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    1. CLICK Workspace Welcomes Sofia Nardi as Member Advocate - BusinessWest

      CLICK Workspace Welcomes Sofia Nardi as Member Advocate - BusinessWest

      CLICK Workspace, a co-working space located in downtown Northampton, announced the hiring of Sofia Nardi as a new member advocate. Nardi is a recent graduate of Bay Path University, where she double-majored in small business development and marketing, graduating summa cum laude. At CLICK, she manages all administrative functions, including financial accounting, office operations, purchasing, and troubleshooting routine problems with equipment and maintenance. Serving as the first point of contact for all inquiries and visitors, she aims to ensure a welcoming environment.

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    2. How to spend Community Preservation Act money subject of Holyoke forum April 18

      How to spend Community Preservation Act money subject of Holyoke forum April 18

      The board that will advise the City Council about how to spend money raised through the Community Preservation Act will hold a public forum April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center, 291 Pine St. "The Committee will be explaining what types of projects are eligible and then we will gather recommendations from the public as to where they want to see the funding used on behalf of the city," said Elaine A. Pluta, chairwoman of the Community Preservation Act Committee. "We will also have a survey available that night and also available online," said Pluta ...

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    3. 'The New Springfield': Investment in city now $3.76 billion since tornado

      'The New Springfield': Investment in city now $3.76 billion since tornado

      Public and private investment in the city since the tornado of June 2011 now totals more than $3.76 billion, Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said Tuesday during a presentation at CityStage. Kennedy gave an economic development update to the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce at his "The New Springfield: Now Arriving" program. The $3.76 billion number is up $453 million since Kennedy's most recent CityStage update in November 2016.

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    4. Dress for Success to Host Annual Gala on April 12

      Dress for Success to Host Annual Gala on April 12

      Thursday, April 12 will be an evening of inspiration and celebration when hundreds of people gather at CityStage to celebrate the work of Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts. “This evening is about realizing what truly empowers women’s greatest,” said Dawn Creighton, board president of Dress for Success. “It’s so much more than suits and shoes. When young women dream about who they want to be, they see much more than clothes, and so do we. We see bright futures, fulfilling careers, and healthy families. We see leaders.” This year’s event will feature an artistic visual representation ...

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    5. Former Southworth building in Agawam sold; new owners plan to subdivide it for industrial use

      Former Southworth building in Agawam sold; new owners plan to subdivide it for industrial use

      Investors have finalized their purchase of the former Southworth Paper factory and headquarters for $1.9 million. Southworth is liquidating its assets and will likely sell its former mill in the Turners Falls section of Montague at auction. That transaction is pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield. In Agawam, the new owners of the 146,000-square-foot plant at 265 Main St., PCT Realty Venture, plan to allow a tenant to keep operating there and to rent out the rest of the building for manufacturing or warehouse uses.

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    6. 'The New Springfield is Arriving' progress report features Sec. Jay Ash

      'The New Springfield is Arriving' progress report features Sec. Jay Ash

      Encouraged by recent good news from MassMutual, Big Y and others, city Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy is giving another of his regular updates. The event, called "The New Springfield Is Arriving," takes its name from Springfield's Union Station and the new CTRail commuter rail service. The presentation runs from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at CityStage, One Columbus Center, Springfield. The event is free. Parking is free in the adjacent garage. State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash is will also speak. Ash helped secure a deal earlier this year that will bring 1,500 MassMutual jobs ...

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    7. People in Business: Trinity Health Of New England names Dr. Reginald J. Eadie as the new President and Chief Executive Officer

      People in Business: Trinity Health Of New England names Dr. Reginald J. Eadie as the new President and Chief Executive Officer

      Reginald J. Eadie, M.D., MBA, has officially taken the reins as President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Health of New England, named to the position in Jan., Dr. Eadie succeeds Roger Spoelman, who has been serving in an interim capacity since the prior President and CEO, Christopher Dadlez, steeped down at the end of 2017. Board-certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Eadie has 20 years of health care experience that includes numerous leadership roles such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Medical Officer. he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Regional Chief Operating Officer ...

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    8. People in Business: Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, appointed to the 2018 Board of Directors of State Colleges and Universities

      People in Business: Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, appointed to the 2018 Board of Directors of State Colleges and Universities

      Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D., has been appointed to the 2018 board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Board members, work together on national issues important to higher education to ensure that institutions have the resources and support they need to fulfill their missions.  Dr. Torrecilha is Westfield State's 20th president, appointed in Dec. 2015 and formally invested in Oct. 2016. A first generation college student and graduate of public higher education, Dr. Torrecilha, is a seasoned leader who has worked to build successful programs to support student success ...

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    9. Valley Venture Mentors software startup Cambridge Blockchain opens office in Paris

      Valley Venture Mentors software startup Cambridge Blockchain opens office in Paris

      Massachusetts software startup Cambridge Blockchain recently opened a new office - in Paris. While most of the firm's sales to date have been in Europe, CEO Matthew Commons says they have every intention on maintaining a presence in the Bay State. Cambridge Blockchain's platform allows financial institutions to meet the strictest new data privacy rules, eliminate redundant identity compliance checks and improve the customer experience. Blockchain - which is essentially a shared databased protected and secured by cryptology and blockchain technology - can store validation information about a person's identity. A user can use the application as a secure way ...

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    10. Owner says $41 million rehab of Paramount Theater-Massasoit property in downtown Springfield set to begin

      Owner says $41 million rehab of Paramount Theater-Massasoit property in downtown Springfield set to begin

      Developer Heriberto Flores said his agency anticipates launching a $41 million redevelopment project in June of the historic Paramount Theater and Massasoit building, seen as a key component of downtown revitalization efforts. Flores, president of the New England Farm Workers Council, which owns the Paramount/Massasoit property, said the extensive rehabilitation project will begin with replacement of the roof, needed to protect the site from further deterioration. The Farm Workers Council is investing private and public funds, including state and federal tax credits, to restore the Paramount as a 1,750-seat performing arts center and the attached Massasoit building as ...

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    11. Westfield Bank relocating within Springfield's Tower Square

      Westfield Bank relocating within Springfield's Tower Square

      Westfield Bank is preparing to move from one space on the first floor of Tower Square to another. The current Westfield Bank office will go back on the market as available space for a new tenant, said Annette Scheidecker, director of marketing for Tower Square. Westfield Bank's current office space is just inside one of the Tower Square Main Street entrances. The new location is deeper inside the complex

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    12. Interconnected network of community-based programs helps lift Springfield graduation rate...

      Interconnected network of community-based programs helps lift Springfield graduation rate...

      As reported by the Springfield Republican, the graduation rate within the Springfield Public Schools has grown by over 20 percentage points since 2012. This dramatic and sustained increase represents a phenomenal turnaround and an important win for our community. For students who previously might not have completed school, their graduation represents expanded opportunity for employment, earnings, higher learning and overall quality of life. For our community as a whole, the benefits are also enormous. Graduation rates correlate directly to positive economic development, and help us shrink the skills gap between available jobs and those who seek them. These successes also ...

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    13. Massachusetts adds 13K jobs in February, unemployment steady at 3.5 percent

      Massachusetts adds 13K jobs in February, unemployment steady at 3.5 percent

      Massachusetts added 13,700 jobs last month, including 13,100 private-sector jobs, according to statistics released Friday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Payrolls were up  in 11 states -- including Massachusetts --  and was essentially unchanged in 39 states and the District, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Massachusetts, the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5 percent on the month. That's six-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

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    14. AIC hosts more than 100 employers for all-college career fair March 28

      AIC hosts more than 100 employers for all-college career fair March 28

      American International College expects more than 100 employers on campus at the the annual College Career Centers of Western Mass (CCCWM) Career Fair March 28 in the Henry A. Butova Gymnasium, 125 Cortland St. MGM Springfield will present a casino employment information session from 10-11:30 a.m. The job fair runs from from noon until 3 p.m. Employers are offering both jobs and internships.

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    15. West Springfield shoe and clothing store Skechers opens

      West Springfield shoe and clothing store Skechers opens

      The Skechers outlet store in the Century Center on Memorial Drive in West Springfield opened last weekend, according to an email Thursday from landlords Century Investment Co. The 219 Memorial Ave. location is the brand's first store in Greater Springfield. It is planning a grand opening April 27. Plaza owner Andrew Cohen said the store has about 35 employees. The Skecher's location previously was a Party City and had recently hosted a seasonal Spirit Halloween store.  There is another Skechers at the Lee Premium Outlets in Berkshire County.

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    16. Trade secrets, copyright topics of workshops offered by SPARK Holyoke

      Trade secrets, copyright topics of workshops offered by SPARK Holyoke

      Workshops on topics such as intellectual property, copyright and trade secrets will be offered March 28 and April 4 by the SPARK Holyoke business catalyst program. ""It doesn't matter what stage you're at in owning a business, whether you're brand new or have been successful for years, there's always room for more education and growth," Program Director Tessa Murphy-Romboletti said Thursday. Both days' workshops will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Picknelly Center, 402 Maple St. Each workshop costs $15 to attend, she said.

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    17. Food Processing Center Gives Clients the Right Ingredients

      Food Processing Center Gives Clients the Right Ingredients

      Launched in 2001, the Western MA Food Processing Center in Greenfield has become a powerful engine when it comes to economic development in Franklin County and beyond. The WMFPC has been instrumental in helping farmers and other food and beverage entrepreneurs to grow organically — in every sense.
      Caroline Pam gave the jar a half-turn.  That was how she started to answer a question, the one about what makes her company’s salsa and sriracha (hot sauce) stand out in a market crowded with competitors.

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    18. John Hesslein promoted at Western Mass News

      John Hesslein promoted at Western Mass News

      Meredith Corp. promoted John Hesslein to vice president and general manager at Western Mass News, Meredith's CBS, ABC and Fox affiliates based in Springfield. The new job is effective immediately, and Hesslein will report to Patrick McCreery, Meredith Local Media Group executive vice president, according to a press release.  Hesslein has served as the station manager and general sales manager since 2014. He's worked for WSHM-TV CBS-3 and Meredith for more than 13 years.  "John has overseen many exciting enhancements at our Springfield stations, including the launch and growth of our Western Mass News team," McCreery said. "I ...

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    19. Security with a smile: 1st class graduates from Cambridge College program sponsored by MGM Springfield

      Security with a smile: 1st class graduates from Cambridge College program sponsored by MGM Springfield

      Henry Agudelo, of Feeding Hills, thought he knew security from his years as a correctional officer in Connecticut, as an undercover officer for the USDA investigating food stamp fraud and his time as a soldier. What he learned over the last three weeks, however, was working security with a smile. "There are a lot more similes," Agudelo, 45, said Wednesday after graduating with the first class of Cambridge College's Hospitality Pre-Apprentice Program.

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    20. Businesses pledge $400K toward Springfield 'image campaign,' pending city's contribution

      Businesses pledge $400K toward Springfield 'image campaign,' pending city's contribution

      A top economic development official told city councilors this week the business community is ready to contribute $400,000 toward a $1 million "image campaign" to promote Springfield if the city contributes $100,000. In addition, Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, said he expects that combined total of $500,000 in cash would be matched by in-kind contributions from media organizations including The Republican, MassLive, WWLP 22 News, Western Mass News, along with Comcast.

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    21. Unify Against Bullying to Hold Launch Party for 2018 Fashion Show

      Unify Against Bullying to Hold Launch Party for 2018 Fashion Show

      Unify Against Bullying and Robert Charles Photography will host a rally on Monday, March 26 at 6 p.m. in the third-floor community room located at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St., Springfield. The event is the official kickoff for the annual Unify Fashion Show, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 15 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. The tickets to the event go on sale that evening. The show has been sold out the last four years, taking just three weeks to sell out last year.

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    22. Tech Foundry Offers Excel Skill Training to Regional Workforce

      Tech Foundry Offers Excel Skill Training to Regional Workforce

      Tech Foundry will offer a four-day Excel skill training the week of May 14-18 (every day but May 16) from 9 a.m. to noon at 1391 Main St., ninth floor, Springfield. Because its first Excel class offered to area companies and their employees was such a success, Tech Foundry is eager to meet the Excel needs of more area employers and their employees. Hundreds of workers in the Pioneer Valley alone use Excel on a daily basis, yet only a small fraction have the training and skill needed to maximize job success and productivity.

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    23. Sneak peek inside new $19.9 million Live 155 complex on Pleasant Street in Northampton (photos, video)

      Sneak peek inside new $19.9 million Live 155 complex on Pleasant Street in Northampton (photos, video)

      Way Finders, the Springfield-based housing agency that used to be HAPHousing, aimed for a niche market when it built Live 155, its new apartment building at the former Northampton Lodging site at 155 Pleasant St. And they've apparently hit that target, said Peter Serafino, project manager for Way Finders. Tenants have already claimed the 47 affordable housing units at the 70-unit building, and applicants are lining up for the remaining 23 market-rate units. There was a lottery, he said, and new applicants for affordable units are going on the waiting list.

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