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    1. Easthampton mill complex at 1 Ferry St. on the market for $3.1 million

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      Easthampton mill complex at 1 Ferry St. on the market for $3.1 million

      The sprawling, vacant mill complex at 1 Ferry St. is for sale, but owner Daniel Messier says he'd hold onto the property and continue with his development plans if he could find a business partner. The 1903 former mill contains a canal with a hydroelectric power plant, and the property encompasses part of Lower Mill Pond, according to the commercial property listing. The complex abuts the Manhan Rail Trail on two sides.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Easthampton

    2. GCC Wins Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Training

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      GCC Wins Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Training

      The Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) awards are presented to educational facilities that serve as models in the manufacturing industry when it comes to developing an outstanding learning culture. Schools are selected based on adoption of Tooling U-SME’s online training program and strong utilization rates of online training in a blended learning format. These six schools join 21 other past TUPEC awardees.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    3. United Way Announces Resource Development Council Members

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      United Way Announces Resource Development Council Members

      The United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV) has announced the slate of volunteers who will serve on its 2014-15 Resource Development Council (RDC), the organization’s volunteer fund-raising arm. It is comprised of a group of volunteer community and business leaders who are committed to the mission of the UWPV. “This is a very exciting time for the United Way. Today’s United Way is immersed in 21st-century fundraising, 24-hour community impact, seven days a week,” said Steve Lowell, president of Monson Savings Bank and RDC Chair. “Contributions to the United Way have enabled them to impact our community in ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Local officials praise $1.6 million Forest Park building project for Bright Nights storage, technical skills training

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      Local officials praise $1.6 million Forest Park building project for Bright Nights storage, technical skills training

      Local official on Friday announced funding for a $1.6 million project at Forest Park that will construct a new building to provide storage space for the Bright Nights holiday lighting display and to house a technical skills training facility. The new building, set to replace a deteriorated wooded storage building at Forest Park, is being primarily funded by a $1.29 million grant recently awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Agency, officials announced Friday. In addition, the city will provide $116,253 in matching funds and the Spirit of Springfield will contribute $185,353, according to officials. U ...

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

    5. Smith & Wesson donates $21,000 to Putnam Vocational Technical Academy for technology fund

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      Smith & Wesson donates $21,000 to Putnam Vocational Technical Academy for technology fund

      Smith & Wesson has a vested interest in students at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy. Putnam students, who are learning advanced manufacturing techniques, represent the future of a company that depends on the pipeline of skilled workers the firearms maker needs to compete in a global economy, according to Mark Smith, vice president of manufacturing and supply management at Smith & Wesson.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    6. Ground-breaking ceremony set for $13.4 million state Department of Fire Services campus in Springfield

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      Ground-breaking ceremony set for $13.4 million state Department of Fire Services campus in Springfield

      A ground-breaking ceremony for the $13.4 million transformation of the Springfield Fire Department’s former training center in Indian Orchard into the state Department of Fire Services Springfield campus will be held Monday afternoon. State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant and others will be on hand for a ground-breaking ceremony at the 100 Grochmal Ave. facility at 2:15 p.m.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    7. UMass Applied Life Sciences hires biopharmaceutical executive Peter H. Reinhart as first director

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      UMass Applied Life Sciences hires biopharmaceutical executive Peter H. Reinhart as first director

      The Institute for Applied Life Sciences at the University of Massachusetts has its first director - biopharmaceutical executive and researcher Peter H. Reinhart who officially began his job Wednesday.  The institute was created last year with $150 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center along with money from the university to accelerate life science research and advance collaboration with industry.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

    8. UMass rated among top 100 universities in world by international survey

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      UMass rated among top 100 universities in world by international survey

      One of the most prominent higher-education surveys has listed the five-campus University of Massachusetts system as one of the top 100 universities in the world. The 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published by the Times of London, ranks the UMass system 91st, which is tied with the University of Pittsburgh. The ranking represents a jump of 41 places from the 2013 ranking when UMass was listed as the 132nd best university in the world.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Robert Caret

    9. Chambers of Commerce to sponsor legislative event with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, State House Speaker Robert DeLeo, others

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      Chambers of Commerce to sponsor legislative event with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, State House Speaker Robert DeLeo, others

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield will serve as keynote speaker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop will speak about Gateway cities and other topics. Other lawmaker scheduled to attend are Senate President-Elect Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst; Sen. Gale Candaras, D-Wilbraham; Donald Humason, Jr., R-Westfield and James Welch, D-West Springfield. State representatives attending are John Scibak, D-South Hadley; Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke; John Velis, D-Westfield and Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, the House Chairman of Economic Affairs and Emerging Technologies.

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      Mentions:   Robert DeLeo   West Springfield   Springfield

    10. Aviation technology program advances at Westfield Vocational High School

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      Aviation technology program advances at Westfield Vocational High School

      A new education program planned in Westfield could give students a fast track to high-paying jobs in the aviation industry, and in the process fill employment gaps for local companies. At a Wednesday meeting at Westfield Vocational High School, city and school officials explained their plan for an aviation technology education program to visiting Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki. Bialecki toured the school and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton as part of Advanced Manufacturing Week in Massachusetts. The air manufacturing program will give students a path from middle school through college to pursue jobs in ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield

    11. Massachusetts Community Colleges recieve $20 million federal Department of Labor grant | masslive

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      Massachusetts Community Colleges recieve $20 million federal Department of Labor grant | masslive

      The 15 community colleges in Massachusetts led by Massasoit Community College have been given a $20 million grant from U.S. Department of Labor for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant programs. The community colleges, which include Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College and Greenfield Community College, are advancing a comprehensive approach to addressing the training and educational needs of workers and employers statewide with a focus on articulated pathways to careers in high-growth STEM sectors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Greenfield Community College

    12. Westfield changes property focus for new $36 million elementary school

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      Westfield changes property focus for new $36 million elementary school

      The city has dropped plans to acquire Main Street farm land to satisfy open space requirements for its planned $36 million elementary school at Ashley and Cross streets. Also, because of delays in beginning construction, Mayor Daniel M. Knapik announced Wednesday the city must seek new competitive bids for building the state model school. Knapik has notified the City Council that no action is required on a previously submitted order of taking or eminent domain for the Wielgus property and a $260,000 appropriation request to pay the appraisal amount of the 33-acre parcel.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    13. Bay Path University to recieve $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

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      Bay Path University to recieve $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

      Bay Path University will receive $3.5 million over three years from the U.S. Department of Education to improve technology and help adult women earn degrees through Bay Path's new online American Women's College. "First and foremost this grant was all about access and attainment for underserved populations and underrepresented populations," Bay Path President Carol A. Leary said Tuesday afternoon. The $3.5 million is part of $75 million in "First in the World" grants being made to colleges and universities across the country and announced Tuesday. It is the largest ever federal grant to Bay Path ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Carol A. Leary   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    14. Western Massachusetts clean energy jobs grow 8 percent, many of the new jobs are in research, manufacturing | masslive

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      Western Massachusetts clean energy jobs grow 8 percent, many of the new jobs are in research, manufacturing | masslive

      The clean energy economy in Western Massachusetts has grown to 11,990 in 2014 employed clean energy workers, an 8 percent increase from 2013, according to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Jobs Report issued Monday by Gov. Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Northeast Utilities

    15. Archipelago presents plans for 78-unit project at Carriage Shops to Amherst Planning Board

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      Archipelago presents plans for 78-unit project at Carriage Shops to Amherst Planning Board

      Developers for Archipelago Investments will be presenting plans for its proposed mixed use project called One East Pleasant Street to the Planning Board for site plan review Wednesday night, one of three public hearings before the board. Archipelago's plans to build four retail shops on the ground floor and 78 apartments on the second through fifth floors on the cite of the current Carriage Shops is also coming before the Design Review Board tonight at 6:55 p.m. The plans call for 32 one-bedroom 520 square-foot units, 18 two-bedroom 800 square-foot and 28 four-bedroom 1,150 square-foot units ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst College   Amherst

    16. Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

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      Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

      Friday is National Advanced Manufacturing Day, but the Governor kicked it up a notch, planning week-long events celebrating the industry’s success here in the Bay State. Advanced Manufacturing is a growing industry in Massachusetts, especially in western parts of the state. So far, more than 7-thousand manufacturing firms have offices in the Bay State, creating 250-thousand jobs. The Patrick administration will spend the rest of the week highlighting manufacturing’s impact on the state and the programs in place to help the industry flourish.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield

    17. Tax deal proposed for Westfield plastic packaging company

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      Tax deal proposed for Westfield plastic packaging company

      A plastic manufacturing company that has been in Westfield for 40 years is ready to make some changes, and it’s negotiating a tax deal with the city to do so. Prolamina, formerly Jen-Coat, is hoping for a Special Tax Assessment that will coincide with improvements to its Elm Street headquarters. City Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said the company plans significant changes, and the city needs to incentivize investment in Prolamina’s Westfield location. “The status quo is not an option,” Mitchell said. Prolamina opened its Westfield location in 1971 and has 256 full-time employees. Mitchell said the STA will ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    18. Across the Generations

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      Across the Generations

      Rebecca Caplice laughed when asked whether Greenfield Savings Bank had seen growth of its online and mobile services among younger customers.  “You’d be surprised at the acceptance across the board,” said Caplice, the bank’s president. “My father is 87 years old, and he’s on Facebook and Twitter every day. It’s really not just young people asking for these things; we are all attached to those mobile devices. I can hardly remember what it was like when someone in a group of people had a question, and no one knew the answer. Now we just look it ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Greenfield Savings Bank

    19. Northampton gets state grant for solar array

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      Northampton gets state grant for solar array

      The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has awarded the city a $525,401 grant to help its emergency response network continue operations during long-term power outages. The money will finance a solar-electric array to power the Fire Department during outages. Mayor David J. Narkewicz said the array will help Northampton through emergencies like Tropical Storm Irene and the Halloween ice storm of 2011. “It is vital that our City be able to maintain essential services, particularly emergency response services, during these critical times," the mayor said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    20. UMass receives gift of $1.5 million worth of equipment from Juniper Networks

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      UMass receives gift of $1.5 million worth of equipment from Juniper Networks

      The California-based Juniper Networks has donated equipment with a value of $1.5 million to the University of Massachusetts to build a high-speed network to support science research and increase the ease of use and speed of large academic data transfers across campus, according to a press release. UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy in a statement said, "This generous donation will provide a powerful tool for the world-class research and academic programs at the Commonwealth's flagship university.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    21. Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative wins 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation award

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      Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative wins 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation award

      MassINC announced the awards earlier this week, said they're made to organizations and individuals that develop interesting models to grow the economies of gateway cities in Massachusetts. HELI is an effort by Holyoke Public Schools to increase early literacy rates in the city. "We do this by organizing parents, community partners and the schools to focus on attendance, instruction, family engagement and Kindergarten Readiness," the group said in a statement.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Alex Morse

    22. Letterkenny officials see bright future for Massachusetts businesses with

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      Letterkenny officials see bright future for Massachusetts businesses with

      Three economic development delegations have visited the university in the last year from Massachusetts with officials from across the state including the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council and State Senate President Therese Murray. Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh credited the three recent trade missions as well as those in previous years with making the partnerships possible. "This is really about opportunitiy and building relationships," said Walsh while speaking before university and business officials. One of Walsh's traveling partners in Ireland, Boston Corporation Counsel Eugene O'Flaherty, made multiple trips to LYIT and County Donegal ...

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      Mentions:   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    23. State awards $7M for municipal cleantech projects

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      State awards $7M for municipal cleantech projects

      This is the first round of project grants from the state Department of Energy Resources' $40 million initiative, which is aimed at paying for clean energy projects that can help communities keep or restore power after a major disruption in electrical service. The funding for these project grants, along with a previous round of technical assistance awards, comes from alternative compliance payments made by major electric utilities if they fall short of the state’s renewable energy or alternative energy procurement goals.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Baystate Health   Springfield

    24. UMass Moves Up in Ranking of Public Universities

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      UMass Moves Up in Ranking of Public Universities

      UMass Amherst now ranks among the nation’s top 30 public universities, moving up 10 spots during the past year in the 2015 Best Colleges guide released recently by U.S. News & World Report. There are more than 600 public, four-year colleges in the country, and U.S. News ranks the top 122. The Commonwealth’s flagship campus, led by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, earned its highest ranking ever in the prestigious national universities category. Since 2010, when UMass Amherst ranked 52nd among public schools, the university’s standing has steadily improved, reaching 40th last year before advancing to 30th for ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

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