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    1. EDC Emphasizes Cooperation with Regional Partners

      There are two stories in today’s EDC Business News that have at their core the notion that cooperation is the key to economic development in today’s global economy. One story focuses on New England-wide collaboration, which recently led to the announced Northeast Utilities-N Star merger. Another describes how New England’s Knowledge Corridor received the largest (per capita) federal planning grant to assess opportunities in the Hartford-Springfield area, the new “Twin Cities”, according to Tim Brennan of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.   The EDC has been a champion of this approach for over a decade. We are a ...
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    2. Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership gets $4.2 million to boost Knowledge Corridor | masslive.com

      Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership gets $4.2 million to boost Knowledge Corridor | masslive.com
      “It’s transportation connected to housing and housing connected to environmental quality,” said Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. “What we’re trying to do is take Springfield and Hartford and make them the twin cities of the Knowledge Corridor much like Minneapolis and St. Paul are in Minnesota.”
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    3. Asnuntuck Manufacturing Technology Center A Boon To Aerospace Industry

      “It’s literally booming in our area,” said Frank Gulluni, director of the Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield. “Jobs are plentiful at this time for people with this skill set. The people in the aerospace industry will tell you, if the talent pool is there, we have jobs for them.”
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    4. UMass celebrates new $156.5 million laboratory science building; gets word of state aid for new classroom building

      UMass celebrates new $156.5 million laboratory science building; gets word of state aid for new classroom building
      Michael F. Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, said earlier this week said that the Integrated Sciences Building is focused on teaching and the new building will provide research space for graduate students and faculty. The building “will be heavily focused on life science. It’s a good growth area for us,” Malone said. The state, he added, “has a set a priority for the life sciences. We want to be part of that.”
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    5. Foreclosures in Springfield higher than any other city in Massachusetts: City's unemployment rate drops from 14% to 13.3%

      Unemployment in Massachusetts fell last month from 8.8 percent in August to 8.4 percent in September, its biggest drop since January 1976, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said in a separate announcement. The national unemployment rate is higher at 9.6 percent.
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    6. Seahorse Bioscience in Chicopee hopes to help researchers find causes of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Parksonson's, Alzheimer's and obesity

      Seahorse Bioscience in Chicopee hopes to help researchers find causes of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Parksonson's, Alzheimer's and obesity
      Teich said Billerica-based Seahorse first came to Chicopee in 2004 because of the high concentration of sophisticated plastics-molding companies located there. Within six months, Seahorse bought out its supplier and has since grown the operation from a $1.5-million-a-year business to $20 million a year with 50 employees. Teich said Seahorse has added $2 million in annual payroll in the last year, most of it in Chicopee.
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    7. Making a Case

      Making a Case
      Throughout its 41-year history, the Springfield-based law firm Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin has been described using the adjective ‘entrepreneurial.’ Since the days when the three original partners invested in state-of-the-art computer technology to enable it to thrive in the financing arena, the firm has aggressively developed practice areas that have allowed it to not only survive but thrive in any kind of economic climate. And that tradition, or culture, as the partners call it, continues today.
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    8. Springfield area merchants to showcase services at 4th annual Latino Expo

      The event will feature more than 40 vendors offering financial, health, educational and employment information. It will also include a job fair; “We have companies looking to hire about 60 employees, so it is a good opportunity for people to see what is available out there,” Gonzalez said. Its sponsors include Baystate Health, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, the city’s Health & Human Services Department and the March of Dimes of Western Massachusetts.
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    9. Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton cites rising costs, decreased revenues for up to 60 job cuts

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton cites rising costs, decreased revenues for up to 60 job cuts
      Hospital officials say as many a 60 positions will be eliminated over the next several months. It marks the fourth time in the last two years that Cooley Dickinson has eliminated jobs to keep its financial ship afloat and brings the total job loss to nearly 200 since June 2008. The hospital currently has 1,770 employees.
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    10. High-end Northampton millworks report business up | masslive.com

      High-end Northampton millworks report business up | masslive.com
      Two of the city’s largest millworks and custom woodshops report that, despite dreary economic indicators for much of the country, their businesses have weathered the past two years and even picked up a bit of steam over the past 10 months. Wright Architectural Millwork and VCA Inc. both say modest hiring may even follow suit.
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    11. HUD awards CT $4.2M for “Knowledge Corridor’’ | Hartford Business

      The Capital Region Council of Governments originally asked HUD for $5 million to build on the work of the three metropolitan planning agencies in Hartford, Bristol and Springfield involved in developing the corridor. Their overall effort is to integrate housing, transportation, infrastructure investments and economic and workforce development projects in a region that is home to 1.6 million.
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    12. Cooperation on rail plans wins praise - MassLive.com

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said the inclusion of money for high speed rail projects in the stimulus funding that was proposed to jumpstart the economy is an example of an opportunity coming at a time of economic downturn that must not be neglected. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said improved rail travel in the Northeast can help revitalize the inner cores of older cities, which in turn will make these urban centers more attractive places for jobs and good housing.
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    13. Filter made by Chicopee Engineering Associates had role in rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners | masslive.com

      Filter made by Chicopee Engineering Associates had role in rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners | masslive.com
      CHICOPEE – The rock drill that gnawed its way 2,300 feet into the collapsed Chilean mine and made the rescue of 33 trapped miners possible wouldn’t have worked without a part built in Chicopee. “It is a tremendous sense of satisfaction for all of us. And no one knows it’s from Chicopee,” said David P. Pieciak, president of Chicopee Engineering Associates Inc., a maker of industrial filtration equipment, including the oil/air separator on the Schramm drill rigs used in the rescue.
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