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    1. Ludlow Mills - Winner of 2015 Brownfield Renewal Award : Social Impact

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      Ludlow Mills - Winner of 2015 Brownfield Renewal Award : Social Impact

      Constructed between the 1870's and the 1920's, most of the historic rope mill buildings located along State Street and the Chicopee River were built by the Ludlow Manufacturing when operations were at its peak. The site is part of the Ludlow Mills Mixed Use District and considered the largest brownfield site under redevelopment in Massachusetts.  This close knit community of Ludlow and its rich industrial history is reflected in its architecture and downtown district. Over the years HealthSouth Rehabilitation has become an integral part of that neighborhood and for many recovering from various health issues, a place to ...

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    2. Springfield Cooperative Preschool is Now Enrolling! | Springfield Public Schools

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      Springfield Cooperative Preschool is Now Enrolling! | Springfield Public Schools

      The Springfield Public Schools, Square One, YMCA Early Learning Center and HCS Head Start, Inc. will be hosting a NEW cooperative preschool program. This program is open to children living in Springfield who have not had an opportunity to attend a preschool before, who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016, and whose family’s income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The program will be offered full days, year-round and is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2015. There is no cost to parents. Transportation is NOT provided.

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    3. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to present citation to Palmer company that won small business award | masslive.com

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      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to present citation to Palmer company that won small business award | masslive.com

      Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will be visiting the PTS Truck-Trailer-Construction Equipment Supply company here on Thursday morning, in recognition of its receipt of a federal award to family-owned and operated businesses.  PTS earned the 2015 Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year award for Massachusetts from the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to Robert Nelson, state director of the administration.

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    4. Springfield seeks redevelopment of now-cleared former Chestnut Junior High School site

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      Springfield seeks redevelopment of now-cleared former Chestnut Junior High School site

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, during a press conference at the vacant lot, said that an arson fire is September of 2013, which left the long-vacant school in rubble, led to the city taking the critical steps of demolition, removal of foundations, and environmental cleanup. "The silver lining is now you have a property ready to go," Sarno said. "The property is clean now, and its four acres in a very strategic area of the city. Before development was very cost-prohibitive with the building that was here and all the infrastructure underground work that had to be done."

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Baystate Health   Springfield

    5. Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future - BusinessWest

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      Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future - BusinessWest

      Since taking over as CEO of the Eastern States Exposition in 2012, Gene Cassidy has overseen record-setting attendance during the 17-day Big E fair and a robust series of year-round events that, together, generate nearly a half-billion dollars in economic impact. But that success is no fluke; it’s a result of year-round work and the ability to plan years down the road. That road will soon bring several challenges, from increased competition for dollars (notably from a Springfield casino) to a very worrisome highway reconstruction. But with a century of history behind it, the Big E seems poised for ...

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    6. Comcast opens Xfinity store in Springfield, plans one in Westfield | masslive.com

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      Comcast opens Xfinity store in Springfield, plans one in Westfield | masslive.com

      Burned by reports of poor customer service and eager to make connections with consumers, Comcast has opened an interactive Xfinity store in Springfield.  The 4,500-square-foot storefront in the WalMart plaza, 1083 Boston Road, resembles a Apple store more than the office it replaces in the Comcast office on North Main Street. The new space has staff of 14.  The number of pay television subscription is shrinking according to market analysts, an indication more people are 'cutting the cord' and getting their programming form digital downloads or over the air.

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    7. MGM Springfield moving ahead with casino development following Gaming Commission votes

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      MGM Springfield moving ahead with casino development following Gaming Commission votes

      Votes by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission regarding the MGM Springfield casino project have paved the way for MGM to finalize its formal plans and prepare for final clearing of the site, officials said. "We will start to see demolition and construction ramp up as we move into the fall," said Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer. "We had to be patient as we approached the regulatory issues that come with an $800 million development."

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   MGM

    8. Paragus IT Acquires Applied Software Technologies

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      Paragus IT Acquires Applied Software Technologies

      Paragus IT has continued its pattern of active growth with its first acquisition: West Springfield-based Applied Software Technologies. Prior to the acquisition, AST provided IT services to businesses in the region and beyond for more than 20 years. “We are very happy to welcome the staff and clients of Applied Software Technologies into the Paragus family,” says Paragus CEO Delcie Bean. “They are a great company, and we’re excited that we will be able to give their clients the opportunity to maintain their relationships with the people they know while also having access to the resources we are able ...

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    9. Community Spotlight: Southwick, Mass.

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      Community Spotlight: Southwick, Mass.

      After 12 years in business, Stephen and Todd Phillips decided it was time to own their own building.  They spent two years looking at sites in Springfield, Agawam, West Springfield, and Windsor, Conn. before they found the perfect location: Southwick Industrial Park.  “We were able to buy 3.1 acres on an industrial building lot for $30,000 per acre, which gave us plenty of room to expand; you can’t touch that price anywhere, and the double whammy was the town’s uniform tax rate. It was a huge incentive to come here,” Stephen said, adding that, prior to ...

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    10. Valley Fest Organizers Raise a Toast to Springfield and the Region

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      Valley Fest Organizers Raise a Toast to Springfield and the Region

      White Lion will present Valley Fest on Aug. 29 in Court Square in downtown Springfield, expecting to draw some 2,000 beer enthusiasts to sample more than 100 different offerings of beer and hard cider made by more than 50 craft brewing companies from throughout the region — and well beyond.  “This is about the city of Springfield, about the region, but it also revolves around craft beer,”  White Lion is actually the first one of those brewers based in the City of Homes, and Berry hopes the festival — which will also feature culinary fare from local restaurants, live music, and ...

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    11. Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace - BusinessWest

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      Healthcare Workforce Partnership Aligns Education, Workplace - BusinessWest

      Dramatic changes are expected to take place in the field of healthcare and the way it is delivered over the next five years. But graduates from local colleges should be well prepared to fill the needs of regional employers, thanks to the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Mass., an arm of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, or REB.  “Our partners come together to think through strategies to respond to ever-changing workforce needs,” said David Cruise, the REB’s president and CEO. “Part of the challenge is to be forward-thinking, innovative, and able to anticipate and balance supply versus ...

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    12. Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield look for Super 60 contestants | masslive.com

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      Affiliated Chambers of Greater Springfield look for Super 60 contestants | masslive.com

      The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, Inc. (ACCGS) is seeking nominations for its annual Super 60 awards program. All nominations must be received by the ACCGS no later than midnight Friday, August 14, according to a news release.  The awards program celebrates the success of the fastest-growing and privately-owned businesses in the region which continue to make significant contributions to the strength of the regional economy. Each year, the program identifies the top performing companies in revenue growth and total revenue. Last year, total revenue winners combined for revenues of over $1 billion with an average revenue of ...

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    13. New owners of Seven Sisters site in Hadley hope to open restaurant, market next spring | masslive.com

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      New owners of Seven Sisters site in Hadley hope to open restaurant, market next spring | masslive.com

      Keith Rehbein and his partners hope to move forward with plans to create a restaurant and market at the former Seven Sisters site on Route 9 despite complications with the purchase of farmland adjacent to it.  According to Rehbein, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources has decided to award farming rights to the 32-plus acres of land behind the restaurant to another farmer. Rehbein has filed a motion in Hampshire Superior Court, seeking an injunction to stop the assignment of the land. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday.

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    14. Aiming to boost solar industry, Gov. Charlie Baker proposes bill raising 'net metering' cap | masslive.com

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      Aiming to boost solar industry, Gov. Charlie Baker proposes bill raising 'net metering' cap | masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday proposed easing a restriction on solar energy that some renewable energy industry advocates say is blocking projects and dampening interest in the market.  The state's solar 'net metering' program enables electricity customers to receive a retail rate for excess energy from their solar panels that is exported to the electric grid, and to offset their bills.  The state created the solar incentive program and capped it. Government-owned and private net metering solar projects have caps, and Baker’s legislation raises each cap by 2 percent.

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    15. Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival draws thousands to Court Square

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      Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival draws thousands to Court Square

      While visiting her daughter's family for the summer, Indiana resident Marcy Anderson found a perfect way to spend a sunny a Saturday afternoon downtown. The daylong Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival attracted an estimated 5,000 people who wanted to hear music from a high school jazz group, Latin jazz performers and some bigger known names including Springfield native Avery Sharpe with Charles Neville. "I was born and raised up on jazz. My father was a big fan of jazz," Anderson said. She attended with her daughter Stacey Church, of Wilbraham, the general manager of the MassMutual Center, and her ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    16. MassDOT: Sections of West Columbus Ave. in Springfield to close starting Monday

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      MassDOT: Sections of West Columbus Ave. in Springfield to close starting Monday

      MassDOT will close a section of West Columbus Avenue in Springfield just north of the Memorial Bridge between Hampden Street and Boland Way starting Monday as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Interstate 91 viaduct over downtown. The closure is necessary to allow contractors to widen the roadway to serve traffic more safely once the viaduct construction begins in earnest later this year. To access West Columbus Avenue near the Memorial Bridge from Hampden Street, turn left on East Columbus Avenue. Turn right onto Boland Way. Turn left onto West Columbus Avenue/Hall of Fame Avenue.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    17. OnBoard Encourages Nonprofits to Take Park in Networking Event

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      OnBoard Encourages Nonprofits to Take Park in Networking Event

      OnBoard, a Springfield-based nonprofit organization that matches qualified individuals and area boards of directors, is inviting local organizations and businesses to participate or become a sponsor in the “Get On Board!” event in October.  The event, to be held Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will connect local organizations with individuals looking to increase their community involvement.

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    18. Springfield's Square One names development VP | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Square One names development VP | masslive.com

      Kristine Allard of Wilbraham, formerly of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, has been named vice president of development at Square One, one of the region's largest non-profit providers of early learning and family services, the agency has announced.

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    19. Organic Farming Association conference to offer 144 workshops in 27 areas

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      Organic Farming Association conference to offer 144 workshops in 27 areas

      The 41st annual Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Aug. 14 though 16 with 144 workshops on 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics and activism among the topics.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    20. MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video)

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      MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video)

      During an Aug. 5 meeting with The Republican editorial board, state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack responded to a question about the perceived inequality in major project funding and the appearance that eastern Massachusetts is given preference over the western part of the state. Although western Massachusetts is receiving attention from the state Legislature, including focus on the Union Station renovation and Northampton's Norwottuck Rail Trail, these projects and many more have been in the pipeline for years.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   The Republican

    21. Holyoke Water Works to update Councilors about $3.2 million facility, other issues

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      Holyoke Water Works to update Councilors about $3.2 million facility, other issues

      Construction of a $3.2 million drinking water disinfection facility at 600 Westfield Road is about half done, an official said Wednesday (Aug. 5). The three-member Water Commission has requested a meeting with the City Council to provide an update about that construction, as well as to discuss current and projected capital spending and revenue, water consumption and water rates, Water Works Manager David M. Conti said.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Amherst

    22. MassDOT chief: Groundbreaking soon on $65M subway car factory in Springfield

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      MassDOT chief: Groundbreaking soon on $65M subway car factory in Springfield

      Expect a groundbreaking soon for the $65 million railroad passenger-car factory Chinese rail giant CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. is planning for East Springfield, said Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts secretary and CEO of the Department of Transportation. Pollack was in Springfield Wednesday mostly to talk about the Interstate 91 project. But she also discusses the 220,000-square-foot factory CNR is building  to supply new subway cars to the MBTA. The T falls under Pollack's jurisdiction.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    23. MassDOT chief confident I-91 rehab can be done in 2017 | masslive.com

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      MassDOT chief confident I-91 rehab can be done in 2017 | masslive.com

      In January, MassDOT awarded $148 million in contracts to the partnership of J.F White from Framingham and New Jersey-based Schiavone Construction for the reconstruction of the 2-mile-long viaduct carrying interstate 91 over downtown Springfield. The deal provides for an incentive of $50,000 per day for each day the contractor completes the work early, up to 180 days. This means the contractor would be eligible to receive a total of $9 million as a maximum bonus.  Time is of the essence, not only because of the $800 million MGM Springfield development project just a few blocks away but because ...

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    24. Life science grant helps UMass biochemist secure science foundation grant

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      Life science grant helps UMass biochemist secure science foundation grant

      In 2013, then Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced the award of $95 million to the University of Massachusetts to outfit half of the life sciences building. That award has helped UMass biochemist Elizabeth Vierling secure a three-year $682,982 National Science Foundation grant to study how plants respond at the molecular and cellular level to stress in their environment and the role of a regulatory protein called S-nitrosoglutathione reductase. Vierling said they wouldn't have been able to propose the grant without the new mass spectrometry equipment. She said that equipment cost $1.2 million.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

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