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    1. The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce plan major legislative summit

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      The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce plan major legislative summit

      The Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and South Hadley & Granby chambers of commerce have joined forces in successfully attracting the top leaders of the state Legislature and the Greater Springfield delegation to the House and Senate for an afternoon-long exchange of ideas and information. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will be the keynote speaker for the event on Nov. 7 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House. House speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Everett, will also be a keynote speaker.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Robert DeLeo   West Springfield

    2. Health New England's Maura McCaffrey voted Professional Woman of Year

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      Health New England's Maura McCaffrey voted Professional Woman of Year

      Maura McCaffrey, president and chief executive officer of Health New England, will be honored as Professional Woman of the Year during Western Mass Women Magazine's annual "Top 25 Women to Watch" Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Chez Josef. According to a press release, the magazine honors the women, selected by public vote, for career and community achievements.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Health New England   Easthampton

    3. With Hyundai Rotem and CNR Changchun, Springfield now has two chances for

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      With Hyundai Rotem and CNR Changchun, Springfield now has two chances for

      "I'm very pleased that we have two world-class companies that are in competition for the MBTA bid and have found that Springfield is their top spot," Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Friday."It brings a lot of good paying precision machining jobs, a lot of opportunity and a growing tax base." There are a number of other bidders. But no others are interested in Springfield, said Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. Blair expects the MBTA to make a decision very soon, probably in November. "It certainly is good for ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    4. Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce celebrates 10th anniversary - The Republican

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      Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce celebrates 10th anniversary - The Republican

      The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 10th anniversary on Oct. 3 with a gala event celebrating Hispanic Heritage. The event was held at the Sheraton Springfield downtown. Hundreds of businesses owners, representatives of local organizations, community leaders and politicians enjoyed the evening, sharing the success and progress of different winners of awards for their different contributions to the Latino community.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Holyoke

    5. It's All Relative

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      It's All Relative

      The center’s executive director, the colorful Ira Bryck, said the agency was founded through the inspiration of a number of professionals and business advisers, many of whom still serve as strategic partners, and was also part of a movement in the early and mid-’90s to establish university-based education programs for family businesses.  “It became clear to a lot of expert advisers that they needed a sort of safe-harbor environment to be able to talk with business owners about a lot of issues that they normally would not be able to talk with them about if they were just ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    6. MassMutual starts 'Society of Grownups' to get millennials thinking of financial future | masslive

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      MassMutual starts 'Society of Grownups' to get millennials thinking of financial future | masslive

      The Society of Grownups, a new educational and initiative from Springfield-based MassMutual Financial Group and IDEO, a design consulting company with offices in Boston and elsewhere around the world, wants to help dispense knowledge both the personal and the fiscal. That's especially if your are a member of the millennial generation, be it by mindset or by chronology, and looking for a little help figuring out how to be a grownup.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    7. Holyoke businessmen plan to build gas station-convenience store at Hampden-Pleasant streets formerly owned by Eric Suher

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      Holyoke businessmen plan to build gas station-convenience store at Hampden-Pleasant streets formerly owned by Eric Suher

      A local company plans to buy the site from a city development organization and build a $2 million gas station-convenience store. The facility is targeted to open next year and employ up to 14 people, officials said Thursday (Oct. 9). "I think it's a very positive project for the city of Holyoke. I think it's really positive for the neighborhood," said Matthew L. Donohue, a lawyer from Holyoke and one of three managers of Quabbin ACM, a limited liability company.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    8. Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield stresses importance of a trained work force | masslive

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      Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield stresses importance of a trained work force | masslive

      VSS, the former Valley Steel Stamp, in Greenfield grew from 25 employees to 50 employees once Franklin County Technical School improved and expanded its machine technology program.  But if machine technology programs were even bigger, VSS would already be at 100 employees and still growing, said Steve Capshaw, president of the company which does commercial and aerospace machining.  Growth in the aircraft business, a demand for increasingly sophisticated parts, rising wages in China and increasing transportation costs all lead to increased opportunities for VSS.  'We have competed with China for business and have been quite successful,' Capshaw said

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield   Greenfield

    9. UMass researchers receive nearly $1 million grant from NASA to study how space travel effects food nutrition

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      UMass researchers receive nearly $1 million grant from NASA to study how space travel effects food nutrition

      University of Massachusetts nutrition researchers have received a grant that will send them to new frontiers – outer space. Food scientists Hang Xiao and colleagues received a three-year, $982,685 grant from NASA to look at how essential vitamins degrade over time and find ways to minimize that loss, according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    10. Amherst task force wants to assess overall transportation needs, residents, employees asked to complete survey

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      Amherst task force wants to assess overall transportation needs, residents, employees asked to complete survey

      Amherst has called Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 Transportation Days and consultants will be out at places like the Farmers Market meeting with residents and those who work in town to learn about their transportation concerns and needs. They'll also be asking people to fill out a transportation survey, something people can also do on online beginning Thursday, said Richard Roznoy, chairman of the Transportation Task Force.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    11. Northampton nursing home sold to Connecticut company

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      Northampton nursing home sold to Connecticut company

      In a move that might reflect the refocusing of care for the elderly on independent and assisted living, the company that owns the Overlook nursing facility in Leeds is selling it to a Connecticut-based health care system. Patrick McShane, a corporate vice president at Masonic Health System, said his company, which bought the nursing home from Hampshire County for $4 million in 2009, wants to concentrate more on its Charleton campus, a continuous care retirement community with 219 independent living and 181 enhanced living units. The facility was formerly called the Northampton Nursing Home.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    12. Eye-Opening Experiences

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      Eye-Opening Experiences

      The field trip was part of a program called The World Is Our Classroom Inc. (WIOC), and Executive Director Nora Burke Patton says it was founded on the principle that students learn best when they see classroom lessons reinforced in the real world.
      “It runs from fifth grade through high school, and by partnering with urban school systems, institutions of higher education, and businesses, WIOC not only reinforces classroom lessons, but also opens young minds to employment opportunities,” she said, adding that the program was launched in 2002 through a collaboration of area businesses and school systems, and has exposed ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    13. Associated Industries of Massachusetts: Business confidence up in September | masslive

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      Associated Industries of Massachusetts: Business confidence up in September | masslive

      Employers gained a little confidence in the Massachusetts economy last month, according to survey results released Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  Associated Industries' Business Confidence index rose two-tenths of a point to 54.4 points from 54.2 points. That's on a 100-point scale where 50 is neutral.  The index is up 2.9 points from a year ago in September 2013.  Raymond G. Torto, Chair of AIM's Board of Economic Advisors and a lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Design, said

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   The Republican

    14. Springfield City Council approves sale of State Street property to First Resource to aid parking needs for $25 million housing complex plans in Mason Square

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      Springfield City Council approves sale of State Street property to First Resource to aid parking needs for $25 million housing complex plans in Mason Square

      The City Council approved the sale of a tax-title property on State Street on Monday that will assist plans for a $25 million apartment complex in the Mason Square area. Councilors, in voting unanimously to approve the sale of the commercial property at 864 State St., for $51,000, praised the developer First Resource Companies, for their ongoing housing redevelopment efforts in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    15. UMass President Robert Caret, trustee chairman Henry M. Thomas touring state with Springfield, Amherst stops

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      UMass President Robert Caret, trustee chairman Henry M. Thomas touring state with Springfield, Amherst stops

      For the fourth year, University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret is on the move– this time a three-day statewide bus tour that began in Boston. Springfield resident Henry M. Thomas III, the chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, joins him. Caret initiated what he termed a listening tour soon after he was named president. On that weeklong tour, he wanted to understand and hear how UMass could better serve the state's residents.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    16. Community Spotlight: Williamstown

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      Community Spotlight: Williamstown

      Andy Hogeland, another selectman, was equally descriptive. “People can go to the farmer’s market for fresh produce and community conversation, then walk to see the Magna Carta exhibit at the Clark Art Institute, or attend the Bluegrass Festival in North Adams,” he said during an interview late last month.  And board Chair Ron Turbin isn’t shy about extolling the town’s virtues either, noting that its elementary school is a state-of-the-art green building, and the Massachusetts School Building Authority recently approved a feasibility study to renovate or rebuild Mount Greylock Regional High School, which serves Williamstown and Lanesborough.

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    17. VertitechIT opens expanded headquarters in Holyoke's Open Square | masslive

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      VertitechIT opens expanded headquarters in Holyoke's Open Square | masslive

      Vertitech IT a national computer networking and consulting firm with a focus hospitals and health care will host a grand opening expanded headquarters in Holyoke's Open Square building at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    18. Officials celebrate groundbreaking for Western Massachusett firefighting training center in Springfield

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      Officials celebrate groundbreaking for Western Massachusett firefighting training center in Springfield

      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the new facility represents “a unique collaboration between the state and the City of Springfield. It will make sure our firefighters are trained properly.” Better training for firefighters can only benefit area residents as firefighters will use that training to save buildings and save lives, he said. Conant, the current president of the Western Massachusetts Fire Chief’s Association, praised the work of all those who had a hand in the project dating back to when it was just an idea.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Amherst

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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