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    1. Community Spotlight: South Hadley | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 23 2014)

      Community Spotlight: South Hadley | BusinessWest

      Two years ago, South Hadley won a Communities by Design award from the American Institute of Architects, or AIA. In addition to the accolades, it earned town leaders a visit from a sustainable-design assessment team, which created a revitalization plan for the Falls section of town.  The committee that crafted the winning proposal is called the Rise of the Falls Facilitation Group, and part of its work involves implementing recommendations put forth in the report.  It has been updated with new ideas and adjustments, but the vision of a rebirth of the industrial neighborhood, which had fallen into a state ...

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    2. Big Picture | BusinessWest

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      Big Picture | BusinessWest

      There’s an art and science to marketing commercial real estate. In some cases, lots of art.  Take 1350 Main Street, or One Financial Plaza, in downtown Springfield, which was recently branded the MassLive Building after its newest tenant, which is leasing 11,000 square feet of space and paying for the right to emblazon the tower with its logo. MassLive is among several companies and colleges that have recently forged deals at 1350 Main, drawn by its location, its noteworthy art galleries (more on that later), and what Evan Plotkin describes as a palpable “vibe” at the site.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Research by UMass scientist could lead to development of new antibiotics

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      Research by UMass scientist could lead to development of new antibiotics

      Peter Chien, a biochemist at the University of Massachusetts, is part of a team of researchers that conducted a study that could be key to the development of new antibiotics.  The team’s discovery unveiled a major bacterial process that is crucial for bacterial growth, virulence and infection, according to a UMass press release. The research was completed in partnership with a team of University of California, Berkeley biochemists led by Kathleen Ryan. “There is a present human health need for the development of alternative antibiotics,” Chien said. “The mechanisms of the current ones are becoming less effective. There is ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    4. Pipeline constraints will force this Mass. utility to stop accepting new customers

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      Pipeline constraints will force this Mass. utility to stop accepting new customers

      Like their counterparts at other utilities, Berkshire Gas executives are always looking for new customers. But Berkshire will soon be forced to turn them away, at least in the eastern half of its service territory. Spokesman Chris Farrell tells me Berkshire Gas expects to declare a moratorium on new customers for its Franklin County territory, primarily in and around Greenfield, by the end of the year. And then, by mid-2015, the United Illuminating subsidiary will have to do the same for its adjacent Hampshire County territory, where UMass Amherst is its biggest customer.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Greenfield

    5. Allpax division of Guardair Corp. expands gasket cutting product line | masslive

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      Allpax division of Guardair Corp. expands gasket cutting product line | masslive

      Allpax Gasket Cutter Systems, a division of Guardair Corp., has expanded its line of extension-style gasket cutters, replacement parts and accessories including Zimmerman “Spearhead” brand-compatible products, according to a news release..
      Allpax has broadened its extension-style gasket cutter line beyond traditional brass (heavy-duty) models and now offers cutters featuring aluminum (medium-duty), plastic (light-duty) and phenolic (compact) construction. All kits include new, non-slip, self-healing cutting boards. Punch offerings have expanded beyond hollow punches to include arch, power and dovetail types. Packing hooks are now available in 14 convenient sizes.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    6. Berkshire Healthcare Communities Earn 20 National Awards | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 22 2014)

      Of the select few long-term-care and senior-living providers in Massachusetts recognized this year by National Research Corp. for exceptional customer and employee satisfaction, more than half of the Massachusetts winners are Berkshire Healthcare communities.  “We are very honored to award these exemplary locations of Berkshire Healthcare for their excellent quality of care, resident experiences, and staff engagement, as recognized by their customers and employees,” said Mary Oakes, vice president of Post-Acute at National Research. “Every day, Berkshire Healthcare is making a difference in the lives of residents and caregivers across all facets of the long-term-care and senior-living spectrum to ensure ...

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    7. Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

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      Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

      hat is one of the queries on a 13-question survey Associated Industries of Massachusetts is taking around the Commonwealth, taking the temperature of employers as it develops an economic development platform called "Blueprint for the Next Century" John Regan, Associated Industries' executive vice president for government affairs, admits the name sounds a bit grandiose. It's a play on the state-wide business lobbying group's 100th anniversary in 2015. Associated Industries was founded in 2015 by manufacturers, including paper mills, mostly based in the western portion of the state who felt they needed a stronger unified voice when speaking to ...

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    8. Attain Therapy + Fitness Open for Business in Westfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Sep 19 2014)

      Attain Therapy + Fitness announced the hiring of Michael Fall, who will act as the facility manager and treating physical therapist at the recently acquired facility at 65 Springfield Road in Westfield.  Fall has been practicing orthopedic physical therapy for more than 30 years. He has owned, built, and subsequently sold two private practices in Connecticut. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1983, a master’s degree in orthopedic physical therapy in 1992, and his Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut in 2001. In 2013, he was accepted into the prestigious ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    9. Caring Health Center to Be Named Richard E. Neal Complex

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      Caring Health Center to Be Named Richard E. Neal Complex

      Caring Health Center / Community Health Center (CHC), located at 1049 Main St., will be named the Richard E. Neal Complex at a dedication ceremony to be held on Monday, Sept. 22 at noon.  CHC was just beginning construction on its Main Street location when the building was ravaged by the June 2011 tornado, causing $1.2 million in damages. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has been instrumental in guiding fund-raising efforts, securing federal appropriations and grants to help CHC complete the project. “Congressman Neal has completely dedicated himself to this cause,” said Tania Barber, president and CEO of Caring Health ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    10. Holyoke City Council Finance Committee to consider borrowing $1.45 million to raze Essex House

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      Holyoke City Council Finance Committee to consider borrowing $1.45 million to raze Essex House

      The City Council Finance Committee Friday (Sept. 19) will discuss whether to approve borrowing $1.45 million to pay for the demolition of the 134-year-old Essex House on High Street that the fire chief has said is unstable. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Reconsideration of the borrowing comes a week after business owners and others held a protest outside the building at 400 High St. to urge the council to approve the money to raze the structure. They said bricks have broken off and fallen onto nearby roofs and the protective fencing squaring off the ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    11. Westfield Redevelopment Authority will oversee downtown urban renewal effort

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      Westfield Redevelopment Authority will oversee downtown urban renewal effort

      The City Council Thursday night approved the transfer of several downtown parcels to the Westfield Redevelopment Authority for future development. On a 10-3 vote the council authorized the WRA to oversee the consolidation of about six parcels located within the boundaries of Church, Arnold and Elm streets for a combination of public and private development. Included in the parcels is the former J.J. Newbury Department Store site that has remained vacant since a 1986 fire that destroyed the downtown landmark.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    12. Taxes just one factor in Greater Springfield Area income inequality, local economists say

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      Taxes just one factor in Greater Springfield Area income inequality, local economists say

      A Standard & Poor's study released Monday revealed a link between high income inequality and lower state tax revenues, which local economists say could even further widen the gap between the Greater Springfield Area's rich and the poor.But those who work to reduce that gap in the area stress that taxes are just one piece in an increasingly complex fiscal puzzle.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Western New England University   Springfield

    13. Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

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      Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

      State, local and community dignitaries joined Westfield State University officials for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the $33 million science center that will change the landscape of Western Avenue. Interim President Elizabeth H. Preston told those gathered under a tent at the construction site on Thursday afternoon that the 54,000-square-foot building, scheduled for completion in August 2016, will not only serve as a state-of-the art educational facility, but its design will also enhance the surroundings.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield State University   Westfield

    14. Holyoke gains historical certification as 'Certified Local Government' that opens way for grants

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      Holyoke gains historical certification as 'Certified Local Government' that opens way for grants

      An odd designation could get the city some extra money. Holyoke has been incorporated as a city since 1850, but in the eyes of state and federal historical officials, the city now also is a Certified Local Government. The designation by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the National Park Service qualifies the city to apply for certain grants previously unavailable, said Olivia Mausel, Holyoke Historical Commission chairwoman.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    15. Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

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      Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

      Business leaders from the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce learned Wednesday from Washington insiders why the economy may be doing better than many suspect and why that sense of growth is not widely shared on the nation's Main Street.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    16. MassDevelopment launches funding for manufacturing innovation centers

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      "The Manufacturing Futures Program has spurred creative ways to support the Massachusetts manufacturing industry, from bulk energy buying to save money on utilities to raising awareness of manufacturing careers," said MassDevelopment Executive Vice President of Finance Programs Laura Canter. "These innovation centers will serve small- and medium-sized manufacturers at a greatly reduced cost, and we look forward to the partnerships that will develop."

       
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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    17. Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

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      Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

      The recent graduate of the High School of Science and Technology is enrolled at Springfield Technical Community College and will use the money to help pay for her books. “My job was to make sure the kids were focused, to show them how to behave in school and help them read,” Sands explained. “I liked it a lot. It taught me a lot of things about working, and helping young people.” Sands was one of 11 teens who found work through a jointly-sponsored effort that included funding from New England Farm Workers Council, and recruitment and oversight by the Springfield ...

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    18. Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series

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      Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Common Capital, will present the second in a six-part workshop series, “Taking Care of Business: How to Develop and Grow Your Business,” on Sept . 25. The series addresses best practices for all types of businesses. The second seminar, “Negotiating and Understanding Leases; Before You Sign, Signing, and Renegotiating the Lease,” will be presented by attorney Stanley A. Szlachetka.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    19. Groundbreaking for Westfield State University's $33 million science center set

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      Groundbreaking for Westfield State University's $33 million science center set

      State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is scheduled to join state and local officials Thursday for groundbreaking of the Westfield State University's $33 million science center. As the first new academic building on campus in three decades, the center will be 54,000-square feet and house state-of-the-art science laboratories, simulation labs for nursing and health science programs, and a technology-rich, interactive classroom that will serve a variety of academic departments.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    20. Amherst Chamber honoring Rotary Club, Stephanie O'Keeffe and Tony Maroulis at annual dinner

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      Amherst Chamber honoring Rotary Club, Stephanie O'Keeffe and Tony Maroulis at annual dinner

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will be honoring the Rotary Club, former Select Board Chairwoman Stephanie J. O'Keeffe and former chamber leader Tony A. Maroulis at the annual dinner Oct. 2. Tickets went on sale earlier this month for the Annual Awards Dinner at the Hadley Farms Meeting House, in Hadley. According to a press release, the dinner, a yearly celebration that is the highlight of the Amherst Area business community social calendar, is expected to sell out.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Don Courtemanche

    21. Sale of Springfield's ABC40/FOX 6 to Meredith Corporation gets initial FCC review | masslive

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      Sale of Springfield's ABC40/FOX 6 to Meredith Corporation gets initial FCC review | masslive

      The purchase agreement of ABC40/FOX 6 from Gormally Broadcasting to the Meredith Corporation has passed a preliminary Federal Communications Commission review and has been accepted for filing by the FCC.  The status change indicates that, upon initial review, the FCC has determined the application is acceptable, though it does not guarantee its final approval. 'The Commission reserves the right to return any of the applications if, upon further examination, it is determined the application is not in conformance with the Commission's rules or its policies,' the FCC says on their website.  In June, John Gormally, president of Gormally ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    22. Springfield BID/ DevelopSpringfield announce plans to light downtown buildings | masslive

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      Springfield BID/ DevelopSpringfield announce plans to light downtown buildings | masslive

      Eight Downtown Springfield Buildings on Main Street from Falcon Way to Bridge Street will be illuminated under a $400,000 architectural lighting program announced Tuesday by the Springfield Business improvement District and DevelopSpringfield. The idea is to both highlight the unique architecture downtown as well as to provide a feeling of security and welcome for visitors, said BID Executive Director Chris Russell.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Springfield Business Improvement District

    23. Springfield officials, downtown organizations coordinate efforts to deal with I-91 viaduct project, proposed dining district, other issues

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      Springfield officials, downtown organizations coordinate efforts to deal with I-91 viaduct project, proposed dining district, other issues

      Representatives of several downtown organizations met Monday with city officials to discuss cooperative strategies ranging from preparations for the Interstate 91 viaduct rehabilitation project to promotion of a dining district. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer, said meetings are being conducted for coordination and planning purposes. Monday’s meeting was at City Hall. There are many endeavors in the downtown district including a new study on the Worthington Street corridor, the major state repairs to Interstate 91 that will create parking and traffic issues, and renovations underway at Union Square and the ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Springfield Chamber of Commerce

    24. Five Colleges Consortium planning to build annex to house 2.5 million volumes

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      Five Colleges Consortium planning to build annex to house 2.5 million volumes

      The Five Colleges Consortium will soon be building a library annex to meet the growing space needs at the Five Colleges. The annex will be able to hold 2.5 million volumes. Five College officials are still evaluating sites, said Kevin Kennedy
, communications director,
 in an email but the plan is to build and open it sometime next year. He said that preliminary estimates are between $9 and $12 million depending on the site. Five Colleges, Inc. will finance the cost of the annex through a substantial down payment and borrowing and will repay the financing by leasing space ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst

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