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    1. PeoplesBank Announces Key Promotions

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 30 2016)

      PeoplesBank Announces Key Promotions

      Matthew Bannister was promoted to first vice president of Marketing and Innovation. He previously served as vice president of Corporate Responsibility. He possesses more than 30 years of brand management and corporate social responsibility experience. A resident of Hadley, Bannister holds a bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield College

    2. Chamber Program Focuses on ‘Success, Happiness, and Humor

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      Chamber Program Focuses on ‘Success, Happiness, and Humor

      The Springfield Regional Chamber will hold its January Business@Breakfast on Jan. 4, featuring a focus on success, happiness, and humor, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Steve Sobel.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    3. BusinessWest to Name Top Entrepreneur in January

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 30 2016)

      Continuing a tradition that began more than 20 years ago, BusinessWest will profile the winner of its ‘Top Entrepreneur’ award in its next issue, to be released Jan. 9. The award pays homage to the region’s more-than-250-yeard-old tradition of entrepreneurship, said Associate Publisher Kate Campiti, and honors individuals, families, and companies that are carrying on that tradition.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    4. CRRC Springfield plant might do train car maintenance for MBTA, too

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      CRRC Springfield plant might do train car maintenance for MBTA, too

      Besides supplying new subway cars for the MBTA, the gargantuan CRRC MA rail car factory nearing completion in East Springfield might get work doing heavy maintenance on cars for the T, according to the state's transportation secretary. The T is digging itself out of a $7 billion differed maintenance hole and has no interest in climbing back down under a pile of breaking equipment anytime soon, Secretary Stephanie Pollack told reporters and editors at The Republican and MassLive during an hour-long meeting Wednesday.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    5. PVPC Releases New Edition of Regional Hiking and Biking Guide - BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 29 2016)

      Since 1962, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission has been the designated regional planning body for the Pioneer Valley region, which encompasses 43 cities and towns in Hampden and Hampshire counties. PVPC is the primary agency responsible for increasing communication, cooperation, and coordination among all levels of government as well as the private business and civic sectors in order to benefit the Pioneer Valley region and to improve its residents’ quality of life.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

    6. Stockbridge Evolves While Retaining Its Character

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 29 2016)

      Stockbridge Evolves While Retaining Its Character

      The idea of change in Stockbridge might seem antithetical to its nature, because the town’s economy is centered on tourism driven by its quintessential New England charm.  Indeed, thousands of people flock to Stockbridge each year to frequent its quaint downtown shops or visit iconic attractions that include Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  But change has taken place in the town in recent years. Some of it has been unplanned, while other measures have been carefully crafted to retain its ambience, while keeping up with the times.

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    7. Eversource reports spending $940 million on Massachusetts power grid in 2016

      Explore masslive.com (Dec 28 2016)

      Eversource reports spending $940 million on Massachusetts power grid in 2016

      Eversource Energy in 2016 invested $940 million to improve and maintain the Massachusetts power grid, the company announced this week. The stated goal of the grid modernization effort is to increase the "efficiency, reliability and resiliency" of the electric system and make it less vulnerable to weather-related outages. In Western Massachusetts, a massive new transformer at the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Facility substation, combined with a mile-long high-voltage power line, are expected to "improve the flow of electricity along the commonwealth's electrical superhighway."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Easthampton

    8. Chicopee signs lease for solar farm near Westover

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      Chicopee signs lease for solar farm near Westover

      The company, Chicopee Solar LLC., is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison Development, Inc., which operates more than 25 solar projects stretching across the country from California to New England. It runs at least five others in Massachusetts, including one in Westfield. Even before the lease was officially signed, the company began installing the equipment needed for the solar field, Mayor Richard J. Kos said.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee   Westfield

    9. Commercial Construction Companies Forecast a Very Good Year

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 28 2016)

      Commercial Construction Companies Forecast a Very Good Year

      The construction sector has always been a good barometer when it comes to the economy and what may happen with it in the foreseeable future. And this historical trend is one of many reasons why cautious optimism abounds in the region. Indeed, many firms report that they have a number of projects on the books for the year ahead and beyond, and that these projects involve a number of economic sectors.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Amherst College

    10. Some Things We’d Like to See in 2017 - BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 28 2016)

      As we noted last issue, 2016 was, in many ways, and across the region, a year of progress. The economy didn’t grow by leaps and bounds — although the stock market certainly soared after the election — but that’s been the trend for roughly eight years now.  Overall, there was notable movement of the needle in the right directions — on economic development, entrepreneurship, revitalization of downtown Springfield, progress in efforts to reinvent the so-called Gateway Cities, and much more.  As the new year approaches, our basic hope is for essentially more of all of the above. Here, though, are some ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   MGM

    11. STCC Expands Options for EMT Course

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 27 2016)

      STCC Expands Options for EMT Course

      If a medical crisis occurs when Joan Osana is nearby, he feels confident that he can take control of the situation until help arrives.  The 25-year-old father of two just completed an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basics course at Springfield Technical Community College, and although it involved a tremendous amount of study, he is happy he signed up for it.  “I gained a lot of knowledge in a short period of time that will help me throughout my entire life. I would advise others to take the course,” Osana said, adding that he hopes to become a firefighter, and gaining ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield Technical Community College   Greenfield Community College

    12. Report Details STEM Employment in Massachusetts

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 27 2016)

      The New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data on occupational employment and wages for scienc, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations in Massachusetts’ metropolitan areas and divisions for May 2015. These data are supplied by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program, which produces employment and wage estimates for the U.S., by state, and by metropolitan area for more than 800 occupations.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    13. Overall picture is positive for Northampton businesses, chamber says

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      Overall picture is positive for Northampton businesses, chamber says

      Several landmark businesses announced they would close this year, from Diva's Nightclub celebrating its final Pride weekend to Gleason's Camping Supply shutting down their downtown retail operations after more than a half century in business. While there have been some well-known establishments to shutter their doors this year, others have opened or expanded, showing an ebb and flow seen in any downtown, said Suzanne Beck, executive director of the Northampton Chamber of Commerce. More than a dozen new businesses have set up shop downtown. "There has been turnover but there's also been entrepreneurs that have opened," said ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Chicopee

    14. Chicopee City Council approves permit for new Memorial Drive hotel

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      Chicopee City Council approves permit for new Memorial Drive hotel

      The City Council granted the owners of the Days Inn the final permits they needed to allow them to tear down the 50-year-old building and replace it with a more modern hotel designed to attract young travelers. The Council voted 13-0 to grant a special permit to Chicopee Hospitality LLC. that will allow the hotel on 450 Memorial Drive to be replaced with a new Tru by Hilton. "It will definitely improve the whole look of the area," City Council Vice President Shane D. Brooks said.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    15. Recreational Offerings Spur Progress in Southwick

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 23 2016)

      Recreational Offerings Spur Progress in Southwick

      Freda Brown inherited 120 acres of forestland in Southwick that her parents had purchased generations before.  “It’s a beautiful area that borders my backyard, and I wanted to preserve the open space and find something to do with it that was sustainable and that my children could inherit,” she told BusinessWest. “The last thing I wanted was to see it turned into a development.” She came up with a viable option several years ago when she met Christopher Barden and Drew Gardner at an event in Southwick and they suggested turning it into a disc golf course, which, as ...

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    16. Employee Satisfaction, Innovation Key to OMG’s Success

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 23 2016)

      Employee Satisfaction, Innovation Key to OMG’s Success

      Hubert McGovern says people might wonder why a company would choose to manufacture screws in Agawam when they could be made far more inexpensively overseas.  “Twenty years ago, someone asked our board of directors why we hadn’t moved to China,” McGovern, president of OMG Roofing Products, told BusinessWest. “Many manufacturers have moved jobs overseas, and it’s no different in the screw business. But that’s not our story.”

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    17. Crrc Ma Springfield plant has deal to build subway cars for Los Angeles

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      Crrc Ma Springfield plant has deal to build subway cars for Los Angeles

      CRRC MA has a deal to manufacture new subway cars for Los Angeles, and the Chinese-owned company plans to do final assembly on those cars at its Springfield plant. On Dec. 2 in Los Angeles, the board of directors of the Metro public transit system in Southern California approved a $178.4 million deal to purchase 64 new subway cars for its Red Line and Purple Line from CRRC. The deal has an option for the Metro to buy 218 more cars.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    18. HCC set for $43.5M Campus Center renovation project in 2017

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      HCC set for $43.5M Campus Center renovation project in 2017

      Holyoke Community College's Campus Center is set to undergo a $43.5 million renovation project starting in February. About 9,000 square feet will be added to the building's current space of 58,727 square feet, according to school officials. The Campus Center has been suffering from water leaks since it opened in 1980, and previous projects to repair the building were not executed, HCC officials said. "The main impetus for this is to get the building watertight," interim HCC President Bill Fogarty said in a press release. "Then we also wanted to do things that will improve ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    19. Basketball turns 125 as Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield hosts celebration

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      Basketball turns 125 as Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield hosts celebration

      Naismith's baby turned 125 on Wednesday, and Mayor Domenic Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, were joined by 70 students from the Boland School to help celebrate the sport's birthday at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "What's great about today is the kids from Boland," said Sarno. "It's great that we are celebrating the 125th birthday of basketball. Being an old ballplayer myself -- soccer, baseball and a bit of basketball -- there's a lot of camaraderie in getting to know each other and be respectful to all creeds, colors and backgrounds. Friendships ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield College   National Basketball Association

    20. Monson Planning Board unanimously approves controversial solar farm

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      Monson Planning Board unanimously approves controversial solar farm

      The Planning Board unanimously approved a controversial 2-megawatt solar farm at Tuesday's meeting after months of deliberations. Opponents of the project said thousands of trees would be chopped down to build it and that resulting deforestation is at odds with the premise of green energy initiatives. They also allege that the planning board's approval violates Monson zoning bylaws.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. Western Massachusetts communities get $47,000 for regionalization efforts

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      Western Massachusetts communities get $47,000 for regionalization efforts

      Western and central Massachusetts communities will receive $47,000 in state grants to help them with regionalization efforts. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has awarded $35,310 to establish the Pioneer Valley Mosquito Control District in Deerfield, Greenfield, Montague and South Hadley. Another $12,500 will be used to establish shared highway services in Phillipston and Royalston. The money comes through a Community Compact program headed by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, which has an initiative dedicated to helping small towns regionalize services and become more efficient. The grants provide funding for one-time or transition costs associated with regionalization.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Greenfield

    22. State Awards $162,948 in Workplace-safety Grants

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 21 2016)

      Ten Massachusetts employers were awarded a total of $162,948 to help train employees in workplace safety and injury prevention, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced. These grants continue to provide employees important training and education to help keep themselves and their co-workers safe on the job,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. Added Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, “every year, thousands of workers in the Commonwealth receive training to make themselves and their work environments safer.” The Department of Industrial Accidents administers and manages the Workplace Safety Training and Education Grant program to promote safe, healthy workplace conditions ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke

    23. West Springfield awarded state grant to help expand Mittineague Park

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      West Springfield awarded state grant to help expand Mittineague Park

      The town has been awarded a state grant for the expansion of Mittineague Park. The $310,352 grant, administered through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities Program, or PARC, will be used to help acquire 2.3 acres of privately owned land within the park's boundary. The grant will cover about 68 percent of the acquisition cost of the Altamont Avenue property, said West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt, who received the award Tuesday at a ceremony with state Energy and Environmental Secretary Matthew A. Beaton.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    24. Springfield's Tech Foundry job training nonprofit graduates third class of 2016 | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Tech Foundry job training nonprofit graduates third class of 2016 | masslive.com

      Springfield's Tech Foundry job training program graduated a class of 27 students on Dec. 15 before a standing-room crowd in the nonprofit's headquarters above Main Street.  'The class we've had this time around is truly remarkable. Now it's time to build on that momentum,' Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnerships Jonathan Edwards said in a statement.  Students heard from Tech Foundry founder Delcie Bean, President of Bay Path University Dr. Carol A. Leary and President of Rediker Software Andrew Anderlonis, Tech Foundry said in a press release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Carol A. Leary

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