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    1. Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

      The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative honored 78 Pioneer Valley college and university students n Wednesday for their entrepreneurial spirit by launching a business or developing an exceptional business concept. The evening showcased 56 businesses and services as part of the Grinspoon Class of 2016. 

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    2. State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

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      State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Sec. of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker toured the workforce training nonprofit Tech Foundry on Monday and came away impressed, he said.  'I like the model. The model is collaborative. It includes the businesses and the training directly for the jobs available, and the hands on training really makes sense,' Walker said in an interview.  Tech Foundry, a nonprofit that partners with organizations and corporations including Baystate Health, Crocker Communications, the Davis Foundation and the Beveridge Family Foundation, offers job skills training for Western Mass. residents trying to enter the information technology or coding fields. The program graduated ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health

    3. Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

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      Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

      The Connecticut chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS CT) honored Tighe & Bond as Employer of the Year during its annual awards dinner on April 14 at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland, Conn. The recognition applauded the firm’s support of WTS, and for providing ongoing opportunities to advance women in their engineering and transportation careers. “It is an honor for our firm to receive this award, and we are thrilled that WTS CT selected us,” said David Pinsky, president and CEO of Tighe & Bond, who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. “Our firm takes recruiting ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Tighe & Bond

    4. Springfield Regional Chamber After 5 to Kick Off Summer
 May 18

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      Springfield Regional Chamber After 5 to Kick Off Summer
 May 18

      The Springfield Regional Chamber will hold a “Kickoff to Summer” After 5 on Wednesday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Colony Club, 1500 Main St., Springfield. Sponsored by Wolf & Company, P.C., the after-hours networking event provides an opportunity for the business community to gather and network in an informal setting. Attendees will enjoy networking, a cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres on the club’s patio under the late-setting sun.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Baystate Health gets OK to build $27 million power plant for cost savings, reduced gas emissions | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health gets OK to build $27 million power plant for cost savings, reduced gas emissions | masslive.com

      Baystate Health Systems received City Council approval this week to construct a new $27 million combined heat and power plant that will trigger millions of dollars in energy savings and a significant reduction in greenhouse gases.  The council voted unanimously to grant a special permit for the project on Monday night following a public hearing at City Hall.  The power plant will be located at 257 Marvin St., adjacent to the existing power plant, said Sean Gouvin, Baystate Health's director of facilities. Baystate owns the Marvin Street property and will relocate a historic house there to another site in ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health

    6. $35K state earmark aims to help Westfield State University build military service center for veterans | masslive.com

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      $35K state earmark aims to help Westfield State University build military service center for veterans | masslive.com

      Westfield State was given a $35,000 earmark in the House budget to create the center. The earmark must still be passed by the Senate before it becomes law. It was one of several earmarks passed by the House on Monday and Tuesday to benefit Western Massachusetts organizations.  Other area colleges, including Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts, have similar military service centers. Westfield State is one of only three public colleges and universities that does not have one.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Westfield State University

    7. PeoplesBank Issues Annual Green Report

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      PeoplesBank Issues Annual Green Report

      On Earth Day, April 22, individuals and organizations around the world will reflect on the environment, climate change, and a variety of other issues affecting the planet. Through its green values and actions to support environmental sustainability, PeoplesBank believes that it can help make the region a healthier place to live, work, and raise a family.

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    8. Chicopee Chamber names Jessica Roncarati president | masslive.com

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      Chicopee Chamber names Jessica Roncarati president | masslive.com

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce has appointed Jessica Roncarati as its new president.  Her first day was Monday.  A Chicopee native, Roncarati has served for the past five years as executive director of The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts Inc. She said the two jobs are not all that different.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    9. Westfield Gas & Electric identifies new 'fiberhoods' for high-speed Internet expansion | masslive.com

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      Westfield Gas & Electric identifies new 'fiberhoods' for high-speed Internet expansion | masslive.com

      Westfield Gas & Electric identified Tuesday the next three neighborhoods eligible to get Whip City Fiber, its new high-speed Internet service fast enough to enable 'cord cutters' to ditch their cable TV contracts.
      The three areas are:
      Eastview, Irene, Joann and Linda drives
      Middle Western Avenue from Kensington Avenue to Spruce Street
      The Prospect Street area as well as Willow Brook Lane to Foch Avenue

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    10. Springfield High School of Science and Technology to host international fair | masslive.com

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      Springfield High School of Science and Technology to host international fair | masslive.com

      The public is invited to attend International Fair 2016 at the High School of Science and Technology on Friday for an array of international music, food and student exhibits.  The fair will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the school gymnasium, 1250 State St. Admission is free.  International Fair 2016 will include exhibits of students' projects on foreign countries, international music performed by students and local artists, and an international food tasting, according to a news release.

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    11. Calling artists: Springfield Central Cultural District expands utility box art program | masslive.com

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      Calling artists: Springfield Central Cultural District expands utility box art program | masslive.com

      The Springfield Central Cultural District is looking for artists willing to help it grow its utility box mural program downtown after hosting a successful pilot project last summer by having two stubby little utility boxes repainted in Stearns Square.  'People loved them,' said Morgan Drewniany, executive director of the district.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. Valley Gives hosts video contest for e-philanthropy event May 3 | masslive.com

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      Valley Gives hosts video contest for e-philanthropy event May 3 | masslive.com

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has an assignment for you. The foundation is hosting a social media video contest to promote the return of Valley Gives, a one-day e-philanthropy event on May 3, after an absence of 17 months. Big Y Foods Inc. is sponsoring the contest, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods

    13. Baystate Health asks for $10 million in state money to avert layoffs | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health asks for $10 million in state money to avert layoffs | masslive.com

      Baystate Health officials are hoping to secure an additional $10 million through the annual state budget process. If they do not get the money, hospital officials say Baystate might have to lay off up to 200 employees.  'We're continuing to have financial challenges and experience financial strain,' said Jennifer Endicott, senior vice president of strategy and external relations for Baystate Health. 'If we're unable to secure some bridge funding, we're going to have to look at continued cost cuts across the board.'

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    14. Easthampton building materials company moving back to Chicopee | masslive.com

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      Easthampton building materials company moving back to Chicopee | masslive.com

      The Holden Humphrey Co. started in Chicopee in 1987 and moved to Easthampton in 2006. Monday it announced it is seeking more space and will return to Chicopee, Mayor Richard J. Kos said in a written statement.  Company President and CEO Lance Humphrey signed a long-term lease to rent about half of the building at 77 Champion Drive. He plans to move the company's 40 employees and equipment by September, Kos said.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Easthampton

    15. Behind the Scenes: A look inside Springfield's Union Station redevelopment project  | masslive.com

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      Behind the Scenes: A look inside Springfield's Union Station redevelopment project  | masslive.com

      Springfield's Union Station was once where 'one entered the city like a god' to borrow the memorable phrase written of New York City's vanished Pennsylvania Station.
      Dormant since the 1970s, Union Station in Springfield is nearing the moment of its rebirth following an $88.5 million rehabilitation that took decades to get moving but is expected to be completed after just about two years of work.

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    16. Watch: Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse discusses Innovation District benefits | masslive.com

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      Watch: Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse discusses Innovation District benefits | masslive.com

      The Innovation District is both a geographic area and a concept. The Innovation District consists of the downtown blocks around the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, a $165 million academic research facility between Cabot and Appleton streets overlooking the first-level canal.  The idea is to maximize city benefits from the computing center such as by attracting and helping business owners, and holding workshops like a recent one on the region's broadband cable assets and needs.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Alex Morse

    17. Petco to open East Longmeadow store | masslive.com

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      Petco to open East Longmeadow store | masslive.com

      The pet store received approval to open at 440 North Main St., where Party City had long since vacated, in November, according to East Longmeadow's Department of Planning, Zoning and Conservation.  'We're targeting late-summer for an opening,' Petco public relations manager Megan Oxford said.  In a fenced-off area of the North Main Street plaza, a construction crew used a cherry picker to make alterations above the awning, while other workers handled tasks inside.

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    18. Proffesional Woman's Chamber honors Arlene Rodriguez of STCC | masslive.com

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      Proffesional Woman's Chamber honors Arlene Rodriguez of STCC | masslive.com

      The Professional Women's Chamber has announced that Arlene Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs for Springfield Technical Community College, has been named the chambers 2016 Woman of the Year.  The Woman of the Year is presented to a woman in the western Massachusetts area who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community. This award has been given annually since 1954 and is publicly recognized as one of the most prestigious honors given to any citizen for distinguished service and selfless giving, according to a news release from the Chamber.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    19. New bus service links Northampton, Amherst and North Quabbin communities to Boston | masslive.com

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      New bus service links Northampton, Amherst and North Quabbin communities to Boston | masslive.com

      The privately-owned Shelburne Falls company, MAX Bus, launched its expanded route on April 11 in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Pioneer Valley commuters can now hop on the bus at designated locations in downtown Northampton, Florence and Amherst at around 5 a.m. and get to Boston by 8:50 a.m. through a train connection in Leominster.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    20. Lone bidder pitches solar farm for old Crane Foundry site in Indian Orchard | masslive.com

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      Lone bidder pitches solar farm for old Crane Foundry site in Indian Orchard | masslive.com

      The city received one proposal for $10,000 from a local partnership offering to buy the 22-acre, former Crane Co. foundry sand landfill on Oak Street in Indian Orchard, for conversion to a solar farm.  Roger Roberge II and Marc Murphy Jr., submitted the proposal by Tuesday's deadline, seeking to buy the long vacant, tax title site on the north side of Oak Street in 'as in' condition, under city guidelines.  The proposal has been forwarded for review by a city screening committee, and any sale will need approval from Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the City Council. A ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno

    21. MGM closes purchase of former Springfield School Department HQ at 195 State | masslive.com

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      MGM closes purchase of former Springfield School Department HQ at 195 State | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield has completed its purchase of the former Springfield School Department headquarters at 195 State St. and has plans to convert it to market-rate apartments in a deal with the city.  The transaction, besides giving the building a chance at a new life, was also part of a three-way settlement in the city's lawsuit with David Nyberg of 195 State Street Real Estate, the developer who bought the building from the city in 2011 for $1 as part of a redevelopment plan that eventually stalled.  MGM Springfield has bought more than $42.6 million in Springfield real estate ...

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    22. Valley Gives Day returns May 3 for day-long philanthropy | masslive.com

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      Valley Gives Day returns May 3 for day-long philanthropy | masslive.com

      Valley Gives — the Pioneer Valley's day-long, social-media-driven fundraising push — will return Tuesday, May 3, after a 16-month hiatus.  Organizers already have more than 500 charitable organizations and nonprofits signed up for the Valley Gives Day 2016, said Michael DeChiara, senior program officer for capacity at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Valley Gives is also running an online video contest this year.

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    23. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center funds $1M in upgrades for hydropower facilities in West Springfield, Ware and Orange | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Clean Energy Center funds $1M in upgrades for hydropower facilities in West Springfield, Ware and Orange | masslive.com

      Hydropower, or harnessing the force of flowing water to generate electricity, is responsible for about 6 percent of the nation's electricity and 48 percent of its renewable energy.  That's enough electricity to power 30 million homes and prevent the emission of about 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, according to the Department of Energy.  As part of the Baker-Polito administration's celebration of Earth Week, state energy officials this week touted the benefits of hydroelectricity by announcing more than $1 million in upgrades for small-scale hydroelectric facilities in West Springfield, Ware and Orange. Officials gathered Wednesday ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Clean Energy Center

    24. Springfield's Wellspring Cooperative plans to build worker-owned greenhouse in Indian Orchard; Baystate, Big Y will buy its produce | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Wellspring Cooperative plans to build worker-owned greenhouse in Indian Orchard; Baystate, Big Y will buy its produce | masslive.com

      Springfield-based economic development project Wellspring Collaborative plans to soon build a hydroponic greenhouse that would provide produce for area hospitals, grocery stores and school districts.  The burgeoning company, named Wellspring Harvest, will grow lettuce, greens and herbs year-round in the quarter-acre hydroponic greenhouse as soon as this fall, organization co-director Fred Rose said.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

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