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    1. Owners, Manager Craft a Business Plan to Enable Thunderbirds to Soar

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      Owners, Manager Craft a Business Plan to Enable Thunderbirds to Soar

      Nate Costa had what most people would consider an attractive position with the American Hockey League — with the operative word being had.  As a member of the AHL’s Team Business Services Department, Costa had a broad job description, but essentially he worked with all 30 of the league’s teams to improve revenues and attendance and deploy best practices to help their organizations run more efficiently and profitably. It was a job that took him across the country, to cities ranging from San Diego to Grand Rapids, Mich., to Utica, N.Y., and provided a host of learning opportunities ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons   Springfield

    2. Amherst sees some businesses close, but new filling vacant space | masslive.com

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      Amherst sees some businesses close, but new filling vacant space | masslive.com

      Froyo the frozen yogurt chain is gone, and so is the Mercantile. Both North Pleasant Street businesses closed this year, leaving storefronts vacant.  A former nail salon on Main Street is also vacant, as are a half-dozen or so other downtown commercial spaces.  But closed businesses are part of a cycle in the college town, said both Sarah la Cour, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District, and Jerry Guidera, acting executive director of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce

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    3. Opening of Springfield Union Station platform delayed

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      Opening of Springfield Union Station platform delayed

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority is delaying the opening of a new train boarding platform at Union Station. The station itself will open in January. Passengers will access trains from the new terminal by passing through the renovated portion of the tunnel into the current Amtrak lobby and using the existing boarding platform on the Lyman Street side as they do today, Springfield Redevelopment Authority Director Chris Moskal said in a news release.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    4. PVPC Releases Economic Development Strategy

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      PVPC Releases Economic Development Strategy

      The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) recently released its 2016 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) annual update, as part of its larger Plan for Progress, a 10-year blueprint for economic development in the region. The CEDS features a description of regional economic development conditions and sets forth goals and objectives for the future, as well as a list of projects seeking the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) Public Works funding in the next year.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    5. Amherst receives $825,000 mini-entitlement grant to pay for accessibility improvements,...

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      Amherst receives $825,000 mini-entitlement grant to pay for accessibility improvements,...

      The town has received a $825,000 Community Development Block Grant as expected. The town was one of 11 eligible for up to $825,000 in the mini-entitlement grants, provided the applications met state criteria. The town applied in February and recently received news that the grant was successful. Of the funding, $535,000 will be used for non-social-service projects, $165,000 for social service programs and $125,000 for grant administration.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Amherst

    6. Creative Hub to Cut the Ribbon

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      Creative Hub to Cut the Ribbon

      The public is invited to attend the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for The Creative Hub on June 30, at 2 p.m. 2016 at 2 p.m., 28 North Elm St. Lite refreshments and snacks will be served.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    7. State Awards $8.5M in Workforce Training Grants

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      State Awards $8.5M in Workforce Training Grants

      The Baker-Polito administration announced recently that more than $8.47 million in Workforce Training Grant funds to 101 companies, which will enable the businesses to train current or newly hired workers.  Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced the grants at Vibram USA, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of high performance shoe soles, outdoor products, and FiveFingers athletic shoes.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   West Springfield   Springfield

    8. Steel frame for CRRC Ma subway car factory in East Springfield starts going up Monday

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      Steel frame for CRRC Ma subway car factory in East Springfield starts going up Monday

      CRRC also shared photos detailing progress on its $95 million plant. The plan is to begin rail car production at the new plant two years from now in the spring of 2018, with the first production cars completed in January 2019.  The company received a $566 million state contract in 2014 to manufacture 284 subway cars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Boston area's mass transit system. Of those 284, 152 cars are for the Orange Line and 132 for the Red Line. It is expected that it will take five years for CRRC to complete the cars.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Western New England University

    9. MGM Springfield completes demolition and facade preservation of United Electric Light...

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      MGM Springfield completes demolition and facade preservation of United Electric Light...

      MGM Springfield has taken care to preserve the front facade of the building it purchased in January 2015. Interior gutting began in May and braces were put in place to line and support the front wall. The property at 73 State St. is slated for local and national food and beverage vendors, according to MGM Springfield. The building was designed in the Beaux Arts style by Thomas M. James, a Boston architect who designed many eastern Massachusetts structures, including the Shubert Theatre.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   MGM Resorts International

    10. CityBlock Concert Series Will Rock Springfield’s Downtown

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      CityBlock Concert Series Will Rock Springfield’s Downtown

      Chris Russell says the performers at this year’s CityBlock Concert Series will appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes. “The outdoor concerts have been a popular event for many years, and we worked hard last year to diversify the offerings,” said the executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, or BID, which stages the series. “But we think we’ve done an even better job this year.” The summer lineup includes a range of genres and showcases well-known groups whose music ranges from pop, rock, and folk to country, Motown, and blues. “We offer regional and national ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    11. MassHealth to move into former unemployment insurance call center at 88 Industry Ave. in Springfield

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      MassHealth to move into former unemployment insurance call center at 88 Industry Ave. in Springfield

      The state plans to move its MassHealth Enrollment Center from 333 Bridge St. in downtown Springfield out to the former Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Insurance call center at 88 Industry Ave. The move includes 60 MassHealth employees. Officials at the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services said in an email this week that they expect the move to be completed by late summer or early fall. The move is necessary because the state's lease is up at its current walk-in enrollment center at 333 Bridge St., an office building overlooking Stearns Square.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. State approves 4 Western Mass. projects for 'economic development incentive program'

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      State approves 4 Western Mass. projects for 'economic development incentive program'

      Four Western Massachusetts projects that are expected to generate new jobs and millions in private investment have been approved to participate in a state economic development incentive program. The local projects — one in West Springfield, one in Westfield, and two in North Adams — were among 18 projects approved this week by the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council (EACC). All told, the projects are expected to create 855 jobs and retain 2,958 jobs throughout Massachusetts, while leveraging almost $200 million in private investment. "Through targeted business development tools like the Economic Development Incentive Program, we will continue to support sustainable, long-term ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    13. Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville

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      Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville

      The Technology Park — 340,000 square feet of space on 15.3 acres of what was once the Springfield Armory — has entered into a formal agreement with Greentown Labs to act as a sort of manufacturing matchmaker. Under the plan, announced Thursday at the Developers Conference hosted by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, there will be two economic development "fellows," one stationed at Greentown in Somerville and one at the Springfield Technology Park, said Jen Murphy, senior property manager at the Springfield Technology Park.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    14. The Cubit conversion continues with state OK of tax incentives for Holyoke project

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      The Cubit conversion continues with state OK of tax incentives for Holyoke project

      The state has approved tax incentives to help brothers Denis and Marco Luzuriaga convert a factory at Appleton and Race streets into commercial spaces and residential lofts known as The Cubit. "I'm pleased that the Economic Development Incentive Program application for The Cubit project have been approved by the state," Mayor Alex B. Morse said Wednesday. "Denis and Marco have put together a plan that will complement the great work happening in our urban core. "This incentive will go a long way to ensuring their vision becomes reality. I thank the Baker administration for their continued support of these ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke

    15. At WMass Developers Conference, Gov. Charlie Baker says $918M economic development bill would uplift Mass. outside of I-495

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      At WMass Developers Conference, Gov. Charlie Baker says $918M economic development bill would uplift Mass. outside of I-495

      Baker's economic development bill is a $918 million piece of legislation that could let the state help Gateway Cities like Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee develop unused industrial brownfields and accomplish other tasks. The bill also looks to regions around the state to take the lead in business matters, instead of looking to Boston for direction. The bill would also fund MassWorks infrastructure grants often used of Western Massachusetts Programs and the MassDevelopment. "I can tell you that the economic development bill will have a lot more impact on life outside of 495 than it will inside of 495," Baker ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassDevelopment   MassMutual Center

    16. WinnDevelopment plans $60M apartment project at Ludlow Mills

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      WinnDevelopment plans $60M apartment project at Ludlow Mills

      WinnDevelopment announced Thursday that it will build 100 to 136 market-rate apartments, as well as commercial, retail and office space, in the iconic clock tower building at Ludlow Mills over the next few years. It will be a $60 million project with construction beginning in a year to 18 months, said  Lawrence H. Curtis, president and managing partner of WinnDevelopment, which is currently constructing 75 active senior apartments in the adjacent Mill 8 building.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   HealthSouth

    17. DevelopSpringfield opens rehabbed Merrick Phelps House, originally built for inventor of monkey wrench | masslive.com

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      DevelopSpringfield opens rehabbed Merrick Phelps House, originally built for inventor of monkey wrench | masslive.com

      The historic Merrick Phelps House at 83 Maple St. has gone from a drug-scarred eyesore to the anchor of a business park its owners, DevelopSpringfield, envision for the block.  'This was the most blighted house in the neighborhood,' said Jay Minkarah, president and CEO of DevelopSpringfield, the public-private partnership that showcased the $1.8-million purchase and rehab project Wednesday afternoon. 'Think of all the traffic on Maple. This was 'Welcome to Downtown Springfield.' Think of all the children at the Milton Bradley School who had to look out at that symbol of blight. All that has been reversed.'

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    18. Former Sen. Michael Knapik hired to run Gov. Charlie Baker's Springfield office

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      Former Sen. Michael Knapik hired to run Gov. Charlie Baker's Springfield office

      Knapik served n the state Senate for 18 years, beginning in 1995, and was a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He resigned in 2013 to take a job as director of advancement, alumni and university relations at Westfield State University. He is also executive director of Westfield State Foundation, the university's fundraising arm.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Westfield

    19. People In Business: Eric Nelson of Westmass

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      People In Business: Eric Nelson of Westmass

      The Westmass Area Development Corporation Board has named Eric Nelson new President and CEO of the private nonprofit industrial and business development corporation that offers master-planned land resources at Chicopee River Business Park, Hadley University Business Park, Deer Park in East Longmeadow and at the historic Ludlow Mills. Nelson replaces Kenn Delude, who is retiring after 10 years as President and CEO of the organization. Nelson has over 30 years of experience in site development and design and has consulted on numerous industrial and commercial site development projects. His background also encompasses financing development and creating public-private partnership agreements.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Chicopee

    20. 24 west-of-the-river communities score $8.7M in Community Development Block grants

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      24 west-of-the-river communities score $8.7M in Community Development Block grants

      Two dozen Western Massachusetts cities and towns west of the Connecticut River have been awarded over $8.7 million in Community Development Block Grants, enabling municipalities in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties to pursue economic development projects and support the needs of low- and moderate-income residents. The latest round of grant funding, part of an overall $28 million statewide grant package, was announced Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. The grants will help preserve affordable housing, improve infrastructure, and provide "social services to the vulnerable," Baker said

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    21. CityBlock Concert Series Finalizes Summer Lineup

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      CityBlock Concert Series Finalizes Summer Lineup

      The Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) announced that the lineup for the CityBlock Concert Series, presented by MassMutual Financial Group, has been finalized.  The Thursday-evening shows start with FAT on June 30 in Court Square. The shows then move to Stearns Square for the rest of the summer, and include Ricky Nelson Remembered (July 7), Forever Motown (July 14), the Machine performs Pink Floyd (July 21), Natalie Stovall and the Drive (July 28), Terry Sylvester (Aug. 4), Max Creek (Aug. 11), Blessid Union of Souls (Aug. 18), and the Shadowboxers (Aug. 25). All concerts are at 6:30 p.m.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    22. Elms College, Western New England University School of Law announce 3+3 program

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      Elms College, Western New England University School of Law announce 3+3 program

       Elms College in Chicopee and the Western New England University School of Law in Springfield are set to announce later this month a "3+3" program that could allow students to complete a bachelor's degree and a law school education in six years instead of the typical seven. "This is trying to be more responsive to what students want," said Eric Gouvin, dean and professor of law at WNE. "This is ideal for the student whose life was interrupted — maybe they are coming back from active duty or they had to leave school — and they really want to get ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Western New England University   Springfield

    23. Valley Venture Mentors event aimed at funding startups flops, but leads to opportunity

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      Valley Venture Mentors event aimed at funding startups flops, but leads to opportunity

      Paul Silva's latest innovation did not go quite as planned. Silva, the energetic, quick-talking investor whose Valley Venture Mentors program helps local startups become polished businesses, gathered a group of small businesses and investors in VVM's Tower Square headquarters last week. Their mission was ambitious and unconventional: To help level the business playing field by having investors make same-day, small-dollar investments to local companies. It was an unusual strategy designed to help cash-strapped business founders, many of whom have day jobs and for whom the long process of soliciting six-figure seed funding can be a major financial burden.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    24. WMass communities get millions of dollars in federal infrastructure grants | masslive.com

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      WMass communities get millions of dollars in federal infrastructure grants | masslive.com

      Western Massachusetts officials on Tuesday cheered Gov. Charlie Baker's announcement that the state is awarding $28 million in federal grant money for economic development projects and social services in 57 cities and towns.  Alice Davey, community development director in Palmer, said the grants are important for the town to rebuild infrastructure, fund social services, rehabilitate housing and provide domestic violence assistance. 'Without this program, these activities just would never happen,' Davey said. 'There just isn't enough local tax revenue available to take on these infrastructure projects.'

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      Mentions:   Palmer

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