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    1. Acclaimed designer Maya Lin and national design firm Shepley Bulfinch chosen to redesign Neilson Library at Smith College

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      Acclaimed designer Maya Lin and national design firm Shepley Bulfinch chosen to redesign Neilson Library at Smith College

      Smith College officials on Wednesday announced that acclaimed designer Maya Lin and design firm Shepley Bulfinch have been chosen to redesign the main library at the Northampton women's college. College officials are banking on Lin and Shepley Bulfinch to re-imagine and redesign the William Allan Neilson Library into a world-class facility that preserves history and encourages new methods of learning. The Lin/Shepley Bulfinch team was chosen for the project after an international search.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Northampton

    2. Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation elevator pitch competition offers cash awards | masslive

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      Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation elevator pitch competition offers cash awards | masslive

      Six local banks will sponsor a live elevator pitch competition at the twelfth annual Awards Banquet for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative.  Representatives from each bank will also serve as judges at the annual event planned for April 22 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke. The banks are: Berkshire Bank, Country Bank for Savings, First Niagara Bank, PeoplesBank, United Bank, and Westfield Bank, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College

    3. 2015 Howdy Award finalists named; winners to be announced May 18 | masslive

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      2015 Howdy Award finalists named; winners to be announced May 18 | masslive

      Tourism promoters from around the Pioneer Valley announced this year's Howdy Award finalists during ceremonies at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House this week.  The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau will announce the winners at a banquet on Monday, May 18, at the Log Cabin. The event begins at 6 p.m.
      Tickets are on sale at $65 per person, and $625 for a table of ten, according to the bureau.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   The Republican

    4. Massachusetts business confidence hits highest point since 2005 | masslive

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      Massachusetts business confidence hits highest point since 2005 | masslive

      Employers have more confidence in the Massachusetts economy now than at any time since the pre-recession days of February 2005.  Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a statewide business group, said Tuesday that its Business Confidence Index had reached 60.2 points in March- up four tenths of a point from February and up from 51.1 points a year ago in March 2014, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   The Republican

    5. TopatoCon to bring internet's webcomic, podcast and game creators to Northampton in September

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      TopatoCon to bring internet's webcomic, podcast and game creators to Northampton in September

      Holly Rowland, one half of the husband-wife team behind TopatoCo, an Easthampton-based company that sells and ships merchandise for 60 creators of webcomics, podcasts and other online media, including the popular "Welcome to Night Vale," "Hark! A Vagrant" and "Girls with Slingshots," is organizing the convention in the absence of a Pioneer Valley-based comic convention. Rowland said the convention is the spiritual successor to the New England Webcomics Weekend, an Easthampton event organized by webcomic artist Meredeth Gran in 2009 and 2010. Rowland, who helped organize the event, said she first seriously considered bringing it back while attending the San ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Easthampton

    6. Plain Speaking

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      Plain Speaking

      In her role as a credit analyst for TD Bank, Alicia Raymond spends most all of her time crunching numbers and helping to gauge risk. She’s not often interacting with clients or making presentations.  But with an eye toward the future, she knows that, to advance into commercial lending and one day have her own portfolio of clients, she must build confidence and improve her communication skills.  And those are the primary reasons why, nine months ago, she joined he downtown Springfield chapter of Toastmasters International, an organization that, as the name implies, has 313,000 members in 14 ...

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   MassMutual   Springfield

    7. Community Spotlight: Northampton

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      Community Spotlight: Northampton

      Northampton touts a new initiative called “Pleasant Futures,” which Narkewicz describes as a “community re-visioning process for Pleasant Street,” and a number of public meetings have been held to get input from residents in surrounding neighborhoods about what needs to be done to increase density and expand the downtown area in the neighborhood in a way that is pleasing to everyone.  It kicked off last May and is a collaborative effort between the Office of Planning and Sustainability and the Ward 3 Neighborhood Organization. “The concerns expressed in the meetings focused on pedestrian safety and vibrancy along the corridor,” Narkewicz ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    8. Retroactive electricity rate hikes are worst in Western Massachusetts | masslive

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      Retroactive electricity rate hikes are worst in Western Massachusetts | masslive

      Over the last six months, Massachusetts electric companies have billed nearly 200,000 customers $7.1 million in retroactive costs after customers switched electricity suppliers.  The largest retroactive bills have come from Eversource, formerly the Western Massachusetts Electric Company, which billed customers who switched electricity suppliers in March an average of $144 retroactively, according to data provided by Eversource to the Department of Public Utilities.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   The Republican

    9. Shutesbury, Wendell first Wired West towns to reach subscription threshold for high-speed Internet | masslive.com

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      Shutesbury, Wendell first Wired West towns to reach subscription threshold for high-speed Internet | masslive.com

      Broadband committees in Shutesbury and Wendell are celebrating a milestone after persuading more than 40 percent of the homes and businesses within their borders to pay a $49 deposit and sign up in advance for high-speed internet under the umbrella of Wired West, a regional cooperative.  The adjacent Franklin County communities are the first of 32 unconnected or partially-connected towns in rural Massachusetts to surpass the threshold needed to profitably run a fiber optic network under the Wired West model. With a 40-percent subscription rate, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will agree to build a 'fiber to the premises' network, and ...

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    10. Planting Seeds

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      Planting Seeds

      “Harold’s vision is for college students to understand that entrepreneurship is not only a viable option, but also a prestigious one,” said Cari Carpenter, director of entrepreneurship initiatives at the Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.  “Over the past 12 years, we have engaged all 14 colleges in the Valley in an endeavor to collaborate to really support students exploring those career options,” she added. “I really think the fact that we have this intercollegiate collaboration, where each college has a faculty-member liaison on campus, and they encourage students to participate in our high-profile events, encourages business creation in the Pioneer Valley.”

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    11. Quantum Leap

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      Quantum Leap

      Gareth Ross says a pipeline of data scientists, or people who possess skills related to the emerging field, is critical to the future of every company. But he also knows it’s difficult to find, attract, and retain qualified job candidates.  “It’s a very, very specialized area. The analytics involved are very complex and require a doctorate in statistics, computer science, or both,” said Ross, MassMutual’s senior vice president of Data Analytics and Target Markets.  Indeed, studies show there are not enough qualified individuals to analyze, interpret, explain, and make use of the enormous amounts of data spawned ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual

    12. Mass. Broadband Institute sets 'Final Mile' meetings for rural towns | masslive

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      Mass. Broadband Institute sets 'Final Mile' meetings for rural towns | masslive

      The project spearheaded by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute aims to bring high-speed internet service to every home and business within areas that are currently unconnected. While Gov. Charlie Baker in February committed $50 million to help fund the expansion, towns will be asked to borrow anywhere from $420,000 to $3.8 million, the latest figures show.  Debt service on the borrowing should be covered by user fees in year six, according to Wired West, the regional cooperative poised to own and operate the fiber network for around 30 towns.  Towns that are partially served by cable may have to ...

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    13. Boston Olympics depending on Springfield MBTA cars, says CEO of Boston 2024

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      Boston Olympics depending on Springfield MBTA cars, says CEO of Boston 2024

      Without Chinese manufacturer CNR Changchung's decision to locate a plant in Springfield and build new rail cars for the MBTA, Boston might not have any Olympic dreams, Richard Davey, CEO of Boston 2024 Partnership, said on Thursday. When Boston began considering its Olympic bid, Davey said the CNR deal was "number one of seven priorities" promoters considered as key to the city's pitch for the Olympic bid.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

    14. The future of Barnes Air National Guard Base

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      The future of Barnes Air National Guard Base

      Military, political and business leaders met at Barnes Air National Guard base in Westfield to discuss the future of the base and surrounding business.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    15. STCC, Worcester State University partner to give transfer students 4-year degrees for $30,000 tuition

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      STCC, Worcester State University partner to give transfer students 4-year degrees for $30,000 tuition

      Students who complete their associates degrees at Springfield Technical Community College will be guaranteed a spot at Worcester State University to complete their bachelor's degree at a fixed four-year tuition of $30,000. During a Thursday meeting with the editorial board of The Republican and Masslive, STCC President Ira H. Rubenzahl and Worcester State University President Barry M. Maloney said the partnership is part of a marketing effort that underscores the affordability and educational value of a public higher education. The agreement, which is similar to the one STCC and Holyoke Community College recently negotiated with Westfield State University ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Westfield State University

    16. 'In Our Own Backyard': opioid crisis symposium in Springfield brings together law enforcement, medical professionals, government officials and addicts

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      'In Our Own Backyard': opioid crisis symposium in Springfield brings together law enforcement, medical professionals, government officials and addicts

      A dialogue featuring panelists from the medical and law enforcement communities began at 1 p.m. with opening remarks from U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, U.S. District Judge Mark G. Mastroianni and U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz. "I could go through town by town and tell you what the drug of choice is at the high schools ... and the middle schools," Mastroianni said, referring to his previous tenure as Hampden District Attorney. "A lot of communities say no it's not here it's over there; it's somewhere else ... that's not true."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    17. Springfield Restaurant Week 2015

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      Springfield Restaurant Week 2015

      Springfield Restaurant Week 2015 will take place April 23 to May 2.  Downtown restaurants participating in the springtime event will be Chef Wayne's Big Mamou, Nadim's Mediterranean Grill, Panjabi Tadka, The Fort/Student Prince, Theodores', Adolfo's, McCaffrey's Public House, Blackjack Steakhouse,  Shakago and Hot Table.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District   Student Prince

    18. Kevin Lynn named executive director of FutureWorks Career Center | masslive

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      Kevin Lynn named executive director of FutureWorks Career Center | masslive

      Lynn will report directly to the FutureWorks board of directors and be responsible for, among other things, leading the One-Stop Career Center in Springfield, including effective operation of all aspects of the Center and its staff of 28 people.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Kinder Morgan signs pact with construction unions for gas pipeline work | masslive

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      Kinder Morgan signs pact with construction unions for gas pipeline work | masslive

      The Massachusetts Building Trades Council announced the deal Wednesday. Its agreement with Kinder Morgan means that the company and all of its construction contractors will use union labor at all Northeast Energy Direct underground natural gas pipeline construction sites in Massachusetts and negotiate a project labor agreement. The pipeline has proven controversial, and has been opposed by property owners who do not want to give up land for construction and by environmentalists opposed to the the use of fossil fuels.

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    20. HitPoint Studios, Springfield-based game developer, expanding reach to mobile devices, smart TVs | masslive.com

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      HitPoint Studios, Springfield-based game developer, expanding reach to mobile devices, smart TVs | masslive.com

      Less than a month after coming to the city from Amherst, game developer HitPoint Studios has announced another major business move.  HitPoint is using a $2 million investment package to build a new platform on mobile devices and smart TVs, a sort-of Netflix for gamers, but with a lot more bells and whistles.  MassMutual's Springfield Venture Fund, River Valley Investors and independent investors put up more than half of the money to help the company build and release the platform.

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    21. Knifemaker Lamson & Goodnow plans move to Westfield; Shelburne Falls site sold | masslive

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      Knifemaker Lamson & Goodnow plans move to Westfield; Shelburne Falls site sold | masslive

      Lamson & Goodnow, which bills itself as the nation's oldest maker of cutlery, plans to move into the former Westfield River Brewery space at 79 Mainline Drive sometime next month.  The new Lamson & Goodnow facility will include 10,000-square-feet retail space featuring the company's lines of high-quality knives, kitchen tools and gardening tools, said Westfield city advancement officer Joe Mitchell.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    22. The Next Chapter

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      The Next Chapter

      Having been a mayor, Richard Sullivan Jr. understands how city leaders think. But he wants them to broaden their horizons.  “Cities often don’t focus on the importance of regional development,” said Sullivan, the new president of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council (EDC). “I understand the parochialness; every community wants development they think is appropriate for their community first.

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    23. Valley Venture Mentors to host Accelerator Awards event April 30 | masslive

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      Valley Venture Mentors to host Accelerator Awards event April 30 | masslive

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) will host its inaugural Accelerator Awards event Thursday, April 30 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.  The event will honor recent graduates of its new Accelerator Program, which is currently grooming 29 startup teams from all over the Pioneer Valley for success by imparting meaningful business knowledge, structure and tools.  During the awards ceremony, the organization will award grants of up to $50,000 each to startup teams selected as finalists. The April 30 event runs from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include a lively networking reception as well as a ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    24. Wilbraham's FloDesign Sonics makes major medical breakthroughs using sound waves | masslive

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      Wilbraham's FloDesign Sonics makes major medical breakthroughs using sound waves | masslive

      FloDesign Sonics, which touts itself as the 'filterless filter company,' launched in 2012 and has obtained lucrative contracts to invent acoustic technology with important real-life applications, many of which are medical. The company has developed a new way to use sound waves to isolate and remove particles from a fluid, which can clean the surrounding material or allow for the study of anomalous masses, among other possibilities.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Western New England University   Springfield

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