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    1. Wilbraham Sees Potential in Former Paper Mill

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      Wilbraham Sees Potential in Former Paper Mill

      When Brian and Tanya Miller walked into Building 2 at the former Collins Paper Co. in Wilbraham, they knew immediately they had finally found the perfect place to open their new business.  The couple is about to launch Movement Terrain LLC, which they describe as a “functional fitness obstacle-course gym,” and they spent a year looking at sites throughout Western Mass. before their visit to Wilbraham.
      “We saw many standard buildings that would be great places to get fit, but we wanted a place that had real charm,” said Brian as he talked about the mill’s brick walls, its ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Chicopee

    2. 6-inch fix on Springfield's Union Station platform will cost state $5 million

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      6-inch fix on Springfield's Union Station platform will cost state $5 million

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will spend $5 million widening a train platform at Springfield's Union Station so it complies with modern handicapped accessibility standards. Commissioners of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority approved the change order Tuesday at a special meeting. The Authority owns the station on Frank B. Murray Street and is managing its redevelopment into an intermodal rail and bus transportation hub, a project long championed by U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, a former Springfield mayor. The $88.5-million project is state and federally funded.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    3. Chicopee Cabotville Mill conversion to begin permitting process

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      Chicopee Cabotville Mill conversion to begin permitting process

      The City Council has taken the first step to start a proposed conversion of the 170-year-old Cabotville Mill into 600 market-rate apartments and 400,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. SilverBrick Group LLC of New York announced a week ago that it had entered into a purchase and sale agreement to buy the building from 200 Tillary LLC, which is owned by Joshua Guttman. The company hopes to begin construction by the end of the year.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    4. New Amherst chamber executive director sees Amherst as part of destination 'quilt'

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      New Amherst chamber executive director sees Amherst as part of destination 'quilt'

      Timothy O'Brien talks about "destination marketing" — something he has been engaged in for most of his professional life in both the private and public sectors. Now the Hatfield resident will apply that art to his new position as executive director for the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    5. Westfield Technical Academy's aviation program gains federal approval | masslive.com

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      Westfield Technical Academy's aviation program gains federal approval | masslive.com

      An Aviation Technology program launched at Westfield Technical Academy last school year has gained the necessary certification from the Federal Aviation Administration, school officials announced Tuesday.  The official certification, in the form of a Op SPECS (Operational Specification) is expected to be presented to the school by FAA representatives prior to the Sept. 1 start of the 2016-2917 school year, Superintendent of Schools Stefan Czaporowski said.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    6. Balise buys $2.1 million in South End Springfield real estate, but car dealer mum about plans

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      Balise buys $2.1 million in South End Springfield real estate, but car dealer mum about plans

      Balise Motor Sales purchased $2.1 million in real estate in the South End neighborhood of Springfield over the first seven months of 2016, according to records on file at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. The property is all adjacent to Balise Hyundai, Balise Ready Credit used cars and Balise Columbus Ave Car Wash, all on East Columbus Avenue, and to Balise Collision Repair nearby at 292 Main St.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    7. Dress for Success to Host Days of Car Tag Sale

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      Dress for Success to Host Days of Car Tag Sale

      In keeping with its mission to empower women to be more confident in their personal and professional lives, Dress for Success is hosting a tag sale  in Springfield to raise funds and awareness, while also working to meet the needs of women throughout the community, according to a news release. In conjunction with the United Way of Pioneer Valley's Day of Caring, Dress for Success volunteers will host the tag sale from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Eastfield Mall

    8. Voices of the Valley: Crystal Childs, founder and owner, Splash Marketing and Creative, 16 Union Ave, Suite 3B, Westfield | masslive.com

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      Voices of the Valley: Crystal Childs, founder and owner, Splash Marketing and Creative, 16 Union Ave, Suite 3B, Westfield | masslive.com

      Crystal Childs, founder and owner, Splash Marketing and Creative, 16 Union Ave, Suite 3B, Westfield  Years in business: I've been in the marketing industry for just over 16 years. This year, I'm ecstatic to announce the opening of Splash Marketing and Creative.  What do you offer and to whom? We are a full marketing agency, focusing on digital advertising, social media marketing, graphic design, and training and consultations for businesses large and small. Having said that, we love traditional marketing too, such as the development and design of print materials, including point-of-sale items from pens to T-shirts; the ...

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    9. Jerry Rome Nissan Becomes Balise Nissan

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      Jerry Rome Nissan Becomes Balise Nissan

      Jerry Rome Nissan, located at 500 Riverdale St. in West Springfield, has officially become Balise Nissan of West Springfield. The current facility and parking area will undergo expansion in the coming months. Pending approval from the town of West Springfield, the dealership will be renovated to align more closely with Nissan’s latest dealership image.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Balise Motor Sales

    10. Springfield Regional Chamber Super 60 Nominations Due Aug. 12

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      Springfield Regional Chamber Super 60 Nominations Due Aug. 12

      Time is running out to submit nominations for the Springfield Regional Chamber’s annual Super 60 awards program. The deadline is this Friday, Aug. 12. Now in its 27th year, the awards program celebrates the success of the fastest-growing privately owned businesses in the region, which continue to make significant contributions to the strength of the regional economy. Each year, the program identifies the top-performing companies in revenue growth and total revenue. Last year, total-revenue winners combined for revenues of more than $1 billion, with only-third of winners exceeding revenues of $30 million. All winners in the revenue-growth category had ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. Aer Lingus Flights Seen as Boost for Airline, Bradley, Region

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      Aer Lingus Flights Seen as Boost for Airline, Bradley, Region

      As they talked about the Aer Lingus flights set to begin at Bradley International Airport late next month, Kevin Dillon and Keith Butler used strikingly similar language as they discussed what the service means to their respective organizations. Indeed, Dillon, executive director and CEO of the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), which manages Bradley, and Butler, chief commercial officer for the Dublin, Ireland-based airline, said the timing for this venture is ideal, that the flight represents a key component of their respective growth strategies, and that it could be a catalyst for more developments of this type.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Boeing   Springfield

    12. Nancy Creed Takes the Helm at the Springfield Regional Chamber

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      Nancy Creed Takes the Helm at the Springfield Regional Chamber

      As she takes the helm at the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, Nancy Creed brings to the job a diverse résumé that includes work with nonprofits and in nonprofit management; in small businesses, large businesses, and her own business; and at the chamber itself. She believes these experiences have prepared her for the many challenges facing this organization — and all chambers.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   TD Bank   MassMutual Center

    13. Training Program on Oct. 4-5 to Target Incubator Development

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      Training Program on Oct. 4-5 to Target Incubator Development

      The International Business Innovation Assoc. (InBIA), in partnership with the Assoc. of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION), will host a two-day Northeast Training Institute at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 4-5. Four courses will be offered for the professional development of incubator managers or those exploring the development of an incubator or accelerator program in their community.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    14. Berkshire Bank Named Among Top 10 Best Banks in Massachusetts

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      Berkshire Bank Named Among Top 10 Best Banks in Massachusetts

      Berkshire Bank has been recognized by AdvisoryHQ News as one of the Top 10 Best Banks in Massachusetts. “We are honored to be recognized by AdvisoryHQ News on their list of the best banks in Massachusetts,” said Tami Gunsch, executive vice president of Retail Banking. “We look forward to continuing to provide solutions to meet the financial needs of those within our communities and help our customers thrive and achieve what’s most exciting in their lives.”

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      Mentions:   Berkshire Bank

    15. Brightside Books for Kids to distribute 2,000 children's books to Springfield children

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      Brightside Books for Kids to distribute 2,000 children's books to Springfield children

      Brightside for Families and Children, part of the Sisters of Providence Health System, will be distributing up to 2,000 free children's books this summer in a new program named Brightside Books for Kids. The kick-off event was held on Wednesday at Brookings School with representatives of Brightside for Families and Children, Pride Stations and Stores and Reading Success by 4th grade.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Sisters of Providence Health System   Robert Bolduc

    16. Rebranding the Pioneer Valley; Online survey asks you to help forge new image

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      Rebranding the Pioneer Valley; Online survey asks you to help forge new image

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council are rethinking the image of the Pioneer Valley -- and they want the public's help. Since March, the EDC and the Visitors Bureau have been planning a rebranding initiative targeted at drawing tourists, companies and workers to Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin Counties. They have hired a consultant, Cubic Creative, held seven focus groups and reviewed a decade of research about the region's image and economy, Visitors Bureau President Mary Kay said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    17. Eric Nelson Takes the Helm at Westmass

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      Eric Nelson Takes the Helm at Westmass

      As Eric Nelson takes the reins at Westmass Area Development Corp., the agency’s ambitious Ludlow Mills project, which features economic-development opportunities on several levels, is entering an intriguing new stage. Meanwhile, Westmass is moving aggressively to answer the question ‘what’s next?’ — meaning everything from development of new sites to creation of a development-services arm to provide technical assistance to area cities and towns.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Amherst

    18. Springfield seeks bid for long-awaited $1.8 million project to secure Van Horn Dam

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      Springfield seeks bid for long-awaited $1.8 million project to secure Van Horn Dam

      The city is accepting bids for an estimated $1.8 million project to improve the Lower Van Horn Dam, saying the dam has been long classified as a 'high hazard" and a threat to that area, which includes Baystate Medical Center. "It is a serious concern," said Patrick Sullivan, the city's director of parks, buildings and recreation management. "We have been watching the dam for 15 years. Because of time, it has just progressively worsened."

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   Baystate Health

    19. Westfield launches effort to gain designation as a Green Community

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      Westfield launches effort to gain designation as a Green Community

      Mayor Brian P. Sullivan and City Advancement Officer Joseph Mitchell announced Tuesday the process will begin with a $7,500 grant received from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Sullivan will ask the City Council for formally accept the grant allocation when it meets Aug. 22. That will allow the city to proceed with application for additional funding to conduct an inventory of city buildings that can benefit from energy use upgrades and eventually for as much as $350,000 in state funding to complete the targeted upgrades.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    20. Baystate ranked 3rd best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report

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      Baystate ranked 3rd best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report

      Baystate Medical Center is the third-best hospital in Massachusetts, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report 'Best Hospitals' rankings. It was the top-ranking hospital outside of Boston, and the only one in the state's western four counties to make the list. U.S. News released its 27th-annual Best Hospitals rankings Tuesday. A searchable database of the new rankings is available here.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Northampton

    21. DevelopSpringfield Forges Collaborations in Advance of Redevelopment

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      DevelopSpringfield Forges Collaborations in Advance of Redevelopment

      DevelopSpringfield acquired a vacant building at the corner of Dwight and Carew streets together with several adjacent parcels to create a large redevelopment site with the aim of bringing new vitality to the area by redeveloping a critically underutilized and vacant site. The proposed redevelopment concept would rehabilitate the historic Carew Street Baptist Church building’s 11,680 square feet, in a historically sensitive manner, into modern, energy-efficient office space. The surrounding parcels, formerly a brownfields site, would be redeveloped into parking and landscaping. The project represents a more than $3 million investment in this section of Springfield’s North ...

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    22. Tour set of $3.2 million plant that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect water in Holyoke

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      Tour set of $3.2 million plant that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect water in Holyoke

      Residents are invited to join the City Council in a tour of a new $3.2 million facility that uses ultraviolet light to disinfect water Saturday at noon at 600 Westfield Road. Space is limited so residents were asked to secure a place by call ing 413-532-6778. "The tour will provide an overview of Holyoke's water treatment facility which includes 'UV' treatment for secondary infection along with a visit to the Tighe-Carmody Reservoir (in Southampton), Holyoke's largest and primary drinking water source," said a copy of an invitation provided by City Council President Kevin A. Jourdain.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield

    23. Developer sought for Turners Falls warehouse building | masslive.com

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      Developer sought for Turners Falls warehouse building | masslive.com

      A 'commercial homesteading' program in the village of Turners Falls seeks to reduce blight while increasing the amount of space available to artists and entrepreneurs.  To that end, the town is now accepting proposals for the productive reuse of a two-story, 10,600 square-foot brick warehouse on three-quarters of an acre at 15 Power St., on land wedged between the Connecticut River and the power canal.

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    24. Westfield Transit Pavilion takes shape

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      Westfield Transit Pavilion takes shape

      The steel frame is up for the $6 million Westfield Transit Pavilion at Elm and Arnold streets, a project called the first new building constructed in Westfield's downtown in decades. Forish Construction in Westfield is the general contractor, according to its websiteReinhardt Associates of Agawam are the architects. According to the firm's website, it also designed the Holyoke Multimodal Transportation Facility, which opened in 2010. A grand opening of the Westfield Transit Pavilion is expected in March 2017.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield

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