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    1. Elms College Announces Accreditations of Business Programs

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      Elms College Announces Accreditations of Business Programs

      The MBA program at Elms College has been accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). This accreditation also includes a reaccreditation for the college’s undergraduate business program.  “This is exciting because IACBE accreditation not only validates the quality of our business education and our commitment to program excellence, but also enhances the employability of our graduates and offers significant value to their employers,” said Kim Kenney-Rockwal, MBA program director at Elms College.  IACBE accreditation of a higher-education institution is mission-driven and outcome-based, and indicates the business program’s effectiveness. The process of accreditation involves a comprehensive ...

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    2. Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital Health Initiative

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      Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital Health Initiative

      Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and executives from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) joined leaders from across state government, healthcare, and the technology sector at Boston Children’s Hospital this week to announce a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry.  “Our administration is committed to making Massachusetts a national leader in digital health by partnering with private industry, convening key stakeholders, and addressing market gaps,” Baker said. “This emerging industry cluster has the potential to become a powerful driver of job creation across the Commonwealth ...

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      Mentions:   Robert DeLeo

    3. Springfield Union Station parking deck taking shape, mild winter weather allows construction to continue | masslive.com

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      Springfield Union Station parking deck taking shape, mild winter weather allows construction to continue | masslive.com

      Contractors began erecting the six-level 377-spot parking deck at Springfield's Union Station this week, the work expected to be completed by March.  'It's nice to see this stuff really coming togetherr,' said Executive Director  Christopher J. Moskal , executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority which owns station and is taking the lead in its rehabilitation. 'I'm really pleased and amazed at the progress that has been made.'  Both Moskal and Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said relatively warm winter weather has allowed contractors to make good progress.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy

    4. Massachusetts beats out California for 'most innovative state' title from Bloomberg | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts beats out California for 'most innovative state' title from Bloomberg | masslive.com

      When it comes to innovation, many have mentally crowned California's Silicon Valley as king.  But according to a recent ranking by Bloomberg, Massachusetts is the No. 1 most innovative state in the U.S. based on six metrics: research and development intensity; productivity; high-tech density; concentration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) employment; number of science and engineering degree holders; and patent activity.  The Bay State barely claimed the victory, edging California out by 0.03 point.

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    5. EpiCenter Helps Clients Manage All Aspects of Their Business

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      EpiCenter Helps Clients Manage All Aspects of Their Business

      Jeff Glaze thought the second-generation manufacturing company he led in Westfield would survive a lot longer than it did, “but the rules changed.”  It’s a story with a happy ending, however — not that it’s anywhere close to ending. Instead, EpiCenter, the business-consulting company that emerged four years ago from his previous enterprise, is growing by some 20% per year, boasting a national and international reach.  “We were a contract manufacturer of metal nameplates, labels, and signs; 80% of our business was making nameplates for companies,” Glaze said of a family business called Decorated Products that his father launched ...

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    6. Balise Motors to open Kia dealership on Riverdale Street in West Springfield | masslive.com

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      Balise Motors to open Kia dealership on Riverdale Street in West Springfield | masslive.com

      Balise Motor Sales has been awarded the Kia Motors America franchise for Greater Springfield and plans to open a dealership at 603 Riverdale St. in West Springfield before the end of March 2016.  The new Kia dealership will be next to Balise Mazda, according to a statement issued by Balise.  This move would bring Kia back to the Pioneer Valley. Fathers & Sons closed its Kia dealership on Memorial Avenue in September after a 17-year relationship with the Korean automaker.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Balise Motor Sales

    7. Macy's to close department stores at Eastfield Mall, Enfield Square, Berkshire Mall | masslive.com

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      Macy's to close department stores at Eastfield Mall, Enfield Square, Berkshire Mall | masslive.com

      Macy's plans to close its store in the Eastfield Mall on Boston Road costing 71 employees their jobs as part of a national restructuring announced Wednesday. It is one of three stores that will be closing in the Pioneer Valley area.  A total of 36 Macy's stores are scheduled to close this year. Four others closed last year.  The department store chain will also close its Berkshire Mall store in Lanesborough which has 58 employees, its Enfield Square store which has 84 employees and Enfield Square furniture-home-men's store which has 20 employees in Connecticut.

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    8. STCC offers 'fast track' customer service training program | masslive.com

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      STCC offers 'fast track' customer service training program | masslive.com

      The college is once offering a 'Fast Track' option of the new certificate program in Customer Service Essentials. In 16 weeks students will earn 24 college credits that can transfer into an associate degree in business administration.  'STCC's Fast Track Customer Service Essentials Certificate option provides an educational career pathway to employment in advanced customer service representative roles that are in high demand by local employers,' said STCC Vice President of Foundation and Workforce Training Robert LePage in a written statement. 'Students will work together in a structured group to support learning and team work.'

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    9. Public invited to presentation on downtown Springfield development strategies, issues | masslive.com

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      Public invited to presentation on downtown Springfield development strategies, issues | masslive.com

      The Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association is encouraging the public to attend a nighttime meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Museum Parks Apartments to hear about downtown development strategies and issues from a featured speaker.  The featured speaker will be Laura Masulis, who is a transformative development fellow for MassDevelopment, a public-private agency..  The meeting is at 7 p.m., at the Museum Parks Apartments, located at 70 Chestnut St., in the downtown.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    10. MassMutual, Western New England University welcome 400 high school students to academic achievers conference | masslive.com

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      MassMutual, Western New England University welcome 400 high school students to academic achievers conference | masslive.com

      This is the 14th year MassMutual and Western New England have hosted the conference. This year's theme was 'Build Your Future.'  A big part of everyone's future will depend on learning exactly why and for how long that little rat can be motivated to, or dissuaded from, taping the lever, said Sheralee A. Tershner, chair and professor of neuroscience. She showed the how and why the lever box, once commonly called a Skinner box and now called an 'operant conditioning chamber,' works.  It's not dissimilar to how a slot machine gets players to keep betting money through ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Western New England University

    11. What to expect from MGM Springfield in 2016 | masslive.com

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      What to expect from MGM Springfield in 2016 | masslive.com

      With just two years to go until MGM Springfield is expected to open its doors to patrons, the $950 million casino project should see an array of construction and other progress over the new year.  Although MGM officials have yet to release a detailed construction schedule for the casino slated to open in September 2018, they have confirmed that several projects are expected to be underway as early as January.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   MGM

    12. Massachusetts Business Confidence has best year since Great Recession | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Business Confidence has best year since Great Recession | masslive.com

      The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index had a good 2015, but ended with a downturn in December, according to survey results released Tuesday.  Every month in 2015, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index was above 55 points, making this the first time since the Great Recession that the Index remained above a neutral 50 throughout a calendar year, the business group said.

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    13. Software Logic Joins Forces with VertitechIT

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      Software Logic Joins Forces with VertitechIT

      Software Logic, one of the East Coast’s leading Microsoft platform provider companies, has been acquired by Massachusetts-based VertitechIT as it continues expansion of its healthcare IT consultancy. Already a nationally recognized leader in the design and implementation of hyper-converged architecture and VDI, the new company adds additional hybrid cloud and monitoring management systems expertise to its strategic and tactical offerings.

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    14. Mount Holyoke College president Lynn Pasquerella to step down; Dean of Faculty Sonya Stephens named interim president | masslive.com

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      Mount Holyoke College president Lynn Pasquerella to step down; Dean of Faculty Sonya Stephens named interim president | masslive.com

      Mount Holyoke College announced today that college president Lynn Pasquerella will step down at the end of the upcoming semester after six years at the helm of the woman's college.  Pasquerella has been named the next president of the Association of American College & Universities, a 1,300 member association that advocates for undergraduate liberal arts education.  She intends to step down as Mount Holyoke president on June 30.  The college announced Sonya Stephens, the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, has been named acting president until the college can find a permanent successor.

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    15. Kinder Morgan rejects MassPike, Rt 2 options for Tennessee Gas Pipeline | masslive.com

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      Kinder Morgan rejects MassPike, Rt 2 options for Tennessee Gas Pipeline | masslive.com

      ennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has rejected three alternative routes for its $5 billion Northeast Energy Direct natural gas transport project while defending its plan to site a powerful compressor station in Northfield.  The Kinder Morgan subsidiary submitted its latest analysis of various pipeline alternatives to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 31. The FERC had asked for more information following the company's Nov. 20 certificate application. In December, Tennessee submitted more than 500 pages of additional documentation.

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    16. Johnson Memorial Hospital in Connecticut closes deal to join Sisters of Providence in Trinity Health New England system | masslive.com

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      Johnson Memorial Hospital in Connecticut closes deal to join Sisters of Providence in Trinity Health New England system | masslive.com

      Johnson Memorial Hospital announced Monday that it has signed the final agreements transferring Johnson's assets to Trinity Health New England.  The move makes Johnson Memorial part of a regional nonprofit health system that also includes Mercy Medical Center and Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.  The 1,000 employees will remain employees of Johnson Memorial Medical Center and they will be offered a similar benefits package, said spokeswoman Fiona Phelan.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Sisters of Providence Health System

    17. State Launches $30 Million Residential Solar Loan Program

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      State Launches $30 Million Residential Solar Loan Program

      Mass Solar Loan is a program run in partnership by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). It is available for solar installations on single-family homes and residential buildings up to three units, with all lenders offering loans between $3,000 and $35,000 and some lenders offering loans up to $60,000. The program provides funding to Massachusetts banks and credit unions to incentivize lenders to make solar lending a part of their portfolios and to make solar loans available to borrowers with lower incomes or credit scores. To date, Bank Five, First ...

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      Mentions:   Clean Energy Center

    18. Hampshire Council of Governments announces $4.6 million in savings for its member communities in 2015 | masslive.com

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      Hampshire Council of Governments announces $4.6 million in savings for its member communities in 2015 | masslive.com

      The Hampshire Council of Governments estimates it saved its member communities more than $4.6 million in fiscal 2015 through power purchasing, group insurance and other programs.  The 15 member towns paid $25,509 in dues to the council in 2015, generating an investment return of 180-to-1, the council said in a press release. That, the council said the savings equal around $72 per resident.

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    19. UMass Landscape Design Students Bring Attention to Downtown Springfield

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      UMass Landscape Design Students Bring Attention to Downtown Springfield

      Frank Sleegers wants his classroom to extend far beyond the UMass campus.  “For these students, it’s not just the work they do to get grades, but they actually care about what they do; they see their work is important and can make an impact,” said the urban design professor at UMass Amherst.  He was speaking of a recent project by a group of landscape architecture students, who worked with the Springfield Central Cultural District to improve the downtown pedestrian walkway known as Market Place and attract more activity there.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    20. State Announces Infrastructure-improvement Grants for Farms

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      State Announces Infrastructure-improvement Grants for Farms

      The Baker-Polito administration recently announced that five Massachusetts farms with land permanently protected from development through the state’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program — including three in Western Mass. — have been awarded $400,000 in grant funding for infrastructure improvements. “These agricultural investments help create jobs and make Massachusetts’ farms more competitive in the national and global marketplace,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Our administration is committed to supporting Massachusetts’ vibrant agriculture industry, which provides fresh, healthy food for the Commonwealth’s residents.”

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    21. HCC Plans $43.5 Million Renovation of Campus Center

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      HCC Plans $43.5 Million Renovation of Campus Center

      The number outside the door is G-313. But everyone knows it as the ‘digital video studio.’  It’s a well-equipped facility — done over as part of a $2 million renovation of the media center in Holyoke Community College’s campus center in 2008 — and, in most respects, it looks like a modern classroom.  Except for the black tarpaulin positioned just below the ceiling near the middle of the room.

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    22. Big Y to hire 25 for new Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores in Longmeadow, Hadley and Wilbraham | masslive.com

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      Big Y to hire 25 for new Big Y Express Gas & Convenience Stores in Longmeadow, Hadley and Wilbraham | masslive.com

      Big Y Foods Inc. announced Wednesday plans to hire 25 people to staff the three convenience stores and gas stations it purchased from Pittsfield-based O'Connell Oil Associates Inc.  Big Y announced the purchase earlier this week. the three new locations, each near a n existing Big y supermarket, represents the expansion of the Big Y Express brand .

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    23. MASS MoCA in North Adams invites contemporary art lovers to visit for free on Jan. 30 | masslive.com

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      MASS MoCA in North Adams invites contemporary art lovers to visit for free on Jan. 30 | masslive.com

      Housed in converted mill and factory space in North Adams, MASS MoCA's rotating contemporary exhibits were featured on a list of 39 museums to see before you die by Buzzfeed.  In addition to normal exhibits, the museum offers special programming for Free Day visitors. This year's listing promises gallery dance performances, family-friendly art projects, pop-up musical performances and more. Previous Free Days have seen flash mobs, children's art projects and gallery yoga among the day's events.

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    24. Partners for a Healthier Community Names Collins Executive Director

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      Partners for a Healthier Community (PHC) has confirmed Jessica Collins as its executive director. Collins is a nine-year veteran of the Springfield-based nonprofit, where she previously served as interim executive director and deputy director. She will be leading the institute’s expansion of services in research and evaluation, coalition-building, and policy advocacy. “Communities of color, members of the LGBT community, and people with disabilities face significant disparities in health in our region, Collins said. “Our mission is to address these inequities so that all people will have what they need to lead healthy lives.”

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield

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