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    1. Cooley Dickinson Health Care earns Practice Greenhealth "Partner for Change" Award | masslive.com

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      Cooley Dickinson Health Care earns Practice Greenhealth "Partner for Change" Award | masslive.com

      For the fourth consecutive year, Cooley Dickinson Health Care was awarded the 'Greenhealth Partner for Change' award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.  The award is one of the Practice Greenhealth's Environmental Excellence Awards that is given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector, according to a news release.

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    2. FutureCity 2026 Presents Economic-development Strategy

      Explore BusinessWest (May 31 2016)

      FutureCity is a joint initiative by DevelopSpringfield, the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the city of Springfield’s Office of Planning and Economic Development. Its purpose is to build on the strategies identified in earlier studies such at the Urban Land Institute study of 2006 and the Rebuild Springfield Plan of 2012 — both of which identified tangible goals that continue to be the focus of public and private economic-development strategy in Springfield. Both plans recommended the importance of developing a long-term strategy for economic growth in the city that would ultimately benefit the entire region.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Rebuild Springfield

    3. United Personnel opens new offices in downtown Springfield | masslive.com

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      United Personnel opens new offices in downtown Springfield | masslive.com

      United Personnel hosted an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for its new offices at 289 Bridge St. in the Stearns Building, which dates back to 1912. The offices face a corner of Steiger Park, once the site of the Steiger Department Store, and are across Bridge Street from the under-construction Springfield Innovation Center at 270-280 Bridge St.  The office, home to about 20 employees, opened just before the holidays but the ceremonial celebration waited until Thursday.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Steel Partners recognizes OMG, Inc. for operational excellence | masslive.com

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      Steel Partners recognizes OMG, Inc. for operational excellence | masslive.com

      Three kaizen teams from OMG Inc. have been recognized as 2016 Steel PartnersBusiness System Hall of Fame winners. The Steel Partners Business System uses lean principles and tools, including kaizens, to increase sales, improve business processes, and reduce and eliminate waste and variation, according to a news release from OMG.

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      Mentions:   Basketball Hall of Fame

    5. Development Associates Broadens Its Portfolio

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      Development Associates Broadens Its Portfolio

      The walls of Ken Vincunas’ office in Agawam Crossing, the property his company built on Silver Street, are covered with photos that he and his daughter have taken in Italy, Spain, and other travel destinations over the past several years. The front lobby of that space is another matter. The photos there feature landmarks of a different kind, specifically some of the properties Development Associates has built over the years and now manages. There’s one of the Greenfield Corporate Center, for example, as well as 8 Atwood Dr. in Northampton, one of two 40,000-square-foot buildings at that site ...

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Amherst   Northampton

    6. MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

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      MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

      As news circulates concerning construction of MGM’s $950 million casino in Springfield’s South End, the region is finding itself a player in many more of the spirited competitions taking place to host meetings and conventions. That’s no coincidence, said area tourism officials, as well as those who plan such events. Because of the casino and other visible forms of progress, they note, the city is now in a different, higher bracket for such gatherings.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Mary Kay Wydra

    7. Springfield's Valley Venture Mentor Accelerator awards $252K to startups | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Valley Venture Mentor Accelerator awards $252K to startups | masslive.com

      Valley Venture Mentors awarded $252,000 in funding to the 12 finalists in its startup accelerator competition during a ceremony at the MassMutual Center Thursday evening. Companies, ranging from app developers to manufacturers of silencers for firearms, received awards of between $6,000 and $50,000, with judges allocating the money following a months-long process of boot camps and pitching sessions.  The evening's biggest winner was Celia Grace, an Amherst-based fair trade wedding dress retailer and designer that took in $50,000.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Amherst

    8. The Creative Opens Office in Thornes Marketplace

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      The Creative Opens Office in Thornes Marketplace

      The Creative, a collaboration of three local businesswomen, has opened an office in Thornes Office Suites. The collaboration, which launched in April 2013, is made up of Janice Beetle, principal of Beetle Press; Ruth Griggs, principal of RC Communications; and Maureen Scanlon, principal of Murre Creative. Together, they provide strategic marketing, messaging, and design services. The trio provide flexible services to clients, combining forces to match clients’ needs and offering a full complement of agency services where necessary.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    9. Knowledge Corridor Partnership Hosts State of the Region Conference

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      Knowledge Corridor Partnership Hosts State of the Region Conference

      The New England Knowledge Corridor, an interstate partnership of regional economic-development, planning, business, tourism, and educational institutions, will host its annual State of the Region Conference on Friday, June 3 starting at 8 a.m. at the Sheraton at Bradley International Airport. The Knowledge Corridor is home to higher-education institutions large and small. This year’s conference will focus on the current and potential impact of their presence in the region beyond their core academic missions.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Bradley International Airport   Mount Holyoke College

    10. Giombetti Associates Builds Stronger Companies, One Person at a Time

      Explore BusinessWest (May 26 2016)

      Giombetti Associates Builds Stronger Companies, One Person at a Time

      The heart of Giombetti Associates is a concept called Performance Dynamics — a means of assessing personality and understanding how it affects behavior in the workplace — created in 1986 by Ross’s father, Rick, and his business partner, Paul Alves. At the time, the pair — former human-resources professionals who had struck out on their own — had virtually no money, and even scraping up enough to fly to Washington to visit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was a challenge.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Rick Sullivan

    11. Senate approves study of Boston to Springfield high-speed rail | masslive.com

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      Senate approves study of Boston to Springfield high-speed rail | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of an amendment to study the feasibility of high-speed passenger rail between Boston and Springfield.  The vote was 39-0 on an amendment sponsored by State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow.  'I believe there are really few projects that would do more to improve life or bring increased opportunity for us in Western Massachusetts than reliable, fast east-west rail service,' Lesser said in an interview.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. Robin Wozniak brings strong sense of community to job as executive director of West River Chamber of Commerce in West Springfield | masslive.com

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      Robin Wozniak brings strong sense of community to job as executive director of West River Chamber of Commerce in West Springfield | masslive.com

      Easthampton native Robin L. Wozniak, the new executive director of the West of the River Chamber of Commerce, says her strong sense of community is one of the biggest assets she brings to the job.  'What affects the area, affects me,' says Wozniak. 'I will work hard to help our local economy succeed.'

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Easthampton

    13. Easthampton Savings Bank plans $1 million, 12-employee branch in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Easthampton Savings Bank plans $1 million, 12-employee branch in Holyoke | masslive.com

      Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a text message the project would cost at least $1 million and the branch would have more than 12 employees.  ''BankESB' is having an ever increasing presence as a lender in Holyoke, driving the financing behind some of the largest projects in the city. I'm very excited they'll have a physical location here as they continue growing their business and other business in the community,' Morse said in comments from the press release.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Easthampton Savings Bank   Easthampton

    14. Ludlow Mills Riverwalk gains $429K MassWorks grant for trail improvements along Chicopee River | masslive.com

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      Ludlow Mills Riverwalk gains $429K MassWorks grant for trail improvements along Chicopee River | masslive.com

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the Ludlow Mills redevelopment project and its historic clock tower on State Street Tuesday to announce a $429,500 MassWorks grant to the Ludlow Mills Riverwalk project.  The MassWorks program supports infrastructure development, in this case a park and trail. The Baker administration, in its 2017 capital budget proposal, hopes to increase funding for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to $90 million. Over the past two fiscal years the administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Ludlow Mills

    15. Baystate Launches Revised Community Health Grant Program

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      Baystate Launches Revised Community Health Grant Program

      Baystate Medical Center and its Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC) announced a request for proposals (RFP) for the newly established Better Together Grants Program. Formerly known as the DoN Grant Program, Better Together unites healthcare and community-based nonprofit organizations across Baystate Health’s service areas to shape future healthcare and human services. The aim is to develop approaches that, by targeting the social determinants of health, will improve people’s overall well-being and make area communities healthier places to live.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    16. Artists attack Springfield utility boxes with paint, turn them into art (photos, video) | masslive.com

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      Artists attack Springfield utility boxes with paint, turn them into art (photos, video) | masslive.com

      Artist Gina Beavers has worked on many different types of canvases in her life, but painting on a utility box Monday afternoon was a first.  Beavers and 17 other artists are converging on downtown Springfield this week to paint and beautify electrical utility boxes on street corners.  The Springfield Central Cultural District created the program to encourage walking downtown and provide a source of income to working artists.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Cybersecurity Luncheon Offers Ways to Protect Against Data Breaches

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      Cybersecurity Luncheon Offers Ways to Protect Against Data Breaches

      Peritus Security Partners, Gaudreau Group Insurance Agency, and CMD Technology Group will present a cybersecurity luncheon on Wednesday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Center Square Grill, 84 Center Square, East Longmeadow.

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    18. Springfield College’s Julia Chevan Receives National Leadership Award

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      Springfield College’s Julia Chevan Receives National Leadership Award

      Springfield College Department of Physical Therapy Chair Julia Chevan received the Ronnie Leavitt Award for Leadership in the Promotion of Social Responsibility in Physical Therapy at the American Physical Therapy Assoc. (APTA) combined section meetings in Anaheim, Calif.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. UMass and Eversource create a safer Campus with energy efficient lighting | masslive.com

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      UMass and Eversource create a safer Campus with energy efficient lighting | masslive.com

      UMass and the electric utility Eversource say walking through the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus at night is getting brighter thanks to an ongoing, campus-wide installation of 800 LED street and parking lot lights.  The effort is part of a three-year partnership between Eversource and UMass Amherst which began in 2014, Eversource said in a news release. The combined electricity savings from the partnership of approximately 9 million kilowatt-hours is the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking about 1,300 vehicles off the road.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    20. Forty-seven Local Farmers Receive Awards Totaling $117,500

      Explore BusinessWest (May 23 2016)

      Recognizing that farming is essential to the region, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and Big Y awarded 47 local farmers from the Berkshires to the Pioneer Valley $2,500 each to make physical infrastructure improvements to their farms. Along with the support of sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and MGM Springfield, farmers have already put to use the awards for farm-improvement projects. This represents a 42% increase in awards from the 2015 inaugural year.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    21. Springfield in running for $475,000 workforce development grant | masslive.com

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      Springfield in running for $475,000 workforce development grant | masslive.com

      Staff with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, Springfield Technical Community College and the city's economic development team met with Mayor Domenic Sarno Friday afternoon to discuss the group's bid for a six-figure grant that would allow the development of a city-wide workforce development portal.  The Boston Federal Reserve's Working Cities Challenge will award $475,000 over three years to five communities in an effort to bolster the conditions of low-income people across the state. Springfield is competing with nine other cities in its grant bid: Lowell, Lynn, Salem, Revere, Brockton, Pittsfield, Haverhill, Worcester and New Bedford.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    22. Business leaders from Western Massachusetts, Boston pledge collaboration at Springfield forum | masslive.com

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      Business leaders from Western Massachusetts, Boston pledge collaboration at Springfield forum | masslive.com

      DeLeo said there has been uneven economic success among the Greater Boston area and many parts of the state. Issues such as higher unemployment are of particular concern in the Greater Springfield area and continuing west into the Berkshires.  A key is trying to get some of the Boston area's successful businesses to come out to western Massachusetts and see how they can grow -- and help the region grow its economy, he said, adding that Western Massachusetts has much to offer in terms of providing products and services at lower costs.  Both Jim Rooney, president and CEO of Greater ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Rick Sullivan

    23. Springfield Utility-box Beautification Begins Monday Morning

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      Springfield Utility-box Beautification Begins Monday Morning

      Starting Monday, visitors, residents, and employees of downtown Springfield can expect their daily walk to be a little bit more fun, thanks to the Springfield Central Cultural District’s (SCCD) new placemaking program. Eighteen artists will be painting murals on what are currently bland, grey utility boxes at intersections throughout the footprint of the district. This program was designed by the SCCD to both encourage walking downtown and provide a source of income to working artists. Artist Priya Nadkarni painting the box at Bridge and Main streets, noted that, “since moving to Springfield, I have noticed a special pride and ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    24. Make-It Springfield pop-up community 'makerspace' workshop coming to downtown | masslive.com

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      Make-It Springfield pop-up community 'makerspace' workshop coming to downtown | masslive.com

      Amateur crafters and do-it-yourselfers will soon be able to 'make it' in downtown Springfield.  The University of Massachusetts Design Center in Springfield, MassDevelopment and the Springfield Business Improvement District plan to open Make-It Springfield in a vacant storefront at 168 Worthington St. next month.  The idea is to give people a place to get together to learn new skills and help each other though projects while activating a vacant storefront that would otherwise be dark, said MassDevelopment Transformative Development Initiative fellow Laura Masulis.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Springfield

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