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    1. Education reform leader touts Springfield Empowerment Zone as model program for struggling...

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      Education reform leader touts Springfield Empowerment Zone as model program for struggling...

      Gov. Charlie Baker's recent praise of the Springfield Empowerment Zone, in which he called it a model for helping struggling schools during his State of the Commonwealth address, was music to the ears of Chris Gabrieli. Gabrieli, who is chairman of the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, shared his thoughts about the program during a meeting with the Editorial Board of The Republican last week. Gabrieli said the likelihood of success in Springfield will take time to assess, but its chances are enhanced by its embrace from school officials, teachers and others.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    2. Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

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      Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

      The numbers alone speak to Holyoke Medical Center’s need for a new Emergency Department, with the current ER designed for 25,000 visits per year but actually logging almost 43,000. But HMC’s new facility, set to open this spring, will do much more than better handle the traffic; it will also call on cutting-edge ideas in design and workflow — not to mention an innovative, dedicated behavioral-health area — to reflect a truly 21st-century vision of emergency care.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Holyoke Medical Center   Holyoke

    3. SRC Breakfast on March 1 to Present ‘8 Languages of Money’

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 3 2017)

      SRC Breakfast on March 1 to Present ‘8 Languages of Money’

      Liz Dederer, founder of Selling With Service and co-creator of the 8 Languages of Money, will present “Speak Your Value with the 8 Languages of Money” at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s March Business@Breakfast. The breakfast will be held Wednesday, March 1 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the Colony Club, Tower Square, 1500 Main St., Springfield. In this lively and engaging presentation, Dederer will share powerful strategies to close the sale through stronger conversations. She will explain what the 8 Languages of Money are, and how people can use them to build relationships and business.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    4. Berkshire Bank Foundation Awards Nearly $1.9 Million to Nonprofits

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 3 2017)

      Berkshire Bank Foundation Awards Nearly $1.9 Million to Nonprofits

      Berkshire Bank Foundation announced that it awarded a total of $1,862,265 in grants to nonprofit organizations operating in the bank’s footprint in 2016. The giving represents a 3% increase in contributions compared to 2015. The grants supported a variety of education and community-development initiatives, as well as health and human service and cultural programs. “Our philanthropic investments impacted millions of individuals in 2016, helping to enhance economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for members of our community,” said Lori Gazzillo, vice president and director of the Berkshire Bank Foundation. “We are so pleased to continue ...

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    5. Super Bowl LI, Patriots vs. Falcons: Hazen Paper of Holyoke again makes gameday program shine

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      Super Bowl LI, Patriots vs. Falcons: Hazen Paper of Holyoke again makes gameday program shine

      Family-owned Hazen once again created the 3-D holographic image of the Vince Lombardi Trophy that graces the cover of the official in-stadium gameday program. In this year's image, the familiar Lombardi Trophy emerges in three dimensions from the roman numerals LI, representing the 51st Super Bowl game. The background is a starry night sky with a blue-green background that only comes out as the program is tilted into the light.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Holyoke Gas & Electric   Hazen Paper

    6. Women’s Fund Announces Innovative Public-private Partnership

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      Women’s Fund Announces Innovative Public-private Partnership

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts is announcing a groundbreaking public-private partnership aimed at driving economic prosperity for young women in Springfield. MassMutual Foundation Inc. — a dedicated corporate foundation established by MassMutual, and a representative from state Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s Office of Economic Empowerment will be available to comment on their commitment to be lead corporate and government partners for the project. The MassMutual Foundation will also announce it is awarding $150,000 to the Women’s Fund to support the launch of an innovative project called the Partnership for Young Women’s Progress: Springfield (YWP). As part ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    7. Bay Path to Present ‘Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM’

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      Bay Path to Present ‘Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM’

      The Center of Excellence for Women in STEM at Bay Path University will welcome Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard to the Women in STEM Speaker Series for a talk and interactive session on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Breck Suite on the university’s Longmeadow campus. Packard is a professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, where she also directs the Weissman Center for Leadership. She will take a closer look at professional mentoring from both the mentor and mentee perspective during her presentation, “Why Mentoring Matters for Success in STEM.”

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      Mentions:   Mount Holyoke College   Holyoke

    8. Tech Foundry job training nonprofit celebrates third anniversary in Springfield

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      Tech Foundry job training nonprofit celebrates third anniversary in Springfield

      Springfield's Tech Foundry job training nonprofit celebrated its third anniversary Tuesday evening, as the program's backers touted its progress to a crowd of community stakeholders, former students and business leaders. Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnerships Jonathan Edwards and founder Delcie Bean described the nonprofit's successes, which include a 65 percent job placement rate for students seeking IT work, Tech Foundry said in a press release. Mike Knapik, the head of Governor Charlie Baker's Springfield office, former Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki and Baystate Health Services IT Director Patrick Streck also spoke at ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    9. West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt projecting $4M in energy savings over next 20 years

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      West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt projecting $4M in energy savings over next 20 years

      The implementation of energy-saving measures that don't impact the city's bottom line are projected to save West Springfield around $4 million over the next 20 years, according to Mayor Will Reichelt. This fiscal year alone, West Side saved around $140,000 because of the city's commitment to "go green," Reichelt said. The savings are a result of improved efficiency and net metering credits from the community's investment in solar fields in Southwick and Montague, he said. "These energy efficiency improvements did not affect the city's operating budget," Reichelt said. The city, a designated "Green Community ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Holyoke

    10. Valley Venture Mentors Graduates Manufacturing Cohort

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      Valley Venture Mentors Graduates Manufacturing Cohort

      This week, Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) celebrated the graduation of participants in its Massachusetts Manufacturing Accelerator. The graduation ceremony took place at VVM World Headquarters at Tower Square in front of a crowd of nearly 100 friends, supporters, and members of the political and business communities. The Manufacturing Accelerator delivered intensive and immersive training sessions to seven small precision manufacturers over four months to help them identify new revenue streams and connect them with new industries and customers.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    11. Women’s Fund Names Monica Borgatti Director of Philanthropy

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      Women’s Fund Names Monica Borgatti Director of Philanthropy

      The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts named experienced fund-raiser Monica Bogatti the foundation’s new director of Philanthropy. Borgatti comes to the Women’s Fund with a strong fund-raising background, including experience creating and coordinating strategic fund-raising plans, special-event planning, and planned-giving campaigns. In addition, she has been a long-time volunteer for the Women’s Fund, serving on several of the organization’s committees, including the grant-making committee, which has awarded more than $3 million since 1997.

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      Mentions:   Easthampton

    12. BHN Awarded $100K Mutual Impact Grant from MassMutual

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      BHN Awarded $100K Mutual Impact Grant from MassMutual

      Behavioral Health Network Inc. (BHN) has been awarded a $100,000 Mutual Impact Grant by MassMutual through the company’s Mutual Impact community-investment program. BHN will use this grant to bring the Elizabeth Freeman Center’s Money School program model to Springfield. These Mutual Impact funds will offer Money School to survivors of domestic or sexual violence who are also in recovery from addiction. BHN will provide participants with the skills and supports necessary to move out of poverty. Participants will be given individually tailored financial and career mentoring as well as intensive advocacy and support for their addiction recovery ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    13. Colleges Respond to Growing Demand for Healthcare Professionals

      Explore BusinessWest (Feb 1 2017)

      Colleges Respond to Growing Demand for Healthcare Professionals

      Many students work hard to earn a college degree, then find there are no jobs that match their credentials.  But the demand for people to work in healthcare settings continues to rise, and high-school graduates or individuals seeking a career change are likely to be hired quickly after graduating from a certificate or degree program in any of several fields.  “Each year, we graduate 125 to 150 students from our healthcare programs, and they walk into jobs within months of passing their exams,” said Julia Chevan, dean of Springfield College School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies. “In the past ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield College   Springfield Technical Community College

    14. MassDevelopment announces $12.3 million in loans for E. Henry Twiggs Estates in Springfield

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      MassDevelopment announces $12.3 million in loans for E. Henry Twiggs Estates in Springfield

      MassDevelopment has issued a $12.3 million tax-exempt bond to finance the purchase and rehabilitation of 75 units of affordable housing and a community center in Springfield's Mason Square neighborhood. BH EHT I LLC, an affiliate of Better Homes Inc., is updating electrical wiring, HVAC systems and plumbing, installing new windows, doors, roofs, flooring and exterior wall insulation and making kitchen improvements, according to a press release from MassDevelopment. BH EHT I LLC will also buy and renovate a vacant commercial building at 437 Bay St. for community and office space serving the housing complex.

       
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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   TD Bank   Springfield

    15. Springfield forum slated to discuss impacts of new Every Student Succeeds Act

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      Springfield forum slated to discuss impacts of new Every Student Succeeds Act

      Local and state organizations are inviting the public to take part in a community forum on Thursday at the MassMutual Center to expand dialogue on the impacts of a new federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The forum is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the MassMutual center, 1277 Main St. The forum is sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) in partnership with the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and Springfield Business Leaders for Education.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    16. Massachusetts manufacturers graduate from Valley Venture Mentors accelerator with eye toward being the best in the world

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      Massachusetts manufacturers graduate from Valley Venture Mentors accelerator with eye toward being the best in the world

      Showing off products ranging from parts for the Mars Rover to plastic models of the human gallbladder used for training surgeons, seven manufactures from around the Pioneer Valley graduated Monday night from Valley Venture Mentors Manufacturing Accelerator program with clearer paths toward growth. "It's about making our customers happy. It's about keeping the work here. It's about saving it from going overseas," said graduate Susan M. Kasa, president of Boulevard Machine and Gear in Springfield, which has 22 employees. "Sometimes, in the day-to-day running of a business, you take things for granted. We learned to not take ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Baystate Health   Springfield

    17. United Financial Bancorp Posts Record Earnings in Fourth Quarter

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      United Financial Bancorp Posts Record Earnings in Fourth Quarter

      United Financial Bancorp Inc., the holding company for United Bank, announced results for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016. The company reported net income of $14.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the quarter, compared to net income for the linked quarter of $14.2 million, or $0.28 per diluted share. The company reported net income of $9.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2015. “In the fourth quarter of 2016, the United Financial Bancorp Inc. team delivered record revenue, record earnings per share, and strong loan growth ...

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      Mentions:   United Bank

    18. West of the River Chamber to Host Legislative Breakfast Event Feb. 22

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      West of the River Chamber to Host Legislative Breakfast Event Feb. 22

      The West of the River Chamber of Commerce announced its Legislative Breakfast event, which brings members and non-members together for a morning of breakfast and legislative updates. The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 7 to 9 a.m. at Springfield Country Club in West Springfield. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with local business people over breakfast, and later will enjoy an informational session, emceed by Anthony Cignoli and presented by a panel of legislators, including State Sens. Don Humason and James Welch, stat Reps. Nicholas Boldyga and Michael Finn, Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen, and ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Six Flags New England   Springfield

    19. Wired West unveils new vision for broadband fiber network in 27 rural communities

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      Wired West unveils new vision for broadband fiber network in 27 rural communities

      Wired West is still pushing for a fiber-to-the-home network spanning up to 27 towns. Its leaders are still touting fiber as a blazing-fast, future-proof technology, and say the regional concept would be more economical than one where each town goes it alone. But now, following a shift in state policy, they propose to merely operate the network instead of trying to do everything themselves, including actually stringing cable on utility poles.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Northampton   Westfield

    20. MassBenchmarks: Labor shortage slows state economy

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      MassBenchmarks: Labor shortage slows state economy

      A shortage of well-trained workers for in-demand jobs is slowing growth in the Massachusetts economy, according to a report out Friday from MassBenchmarks. Massachusetts' real gross domestic product grew at an estimated annual rate of 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index. That is contrasted with an estimated 1.9 percent during the same period nationally. MassBenchmarks is a quarterly study of the state economy prepared by economists working with the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released the national GDP estimates Friday.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    21. Providence Behavioral Health adds in-patient 'step-down' unit to addiction services

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      Providence Behavioral Health adds in-patient 'step-down' unit to addiction services

      Mercy Behavioral Health Care is adding an in-patient "step-down" unit at its Providence Behavioral Health Hospital to help individuals fighting substance abuse disorders transition in post-detoxification treatment to outpatient services. The 21-bed unit, in renovated space on the hospital's third floor, is being described as a "bridge" between acute in-patient addiction treatment services and outpatient services by Dr. Robert J. Roose, chief medical officer and vice president of addiction and recovery services for the parent Sisters of Providence Health System, which is part of Trinity Health-New England, and also includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Western New England University   Springfield

    22. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bidding Opportunity for Tradespersons

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      Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bidding Opportunity for Tradespersons

      The Operational Services Division (OSD) intends to establish a series of Tradespersons Statewide Contracts, providing regional coverage for a variety of trade services throughout Massachusetts. Recently, OSD posted the Intent to Procure Notice for the first of these Statewide Contracts.

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    23. New HCC President Sees Growth Opportunities for Herself and Her Students

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      New HCC President Sees Growth Opportunities for Herself and Her Students

      Christina Royal recently took the helm at Holyoke Community College. She brings with her a phrase, or saying, that she contrived and uses often as she talks about higher education and her approach to it: “it takes a village to raise a student.”  Before accepting the position of provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Inver Hills Community College just outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Christina Royal first turned down an offer to become president of a school in Texas.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

    24. MassDOT visiting for Western Ave. Westfield project update

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      MassDOT visiting for Western Ave. Westfield project update

      State officials are expected to visit the city next week to discuss how the Western Avenue improvement project is coming along. Members of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) are holding a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., at South Middle School on West Silver Street, to provide residents with information about the project’s current status, as well as provide a chance to ask questions. The project is currently slated to begin construction in 2019, while going to bid for the fiscal year 2018.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

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