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    1. Funding in place for new $7.5 million Westfield Senior Center

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      Funding in place for new $7.5 million Westfield Senior Center

      Construction of a long-awaited new Senior Center will begin before the end of summer now that the City Council has given final approval to bond $7.5 million for the facility. A large contingent of the city's senior population was present Monday night in a show of support for the project, in planning for many years, as the City Council cleared the way for construction to begin on Noble Street. Forish Construction of Westfield was selected as general contractor for the project in May.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    2. Dunkin' Donuts to open at 100 Congress St. in Springfield

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      Dunkin' Donuts to open at 100 Congress St. in Springfield

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Dunkin' Donuts franchisees Peter Martins and John Salema will attend, according to a press release from the mayor's office. Members of the Armory Quadrangle Civic Association will also be present. The location of Congress Street near the intersection with Dwight Street is adjacent to the recently refurbished LaQuinta Inn and Suites.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    3. Holyoke City Council committee supports sale of old Lynch School for $750,000 to Florida retail developer

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      Holyoke City Council committee supports sale of old Lynch School for $750,000 to Florida retail developer

      A City Council committee voted 5-0 Monday (June 30) to recommend that the full council accept a Florida retail developer's offer of $750,000 for the old Lynch School. "It's an offer worth pursuing. I don't think we have to debate the need for economic development," Councilor at Large Joseph M. McGiverin said. If the City Council accepts the recommendation, voted at City Hall by the Development and Government Relations Committee, it would mean denial of a May 5 request from the School Committee to restore Lynch at Northampton and Dwight streets as a school. Committee member ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke

    4. Bay Path College to become Bay Path University on Tuesday

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      Bay Path College to become Bay Path University on Tuesday

      Bay Path College, which recently held its annual commencement ceremony , will once again enjoy a moment of transition on Tuesday, July 1, as it will officially become known as Bay Path University. “We’re certainly very proud that this is happening,” said Kathleen Wroblewski, Director of Marketing and Communications at Bay Path. “We were founded in 1897 as Bay Path Institute in Springfield, and through our 117-year history we’ve been continuing evolving, and this is just one more step in that evolution. We’re very excited about it.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Bay Path College

    5. Springfield considering purchase of former Early Childhood Centers property in Mason Square area for public school programs, classrooms

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      Springfield considering purchase of former Early Childhood Centers property in Mason Square area for public school programs, classrooms

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the School Department will benefit by being able to replace two portable classrooms at the Mary Lynch and Brunton schools, both in need of expensive repairs that can be avoided. In addition, the purchase can assist with "long-term classroom needs for the district," Sarno said. Parks and Buildings Director Patrick Sullivan said the building is in excellent, move-in condition. It closed in December, at one time having the capacity for 378 children.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    6. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal plan tour of Union Station to update progress of $65 million project

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      Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal plan tour of Union Station to update progress of $65 million project

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, of Springfield, plan to tour the progress being made on the reconstruction of Union Station. Also attending will be Springfield Redevelopment Authority Director Christopher Moskal. The trio hosted a previous tour in June 2012. The event is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the station on Frank B. Murray Street.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    7. Springfield Innovation Cafe to provide a place for Springfield tech crowd to congregate | masslive

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      Springfield Innovation Cafe to provide a place for Springfield tech crowd to congregate | masslive

      Springfield Innovation Cafe won't really be about serving a cup of coffee, said Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean, one of the backers behind the venture.  It will be about serving Springfield tech-savvy entrepreneurs by giving them a place to hang out, charge up - be it with caffeine or with electricity - and bounce ideas off each other.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    8. MassMutual Invests Big in Springfield’s Future

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      MassMutual Invests Big in Springfield’s Future

      At the Western Mass. Developers Conference last Thursday, MassMutual President, CEO, and Chairman Roger Crandall announced that the corporation will be investing $6.5 million in initiatives to assist fledgling businesses in Springfield. This is a major step forward in the ongoing efforts to promote entrepreneurship and job creation in Springfield, and a commitment that could create considerable momentum in a city that needs some. The company announced that it will create a $5 million Springfield Venture Fund (SVF) to invest in high-potential startups in Springfield, and also commit $1.5 million over the next three years to support the ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    9. Holyoke planners will take survey answers on Whiting Farms Road property until July 7

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      Holyoke planners will take survey answers on Whiting Farms Road property until July 7

      Neighbors and others with an interest in Whiting Farms Road have until July 7 to provide survey answers to the city about the kind of development they'd like there. "Paper surveys were also mailed several weeks ago. I don't have a final tally of how much we've received thus far. Last I checked it was around 80 online and just around there in paper copies, but that was a few days ago and more come in the mail every day," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development. The vacant 19-acre property ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    10. State Senate unveils $63 million economic development bill

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      State Senate unveils $63 million economic development bill

      The Massachusetts Senate on Friday released its version of an economic development bill, which proposes spending $63 million on investments in workforce training, tax breaks and a variety of programs aimed at spurring Massachusetts' job growth. The bill would also lift a cap on the number of liquor licenses that cities and towns can authorize. "For places like Springfield and other parts of the state where we have a large population of young people who need to go to work who cannot go to college... and in the context of wanting to attract businesses and have incentives for them to ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    11. Rail service dream needs to become reality in time for Interstate 91 viaduct construction

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      Rail service dream needs to become reality in time for Interstate 91 viaduct construction

      Timothy Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, has floated a proposal to use those transportation funds to rehabilitate the locomotives and passenger cars needed in order to run commuter trains from Greenfield to Springfield five times a day during the viaduct construction project. Brennan also believes there’s a future for rail service in New England: Seniors and 20-somethings are less interested in cars than those in their middle age, he says, and both younger and older adults find train travel attractive for different reasons. Some companies, he said, in congested metropolitan areas allow their employees to ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer

    12. Baystate Medical rated among top 15 hospitals for heart bypass, aortic valve surgery

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      Baystate Medical rated among top 15 hospitals for heart bypass, aortic valve surgery

      Baystate Medical Center is one of only two Massachusetts hospitals, along with UMass Memorial Medical Center, in Worcester, to earn a top score, along with 15 others in the country, in both heart bypass, as well as traditional aortic valve replacement surgery, in a first-time rating of some 400 participating hospitals on these surgeries by Consumer Reports. "We are very happy to see that," said Dr. John A. Rousou, a native of Greece who is chief of the division of cardiac surgery at Baystate.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    13. Powerful Statement | BusinessWest

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      Powerful Statement | BusinessWest

      When Patrick Quinlan and Bill Stein went about the task of assigning a name to the company they started in 2012 to design, build, and service small wind turbines, they quickly settled on ‘Black Island.’  That phrase may not mean much to most people — Quinlan joked that many who hear it think it has something to do with pirates — but it does resonate with those who know their geography. Or their wind power.  Black Island, so named because of a distinct lack of snow — there is also a White Island nearby that obviously has some — is in the Ross Archipelago ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greenfield   Clean Energy Center

    14. Holyoke offers venue and entrepreneurs show products at Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights | masslive.com

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      Holyoke offers venue and entrepreneurs show products at Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights | masslive.com

      Jeanie Beresford, of Suffield, Conn., is the owner and maker of Blessed Creek People and Earth Friendly Soaps, an entrepreneurship that placed her with eight other idea-generators at the first Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights.  Such events are designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies, said organizers, who said similar ones have been held since 2009 in eastern Massachusetts.  Beresford said she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000 and by 2008, she had lost tolerance for being ill.

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    15. MassMutual commits $5 million to invest in small business, $1.5 million to mentor and accelerate start-ups | masslive

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      MassMutual commits $5 million to invest in small business, $1.5 million to mentor and accelerate start-ups | masslive

      "It's about having an idea that can grow," said MassMutual President and CEO Roger W. Crandall on Thursday. "Who knows how many jobs it can grow: 5, 50, 500. But these are the businesses that can grow and add jobs." Crandall made the announcement Thursday during the Western Massachusetts Developers Conference, an event that drew more than 350 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to hear about development opportunities in the region. The $6.5 million is part of a two-part plan to address the most pressing needs felt by entrepreneurs: access to capital and access to ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    16. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles: MBTA decision to coem ini November

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      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles: MBTA decision to coem ini November

      Executives from the MBTA have already traveled to Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.'s headquarters and factories  in China to vet the company for  the $1.5 billion project to replace cars for the Orange and Red lines. Bobby Doyle, a consultant working with Changchun on its bid for the Red and orange line work briefed business leaders on the project Thursday during the Western Massachusetts Developers Conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    17. WMECo opens third solar power facility | masslive

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      WMECo opens third solar power facility | masslive

      With construction of WMECo's third solar facility complete in East Springfield, the company's newest and largest solar plant is now generating up to 3.9 megawatts of electric power.  Built on a capped landfill on Cottage Street in East Springfield, Western Massachusetts Electric Co. latest facility contains nearly 13,000 solar panels joining completed facilites on Goodwin Street in the Indian Orchard section of town and one in Pittsfield, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    18. Live Coverage: Western Mass Developers Conference to feature Pioneer Valley opportunity | masslive

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      Live Coverage: Western Mass Developers Conference to feature Pioneer Valley opportunity | masslive

      Developers and businesspeople who could locate or expand in the Pioneer Valley will hear a lot of sales pitches today from execs at companies like MassMutual Financial Group, Smith & Wesson, Menck Windows, and HitPoint Studios, a computer game developer based in Amherst .  The event is being hosted by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    19. Local Plastics Manufacturer Pioneering New Technology

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      Local Plastics Manufacturer Pioneering New Technology

      Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., a plastics manufacturer specializing in extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding, is pioneering the use of new technology to manufacture sustainable plastic packaging for major brands like Mrs. Dash, owned by B&G Foods. “An analysis of the Mrs. Dash packaging process revealed the need to create a more sustainable bottle,” said Mel O’Leary, Jr., president and CEO of Meredith-Springfield. “While sustainable packaging has become a point of interest for manufacturers with regards to environmental benefits, significant cost-savings can also be realized. Sustainable package innovation offered by advanced plastic molding technology minimizes packaging costs ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. Holyoke to play host to Pioneer Valley Innovation Night with sea salt, nutrition counseling, other products unveiled

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      Holyoke to play host to Pioneer Valley Innovation Night with sea salt, nutrition counseling, other products unveiled

      Innovators will showcase new products Thursday (June 26) at City Hall in the first Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights. "We're hoping for a big turnout. There's going to be a bunch of new products," said Jeffrey C. Bianchine, the city's creative economy coordinator. The event will be 6 to 8 p.m. upstairs in the ballroom at High and Dwight streets. Admission is free, with those who plan to attend asked to spread news about the event and the products on social media.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    21. Baystate Health Appoints Leaders of Regional Community Hospitals | BusinessWest

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      Baystate Health Appoints Leaders of Regional Community Hospitals | BusinessWest

      Baystate Health announced three leadership appointments for its regional community hospitals. Effective July 1, Steven Bradley will succeed Chuck Gijanto as president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Baystate Northern Region. And effective immediately, Dennis Chalke has been named senior vice president of Community Hospitals for Baystate Health, an expansion of his current role as chief financial officer and treasurer, in which he will continue. Dr. M. Shafeeq Ahmed will continue in his role as chief operating officer and chief medical officer for Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, and will also serve as acting president of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    22. The Student Prince: Chamber sees need to encourage downtown patronage | masslive

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      The Student Prince: Chamber sees need to encourage downtown patronage | masslive

      News that downtown stalwart The Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room has suffered through declining business in recent years points out the need to patronize Springfield's businesses or risk losing them and the positive energy they create, said Jeffrey Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.  'Folks who come to Springfield to make their livelihoods have to support some of the amenities that we have here,' Ciuffreda said Tuesday. 'That may mean getting out of the tower once or twice a week and going to lunch. That might mean staying after work once ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Jeff Ciuffreda   Student Prince

    23. State approves economic development incentives including Dave's Truck Repair and Advance Welding in Springfield, Kennametal in Greenfield and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee | masslive

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      State approves economic development incentives including Dave's Truck Repair and Advance Welding in Springfield, Kennametal in Greenfield and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee | masslive

      The Massachusetts Economic Development Coordinating Council approved 10 expansion incentive projects including the possible expansion Kennametal in Greenfield, and ongoing expansion s at Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee and at Advance Welding and Dave's Truck Repair, both in Springfield.  In total, all 10 projects might total 679 new jobs and retain 699 existing jobs in the state, according to a news release from the state Executive office of Housing and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Greenfield

    24. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

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      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau issued a statement Wednesday, saying it is “incredibly disappointed” by a state Supreme Judicial Court ruling that requires a statewide referendum vote on casinos. “The anti-gaming repeal effort has questioned the importance of Springfield's voice, and the integrity of the legislative process,” said Mary Kay Wydra, the bureau’s president in a prepared release. “We compete with our neighboring states for tourism dollars, and having MGM Springfield in our market provides us with a competitive advantage in the race for those dollars to boost the Massachusetts economy.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   MGM

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