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    1. Springfield City Council committees support Smith & Wesson tax incentives

      Springfield City Council committees support Smith & Wesson tax incentives
      Under the special tax agreement, Smith & Wesson would realize property tax savings totaling up to $600,000 over a five-year period in exchange for carrying through on plans to create at least 225 new jobs at its Roosevelt Avenue plant. The company currently has 882 full-time employees.
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    2. Hotels, tourism officials plead with Springfield City Council to reject 2% excise tax hike

      Hotels, tourism officials plead with Springfield City Council to reject 2% excise tax hike
      Those raising concerns about how the tax might affect tourism and convention business included: Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau; Matthew A. Hollander, general manager of the MassMutual Center; and Gregory B. Chiecko, sales director for the Eastern States Exposition.
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    3. Life Sciences event at Smith College in Northampton called off by snow

      Life Sciences event at Smith College in Northampton called off by snow
      The “Life Sciences in Western Massachusetts: Advancing the Next Generation” seminar set for Thursday at Smith College has been called off due to the impending snowstorm. No makeup date has been set, yet, said Angus G. McQuilken, vice president for communications at the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
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    4. Western Massachusetts towns work to upgrade broadband Internet access

      Western Massachusetts towns work to upgrade broadband Internet access
      Sixteen towns in Franklin County, seven in Hampshire, three in Hampden and 21 in Berkshire have banded together to create a cooperative they are calling WiredWest, which plans to build and operate a community-owned, open-access broadband network in the member towns.
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    5. Economic strategist Marla Michel encourages tentative entrepeneurs

      In a recent panel with Connecting Point, Michel, who is the Executive Director of Economic Development Strategies and Regional Partnerships at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, discusses the factors bringing entrepeneurs victory in today’s market. Adding to this conversation are Hendalee Wilson, the up-and-coming CEO of CellAssist and Keith Parent, the CEO and President of Court Square Group.
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    6. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal to speak at Chamber Outlook lunch

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal to speak at Chamber Outlook lunch
      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, will speak and the chamber was waiting last week for official confirmation from Gov. Deval L. Patrick. If Patrick doesn’t attend, chamber members will likely hear from a senior member of Patrick’s staff, said Jeffrey S. Ciuffreda, vice president of government affairs for the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.
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