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    1. Bradley Airport transport to be among Connecticut's alternative-fuel efforts

      Bradley Airport transport to be among Connecticut's alternative-fuel efforts
      Come next spring, Yellow cabs and shuttle buses running on compressed natural gas will be driving to and from Bradley International Airport after fueling up at the Shell station on Route 75, one of 10 statewide alternative fueling stations funded by $29 million in matching federal and private monies.
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    2. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to host hearing on water infrastructure

      Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to host hearing on water infrastructure
      This commission is looking at fair and equitable means of financing water infrastructure investments, including the role of fees, rates, taxes, loans, grants and other financial vehicles; conservation and efficiency programs and the potential for savings through consolidation, coordination, reorganization, or regionalization.
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    3. Owner of Samuel Adams Brewing Co., Jim Koch, urges Western Massachusetts restaurant owners to take advantage of loan program

      Owner of Samuel Adams Brewing Co., Jim Koch, urges Western Massachusetts restaurant owners to take advantage of loan program
      Koch, at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, was in Northampton Friday to try to solve that problem. In the city known for its restaurants, his presence was applauded. “I think it’s a great fit,” Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Suzanne Beck said. “It’s hard to get funding in the food business. I hope some small restaurants take advantage of this.”
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    4. MassMutual Helps Families Navigate Laws, Government Programs That Impact Care ...

      "We are so firmly committed to getting special needs families the life care planning help they need that we are underwriting the curriculum development of the CSNC designation with the American College," said Joanne Gruszkos, founder and director of MassMutual's SpecialCare program. "MassMutual is working with The American College because it is the unquestioned leader in financial education."
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    5. Two upcoming events showcase creative approaches to building local businesses

      All across the nation, business owners are banding together to come up with new approaches that will help their communities survive the economic downturn. Thanks to my work with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, headquarter at STCC, each month I get to interview college presidents across the country about what’s happening in their regions.
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    6. New solar facility is pumping energy

      Berkshire Economic Development Authority President David M. Rooney said the project embodied three factors that are essential for the region's economic growth: environment, education and energy. "We're seeing all those being brought into play with this project," he said. "I applaud the people at Western Massachusetts Electric and all the people involved here for moving that effort forward."
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    7. Top Women-Led Businesses

      Top Women-Led Businesses
      The EDC would like to congratulate Mary Ellen Scott, President of United Personnel Services in Springfield, Anne Paradis, Chief Executive Officer of MicroTek in Chicopee and Kathryn Selvia, President of NEPM in Wilbraham for being recognized as one of Massachusetts' top woman owned businesses by the Boston Business Journal and the Commonwealth Institute.                                                                               
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    8. Pioneer Valley-grown V-One Vodka is growing into the Boston market | masslive.com

      Pioneer Valley-grown V-One Vodka is growing into the Boston market | masslive.com
      Kozub, 36, started V-one five years ago in his basement drawing off his Polish heritage, his father’s business skills and his grandfather’s tales of moonshining in Chicopee during prohibition. Last March, V-one was named one of six double-gold winners at the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions besting such well-known brands as Stolchinaya and Belvedere. The next day Kozub’s website went from 2,000 hits a day to more than 4,000 hits a day.
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