com

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      Visitors Bureau names Springfield Armory as Howdy Spotlight winner | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has chosen the Springfield Armory National Historic Site as the winner of its 2016 Spotlight Award, part of the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.  The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant positive contribution to the tourism industry in Western Massachusetts, according to a news release.


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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    6. National Insurance Convention Coming to Springfield in 2018

      Explore BusinessWest (May 5 2016)

      National Insurance Convention Coming to Springfield in 2018

      The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Inc. announced that its 2018 Fall Leadership Conference will take place in August 2018 at the Springfield Sheraton Monarch Place and MassMutual Center. According to the Republican, the event is expected to draw more than 600 insurance professionals to the city from around the U.S. and should generate about $1 million in local economic activity.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    7. WNEU College of Engineering to
Host Emerging Engineers Expo May 5

      Explore BusinessWest (May 4 2016)

      WNEU College of Engineering to
Host Emerging Engineers Expo May 5

      The Western New England University College of Engineering will host its Emerging Engineers Expo on Thursday, May 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center. The event will feature exhibits by students in the Freshman Innovation class and senior engineering capstone design projects. The exhibits will be judged by enginering faculty, industry representatives, and alumni. This event is free and open to the public.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    8. State Rep. Nick Boldyga talks up tourism, economy with Mass. economic development chief at Six Flags in Agawam | masslive.com

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      State Rep. Nick Boldyga talks up tourism, economy with Mass. economic development chief at Six Flags in Agawam | masslive.com

      Ash said that Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito are focused on drawing more tourists to Massachusetts in general, and to the Pioneer Valley in particular. Six flags is a major regional employer and pays a large amount taxes, making it a valuable asset to Agawam and the commonwealth as a whole, according to Ash.  'Six Flags New England brings tourists and locals to the area, supporting local vendors and economic growth,' Ash said. 'The Baker-Polito administration is committed to working with local and regional officials, including Rep. Boldyga, to leverage unique local assets and drive economic development and job ...

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England

    9. Massachusetts employer confidence flat in April | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts employer confidence flat in April | masslive.com

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts released its May Business Confidence Index Tuesday. A statewide Business Advocacy group, Associated Industries harvests data from a questionnaire it distributes to member companies each month.
       The Business Confidence Index was 56.2 points on a 1- to 100-point scale, where 50 is neutral. The index has remained above 50 since October 2013.  This 56.2 point reading was 2.9 points below confidence levels of a year ago.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    10. Comcast Spotlight Leases Space at Agawam Crossing

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      Comcast Spotlight Leases Space at Agawam Crossing

      Comcast Spotlight has signed a lease for a new, 3,157-square-foot space in Agawam Crossing, located at 200 Silver St. in Agawam. This is the final space at Agawam Crossing, a class A professional office building. Comcast Spotlight recently moved into its new home alongside Baystate Rehabilitation, Life Laboratories, and Associates in Women’s Health, among others.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Springfield   Development Associates

    11. Westfield and Worcester manufacturing students featured at Mfg4 trade show in Hartford | masslive.com

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      Westfield and Worcester manufacturing students featured at Mfg4 trade show in Hartford | masslive.com

      Manufacturing vocational students from Westfield Technical Academy and from Worcester Technical Academy will get a chance to show off their skills today when they take a featured role at the mammoth Mfg4 manufacturing trade show.  The Mfg4 show returns this week, Tuesday through Thursday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The show, expected to draw 200 exhibitors, is a sister show to the Eastec manufacturing show at the Eastern States Exhibition Grounds in West Springfield.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    12. Berkshire Bank completes purchase of 44 Business Capital | masslive.com

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      Berkshire Bank completes purchase of 44 Business Capital | masslive.com

      Berkshire Bank has completed its purchase of 44 Business Capital, LLC of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and Parke Bank of Sewell, New Jersey, under which Berkshire Bank has acquired the business model of 44 Business Capital and certain other assets of Parke Bank's Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loan program operations.  44 Business Capital is now operating as a direct small business lending division of Berkshire Bank reporting up through the Bank's already established Small Business line of business, and originating SBA loans for Berkshire Bank.

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      Mentions:   Berkshire Bank

    13. Chamber Business@Breakfast to Focus on Creative Economy

      Explore BusinessWest (May 2 2016)

      Chamber Business@Breakfast to Focus on Creative Economy

      The Springfield Regional Chamber’s May Business@Breakfast on Wednesday, May 4 will feature a panel discussion on the creative economy and honor local businesses and organizations. The event will take place at the Lyman and Merrie Woof Museum of Natural History, 21 Edwards St., Springfield, from 7:15 to 9 a.m.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    14. 'Special sauce already here': Top Massachusetts official touts Springfield Innovation Center potential at groundbreaking | masslive.com

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      'Special sauce already here': Top Massachusetts official touts Springfield Innovation Center potential at groundbreaking | masslive.com

      The Springfield Innovation Center now taking shape inside what had been an abandoned building at 270-280 Bridge St. downtown could end up producing the next MassMutual Financial Group or the next Smith & Wesson.  According to Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of Housing and Economic Development, that's just some of the potential success the center could breed. Ash spoke Friday at a ceremonial groundbreaking -- in reality they smashed plasterboard with a hammer -- for the Innovation Center facing Steiger Park.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    15. MGM Springfield Employs Local Businesses to Help Build Casino

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 29 2016)

      MGM Springfield Employs Local Businesses to Help Build Casino

      Brian Packer, MGM’s vice president of construction, told BusinessWest that one building and the rear portion of the State Armory still need to be knocked down. In addition, the rear of two structures, 73 State St. and the Union Chandler Hotel, whose historic front facades will be preserved, also still need to be demolished once the facades are secured and braced. “We are encouraged by the tremendous progress MGM Springfield has made over the last several months. As we begin the next phase of construction, our outreach efforts will focus on electrical, mechanical, and drywall,” he said. “We anticipate ...

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Springfield   Holyoke

    16. Mercy’s New President Takes a Progressive Perspective

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 29 2016)

      Mercy’s New President Takes a Progressive Perspective

      Dr. Scott Wolf takes the reins at Mercy Medical Center and the Sisters of Providence Health System at an exciting time in the system’s history, but also a challenging era in healthcare overall — one in which its leaders must emphasize cost efficiency, yet focus on the patient experience and outcomes more than ever before. The key, he said, is to maintain a holistic, ‘360-degree view’ of a rapidly changing industry.

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      Mentions:   Sisters of Providence Health System   Mercy Medical Center

    17. Collaboration, Shared Goals Spur Redevelopment in Springfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 29 2016)

      Collaboration, Shared Goals Spur Redevelopment in Springfield

      Springfield is undergoing a $2.7 billion transformation, and although that number — and the current spate of progress — is dominated by MGM’s $900 million casino, a plethora of other exciting projects are underway. Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said the city initiated a team effort four years ago with city officials and groups that include DevelopSpringfield, the Springfield Regional Chamber, the Business Improvement District (BID), and the Parking Authority, who convene on a regular basis to collaborate on projects and areas of focus that are proposed or underway. Each group does its part, and an annual city report is ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Big Y Foods   MassMutual

    18. Peter Pan bus Lines adds new Hyannis-to-Boston and Logan Airport service | masslive.com

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      Peter Pan bus Lines adds new Hyannis-to-Boston and Logan Airport service | masslive.com

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will add new daily express service for Cape Cod running between Hyannis, Boston and Logan International Airport.  The new bus route starts Monday, May 2.  The bus will originate from the Hyannis Transportation Center. The route will also service the Barnstable and Sagamore park-and-ride lots, which offer free commuter parking.  Peter Pan's website, peterpan.com, advertises fares as low as $8.50 with buses departing Hyannis at 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The bus is expected to arrive at Logan one hour and 50 ...

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      Mentions:   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    19. Massachusetts economy grows in first quarter; but some unemployment measures still troubling | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts economy grows in first quarter; but some unemployment measures still troubling | masslive.com

      The real gross domestic product in Massachusetts grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016, handily beating the national average.  The national economy grew at an annual rate of of 0.5 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  MassBenchmarks, a regular study of the state's economy prepared by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, indicated Thursday that the the pace of economic growth in Massachusetts picked up in the first three months of 2016 after slowing in the second half of 2015.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    20. Seen@ the Dress For Success Common Threads 2016 gala | masslive.com

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      Seen@ the Dress For Success Common Threads 2016 gala | masslive.com

      Western Massachusetts Dress For Success's 2016 Common Threads gala brought workplace fashion and inspiring stories to the Carriage House in West Springfield on Thursday, April 28.  Dress For Success, a Springfield-based organization that supplies women with the tools and clothes they need to pursue employment, used the event to honor several alumni from the program, who walked the gala's red carpet in business attire. The night's programing, which was hosted by WWLP's Kait Walsh, also featured short speeches by successful women, including Senator Gale Candaras, MassLive President Allison Werder and Baystate Health's Jennifer Endicott.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Baystate Health   Springfield

    21. "GLOBAL BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM"

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 28 2016)

      "GLOBAL BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM"

      Global Business Symposium: Unlocking International Business Opportunities

      June 1, 2016 - 3:30pm - Sheraton Springfield - $25

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    22. Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

      The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative honored 78 Pioneer Valley college and university students n Wednesday for their entrepreneurial spirit by launching a business or developing an exceptional business concept. The evening showcased 56 businesses and services as part of the Grinspoon Class of 2016. 

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    23. State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

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      State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Sec. of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker toured the workforce training nonprofit Tech Foundry on Monday and came away impressed, he said.  'I like the model. The model is collaborative. It includes the businesses and the training directly for the jobs available, and the hands on training really makes sense,' Walker said in an interview.  Tech Foundry, a nonprofit that partners with organizations and corporations including Baystate Health, Crocker Communications, the Davis Foundation and the Beveridge Family Foundation, offers job skills training for Western Mass. residents trying to enter the information technology or coding fields. The program graduated ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health

    24. Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 28 2016)

      Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

      The Connecticut chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS CT) honored Tighe & Bond as Employer of the Year during its annual awards dinner on April 14 at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland, Conn. The recognition applauded the firm’s support of WTS, and for providing ongoing opportunities to advance women in their engineering and transportation careers. “It is an honor for our firm to receive this award, and we are thrilled that WTS CT selected us,” said David Pinsky, president and CEO of Tighe & Bond, who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. “Our firm takes recruiting ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Tighe & Bond

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