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    1. Editorial: Deal to keep Titeflex a smart move by Springfield

      Today Titeflex employs only 100 at its Hendee Street plant in East Springfield, but every one of those jobs is important to the local economy. And while state and local officials recognize the need to create new jobs, they also understand that saving jobs – especially manufacturing jobs – is just as important. That’s why we’re pleased that Springfield has come up with some incentives of its own to prevent Titeflex from heeding the siren call from the South.
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    2. Springfield gives tax break to Titeflex Corp. to keep company from moving to South Carolina | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com

      Springfield gives tax break to Titeflex Corp. to keep company from moving to South Carolina | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com
      The city has approved a special tax incentive agreement for Titeflex Corp. that will keep the manufacturing company and its 100 employees in East Springfield rather than accepting enticements to move to South Carolina.
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    3. Western Mass. business leaders urge top state officials to restore $6 million in tourism grants

      Western Mass. business leaders urge top state officials to restore $6 million in tourism grants
      Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, said that for every dollar spent on tourism promotion and advertising, $40 comes back to the state in taxes. The state and communities collect about $250 million a year in taxes from motel rooms.
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    4. Springfield businesses banding together to help city's schools

      “It’s in the business community’s interest that we have people who are well prepared to take the jobs that we all have in our communities,” said John H. Davis. “It’s an ever-changing world and the skill levels of people coming into the work force has to be ever improving.” Davis and Nicholas A. Fyntrilakis, assistant vice president for community responsibility at MassMutual Financial Group, are co-founders of Springfield Business Leaders for Education. The 35-member group also includes executives from business mainstays such as United Bank, Big Y Foods Inc. and Baystate Health.
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    5. WMECO Annual Review Released

      Western Massachusetts Electric Company has issued Western Massachusetts Economic Review 2009, its annual report on the regional economy. Here is a link to the review on the Team New England website -- http://teamnewengland.com/TNE/media/docs/Misc.%20Reports/WMECO-Rev_09.pdf WMECO is a supporter of t
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    6. Mass. Life Science Center launches another round of loans for early stage companies | MassDevice - Medical Device Industry News

      The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a quasi-public agency that oversees state dollars allocated towards increasing the life sciences industry's footprint in the Bay State, has rebooted its "accelerator" loan program. The loans are designed to provide a boost to early stage life science companies that the center's scientific advisory board deem as having a high potential for commercialization, rapid growth and the ability to raise substantial capital.
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    7. MassMutual back on rebound trajectory - MassLive.com

      MassMutual Financial Group had a good 2009, according to financial figures released this past week. The Springfield-based company's net gain from operations before dividends and taxes, MassMutual's primary earnings measure as a mutual company, rose 37 percent, from $1.3 billion in 2008 to $1.8 billion in 2009.
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    8. Marox Corp. Brings Surgical Precision to Medical Manufacturing

      Marox Corp. Brings Surgical Precision to Medical Manufacturing
      “Surgeons like it because they can see,” said Rosenkranz, Marox’s vice president of sales and marketing. “There are usually three titanium markers we assemble into PEEK, and on an X-ray they show up as three dots, showing surgeons how the implant is positioned.”
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    9. Westfield State, UMass-Amherst, Amherst and Williams rank as top cost-effective colleges | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com

      Westfield State, UMass-Amherst, Amherst and Williams rank as top cost-effective colleges | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com
      When it comes to graduating students in four years economically, Harvard University may have to start billing itself the Westfield State College of the east. Westfield State bested 23 other Massachusetts public and private institutions in a recent MassInc. study that – among other measures of college cost-effectiveness – ranked colleges by graduation rate per what an average student pays for tuition, costs, room, board, books and supplies.
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    10. 14 CEOs unite to make business heard

      The executives, 14 in all, have formed the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. They include Raytheon Co. CEO William Swanson, Liberty Mutual’s Edmund Kelly, and Staples Inc. boss Ronald L. Sargent. The group has hired Dan O’Connell, the former state secretary of housing and economic development under Governor Deval Patrick, as its president.
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    11. UMass will be part of expanded Tip-Off Classic men's basketball tournament in fall 2010 | Sports - MassLive.com

      UMass will be part of expanded Tip-Off Classic men's basketball tournament in fall 2010 | Sports - MassLive.com
      The Tip-Off Classic is back, in a new and expanded format. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame president John L. Doleva said Friday an eight-team Division I tournament will be headquartered in Springfield in the fall of 2010, giving teams four games each and including the University of Massachusetts.
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