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    1. Western Massachusetts communities get $47,000 for regionalization efforts

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      Western Massachusetts communities get $47,000 for regionalization efforts

      Western and central Massachusetts communities will receive $47,000 in state grants to help them with regionalization efforts. Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has awarded $35,310 to establish the Pioneer Valley Mosquito Control District in Deerfield, Greenfield, Montague and South Hadley. Another $12,500 will be used to establish shared highway services in Phillipston and Royalston. The money comes through a Community Compact program headed by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, which has an initiative dedicated to helping small towns regionalize services and become more efficient. The grants provide funding for one-time or transition costs associated with regionalization.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Greenfield

    2. State Awards $162,948 in Workplace-safety Grants

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 21 2016)

      Ten Massachusetts employers were awarded a total of $162,948 to help train employees in workplace safety and injury prevention, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced. These grants continue to provide employees important training and education to help keep themselves and their co-workers safe on the job,” Gov. Charlie Baker said. Added Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, “every year, thousands of workers in the Commonwealth receive training to make themselves and their work environments safer.” The Department of Industrial Accidents administers and manages the Workplace Safety Training and Education Grant program to promote safe, healthy workplace conditions ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke

    3. West Springfield awarded state grant to help expand Mittineague Park

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      West Springfield awarded state grant to help expand Mittineague Park

      The town has been awarded a state grant for the expansion of Mittineague Park. The $310,352 grant, administered through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs' Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities Program, or PARC, will be used to help acquire 2.3 acres of privately owned land within the park's boundary. The grant will cover about 68 percent of the acquisition cost of the Altamont Avenue property, said West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt, who received the award Tuesday at a ceremony with state Energy and Environmental Secretary Matthew A. Beaton.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    4. Springfield's Tech Foundry job training nonprofit graduates third class of 2016 | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Tech Foundry job training nonprofit graduates third class of 2016 | masslive.com

      Springfield's Tech Foundry job training program graduated a class of 27 students on Dec. 15 before a standing-room crowd in the nonprofit's headquarters above Main Street.  'The class we've had this time around is truly remarkable. Now it's time to build on that momentum,' Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnerships Jonathan Edwards said in a statement.  Students heard from Tech Foundry founder Delcie Bean, President of Bay Path University Dr. Carol A. Leary and President of Rediker Software Andrew Anderlonis, Tech Foundry said in a press release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Carol A. Leary

    5. Report names Baystate Medical Center one of 50 best cardiovascular hospitals in U.S.

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      Report names Baystate Medical Center one of 50 best cardiovascular hospitals in U.S.

      A new study ranks Baystate Medical Center among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country, citing "superior clinical outcomes." The 18th annual report by Truven Health Analytics considers mortality, readmission and complication rates, length and cost of patient stays, and other measures specific to heart health. This is the seventh time Baystate has been included in the upper echelon. "It is a tremendous honor to be recognized once again as a top 50 cardiovascular hospital," said Dr. Aaron D. Kugelmass, chief of cardiology at Baystate. "From Ware to Bernardston and every community in between, we work tirelessly to ensure ...

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield

    6. Springfield unemployment falls to 4.8%; region gains 5,900 jobs on the year

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      Springfield unemployment falls to 4.8%; region gains 5,900 jobs on the year

      The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics released new data on the local labor market Tuesday. The news follows announcements earlier this month that the state unemployment rate had fallen in November to 2.9 percent, down from 3.3 percent in October and down 2 percent from November 2015.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. JGS Lifecare Unveils a New Rehab Center

      Explore BusinessWest (Dec 20 2016)

      JGS Lifecare Unveils a New Rehab Center

      When JGS Lifecare launched the strategic plan five years ago that would become Project Transformation, the goal was to, well, transform the organization’s entire range of senior services to reflect 21st-century ideas about delivering care in a resident-centric way. The Sosin Center for Rehabilitation, the highlight of the project’s first phase, is a good example, employing the burgeoning Green House philosophy, a model aimed at making residents feel at home while achieving the independence they need to return to their own homes.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    8. US Tsubaki kicks off $11.5 million Chicopee expansion (Photos)

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      US Tsubaki kicks off $11.5 million Chicopee expansion (Photos)

      Workspace totaling 100,000 square feet, 35 new jobs, and $11.5 million dollars. Those are the important numbers of US Tsubaki Automotive's expansion of their manufacturing plant in Chicopee at the Westover Industrial Park. Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos, State Rep. Joseph Wagner, and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash joined US Tsubaki Automotive LLC president Dan Butterfield as they broke ground on the expansion of the Chicopee facility on Monday. "This is very exciting news for the city of Chicopee," Kos said. "My administration worked very closely with the City Council and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Joseph Wagner

    9. Boston Community Capital and MassDevelopment Awarded $3 Million for Work in Massachusetts’ Gateway

      Explore PR Newswire (Dec 19 2016)

      MassDevelopment is grateful to The Kresge Foundation for this investment and Boston Community Capital for its partnership on this effort to spur economic development in Massachusetts' Gateway Cities," said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. "With this award, the Transformative Development Initiative will be able to support vibrant mixed-use developments that will help revitalize these important communities. "We're very excited to support the great work that Boston Community Capital and MassDevelopment are doing in Massachusetts' Gateway Cities," said Joe Evans, the Portfolio Manager of Social Investment Practice at Kresge. "We're proud to partner with and support an effort ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    10. Women’s Fund Invited to White House Forum on Women and Girls

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      Women’s Fund Invited to White House Forum on Women and Girls

      On Dec. 16, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Román and Program Officer Ellen Moorhouse joined stakeholders from the academic, private, government, and philanthropic sectors at the White House for a forum hosted by senior Administration officials. “We are eager to bring the voices of Western Massachusetts to the national conversation on women and girls,” Barajas-Román said before the event. “The progress we’ve made toward gender equity is at risk. But together, we can stand our ground. Our goal is to return from the forum with additional dynamic partnerships that will help us address problems ...

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      Mentions:   Easthampton

    11. SuperBrush, a Springfield manufacturer, expands by expanding market

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      SuperBrush, a Springfield manufacturer, expands by expanding market

      SuperBrush has 95 employees today, up from 60 five years ago. The company opened a 10,000-square-foot, $3 million expansion in September and has plans to expand again by adding a second floor inside one of its high-ceiling wings, said General Manager Misty McGinnes.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Solutia, Inc.

    12. Winter Reliability Efforts Go Only So Far

      Explore From the EDC (Dec 19 2016)

      ISO NEW ENGLAND, the operator of the region’s power system, recently announced that electricity supplies should be sufficient to meet the region’s demand for electricity this winter barring “unexpected resource outages or fuel delivery constraints.”  For those who expect affordable, reliable electricity 24/7, this should be a cause for concern. Natural gas generates about half of the region’s electricity.  It is also used to heat about 40 percent of all households and remains the heating fuel of choice for new homes in New England.  In addition, some 260,000 businesses and manufacturers rely on natural gas ...

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    13. Training, networking among challenges facing WMass manufacturers

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      Training, networking among challenges facing WMass manufacturers

      Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, said manufacturing is particularly important to Western Massachusetts, where a study a couple of years ago found there are an estimated 18,000 open manufacturing jobs in the corridor from Springfield to Hartford, Connecticut. A manufacturing job that pays a wage of around $75,000 could move someone into the middle class in Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Robert DeLeo

    14. Boston-area clean tech startup Greentown Labs to open Springfield office

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      Boston-area clean tech startup Greentown Labs to open Springfield office

      Greentown Labs, a Somerville-based incubator for clean technology start-ups, plans to open an office in Springfield to connect businesses in eastern and Western Massachusetts. The Springfield office will help hardware businesses in the Boston area connect with manufacturers and startups in the western part of the state. The goal is to ensure that before a company looks for an out-of-state supplier, it will first look at companies in Massachusetts. The Greentown Labs satellite office will be located at Springfield Technology Park, a business complex across the road from Springfield Technical Community College. Greentown Labs CEO Emily Reichert said the new ...

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      Mentions:   Robert DeLeo   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    15. November Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.9%

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      November Unemployment Rate Drops to 2.9%

      The state’s total unemployment rate dropped to 2.9% in November, marking the fifth consecutive month the rate declined, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday. The last time the state’s unemployment rate was at 2.9% was in January 2001. The unemployment rate in October was 3.3%. In November, preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Massachusetts added 5,800 jobs over the month.  BLS slightly revised the October job estimates, reporting the state loss 5,400 jobs as opposed to the previously reported 5,500 job loss estimate. Year-to-date, December ...

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    16. STCC to Offer ‘Green’ Major

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      STCC to Offer ‘Green’ Major

      Melanie Gagnon, a working student who is in real estate sales, sees a new program at Springfield Technical Community College as a terrific opportunity to take her career to a higher level. “I personally don’t want to devote my life 100% to just selling houses,” said Gagnon, 36, of Springfield. “I don’t want to be residential. I want to be a part of bigger things, and this helps.”  What types of bigger things? That could mean possibly working as a community or regional planner, or taking a job that requires emergency planning such as when a city is ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield Technical Community College

    17. State Adds More Than 6,300 Clean-energy Jobs

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      State Adds More Than 6,300 Clean-energy Jobs

      The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced that the Commonwealth added 6,317 clean- energy jobs and has surpassed 100,000 clean energy jobs statewide for the first time, currently 105,212. The figures, released as part of MassCEC’s 2016 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, show the Bay State clean energy sector maintained a strong growth rate of six percent between 2015 and 2016. The report also found that the number of clean energy jobs in Massachusetts has increased by 75% since 2010. “The Commonwealth’s highly educated and well-trained workforce makes it an attractive place for innovative ...

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      Mentions:   Clean Energy Center

    18. Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts offers $240K in grants

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      Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts offers $240K in grants

      The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, which works to empower women and girls through partnerships with area programs, has announced the availability of $240,000 in multi-year grant money for organizations that collaborately serve that population in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. Organizations interested in being considered for allocations for fiscal 2017 through 2019 must submit a letter of intent by Jan. 6, 2017. The overall amount available is similar to the previous funding cycling, with $80,000 awarded each year in total during the funding cycle.

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      Mentions:   Easthampton

    19. Splash Marketing and Creative Welcomes Digital Marketing Manager

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      Splash Marketing and Creative Welcomes Digital Marketing Manager

      Splash Marketing and Creative, a full-service marketing agency located in Westfield, announced its recent hire of Andrea Gauvin, who has joined the team as digital marketing manager. In this role, Gauvin will manage the digital assets for business clients, including, but not limited to, websites, SEO/SEM, blogging, social media, and digital ad campaigns. Gauvin has been in the marketing and communications field for more than seven years within the nonprofit, retail, and healthcare industries. Prior to assuming this role with Splash Marketing and Creative, she was marketing and communications manager at HealthyCT, a nonprofit health-insurance company located in Wallingford ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield   Bay Path College

    20. HCC Offers Free Culinary-hospitality Training to the Unemployed

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      HCC Offers Free Culinary-hospitality Training to the Unemployed

      Holyoke Community College (HCC) is using a $190,000 grant from the state’s Workforce Competitive Trust Fund to train unemployed and underemployed people for new jobs in the culinary and hospitality industry. The program is free to participants, who must commit to attend classes every day for nine weeks, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The course teaches them fundamental culinary skills and exposes them to a wide variety of careers in hospitality, including hotel operations. “It’s a hands-on opportunity to try out a lot of things and find out what their interests ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield   Holyoke

    21. Coding explored by 36 Holyoke Girls Inc. members at high performance computing center (photos)

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      Coding explored by 36 Holyoke Girls Inc. members at high performance computing center (photos)

      The computing center is an academic research facility located on Bigelow Street downtown. That's where the 36 high-schoolers from the Girls Inc. of Holyoke Eureka! Program participated in a workshop about codes and cryptography presented by Holyoke Codes on Dec. 10. Eureka! Scholars spend time on the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst experiencing laboratory activities in science, technology, engineering and math, the press release said. With the realization that being able to use technology is vital, Holyoke Codes provides opportunities for students to be involved in coding, robotics and technology. Coding is the strings of letters, numbers and ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    22. Springfield eyes $9M library branch in East Forest Park

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      Springfield eyes $9M library branch in East Forest Park

      The city is pursuing plans to construct an estimated $9 million branch library on a section of the large field at Mary Dryden Elementary School on Surrey Road in East Forest Park. Springfield library officials and Mayor Domenic J. Sarno are seeking approvals from the City Council and School Committee for use of approximately 3.5 acres of school land under a 99-year lease. The neighborhood has been lobbying for a new library for decades, having relied on a leased site in a commercial plaza on Island Pond Road for the last 15 years, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    23. Three rural communities get $1.9 million in state broadband money

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      Three rural communities get $1.9 million in state broadband money

      Three rural western Massachusetts communities without high-speed Internet could be on their way to joining the 21st century. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute last week approved $1.9 million in grants to support rural broadband deployment in Warwick, Alford, and Otis. Warwick will overhaul an older municipal wireless network to achieve broadband speeds across multiple spectrums, including Verizon 4G LTE, according to the state's Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Alford and Otis will implement municipal fiber-to-the-home networks.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    24. Why Solar Arrays Are the Hot Trend in Energy Production

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      Why Solar Arrays Are the Hot Trend in Energy Production

      Solar power is enjoying a heyday in Massachusetts right now, as home and business owners, buoyed by state incentives, seek greener energy options, and — most visibly — as cities and towns scramble to strike deals with energy companies on large-scale photovoltaic arrays, usually on otherwise undevelopable parcels, such as landfills. The projects don’t create many jobs, but they do bring tax benefits for communities, profits for the developers, and satisfaction for anyone who values a move away from fossil fuels.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   MassMutual   Springfield

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