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    1. Israeli-founded companies generated $9B in revenue in Massachusetts, study finds | masslive.com

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      Israeli-founded companies generated $9B in revenue in Massachusetts, study finds | masslive.com

      The New England-Israel Business Council is an organization that promotes economic development opportunities between New England and Israel. Goodtree is a board member of the council, a board member of the Massachusetts startup accelerator MassChallenge's program in Israel, and a partner in an Israeli venture capital firm.

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    2. $13.5 million Library Commons project to offer 47 market rate and affordable apartments in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      $13.5 million Library Commons project to offer 47 market rate and affordable apartments in Holyoke | masslive.com

      HAPHousing is converting three vacant buildings located near the Holyoke Public Library into a 47-apartment complex called the Library Commons project. The organization held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss the project.  In addition to the one, two and three-bedroom apartments, the project includes: street-level retail space, a children's play structure, open green space, on-site tenant laundry facilities, meeting space, classrooms and a studio/art gallery.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    3. Melissa Morriss-Olson Selected for Leadership-development Program

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      Melissa Morriss-Olson Selected for Leadership-development Program

      Bay Path University announced that Melissa Morriss-Olson, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, is one of 23 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in the 2016-17 Executive Leadership Academy.  Individuals chosen for the year-long program are vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who may wish to consider a presidency of an independent college or university. Morriss-Olson will participate in two seminars in Washington, D.C.; the opening seminar will take place July 11-13, 2016, and the closing seminar will be held June 19-21, 2017. She will also ...

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      Mentions:   Carol A. Leary

    4. Hadley Farms Meeting House Aims to Create Memorable Events

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      Hadley Farms Meeting House Aims to Create Memorable Events

      After-5 events, those ubiquitous get-togethers sponsored by area chambers of commerce, can get a little stale, Brenda Lee said.  “You go, and everyone eats, drinks, and talks a little, then everyone leaves,” said Lee, sales manager at Pioneer Valley Hotel Group, by way of explaining why one of the group’s properties, Hadley Farms Meeting House, is hosting a slightly different After-5 with the Greater Chicopee, Greater Westfield, and South Hadley & Granby chambers.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Amherst

    5. Springfield-based MassMutual Financial Group climbs to 76 on annual Fortune 500 list | masslive.com

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      Springfield-based MassMutual Financial Group climbs to 76 on annual Fortune 500 list | masslive.com

      MassMutual Financial Group jumped 18 places on the annual Fortune 500 list of America's top companies to No. 76, its highest ranking in history, the company said Monday. At No. 76, MassMutual is the second highest-ranking company in the state behind No. 73, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. at $39.4 billion. Liberty Mutual has significant operations in the Springfield Technology Park including a call center and paralegal operations.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Liberty Mutual   Springfield

    6. Springfield FutureCity 2026: Consultant urges more support for small businesses | masslive.com

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      Springfield FutureCity 2026: Consultant urges more support for small businesses | masslive.com

      Nearly three-quarters of Springfield's companies are small businesses with fewer than four employees. That is around 20 percentage points higher than the Massachusetts and nationwide averages, which place about half the businesses in this smallest category.  This is according to FutureCity 2026, an economic development strategy prepared for the city, the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce and DevelopSpringfield, the city's public-private economic development agency, by New York City consultants Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global Corporate Services.

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    7. Faces to host 'business positive' block party in Northampton to counter news of closed storefronts | masslive.com

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      Faces to host 'business positive' block party in Northampton to counter news of closed storefronts | masslive.com

      Empty storefronts in downtown Northampton have received a lot of attention over recent months, both on the streets and in the news.  Residents and business owners have varied opinions as to whether the vacancies -- several of which have been filled -- signal troubled times for downtown commerce.  Regardless, Faces co-owner Dan McCarthy wants to change that narrative. That's why his store and a few others in the 100 Main St. block are hosting a 'business positive' block party on Saturday, July 9.

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    8. Springfield announces downtown restaurant loan fund, Stearns Square park rehab during Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visit | masslive.com

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      Springfield announces downtown restaurant loan fund, Stearns Square park rehab during Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visit | masslive.com

      The city plans to establish a $1.5 million loan fund to help prospective restaurateurs open downtown and possibly give existing eateries a capital boost.  Also, the city plans to spend about $1 million rehabilitating and landscaping city parks at Stearns Square and Duryea Place to include new lighting and paved bump-outs for sidewalk cafe seating. It's part of what Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said is an effort to 'connect the dots' and invigorate neighborhoods heading from the soon-to-reopen Springfield Union Station south to MGM Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    9. Harvard University to use $1.6 million investment at Holyoke computing center to study topics like brain, Chinese censorship | masslive.com

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      Harvard University to use $1.6 million investment at Holyoke computing center to study topics like brain, Chinese censorship | masslive.com

      Harvard is one of the partners in the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street where McCullough and other officials announced Wednesday an expansion to boost Harvard's computing capacity and storage.  'I don't think you realize the massive size of what you have here in Holyoke,' McCullough said.  Harvard is using the tens of thousands of computers in the acre-sized computer room at the center for various projects. The blinking lights visible on the rows of black racks show the digestions of data, he said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    10. Valley Venture Mentors to launch accelerator for local manufacturing firms | masslive.com

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      Valley Venture Mentors to launch accelerator for local manufacturing firms | masslive.com

      Valley Venture Mentors is launching an accelerator program for local manufacturing companies in an effort to help long-running local businesses expand their markets and think differently about their products, during an era that has not been kind to the region's industrial base.  The initiative was first announced during last week's Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator Awards, which saw judges award $252,000 to 12 startup companies. In an interview this week, Valley Venture Mentors President Paul Silva expanded on the new accelerator, which is expected to launch by this winter.

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      Mentions:   Valley Venture Mentors

    11. $625,000 loan provided for Holyoke affordable housing project 'Library Commons' | masslive.com

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      $625,000 loan provided for Holyoke affordable housing project 'Library Commons' | masslive.com

      The developer planning to build a 47-unit affordable housing complex across from the Holyoke Public Library has received a $625,000 loan from a state-established agency toward the $13 million project.  The Community Economic Development Assistance Corp. (CEDAC) said it had committed the financing for HAPHousing's Library Commons project in a press release Wednesday.  HAPHousing's plan is to renovate three vacant buildings and build a new one on Chestnut, Essex and Elm streets for the Library Commons project, diagonally across from the Holyoke Public Library at 250 Chestnut St.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    12. Cultural Investments Spark North Adams

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      Cultural Investments Spark North Adams

      Mayor Richard Alcombright says North Adams used to be a little mill town that people had to drive through to get to Stockbridge, Williamstown, or popular spots in Southern Vermont.  “But over the last decade, we’ve become a place to stop and are really finding our way to becoming a destination,” he told BusinessWest, adding that there are many projects in various stages of completion that will only enhance the city’s growing popularity.

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    13. Boston Fed awards Springfield $475K grant to help low-income residents get work | masslive.com

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      Boston Fed awards Springfield $475K grant to help low-income residents get work | masslive.com

      A partnership of Springfield business, civic and education groups received $475,000 in Working Cities Challenge grant money from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for programs linking low-income residents to the in-demand training needed for jobs that often go unfilled.  'How do we as a community help low-income residents of Springfield who need good jobs?' said Ann Burke, vice president of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. 'How do we get them the training necessary to obtain and keep those jobs? How do we overcome the barriers between those people who need jobs and employers who need qualified ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Ann Burke   Boston Fed

    14. Local Chambers to ‘Move the Mountain’ for Networking Event

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      The Greater Holyoke and Greater Easthampton chambers of commerce have joined forces for the third year to host a “Move the Mountain” networking event on Monday, June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holyoke Country Club, One Country Club Road. The event, sponsored by Easthampton Savings Bank, Northeast IT Systems, Paychex, and Taylor Rental of Holyoke, will offer guests an evening of networking among chamber members as well as an opportunity to meet up with old friends and build new business relationships.

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Holyoke   Easthampton Savings Bank

    15. Father, Son Innovators Put the Pedal to the Mettle

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      Father, Son Innovators Put the Pedal to the Mettle

      It was born out of a blend of need and desire. Nevin Murrary wanted something that would get him to high school in a manner that would by healthy, environmentally friendly — and cool. He and his father, Kevin, came up with the PEBL, described as a bridge between a bike and a car. But beyond becoming an effective means for the younger Murray to commute, it is evolving into a business concept with recognized potential.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Amherst   Greenfield

    16. Harvard University plans $1.6 million expansion at Holyoke computing center | masslive.com

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      Harvard University plans $1.6 million expansion at Holyoke computing center | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center today will announce a $1.6 million expansion related to computing capacity and storage.  The expansion won't involve construction of new buildings or additional employees at the 90,000-square-foot site. The computing center was built three years ago with the intention of unused space inside being available for expansion, Executive Director John T. Goodhue said Tuesday in a phone interview.  'It's an enhancement of the existing building,' Goodhue said.  Nearly 20 people locally will be employed during the installation of new computing equipment, he said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    17. Cooley Dickinson Health Care earns Practice Greenhealth "Partner for Change" Award | masslive.com

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      Cooley Dickinson Health Care earns Practice Greenhealth "Partner for Change" Award | masslive.com

      For the fourth consecutive year, Cooley Dickinson Health Care was awarded the 'Greenhealth Partner for Change' award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.  The award is one of the Practice Greenhealth's Environmental Excellence Awards that is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector, according to a news release.

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    18. FutureCity 2026 Presents Economic-development Strategy

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      FutureCity is a joint initiative by DevelopSpringfield, the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the city of Springfield’s Office of Planning and Economic Development. Its purpose is to build on the strategies identified in earlier studies such at the Urban Land Institute study of 2006 and the Rebuild Springfield Plan of 2012 — both of which identified tangible goals that continue to be the focus of public and private economic-development strategy in Springfield. Both plans recommended the importance of developing a long-term strategy for economic growth in the city that would ultimately benefit the entire region.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Rebuild Springfield

    19. United Personnel opens new offices in downtown Springfield | masslive.com

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      United Personnel opens new offices in downtown Springfield | masslive.com

      United Personnel hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for its new offices at 289 Bridge St. in the Stearns Building, which dates back to 1912. The offices face a corner of Steiger Park, once the site of the Steiger Department Store, and are across Bridge Street from the under-construction Springfield Innovation Center at 270-280 Bridge St.  The office, home to about 20 employees, opened just before the holidays but the ceremonial celebration waited until Thursday.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. Steel Partners recognizes OMG, Inc. for operational excellence | masslive.com

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      Steel Partners recognizes OMG, Inc. for operational excellence | masslive.com

      Three kaizen teams from OMG Inc. have been recognized as 2016 Steel PartnersBusiness System Hall of Fame winners. The Steel Partners Business System uses lean principles and tools, including kaizens, to increase sales, improve business processes, and reduce and eliminate waste and variation, according to a news release from OMG.

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      Mentions:   Basketball Hall of Fame

    21. Development Associates Broadens Its Portfolio

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      Development Associates Broadens Its Portfolio

      The walls of Ken Vincunas’ office in Agawam Crossing, the property his company built on Silver Street, are covered with photos that he and his daughter have taken in Italy, Spain, and other travel destinations over the past several years. The front lobby of that space is another matter. The photos there feature landmarks of a different kind, specifically some of the properties Development Associates has built over the years and now manages. There’s one of the Greenfield Corporate Center, for example, as well as 8 Atwood Dr. in Northampton, one of two 40,000-square-foot buildings at that site ...

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Amherst   Northampton

    22. MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

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      MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

      As news circulates concerning construction of MGM’s $950 million casino in Springfield’s South End, the region is finding itself a player in many more of the spirited competitions taking place to host meetings and conventions. That’s no coincidence, said area tourism officials, as well as those who plan such events. Because of the casino and other visible forms of progress, they note, the city is now in a different, higher bracket for such gatherings.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Mary Kay Wydra

    23. Springfield's Valley Venture Mentor Accelerator awards $252K to startups | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Valley Venture Mentor Accelerator awards $252K to startups | masslive.com

      Valley Venture Mentors awarded $252,000 in funding to the 12 finalists in its startup accelerator competition during a ceremony at the MassMutual Center Thursday evening. Companies, ranging from app developers to manufacturers of silencers for firearms, received awards of between $6,000 and $50,000, with judges allocating the money following a months-long process of boot camps and pitching sessions.  The evening's biggest winner was Celia Grace, an Amherst-based fair trade wedding dress retailer and designer that took in $50,000.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Amherst

    24. The Creative Opens Office in Thornes Marketplace

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      The Creative Opens Office in Thornes Marketplace

      The Creative, a collaboration of three local businesswomen, has opened an office in Thornes Office Suites. The collaboration, which launched in April 2013, is made up of Janice Beetle, principal of Beetle Press; Ruth Griggs, principal of RC Communications; and Maureen Scanlon, principal of Murre Creative. Together, they provide strategic marketing, messaging, and design services. The trio provide flexible services to clients, combining forces to match clients’ needs and offering a full complement of agency services where necessary.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

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