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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. Editorial: MassMutual's policies continue to win it distinction as an excellent place to work

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      Editorial: MassMutual's policies continue to win it distinction as an excellent place to work

      “The MassMutual community is proud of the recognition that our women- and mother-friendly practices have consistently received from Working Mother,” said Deb Palermino, executive vice president of human resources at MassMutual. Anything companies can do to make their environments more hospitable to mothers (and fathers) who wish to work will help boost the earning power and financial stability of families. Offering on-site day care, flexible schedules and generous maternity leave policies allow mothers to re-enter or stay in the corporate work force where they might have been squeezed out by rigid policies. Some of these steps, admittedly, are expensive. Others ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    18. Freedom Credit Union wins state approval for Springfield expansion project - The Republican

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      Freedom Credit Union wins state approval for Springfield expansion project - The Republican

      Freedom Credit Union's plans to create a $2.2 million consolidated back office operation in Springfield's North End  got a boost this week from a state economic development agency. The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council has approved a five-year Tax Increment Financing or TIF agreement valued at $90,100 first approved by the City of Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    19. Charging stations for Tesla electric cars proposed for Riverdale Shops in West Springfield

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      Charging stations for Tesla electric cars proposed for Riverdale Shops in West Springfield

      The town is considering a plan to add chargers for Tesla electric cars at the Riverdale Shops, giving drivers the chance to quickly "super charge" their vehicles on trips around the northeast. Assistant town planner Tara Gehring said the proposal serves two purposes. The first is to close a gap. The two nearest Supercharge stations, which Tesla says take 30 minutes to give the Model S enough power to drive 170 miles, are far away. By number of miles, the nearest stations are in Albany, N.Y., and Milford, Conn.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    20. Governor: New UMass center in downtown Springfield provides bridge to success

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      Governor: New UMass center in downtown Springfield provides bridge to success

      In the thoughts of Gov. Deval Patrick, and many others celebrating the opening of a new University of Massachusetts downtown center at Tower Square: mission accomplished. Patrick was among local, state and university officials who gathered at the 26,000-square-foot center on Wednesday to see the new facility, dubbed UMassCenter at Springfield, and celebrate its opening. The student interest in the new center, which opened on Sept. 2, has been higher than expected, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    21. Springfield student-staffed branch of Freedom Credit Union opens at Putnam Academy | masslive.com

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      Springfield student-staffed branch of Freedom Credit Union opens at Putnam Academy | masslive.com

      There was no shortage of credit being given out Tuesday as the Freedom Credit Union opened a new branch at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational and Technical Academy to be staffed by six student tellers.  Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Superintendent Daniel Warwick and others praised the partnership between Putnam and the Freedom Credit Union as a prime example of cooperation between business community and the vocational school.

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    22. Northampton Arts Council seeks appplications for grants

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      Northampton Arts Council seeks appplications for grants

      The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15 deadline for applications from organizations for its fall round of arts grants funding. The grants are aimed at supporting artistic and cultural activities in the community, including exhibits, writings, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    23. Chicopee Chambers plan ‘Table Top Expo’ trade show

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      Chicopee Chambers plan ‘Table Top Expo’ trade show

      The business community, as well as the general public is invited to attend the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce multi-chamber trade show on Sept. 30 at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. The event is presented by the Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The “Table Top Expo” allows members the chance to showcase their service or product to other exhibitors as well as to the many business people and general public who will attend the show.

       

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    24. Gov. Deval Patrick among officials set to celebrate new University of Massachusetts center in downtown Springfield

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      Gov. Deval Patrick among officials set to celebrate new University of Massachusetts center in downtown Springfield

      Gov. Deval Patrick will be among local and state officials gathering at the new University of Massachusetts downtown center at Tower Square on Wednesday, to celebrate its opening and to take part in tours. Tours for the public officials are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a speaking program at 11 a.m., at the site, located on the second floor of Tower Square, 1500 Main St. The UMass Center at Springfield occupies 26,000 square feet of space at Tower Square including classrooms, specialized nursing facilities, conference rooms, a computer lab and a reception area ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

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