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    1. Springfield Museums appoints new president as of May 1; Joseph Carvalho to retire

      Springfield Museums appoints new president as of May 1; Joseph Carvalho to retire
      The Board of Trustees of the Springfield Museums has appointed Holly Smith- Bové as the new president of the Museums, effective May 1. According to a release from the museums, Smith-Bové succeeds Joseph Carvalho who is retiring after 34 years at the organization and 16 years as its president.
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    2. Hundreds seek employment at Best Local Job Fair in Holyoke

      Hundreds seek employment at Best Local Job Fair in Holyoke
      Kevin Vance, a human resources generalist with Liberty Mutual Group, said his company has a class for 20 customer-service representatives starting in June at its call center in Springfield. Liberty’s Legal Department is also looking for about 30 paralegals, secretaries and clerical workers in Springfield and a number of sales people around the region.
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    3. Editorial: Western Massachusetts community colleges pay big dividends

      Editorial: Western Massachusetts community colleges pay big dividends
      Spring enrollments are up: 13 percent at Greenfield Community College; 11 percent at Holyoke Community College, and 10 percent at Springfield Technical Community College. You know things are looking good when one of a college president’s biggest worries is finding enough parking for students.
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    4. MassMutual Financial Group ranked 93 on Fortune 500 list of top-earning companies

      MassMutual Financial Group ranked 93 on Fortune 500 list of top-earning companies
      MassMutual Financial Group has climbed back into the coveted top 100 of the Fortune 500 list of top-earning companies. The 2010 Fortune 500 list, which hits newsstands this week, lists MassMutual as No. 93 with $25.4 billion in total revenue during 2009, a 35.6 percent increase from the $18.7 billion in revenue the year before.
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    5. Developers deconstruct Peak Road house in Wilbraham, sell building materials for use in other project

      Developers deconstruct Peak Road house in Wilbraham, sell building materials for use in other project
      John Majercak, ReStore director, said the use of the “green” waste management means that upwards of 80 percent of the materials from the home will be saved and reused, putting less pressure on landfills and other waste disposal methods, and providing inexpensive building materials for do-it-yourselfers and small contractors.
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    6. Community colleges in Western Mass. report dramatic increased in enrollment

      Community colleges in Western Mass. report dramatic increased in enrollment
      Greenfield Community College has seen the largest increase with 13 percent more students attending the college this spring than last year. Holyoke Community has seen an 11 percent increase in the number of students, and Springfield Technical Community College saw a 10 percent jump in students.
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    7. Microbial Fuel Cell: A New Source Of Green Energy

      The discovery of the tiny Geobacter microbe is credited to Dr. Derek Lovley of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and it holds the key to understanding microbial energy conversion. Geobacter uses its hair-like extensions, or pili, to generate electricity from mud and wastewater. Researchers have developed a strain of Geobacter that is eight times more efficient than other strains at producing power.
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    8. Economic agencies uniting to create '1Berkshire' - North Adams Transcript

      The boards of four countywide economic development agencies have formed a new alliance to provide a single point of entry for those interested in doing business in the county and to act as one outlet in marketing and promoting the Berkshires. Known as "1Berkshire," it is intended to streamline and coordinate the region's economic development engine, and it unifies the efforts of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, the Berkshire Economic Development Corporation, the Berkshire Creative Economy Council, and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau.
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    9. Springfield Redevelopment Authority waits word on becoming lead agency of Union Station redevelopment

      Springfield Redevelopment Authority waits word on becoming lead agency of Union Station redevelopment
      “I’m hopeful...and optimistic that we’ll have the FTA direct designation by the first week of May,” said John D. Judge, the city’s chief development officer. Judge said he is hopeful the project will be completed in a little more than three years. “The main thing is, this needs to move forward from a regional perspective,” he said.
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    10. Editorial: Springfield College honors spirit of James Naismith

      Editorial: Springfield College honors spirit of James Naismith
      James Naismith was a 30-year-old instructor at what is now known as Springfield College when he came up with 13 rules for an indoor winter game. The year was 1891 – and peach baskets were the forerunners of the nets used in the game today. Naismith died in 1939, three years after he watched his game introduced at the Olympics.
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    11. EDC Partnering with International Trade and Investment Agency

      The EDC has generated relationships with several international trade and investment agencies to facilitate economic development and business opportunities in western Massachusetts.  One of the agencies that has a particular interest in working with Western Mass companies is Flanders Investment & Tr
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    12. COMMUNITY MATTERS! BAY PATH COLLEGE’S 15TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

      Bay Path College will hold its annual Women’s Leadership Conference on Friday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. Celebrating its 15th year as one of the premiere, regional events attended by over 1,000 women and men, this year’s conference captures the spirit of participation and action with the theme Community Matters!
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