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    1. Aiming to boost solar industry, Gov. Charlie Baker proposes bill raising 'net metering' cap | masslive.com

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      Aiming to boost solar industry, Gov. Charlie Baker proposes bill raising 'net metering' cap | masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday proposed easing a restriction on solar energy that some renewable energy industry advocates say is blocking projects and dampening interest in the market.  The state's solar 'net metering' program enables electricity customers to receive a retail rate for excess energy from their solar panels that is exported to the electric grid, and to offset their bills.  The state created the solar incentive program and capped it. Government-owned and private net metering solar projects have caps, and Baker’s legislation raises each cap by 2 percent.

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    2. Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival draws thousands to Court Square

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      Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival draws thousands to Court Square

      While visiting her daughter's family for the summer, Indiana resident Marcy Anderson found a perfect way to spend a sunny a Saturday afternoon downtown. The daylong Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival attracted an estimated 5,000 people who wanted to hear music from a high school jazz group, Latin jazz performers and some bigger known names including Springfield native Avery Sharpe with Charles Neville. "I was born and raised up on jazz. My father was a big fan of jazz," Anderson said. She attended with her daughter Stacey Church, of Wilbraham, the general manager of the MassMutual Center, and her ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    3. MassDOT: Sections of West Columbus Ave. in Springfield to close starting Monday

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      MassDOT: Sections of West Columbus Ave. in Springfield to close starting Monday

      MassDOT will close a section of West Columbus Avenue in Springfield just north of the Memorial Bridge between Hampden Street and Boland Way starting Monday as part of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Interstate 91 viaduct over downtown. The closure is necessary to allow contractors to widen the roadway to serve traffic more safely once the viaduct construction begins in earnest later this year. To access West Columbus Avenue near the Memorial Bridge from Hampden Street, turn left on East Columbus Avenue. Turn right onto Boland Way. Turn left onto West Columbus Avenue/Hall of Fame Avenue.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    4. OnBoard Encourages Nonprofits to Take Park in Networking Event

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      OnBoard Encourages Nonprofits to Take Park in Networking Event

      OnBoard, a Springfield-based nonprofit organization that matches qualified individuals and area boards of directors, is inviting local organizations and businesses to participate or become a sponsor in the “Get On Board!” event in October.  The event, to be held Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will connect local organizations with individuals looking to increase their community involvement.

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    5. Springfield's Square One names development VP | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Square One names development VP | masslive.com

      Kristine Allard of Wilbraham, formerly of the YMCA of Greater Springfield, has been named vice president of development at Square One, one of the region's largest non-profit providers of early learning and family services, the agency has announced.

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    6. Organic Farming Association conference to offer 144 workshops in 27 areas

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      Organic Farming Association conference to offer 144 workshops in 27 areas

      The 41st annual Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Aug. 14 though 16 with 144 workshops on 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics and activism among the topics.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    7. MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video)

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      MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack responds to delayed Western Mass. project funding (video)

      During an Aug. 5 meeting with The Republican editorial board, state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack responded to a question about the perceived inequality in major project funding and the appearance that eastern Massachusetts is given preference over the western part of the state. Although western Massachusetts is receiving attention from the state Legislature, including focus on the Union Station renovation and Northampton's Norwottuck Rail Trail, these projects and many more have been in the pipeline for years.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   The Republican

    8. Holyoke Water Works to update Councilors about $3.2 million facility, other issues

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      Holyoke Water Works to update Councilors about $3.2 million facility, other issues

      Construction of a $3.2 million drinking water disinfection facility at 600 Westfield Road is about half done, an official said Wednesday (Aug. 5). The three-member Water Commission has requested a meeting with the City Council to provide an update about that construction, as well as to discuss current and projected capital spending and revenue, water consumption and water rates, Water Works Manager David M. Conti said.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Amherst

    9. MassDOT chief: Groundbreaking soon on $65M subway car factory in Springfield

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      MassDOT chief: Groundbreaking soon on $65M subway car factory in Springfield

      Expect a groundbreaking soon for the $65 million railroad passenger-car factory Chinese rail giant CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. is planning for East Springfield, said Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts secretary and CEO of the Department of Transportation. Pollack was in Springfield Wednesday mostly to talk about the Interstate 91 project. But she also discusses the 220,000-square-foot factory CNR is building  to supply new subway cars to the MBTA. The T falls under Pollack's jurisdiction.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    10. MassDOT chief confident I-91 rehab can be done in 2017 | masslive.com

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      MassDOT chief confident I-91 rehab can be done in 2017 | masslive.com

      In January, MassDOT awarded $148 million in contracts to the partnership of J.F White from Framingham and New Jersey-based Schiavone Construction for the reconstruction of the 2-mile-long viaduct carrying interstate 91 over downtown Springfield. The deal provides for an incentive of $50,000 per day for each day the contractor completes the work early, up to 180 days. This means the contractor would be eligible to receive a total of $9 million as a maximum bonus.  Time is of the essence, not only because of the $800 million MGM Springfield development project just a few blocks away but because ...

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    11. Life science grant helps UMass biochemist secure science foundation grant

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      Life science grant helps UMass biochemist secure science foundation grant

      In 2013, then Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced the award of $95 million to the University of Massachusetts to outfit half of the life sciences building. That award has helped UMass biochemist Elizabeth Vierling secure a three-year $682,982 National Science Foundation grant to study how plants respond at the molecular and cellular level to stress in their environment and the role of a regulatory protein called S-nitrosoglutathione reductase. Vierling said they wouldn't have been able to propose the grant without the new mass spectrometry equipment. She said that equipment cost $1.2 million.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    12. Mass. Energy Facilities Siting Board to hold Greenfield hearing on Kinder Morgan pipeline | masslive.com

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      Mass. Energy Facilities Siting Board to hold Greenfield hearing on Kinder Morgan pipeline | masslive.com

      The proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline will be the topic of a Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board hearing in Greenfield tomorrow night (Wednesday, Aug. 5).  The board is seeking statewide public comment on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project known as Northeast Energy Direct (NED). Hearings were held Monday and Tuesday in Dracut and Pittsfield, and another will be held Thursday in Lunenberg.

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    13. Holyoke seeks artists' street-furniture ideas for downtown Innovation District | masslive.com

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      Holyoke seeks artists' street-furniture ideas for downtown Innovation District | masslive.com

      If you have an idea and the skills to make street furniture, the city wants to hear from you.  A $7,500 state grant will allow for one to four realizations of concepts to install custom-made street furniture designed and built by Holyoke-based artists as permanent infrastructure and public pieces of art in the city's Innovation District, Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development, said Tuesday (Aug. 4).  The Innovation District encompasses properties inside and facing Main, Appleton, Maple and Dwight streets, he said.

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    14. Applied Industrial Technologies of Ohio buys Atlantic Fasteners in Agawam | masslive.com

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      Applied Industrial Technologies of Ohio buys Atlantic Fasteners in Agawam | masslive.com

      Publicly-traded Applied Industrial Technologies of Cleveland, Ohio, has purchased Atlantic Fasteners, a wholesale distributor of hardware including screws, bolts, nuts and washers, located in Agawam.  The sale means more opportunity for Atlantic's Agawam site and its 48 employees, said Tony Peterson, president of Atlantic, who will stay on as vice president and general manager after the sale.  'It's very good,' Peterson said. 'They pursued us because of our location. They don't have a distribution center in the Northeast.'

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    15. Massachusetts business confidence rises, ends string of month-to-month declines | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts business confidence rises, ends string of month-to-month declines | masslive.com

      Massachusetts employers gained confidence in the state's economy in July, reversing a trend of three consecutive months of declining month-to-month confidence.  The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index gained 2.9 points in July to reach 59.2 points.  That's 59.2 on a 100-point scale where 50 is neutral. The Index's historical high was 68.5 points in 1997 and 1998. The all-time low was 33.3 points in February 2009.

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    16. Finalists Announced for Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards

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      Finalists Announced for Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards

      Twenty-one companies from across the state, including three from Western Mass., have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards, awarded annually by MassEcon.  These finalists, representing companies from Boston to the Berkshires, will present one-minute elevator pitches describing their growth in the Bay State to a panel of judges and business leaders on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Nutter McLennen & Fish LLP in Boston.

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    17. Amtrak replaces Springfield-New Haven shuttle with bus service for a year | masslive.com

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      Amtrak replaces Springfield-New Haven shuttle with bus service for a year | masslive.com

      Amtrak has replaced its weekday north-south shuttle service from Springfield to New Haven with buses in order to accommodate track construction in Connecticut.
      Train traffic won't return until July 2016, Amtrak said. But the interruption doesn't impact the Vermonter through-train that passes along the same route and continues north through Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield into Vermont, according to an advisory from Amtrak. The idea is to increase service north and south from six daily round-trip trains to 17 a day south of Hartford and 12 north of Hartford as far as Springfield.

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    18. 4 charter schools proposed for Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Palmer area towns

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      4 charter schools proposed for Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Palmer area towns

      The state has received 10 applications for new charter schools, including three requests from Western Massachusetts to open schools in Springfield, Chicopee and one that would serve residents of towns including Palmer, Brimfield, Brookfield and Sturbridge.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Chicopee

    19. Applied Industrial Technologies Acquires Atlantic Fasteners

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      Applied Industrial Technologies Acquires Atlantic Fasteners

      Cleveland-based Applied Industrial Technologies announced it has acquired Atlantic Fasteners, a distributor of C-class consumables located in Agawam. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. “Atlantic Fasteners provides the market presence, products, and capabilities to further enhance our applied maintenance supplies and solutions (applied MSSSM) offering to a broad array of industrial customers,” said Neil Schrimsher, president and CEO of Applied. “They are an ideal fit with our business strategy and growth plans.”

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    20. REB Receives Grant from PeoplesBank to Support Talk/Read/Succeed

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      REB Receives Grant from PeoplesBank to Support Talk/Read/Succeed

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB) received a $2,500 grant award from PeoplesBank to support the work of the Talk/Read/ Succeed (TRS) program. Talk/Read/Succeed is a place-based holistic program and currently serves 150 low- to moderate-income families at two Springfield Housing Authority (SHA) developments in Springfield. The goal of TRS is to have all children enter kindergarten ready to learn and go on to read proficiently by fourth grade. The $2,500 grant award is part of PeoplesBank’s Community Care Program and will be used to support parent-education programs at the SHA sites ...

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    21. Label them successful: Springfield Label & Tape Co. moves into the future | masslive.com

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      Label them successful: Springfield Label & Tape Co. moves into the future | masslive.com

      For scientists, a spectrophotometer is a piece of laboratory equipment that measures a light beam's intensity in relation to its wavelength.  For Springfield Label & Tape Co., its $15,000 spectrophotometer is the piece of equipment that makes sure that the yellow-and-black labels it makes for hardware giant Stanley Tools, to give on example, always have the same color of yellow and the same color black.

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    22. Economists: Massachusetts economy continues to grow faster than US | masslive.com

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      Economists: Massachusetts economy continues to grow faster than US | masslive.com

      Real gross domestic product in Massachusetts grew at an estimated annualized rate of 5.4 percent in the second-quarter of 2015, according to figures released this week by MassBenchmarks.  MassBenchmarks economists also adjusted first quarter growth up for 2015.  Based on the latest available information, economists now estimate that in the first quarter of 2015, the state economy expanded at a 2.1 percent annualized rate while the nation grew at a 0.6 percent annualized rate.  According to the report:  'In the second quarter, the state's economy rebounded strongly from the weather-induced slowdown of the first quarter, with ...

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    23. MassMutual brings 'Girls Who Code' to Springfield, offering girls chance to excel at computer technology | masslive.com

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      MassMutual brings 'Girls Who Code' to Springfield, offering girls chance to excel at computer technology | masslive.com

      MassMutual is hosting this summer session of Girls Who Code at its massive State Street office headquarters. Girls Who Code's national mission is to get more high-school girls interested in computer and engineering careers and majoring in computer science and similar fields in college.  The Girls Who Code participants hail mostly from Springfield, Enfield and surrounding towns, although a few commute from Amherst, said Yasmine Laurent, Girls Who Code program manger for Greater Boston.  This is the first Girls Who Code summer immersion program in Western Massachusetts, Laurent said. There are programs in eastern Massachusetts, but most centered literally ...

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    24. State Economy Expands Robustly in Q2, UMass Journal Reports

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      State Economy Expands Robustly in Q2, UMass Journal Reports

      Massachusetts real gross domestic product grew at an estimated annual rate of 5.4% in the second quarter of 2015 according to the MassBenchmarks Current Economic Index, released today by MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. U.S. real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.3%, according to the advance estimate of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Based on the latest available information, it’s estimated that, in the first quarter of 2015, the state economy expanded at ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

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