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    1. Belchertown Creates Cohesive Plan for Growth

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      Belchertown Creates Cohesive Plan for Growth

      Douglas Albertson says Belchertown officials are in the midst of several major planning initiatives that have converged with the goal of addressing the community’s needs, setting the stage for future growth, and connecting the former Belchertown State School with the town center and Lampson Brook Farm property that borders the edge of the state school and was once part of it.  “Belchertown is poised for the next round of development, and the Planning Department is getting ready for what will come. But we’re making sure that what we do is what the community desires,” the town planner told ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    2. Professional Women’s Chamber Announces Arlene Rodriguez as 2016 Woman of the Year

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      Professional Women’s Chamber Announces Arlene Rodriguez as 2016 Woman of the Year

      The Professional Women’s Chamber (PWC) has announced that Arlene Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs for Springfield Technical Community College has been named the PWC 2016 Woman of the Year.  The Woman of the Year is presented to a woman in the Western Mass. area who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community.  This award has been given annually since 1954 and is publically recognized as one of the most prestigious honors given to any citizen for distinguished service and selfless giving.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    3. Springfield Falcons to be sold, AHL team expected to leave Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Springfield Falcons to be sold, AHL team expected to leave Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

      The Springfield Falcons will be sold to the Arizona Coyotes in a deal that could end the city's 80-year affiliation with the American Hockey League.  Falcons owner Charlie Pompea confirmed to The Republican the imminent deal that could foreshadow a franchise shift to Tucson, Ariz. Officials from the Coyotes have not commented, but according to media reports from Arizona last week, the National Hockey League team is interested in bringing its minor league team closer to home, making player transfers easier and branding the state of Arizona as their hockey market.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Falcons   Springfield   The Republican

    4. FutureWorks Career Center to host youth job fair Wednesday | masslive.com

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      FutureWorks Career Center to host youth job fair Wednesday | masslive.com

      FutureWorks Career Center will host a youth job and volunteer fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Eastfield Mall on Boston Road.

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      Mentions:   FutureWorks Career Center   Eastfield Mall

    5. W.D. Cowls, Beacon Communities to Partner on Third Phase of Mill District

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      W.D. Cowls, Beacon Communities to Partner on Third Phase of Mill District

      W.D. Cowls Inc. announced the start of Phase Three of its Mill District development, with a preliminarily agreement with Beacon Communities, the award-winning, locally established, multi-family-housing development, management, and investment company based in Boston. Mollye Lockwood, W.D. Cowls’ Vice President for Real Estate and Community Development, initiated a relationship with Beacon Communities for what she expects will be the next phase of The Mill District. Beacon is envisioning a development that will feature mixed-income, rental housing and first floor commercial/retail space for lease, all to be located on the south side of Cowls Road, across the street ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    6. Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity's ReStore celebrates one year anniversary | masslive.com

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      Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity's ReStore celebrates one year anniversary | masslive.com

      Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Westfield will be celebrating it's one year anniversary on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the store at 301 East Main Street in Westfield.  As part of the celebration there will be a DJ playing music, food for customers to enjoy, and merchandise specials all day! Most activities will take place between 12 noon and 3 pm. In conjunction with the anniversary event, the Habitat ReStore will also be launching its new website: www.ReStoreWestfield.com.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    7. Springfield Regional Chamber, EDC to Discuss Region’s Renaissance

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      Springfield Regional Chamber, EDC to Discuss Region’s Renaissance

      The Springfield Regional Chamber, in partnership with the Western Mass. Economic Development Council (EDC), will present a panel discussion, “Creating a Western Massachusetts Renaissance,” on Wednesday, May 11 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield, sponsored by People’s United Bank.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Baystate Health   Springfield

    8. MassDOT seeking public input on transportation priorities in Westfield, Pittsfield and Greenfield | masslive.com

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      MassDOT seeking public input on transportation priorities in Westfield, Pittsfield and Greenfield | masslive.com

      State transportation officials will hold a series of public meetings to solicit citizens' input on a draft five-year, multibillion-dollar Capital Investment Plan for long-term highway, air, rail and transit investments across the commonwealth.  In Western Massachusetts, MassDOT officials will conduct a series of meetings this month and next to identify and prioritize investments that most benefit the state's long-term goals of 'mobility, sustainability, and broad-based prosperity.'

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Westfield

    9. As hiring begins, WMass officials tour construction of CRRC MA subway car plant in East Springfield  | masslive.com

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      As hiring begins, WMass officials tour construction of CRRC MA subway car plant in East Springfield  | masslive.com

      Dianguo Cui, chairman of CRRC, a company based in China and the world's largest rail car maker, received a warm welcome on his first visit to Springfield on Thursday to tour the site of a planned $95 million factory.  Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who was among city and CRRC officials touring the 40-acre former Westinghouse property in East Springfield, told Cui through an interpreter that the city wishes him and his company continued success as 'continued success for you is continued success for us.'

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    10. FloDesign Sonics of Wilbraham demonstrates technology at White House Water Summit | masslive.com

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      FloDesign Sonics of Wilbraham demonstrates technology at White House Water Summit | masslive.com

      FloDesign Sonics, a Wilbraham company that hopes to use sound waves as a filter, got to show off its technology at the White House Water Summit last month.  Jason Dionne the founding engineer at the company, was able to demonstrate FloDesign's technology to U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and others, according to a prepared statement issued by Western New England University.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University

    11. Celebrate Holyoke Announces New Director, Seeks Vendors

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      Celebrate Holyoke Announces New Director, Seeks Vendors

      With planning for Celebrate Holyoke well underway, the committee announced its new executive director, Jenna Weingarten, who will lead the efforts to coordinate this August’s three-day festival. In addition, the committee welcomes applications from local food, alcohol, and other vendors, including artisans and community organizations.  A 2011 Hampshire College graduate, Weingarten has been involved in the Pioneer Valley art scene on many different levels. She has operated several galleries in Western Mass., hosting a wide variety of artistic exhibitions. She serves as project manager for the ARTery project based out of the Holyoke Creative Art Center that provides development ...

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Holyoke

    12. Balise Kia scheduled to open in West Springfield | masslive.com

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      Balise Kia scheduled to open in West Springfield | masslive.com

      The new Balise Kia automobile dealership is schedueld to open Thursday, April 14, at 603 Riverdale St. next to sister dealership Balise Mazda.  The new 15,000-square-foot dealership returns the Kia to the Pioneer Valley ever since Fathers & Sons closed its Kia dealership on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield in September after a 17-year relationship with the Korean automaker.  Lia closed Lia Kia dealership in Northampton in June and moved its Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Ram operation into King Street building that once housed Kia.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Northampton

    13. Holyoke Innovation District looks to take advantage of Valley broadband Internet capacity | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Innovation District looks to take advantage of Valley broadband Internet capacity | masslive.com

      The event drew more than 100 people to the 3-year-old, $165-million computing center on Bigelow Street between Appleton and Cabot streets.  'We are not among the have-nots,' Linda Dunlavy, executive director of the Franklin Regional Council of Governments and a board member of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute.  But fiber in the valley, centered at a major junction in the Springfield Technology Park at 1 Federal St., isn't always available in small towns and neighborhoods, said keynote speaker Christoper Campbell, director of broadband and energy consulting for Tilson Technology in Boston. Instead, it feeds major industries and universities including the ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    14. Springfield residents eligible for $10,000 in scholarships | masslive.com

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      Springfield residents eligible for $10,000 in scholarships | masslive.com

      Springfield Partners for Community Action is offering ten $1,000 community scholarships to both adult learners and 2016 high school graduates.  Since 2003 the agency has awarded nearly 200 scholarships to low-income Springfield residents seeking economic self-sufficiency through education, officials said.  The state Department of Housing & Community Development has been the major funder of these scholarship awards over the years.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Leadership Pioneer Valley Seeks Applications for Class of 2017

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      Leadership Pioneer Valley Seeks Applications for Class of 2017

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is now accepting applications for enrollment in its class of 2017. The regional leadership-development program begins in September. LPV utilizes a 10-month, topically relevant, ever-changing curriculum designed to challenge and engage emerging leaders from all sectors of the community within the Pioneer Valley region. The curriculum consists of both classroom and hands-on, experiential learning through retreats, day-long seminars, field experiences, and team projects. To date, more than 180 individuals representing more than 82 companies, organizations, and municipalities have participated.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    16. U.S. Tsubaki to build $11.5 million addition to Chicopee plant, create 35 new jobs | masslive.com

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      U.S. Tsubaki to build $11.5 million addition to Chicopee plant, create 35 new jobs | masslive.com

      U.S. Tsubaki is planning to expand its manufacturing plant by more than a third, add a new product line and create about 35 new jobs.  Mayor Richard J. Kos, Dan Butterfield, president of U.S. Tsubaki Auto LLC and City Council President John L. Vieau gathered in Chicopee City Hall Wednesday morning to announce the company's plans to build an about 100,000 square-foot addition to the plant of 106 Lonczak Drive . It will invest about $11.5 million initially and more than $20 million over five to seven years in the expansion.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    17. Chicopee City Council endorses plan to sell Facemate property to private developer | masslive.com

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      Chicopee City Council endorses plan to sell Facemate property to private developer | masslive.com

      The City Council gave its endorsement to a plan to sell off a roughly 3.8-acre parcel of land that was once part of the Facemate Factory complex.  The 12-0 vote was mostly a formality. Mayor Richard J. Kos, City Councilor William Zaskey and others announced a week earlier that the city would be taking requests for proposals from people who are interested in developing the land.  'It gives us an opportunity to sell the land it and get it back on the tax rolls,' City Councilor Robert J. Zygarowski said before endorsing the plan.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    18. Northampton firm to host seminar on wage, labor laws for business owners | masslive.com

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      Northampton firm to host seminar on wage, labor laws for business owners | masslive.com

      A local law firm is hosting a seminar that aims to help prevent business owners from breaking employee wage and labor regulations.  Royal, P.C., a Northampton firm that exclusively represents businesses on all aspects of labor and employment law, is organizing the round table-style event. The seminar is $30 per person and is scheduled for the morning of May 5.  Attorney Jennifer Butler will speak on topics including tipped workers and the minimum wage, overtime pay, earned sick time, child labor and so-called white collar exemption laws, the firm said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    19. 2016 Howdy Awards recognize hospitality workers across Western Mass | masslive.com

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      2016 Howdy Awards recognize hospitality workers across Western Mass | masslive.com

      Every year the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrates people living and working in Western Massachusetts who have gone above and beyond for their customers.  This year the bureau has named 52 individuals as finalists for the 2016 Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.  The awards program, established in 1996, was created to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    20. Springfield gets $13.8 million more in FEMA funds for tornado damage

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      Springfield gets $13.8 million more in FEMA funds for tornado damage

      The city has received a new $13.8 million federal grant as compensation for the damage to the former state armory building on Howard Street from the 2011 tornado. The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be used to assist with the cost of two major projects in Springfield – construction of a new South End Community Center at Emerson Wight Park and construction of a new senior center at Blunt Park.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    21. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs solar net metering bill | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs solar net metering bill | masslive.com

      Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton said the new law will allow for more solar development while reducing costs to ratepayers.  The new law was the result of a compromise bill crafted during five months of negotiations between the House and the Senate. The final result is still only a short-term fix. It has drawn some concerns both from sides – the solar energy companies and the utility companies, who have been battling over this issue.

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    22. Employer confidence grew last month, Associated Industries of Massachusetts reports | masslive.com

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      Employer confidence grew last month, Associated Industries of Massachusetts reports | masslive.com

      Employers in Massachusetts gained confidence for April even as international markets faltered, according to survey results released by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  However, a gap has developed between optimistic service-related companies and less optimistic manufacturers, Associated Industries reported.  The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index rose 1.4 points to 56.5 in March.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    23. Trains in the Valley advocacy group pushes for more rail in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

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      Trains in the Valley advocacy group pushes for more rail in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

      A pair of local rail enthusiasts are starting a group -- one that will be both online and have real-life meetups -- to promote and share information on passenger and freight rail in the Pioneer Valley.  'Ultimately, it should evolve into a rail advocacy group,' said Zane Lumelsky who founded Trains in the Valley with Ben Heckscher. 'The website is a tool to get people involved.'  They are organizing a kick-off meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the Platform sports bar in Northampton's historic Union Station.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    24. Hampden County employment board launches summer jobs for youths campaign | masslive.com

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      Hampden County employment board launches summer jobs for youths campaign | masslive.com

      Gomez was one of the speakers Friday at the annual news conference kicking off the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County's Summer Jobs for youth Campaign. It's an effort to give young people like Gomez a chance to learn about the working world of adult responsibility while putting a little money in their pocket.
      The employment board, besides announcing that applications will soon be available, reported that it is looking for donations to add to state dollars and for businesses and organizations willing to act as work sites for the young employees. As always, its is also looking ...

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.

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