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    1. Smith & Wesson sells former Springfield Shooting Sports Center for $740,500 to Northstar recycler next door

      Smith & Wesson sells former Springfield Shooting Sports Center for $740,500 to Northstar recycler next door

      The sale, for the price of $740,500, was recorded April 18 at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. Neither Smith & Wesson nor Northstar responded to questions Monday. The 5.7-acre property in the industrial East Springfield neighborhood was home to Smith & Wesson’s retail store and an indoor gun range for about a decade. There, shooters could rent time and rent Smith & Wesson firearms for practice or to try out before they bought.

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    2. Sears holding on to Eastfield Mall site, Kmarts in Holyoke, Palmer during bankruptcy

      Sears holding on to Eastfield Mall site, Kmarts in Holyoke, Palmer during bankruptcy

      Kmart stores on Northampton Street in Holyoke and Wilbraham Street in Palmer, as well as the closed Sears at the Eastfield Mall were recently sold to a company controlled by former Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert as he buys what’s left Sears and Kmart out of bankruptcy. All three transactions were recorded in the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. In an email Monday, Sears Holdings said there are no plans to close the Kmarts in Palmer and Holyoke.

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    3. ‘Forever missed’: Business and historic preservation activists mourn death of Donald Courtemanche, former leader of Springfield BID and Amherst chamber

      ‘Forever missed’: Business and historic preservation activists mourn death of Donald Courtemanche, former leader of Springfield BID and Amherst chamber

      Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., joined in praising Courtemanche. "Obviously, he was very committed to local economic development," Sullivan said. "It was a real passion he had. He really saw the importance of creating jobs and having vibrant local economy, particularly recognizing the importance of small business." Several people who knew Courtemanche, 41, confirmed his death Monday. A resident of Springfield, he’d worked as a Realtor with Sears Real Estate since 2015, and was on the Board of Directors of the Springfield Preservation Trust.

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    4. Meri Clark Honored for Teaching Excellence at Western New England University

      Meri Clark Honored for Teaching Excellence at Western New England University

      Meri Clark was named the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at Western New England University (WNEU). Winners of the prestigious award are nominated by students, faculty, and administrators for outstanding contributions as educators and advisors. During the review process, current and former students praised Clark as somebody who possessed a “brilliant teaching manner” and a “champion of learning and understanding.” Students added that “her passion for history radiated throughout the classroom” and “she saw each student as a unique person with their own story, and she wanted to get to know that story.”

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    5. Leadership Pioneer Valley Partners with Tech Foundry on Program for Students

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Partners with Tech Foundry on Program for Students

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) and Tech Foundry partnered together for a leadership-development curriculum for the students participating in the 14-week IT-training program. At no cost to the students, Tech Foundry prepares a cross-section of the population to step into a sustainable career in the information-technology sector. The program provides a comprehensive computer-science curriculum that gives students the fundamental knowledge needed to work with a variety of programming languages, computer hardware, networking solutions, and more.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    6. PVPC Releases New Comprehensive Economic-development Strategy

      PVPC Releases New Comprehensive Economic-development Strategy

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) recently released its 2019 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and Pioneer Valley Plan for Progress Five-year Update, a blueprint for economic development in the region. The CEDS features a description of regional economic-development conditions and sets forth goals and objectives for the future, as well as a list of projects seeking the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration Public Works funding in the next year.

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    7. Western New England University to Convene 37th Annual Social Work Conference

      Western New England University to Convene 37th Annual Social Work Conference

      More than 350 professionals from throughout Western Mass. will gather on the campus of Western New England University on Wednesday, May 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 37th annual Social Work Conference. The keynote speaker will be Jen Falcone, director of Businesses Against Human Trafficking. A survivor of child sexual abuse and trafficking as an adolescent, she will discuss her experiences and how utter devastation kick-started the healing that drives her life choices and professional work. Falcone will focus on launching a movement within the Springfield-area business community to address human trafficking.

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    8. American International College Introduces AIConversations Tonight

      American International College Introduces AIConversations Tonight

      American International College (AIC) will launch AIConversations, a discussion series highlighting important topics featuring members of the campus community, today, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the Stinger Pub on campus. The inaugural event will feature Lina Racicot, AIC’s director of Graduate Psychology, who oversees the forensic psychology and clinical psychology master’s-degree programs as well as the educational psychology and mental health counseling doctoral offerings for the college.

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    9. David Rooks Appointed Director of Operations at baytechIT

      David Rooks Appointed Director of Operations at baytechIT

      The largest healthcare IT managed-services provider in Western Mass. is expanding its leadership team with the appointment of David Rooks as director of Operations. A seasoned IT and telecommunications industry leader, Rooks previously served as manager of the Project Management Office at VertitechIT. “In our nationwide search for the right person to oversee our expanding field services and call-center staff, we realized that the most qualified and dynamic management candidate was literally sitting right across the hall,” said baytechIT President Patrick Streck. “David has successfully managed complex technology projects ranging from office moves to the implementation of new unified communications ...

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    10. Vacant Strathmore Mill No. 2 up for auction in Russell

      Vacant Strathmore Mill No. 2 up for auction in Russell

      The town will sell an abandoned mill at auction with hopes of breathing new life in to a building where the smokestack still bears words “STRATHMORE PAPER” in contrasting black brickwork. It’s a bit of branding still visible for miles up and down the Westfield River Valley 20 years after International Paper closed Strathmore Mill No. 2, a move that cost 170 employees their jobs.

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    11. Hogan Technology Receives Top Industry Award

      Hogan Technology Receives Top Industry Award

      Hogan Technology recently received Technology Assurance Group’s (TAG) top award at the 19th annual TAG Convention held in Orlando, Fla. TAG, an international organization of independently owned managed-technology service providers in the U.S. and Canada, selected Hogan Technology as the winner of the TAG Champion Award. The award is based on the company’s ability to drive fellow TAG members’ growth and advancement. Hogan Technology offers an array of IT networking, voice, and video solutions all designed to increase customers’ profitability and productivity. The TAG Champion Award was accepted by Sean Hogan, president of Hogan Technology.

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      Mentions: Easthampton
    12. MGM tells investors: Springfield ‘continues to ramp;’ entertainment expected to draw more visitors

      MGM tells investors: Springfield ‘continues to ramp;’ entertainment expected to draw more visitors

      Hornbuckle said New England winters tend to keep visitors at home. “Obviously, it’s seasonal. Northeast Corridor, particularly, spring will bring more business. It’s happened throughout Connecticut and throughout the region. We anticipate that,” Hornbuckle said. “We’re in full leverage mode on entertainment, Cher, Aerosmith, Steve Martin all come to Springfield in the near future.” Cher, a veteran of stage and screen, appears at the MassMutual Center on Tuesday night.

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    13. White Lion to open summer beer garden at former Steiger’s site in downtown Springfield

      White Lion to open summer beer garden at former Steiger’s site in downtown Springfield

      White Lion Brewing Co. announced Tuesday that it will host a summer beer garden, May 22 through Aug 31, in Tower Square Park, the former Steiger’s department store site at 1477 Main St.“We are going to activate that park and bring more good things to downtown Springfield,” said Raymond Berry, president and general manager of White Lion

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    14. Leadership Pioneer Valley Now Accepting Applications for LEAP Class of 2020

      Leadership Pioneer Valley Now Accepting Applications for LEAP Class of 2020

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is now accepting applications for enrollment in the LEAP class of 2020, a nine-month, regional leadership-development program that engages the Pioneer Valley’s most promising emerging leaders through learning and exploration. Participants are trained in leadership skills by experts in a classroom setting. They also attend in-depth field experiences across the region where they meet with local leaders and explore the region’s economy and culture. The LEAP program runs September through May. In its seven years, nearly 300 individuals representing more than 90 companies, organizations, and municipalities have participated. The program has filled a critical ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    15. Berkshire Blueprint 2.0 Charts Ambitious Course to Economic Growth

      Berkshire Blueprint 2.0 Charts Ambitious Course to Economic Growth

      Jonathan Butler knows what happens to a lot of reports, and he’s determined to avoid that fate. “This wasn’t intended to be just a two-year study that ends up as a report that sits on a shelf,” he said, referring to Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, an 80-page action plan of sorts for the Berkshire County economy. “It very much means to be a new look at our economy, a new baseline for where we are that identifies challenges we have in different areas and action steps needed to move forward.”

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    16. Machine Metrics Continues Torrid Pace of Growth

      Machine Metrics Continues Torrid Pace of Growth

      Over the past five years, Machine Metrics, a company that specializes in predictive analytics for manufacturers, has been scaling up its operation. But with an infusion of $11.3 million in venture capital last fall, this process enters a new and dynamic phase. The company has nearly doubled its workforce, expanded with a new office in Boston, and become much more aggressive in efforts to educate potential clients about its game-changing software.

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    17. UMass, MassBio partner up to get biotech companies needed lab equipment

      UMass, MassBio partner up to get biotech companies needed lab equipment

      The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, known as MassBio, and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are partnering on an incubator so that local companies have more and cheaper access to research equipment. "They can use them as they need them, rent them," said Robert K. Coughlin, president and CEO of MassBIO. "This is really putting life sciences in Western Massachusetts on the map."

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    18. Homewood Suites by Hilton Hadley Now Open

      Homewood Suits by Hilton, part of Hilton’s All Suites portfolio, announced the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suits by Hilton Hadley. With 96 new suites, the hotel is the first extended-stay property in Hampshire County. “The extended-stay hotel model has been missing in this region. With visiting professors and foreign students in need of housing, as well as parents visiting for extended periods of time, we believe this hotel will meet their needs,” said Sharon Thompson, general manager. “Homewood Suites was designed to equally meet the needs of those people staying one night, as well as several months.”

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    19. Berkshire Bank Announces 2019 Volunteer Service X-ellence Award Winners

      Berkshire Bank Announces 2019 Volunteer Service X-ellence Award Winners

      Berkshire Bank announce the 2019 Volunteer Service X-ellence Award winners: Leonard O’Dea, money desk officer in Pittsfield, for his leadership and individual volunteer service activities outside of his role at the bank; Melissa Myers, compliance analyst in Pittsfield, for her leadership and service in both company-supported and individual volunteer activities; and Shanatia Bygrave, financial services representative in Hudson, N.Y., for her leadership and participation in the bank’s corporate volunteer program.

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    20. Bay Path Inducts Three into 21st Century Business Leaders Hall of Fame

      Bay Path Inducts Three into 21st Century Business Leaders Hall of Fame

      More than 1,700 women celebrated the induction of three new Hall of Fame members at last month’s Women’s Leadership Conference. The 2019 induction ceremony celebrated the impact of Dr. Ann Errichetti, Kate Kane, and Mel Robbins. Each inductee received a hand-blown Josh Simpson paperweight to honor their achievement. Established in 2004, Bay Path’s 21st Century Women Business Leaders Hall of Fame celebrates and shares the courageous spirit of women in business. Through this virtual Hall of Fame, thousands of visitors have learned the stories of extraordinary women. The induction criteria, originally developed as part of a ...

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