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    1. Cooley Dickinson grants three agencies close to $90,000 for health, planning

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      Cooley Dickinson grants three agencies close to $90,000 for health, planning

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will collaborate with the United Way of Hampshire County to conduct an inventory of transportation programs and services of target populations in Hampshire and Franklin counties. These include low income housing and environmental justice neighborhoods. An environmental justice neighborhood concept is based on the principle that all people have a right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    2. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to conduct aerial inspections throughout service area Wednesday and Thursday

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      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to conduct aerial inspections throughout service area Wednesday and Thursday

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. will conduct its annual aerial inspections of transmission lines, towers and rights-of-way throughout its service area on Wednesday and Thursday. The helicopter may hover over certain areas or pieces of equipment for a period of time before moving on, WMECO spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said. The helicopter to be used is blue and silver and has a tail number of N1431W.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Amherst

    3. University of Massachusetts opens 'welcome center' for students at Springfield Tower Square satellite campus

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      University of Massachusetts opens 'welcome center' for students at Springfield Tower Square satellite campus

      The University of Massachusetts, opening a satellite center at Tower Square this fall, formally opened its ground-floor “Welcome Center” on Monday to begin assisting students with registration. During a press conference at Tower Square, city officials and university representatives gathered to announce the opening of the center, and to provide some details about the 40 courses and various programs being offered.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College

    4. United Bank in West Springfield, Rockville Bank in Connecticut get merger approval

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      United Bank in West Springfield, Rockville Bank in Connecticut get merger approval

      Rockville Bank and United Bank have secured regulatory approval from the Massachusetts Board of Bank Incorporation of their application to merge, the banks announced Monday. Rockville Bank is headquartered Glastonbury, Connecticut and United Bank is of West Springfield,. Rockville Financial, Inc. and United Financial Bancorp have received all regulatory approvals required for their merger of equals to proceed, including from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Connecticut Department of Banking and now the Massachusetts Board of Bank Incorporation, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   United Bank

    5. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in marketing relationship with MGM Springfield

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      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau in marketing relationship with MGM Springfield

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau has entered into a marketing partnership agreement with MGM Springfield.  MGM Springfield is believed to be on the cusp of getting the region's only casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has meetings scheduled in Springfield Tuesday,. April 1.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   MGM

    6. Westfield State University celebrates 175th anniversary with scholarship gala

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      Westfield State University celebrates 175th anniversary with scholarship gala

      Westfield State University celebrated its 175th anniversary Saturday night with a scholarship gala that raised more than $125,000 to fund educational and internship initiatives for students. Much of the $125,000, said Michael R. Knapik, executive director of university advancement and the Westfield State Foundation, will be matched dollar for dollar through the State University Internship Incentive Fund. Funds raised will assist students placed in businesses and organization internships throughout the Greater Springfield area during the upcoming spring and summer semesters.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Liberty Mutual   Westfield State University

    7. Northeast Utilities gets clearance to move ahead with IT layoffs, service center closures

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      Northeast Utilities gets clearance to move ahead with IT layoffs, service center closures

      A report filed with Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority show that Connecticut has taken the brunt of the job cuts so far. About 70 percent of the 220 merger-related job reductions that took place by the end of last September — 155 jobs — were in the Nutmeg State. There were 50 in Massachusetts and 15 in New Hampshire over the same time period. By the end of December, a total of 267 jobs had been cut from the NU-NStar work force, according to a filing with Massachusetts’ Department of Public Utilities. Northeast Utilities now has about 8,700 employees, down ...

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    8. DevelopSpringfield plans spring construction at the Ansel Phelps House on Maple Street

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      DevelopSpringfield plans spring construction at the Ansel Phelps House on Maple Street

      A long-neglected mansion built in 1841 for Solymon Merrick, inventor of the monkey wrench, is coming back to life with the help of DevelopSpringfield. A. John “Jay” Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield, said this week that there has been a great deal of activity at the Ansel Phelps House at 83 Maple St. despite the tough winter. The house was one of the projects highlighted in the "City on the Rise" presentation last week to the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    9. Priming the Pump | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 28 2014)

      Priming the Pump | BusinessWest

      Wellspring is the name of a unique collaborative designed to create economic opportunities and revitalize Springfield’s neighborhoods. Launched in 2011 with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the program intends to use the purchasing power of the region’s largest employers to provide a market for new worker-owned companies that will create entry-level jobs and ownership opportunities for unemployed and underemployed residents.  These employers, also called ‘anchors,’ include Baystate Health, the Sisters of Providence Health System, Springfield Technical Community College, UMass Amherst, and Western New England University, and the hope is to add more, said Fred Rose ...

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    10. Berkshire Medical Center to operate North Adams Regional Hospital ER

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      Berkshire Medical Center to operate North Adams Regional Hospital ER

      Berkshire Medical Center must first apply to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to operate a “satellite emergency facility” under the Berkshire Medical Center license. The application process is under way and is being expedited by DPH, but the timeline for that licensure is not yet clear. BMC will remain engaged with the state DPH to keep the process on track, the release stated.

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    11. Western Massachusetts tourism boosters travel to Long Island

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      Western Massachusetts tourism boosters travel to Long Island

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will itself travel to Long Island next week to promote the region to operators of bus tours.  Patricapting with the Bureau will be the the Berkshire Visitors Bureau , the Mohawk Trail Association, the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Council and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. The idea is to promote this region as a great destination for bus tours.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. PeoplesBank hosts "Stay Discussion" human resources seminar

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      PeoplesBank hosts "Stay Discussion" human resources seminar

      Maintaining a healthy work-life balance, keeping personnel energized, and supporting their interests and goals are all critical for retaining high-performing employees. PeoplesBank is asking employers to join the bank's Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer Janice Mazzallo from 8 to 9:30 a.m. April 3 at the bank's Conference Center, 330 Whitney Ave. second floor, Holyoke.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    13. Gov. Deval Patrick: North Adams Regional Hospital too vital to close

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      Gov. Deval Patrick: North Adams Regional Hospital too vital to close

      Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters at the Statehouse in Boston Wednesday he doesn't think the North Adams Regional Hospital story is over.  Patrick said state and local officials worked with management at the hospital on a deal to save North Adams Regional Hospital, its parent Northern Berkshire Health Care and more than 500 jobs, including 300 of them at the hospital itself. He said he thought a deal was imminent right up until hospital managers announced Tuesday that the hospital would begin closing immediately and be totally shut down by Friday morning.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    14. Detector Technology in Palmer, Whip City Aviation in Westfield get incentives for growth

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      Detector Technology in Palmer, Whip City Aviation in Westfield get incentives for growth

      The state announced economic development incentives Wednesday for 12 companies, including Detector Technology in Palmer and Whip City Aviation in Westfield.  The Economic Assistance Coordinating Council said n a news release that the dozen projects are expected to create 638 new jobs and retain 851 existing jobs. The projects will also leverage more than $155 million in private investment, according to a news release from the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Westfield

    15. Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative worker-owned upholstery shop brings jobs, training

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      Springfield's Wellspring Collaborative worker-owned upholstery shop brings jobs, training

      Wellspring is founded as a co-op where employees like Davis will have an opportunity to become worker-owners after a year on the job, said Fred Rose, a visiting faculty member at the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst..  Organizers bankrolled Wellspring with $200,000 in grant money awarded Partners for a Healthier Community by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other capital form Springfield employers including Baystate Health , Rose said.


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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    16. Holyoke would get 55-unit Library Commons housing complex under plan set for discussion

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      Holyoke would get 55-unit Library Commons housing complex under plan set for discussion

      HAPHousing will discuss its plan for a 55-unit housing complex that would be across the street from the Holyoke Public Library in a meeting set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on April 9 at the library, 250 Chestnut St. "We look forward to working with neighborhood residents, community organizations, elected officials and city staff to plan for this new housing investment in downtown Holyoke," said Peter A. Gagliardi, HAP president and chief executive officer.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    17. Massachusetts Convention Center says good-bye to Springfield Armor

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      Massachusetts Convention Center says good-bye to Springfield Armor

      “The MCCA was proud to play a role in helping to bring professional basketball back to the Pioneer Valley,'' executive director James E. Rooney said in a statement Wednesday. "It is unfortunate that the Armor was unable to draw enough attendance and build a strong following to support their future in Springfield. We are committed to our investment in Western Massachusetts and will continue to support the efforts of the Western Mass. Sports Commission in their efforts to bring new and diverse sporting events to the area and specifically to the MassMutual Center.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    18. Smith & Wesson gifts Springfield Museums $300,000 | masslive.com

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      Smith & Wesson gifts Springfield Museums $300,000 | masslive.com

      Smith & Wesson has given $300,000 over a 10-year-period to help support the continued stewardship of the historic firearms collection at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.  The collection includes 1,600 Smith & Wesson firearms, covering every era of the company’s existence, as well as more than 400,000 archival documents dating back to the company’s founding in Springfield in 1852.  The name of this permanent exhibit is now “Smith & Wesson Gallery of Firearms History,” in tribute to the company's gift to the Springfield Museums.

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    19. North Adams Regional Hospital to close Friday, according to nurses association

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      North Adams Regional Hospital to close Friday, according to nurses association

      North Adams Regional Hospital has stopped admitting patients and plans to close entirely on Friday, according to officers of the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
      The Massachusetts Nurses Association represents about 100 nurses at North Adams Regional Hospital, said spokesman David Schildmeier. The hospital employs a total of about 500 and in recent years was running an annual deficit of about $2 million.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Greenfield   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    20. Western Massachusetts supportive housing projects to receive millions in state

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      Western Massachusetts supportive housing projects to receive millions in state

      Three Western Massachusetts supportive housing projects will receive funding from a state government initiative intended to create new housing for veterans and for people who are homeless or of very low income. Governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat, announced on Tuesday that the government is allocating $25 million in funding to create 335 new units of supportive housing statewide.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Westfield

    21. Community Spotlight: Northampton | BusinessWest

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      Community Spotlight: Northampton | BusinessWest

      Mayor David Narkewicz said the dealerships are among a bevy of exciting new projects that will increase vitality in Paradise City. “There is a lot of investment going on right now, which we are very pleased about,” he told BusinessWest.
      Terry Masterson agreed. “There are 13 projects with a total value of $88.6 million that will add 203,000 square feet of office/professional floor space, 110 new hotel rooms, 73 housing units, and 83 assisted-living units,” said the city’s economic development director.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Greenfield

    22. Meetings of the Minds | BusinessWest

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      Meetings of the Minds | BusinessWest

      ‘Collisions.’  That’s the term Paul Silva absolutely wore out as he talked about what happens when entrepreneurs — or ‘crazy people,’ as he calls them — as well as creative types, such as writers, editors, musicians, and website designers, get together in close quarters.  “There are collisions — and lots of them,” said Silva, adding quickly that these developments take many forms, such as individuals collaborating on an idea that becomes a business concept. Or an entrepreneur finding an angel investor that can provide the capital to get an idea off the ground. Or a writer making the acquaintance of a social-media ...

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    23. Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to hold public hearings on proposed service changes, including new bus routes and hours

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      Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to hold public hearings on proposed service changes, including new bus routes and hours

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is holding a series of regional public hearings to solicit comments on proposed PVTA service
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      , including new crosstown routes, improved hours and more frequent bus runs, among other suggested changes. The first round of hearings on fixed-route service improvements got underway Monday at PVTA headquarters in Springfield. More city hearings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at the Brightwood and Forest Park branch libraries, respectively, and for Thursday, April 3, at the Mason Square Library.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Amherst

    24. Smith & Wesson® Announces Vertical Integration of Precision Plastic Molding Supplier

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      James Debney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smith & Wesson, said, "We are pleased about today's announcement, which supports our strategic focus on our M&P firearm business and is highly beneficial to our company in several ways.  Polymer injection molding represents a significant element of our production process. Acquiring this capability allows us to vertically integrate a key component of our manufacturing operations with increased flexibility, and is expected to thereby lower our production costs and reduce risk within our supply chain. In addition, we believe that the acquired technology will play an important role in enhancing our ...

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

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