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    1. Eastec Resource Center Provides Manufacturers Pathways to Increase Business

      EASTEC 2010, the largest manufacturing event on the East Coast, will feature 27 Lean and Green Resource Center presentations for manufacturers. The free presentations, starting on May 25 and running through May 27, will give attendees the opportunity to learn about new ideas and processes to grow their business and gain a competitive advantage.
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    2. Sanofi-Aventis adds to local life sciences effort - Boston Business Journal:

      “This year, our Accelerator Loan Program will invest up to $5.5 million in promising early-stage companies, building on the $3.4 million in loans that we made available last year,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. “As this program continues to grow, we truly appreciate the support that leading private sector companies like Sanofi Aventis provide to help our early-stage companies achieve product development milestones and bring new technologies to the marketplace.”
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    3. Yankee Candle founder Michael Kittredge, Msnbc host Rachel Maddow and actor Bill Cosby among this year's college commencement speakers

      Yankee Candle founder Michael Kittredge, Msnbc host Rachel Maddow and actor Bill Cosby among this year's college commencement speakers
      Kittredge, the well-known, self-made entrepreneur who founded Yankee Candle Co. four decades ago, will be the commencement speaker at Bay Path College this year, hoping to impart some wisdom to a new generation of job-seekers emerging as graduates in one of the toughest economies in recent history.
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    4. “12X12” Initiative Launches to Help Multiply Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts

      “The Route 128 days of ‘IT’ are long gone. We now have an incredibly diverse technology industry here in Massachusetts leading innovation in cutting-edge areas such as robotics, e-Health, videogames, IT security, information services, clean energy, social media, Internet infrastructure, Internet marketing, and many others. Great ideas generated by revolutionary entrepreneurs fueled this transformation. Our goal with “12x12” is to continue this transformation and growth of the tech industry,” said Michael Greeley during the announcement.
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    5. East Longmeadow gets ready to pave rail trail

      East Longmeadow gets ready to pave rail trail
      Green Committee member Benjamin Hall said the first phase of the trail will go from Denslow Road, near Hasbro and Lenox American Saw, to Maple Street. The second phase will run from Maple Street to Heritage Park. WestMass Area Development Corp. has donated some land, including a lake that Driscoll says he hopes to eventually see incorporated into the rail trail.
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    6. Study by Urban Land Institute envisions revitalized Springfield waterfront

      Study by Urban Land Institute envisions revitalized Springfield waterfront
      John D. Judge, the city’s chief development officer, talked about creating the Larry O’Brien Sports Institute, which would be named for the Hall of Famer and late Springfield resident who was U.S. postmaster general and NBA commissioner. Judge said such a facility would include a place where there would be camps and clinics and sports medicine would be practiced.
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