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    1. West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism, business

      West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism, business

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts unveiled their new branding identity -- West Mass -- Tuesday night at an event at Open Square in Holyoke. The EDC and the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau spent $80,000 on the effort, money collected from member businesses. The visitors bureau receives state grant money as well. "We have jobs that go unfilled. We have a lower cost of living than some of our competitors. We who live here know that this region has a lot going for it," said Richard K. Sullivan, president and CEO of ...

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    2. Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville

      Springfield Technology Park announces partnership with Greentown Labs of Somerville

      The Technology Park — 340,000 square feet of space on 15.3 acres of what was once the Springfield Armory — has entered into a formal agreement with Greentown Labs to act as a sort of manufacturing matchmaker. Under the plan, announced Thursday at the Developers Conference hosted by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, there will be two economic development "fellows," one stationed at Greentown in Somerville and one at the Springfield Technology Park, said Jen Murphy, senior property manager at the Springfield Technology Park.

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    3. Gov. Baker to keynote Western Massachusetts Developers Conference highlighting sites,...

      Gov. Baker to keynote Western Massachusetts Developers Conference highlighting sites,...

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is expected to draw more than 300 developers and corporate decision makers to its Western Massachusetts Developers Conference next week. Gov. Charlie Baker will be the keynote speaker, wrapping up a morning-long event Thursday, June 23 at the MassMutual Center convention space downtown, said Richard K. Sullivan Jr. president and CEO of the Council.

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    4. Western Massachusetts Developers Conference Set for June 23

      Western Massachusetts Developers Conference Set for June 23

      The day-long event —which includes a light breakfast, lunch, municipality and resource vendors, plus an interactive map featuring priority development opportunities — is being coordinated by key area organizations, including the Western Mass. Economic Development Council (EDC), Economic Development Partners, MassDevelopment, and MassEcon. “We are thrilled to be a part organizing this event,” said Ann Burke, EDC vice president. “This is an incredibly exciting time for the region, with many investment opportunities, plus there are countless resources available to developers and businesses considering Western Mass., and we are excited to share them.”

       

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    5. Boston Fed awards Springfield $475K grant to help low-income residents get work | masslive.com

      Boston Fed awards Springfield $475K grant to help low-income residents get work | masslive.com

      A partnership of Springfield business, civic and education groups received $475,000 in Working Cities Challenge grant money from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for programs linking low-income residents to the in-demand training needed for jobs that often go unfilled.  'How do we as a community help low-income residents of Springfield who need good jobs?' said Ann Burke, vice president of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. 'How do we get them the training necessary to obtain and keep those jobs? How do we overcome the barriers between those people who need jobs and employers who need qualified ...

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    6. Officials from Irish airline Aer Lingus visit Springfield to promotes new nonstop flights from Bradley International Airport to Dublin | masslive.com

      Officials from Irish airline Aer Lingus visit Springfield to promotes new nonstop flights from Bradley International Airport to Dublin | masslive.com

      Officials for Irish airline Aer Lingus brought their promotional road show -- complete with flight attendants in uniforms -- to the Colony Club in downtown Springfield Wednesday, using the month of St. Patrick to promote the airline's new nonstop service from Hartford-Springfield Bradley International Airport to Dublin.

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    7. American Airlines to offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport to Los Angeles | masslive.com

      American Airlines to offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport to Los Angeles | masslive.com

      American Airlines will offer nonstop daily service from Bradley International Airport here to Los Angeles International, or LAX, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Wednesday afternoon.  Tickets don't go on sale until Tuesday and fare information was unavailable. Service begins June 2 using 150-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.  Bradley International Airport reported 2.72 million passengers boarding in calendar year 2015, that's up 1.4 percent from the 2.68 million passenger departures in calendar year 2014.

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    8. Trade reps from around the world get glimpse of Western Massachusetts innovation economy | masslive.com

      Trade reps from around the world get glimpse of Western Massachusetts innovation economy | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment organized the trip with the help of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. They visited the Yankee Candle factory in Whately and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke.  In Springfield, they visited Valley Venture Mentors' business accelerator for startups in Tower Square, where they learned about the expertise and in some cases cash prizes Valley Venture Mentors can provide to new companies.  At Valley Venture Mentors, the trade reps also learned about TechSpring, an innovation hub established by Baystate Health in Downtown Springfield. TechSpring focuses on Big Data ...

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    9. Downtown Holiday Market to open in vacant Springfield storefronts Nov. 23 | masslive.com

      Downtown Holiday Market to open in vacant Springfield storefronts Nov. 23 | masslive.com

      Leaders in the Springfield business community are hoping to lure holiday shoppers from the malls or online retailers and into city storefronts with the first annual Downtown Holiday Market.  From Nov. 23 through Christmas Eve, local vendors will set up gift shops in now-vacant storefronts throughout Tower Square and between 1331-1391 Main St.  At an announcement event Thursday, Business Improvement District Director Chris Russell told a small crowd on the corner of Main Street and Harrison Avenue that organizers are hoping the seasonal attraction will help re-create the pre-shopping mall days when Springfield was a 'Mecca' for holiday shopping.

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    10. Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator 2016 Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator

      Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator 2016 Valley Venture Mentors Accelerator

      Core training, meetings, and events will be held the 1st weekend of every month. These monthly, long weekend, boot camps feature hands-on training, expert-led lectures, peer collaboration, advisor office hours, and practice judging rounds. In addition, there will be workshops covering strategy, innovation, marketing, sales, team building/dynamics, operating best practices, fundraising, and term sheets & valuations 101

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    11. Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce uses new logo | masslive.com

      Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce uses new logo | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Secretary of State has given final approval on the merger between the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce to officially form the Springfield Regional Chamber.  At a special meeting of both the ACCGS and the Springfield Chamber, the membership of the ACCGS and the Springfield Chamber voted in person and by proxy to unanimously approve the merger and create the new organization. The creation of one unified organization was the result of more than two years of discussions, comprehensive analyses, reviews of best practices and benchmarking against chambers across the country.

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    12. CRRC rail company breaks ground in Springfield, declares global ambitions beyond China merger | masslive.com

      CRRC rail company breaks ground in Springfield, declares global ambitions beyond China merger | masslive.com

      China's rail industry behemoth CRRC has its sights set on international expansion. The result of a merger between the state-owned companies China CNR Corp. and CSR Corp., CRRC instantly became one of the largest industrial companies in the world when it was created June 1. While most of its business is domestic, CNR has already made headway into international markets, winning a $566 million contract to build subway cars for Boston's MBTA in Springfield and a deal to modernize Buenos Aires' subway system in Argentina.

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    13. Richard Sullivan's return to Western Massachusetts as head of the Economic Development Council bodes well for the region: Editorial

      Richard Sullivan's return to Western Massachusetts as head of the Economic Development Council bodes well for the region: Editorial

      The Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council has scored something of a coup by “recapturing” Richard K. Sullivan Jr. as its president and CEO. Sullivan will assume the post when Allan W. Blair, who currently holds the post, retires after 44 years in the field of job creation and business development. An energetic leader, a dynamic force who knows Massachusetts inside out, Sullivan will undoubtedly offer fresh and knowledgeable perspectives from his service in Boston, where he has had opportunities to travel internationally as part of the job. His current post is chief of staff for Gov. Deval Patrick. He’s ...

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    14. MGM Springfield casino project: 'Let's get shovels in the ground!' declares ebullient Mayor Domenic Sarno, grateful state's casino law upheld by voters | masslive

      MGM Springfield casino project: 'Let's get shovels in the ground!' declares ebullient Mayor Domenic Sarno, grateful state's casino law upheld by voters | masslive

      'Now let's get shovels in the ground!' declared Mayor Domenic Sarno on Tuesday night, thrilled that MGM's $800 million casino plan can move forward after Massachusetts voters defeated a measure to repeal the state's casino law.  'With MGM Springfield moving forward and providing an increase in local resources, my first priority will be to public safety for our continued war on crime,' Sarno said Tuesday night.

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    15. MassMutual commits $5 million to invest in small business, $1.5 million to mentor and accelerate start-ups | masslive

      MassMutual commits $5 million to invest in small business, $1.5 million to mentor and accelerate start-ups | masslive

      "It's about having an idea that can grow," said MassMutual President and CEO Roger W. Crandall on Thursday. "Who knows how many jobs it can grow: 5, 50, 500. But these are the businesses that can grow and add jobs." Crandall made the announcement Thursday during the Western Massachusetts Developers Conference, an event that drew more than 350 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to hear about development opportunities in the region. The $6.5 million is part of a two-part plan to address the most pressing needs felt by entrepreneurs: access to capital and access to ...

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    16. Deval Patrick touts $5.2 million investment in UMass Springfield satellite center as vital for education, economic development

      Deval Patrick touts $5.2 million investment in UMass Springfield satellite center as vital for education, economic development

      Gov. Deval Patrick, in providing $5.2 million on Thursday to allow completion of the University of Massachusetts satellite center at Tower Square, called it an essential investment in education and economic development. Patrick was joined by local officials, business leaders and university officials in viewing the new center, under construction on the second floor of Tower Square. The $5.2 million investment includes construction and all furnishings with the Springfield center scheduled to open this fall. There is an incredible concentration of colleges and other educational institutions and “brain power” within an hour and 15 minutes of downtown Boston ...

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    17. HealthSouth celebrates opening of its new acute care hospital in Ludlow | masslive.com

      HealthSouth celebrates opening of its new acute care hospital in Ludlow | masslive.com

      State Sen. Gale Candaras, D-Wilbraham, said the opening of HealthSouth is the beginning of the revitalization of an area which was once central to Ludlow.  “The image of the Ludlow Mills clock tower is on the town seal,” she said.  Delude said the Ludlow Mills in conjunction with HealthSouth plans to develop a 1.1 mile river-walk along the Chicopee River which will be behind HealthSouth and open to the public. He said the community has not had access to the rive in 160 years.  In another development for the mills, by the end of this year WinnDevelopment could begin ...

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    18. University of Massachusetts opens 'welcome center' for students at Springfield Tower Square satellite campus

      University of Massachusetts opens 'welcome center' for students at Springfield Tower Square satellite campus

      The University of Massachusetts, opening a satellite center at Tower Square this fall, formally opened its ground-floor “Welcome Center” on Monday to begin assisting students with registration. During a press conference at Tower Square, city officials and university representatives gathered to announce the opening of the center, and to provide some details about the 40 courses and various programs being offered.

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    19. Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee celebrates 40th anniversary

      Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. in Chicopee celebrates 40th anniversary

      This year marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation and its four industrial parks developed on land vacated by the military.  “The fear was we were going to lose all the economic spin-off that came from the 8,000 people who had lived there,” said Allan W. Blair, president of Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation.  In 1973 the military decided to convert Westover, built in 1939 as a Strategic Air Command Base, to the first free-standing Air Force Reserve base, said Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, public relations technician for Westover.

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    20. New England makes Super Bowl XLVIII: Program cover created at Holyoke's Hazen Paper Co.

      New England makes Super Bowl XLVIII: Program cover created at Holyoke's Hazen Paper Co.

      Throughout the company headquarters here, evidence of Hazen’s reach into the marketplace can be seen hanging on the walls or in display cases. There are examples of flashy lottery tickets from around the world, packaging for Titleist golf balls, Crown Royal, Giorgio Armani’s fragrance, Gio.  “The mall is a great place to walk around,” said Charles J. Sheehan, director of workforce development. 'We did this, and we did that and we did it in Holyoke.’  Hollywood is well-represented as well. Hazen’s first major successes in its new holographic venture came in 2007 when it was selected to ...

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    21. Massachusetts gaming chief in CBS 3 Springfield interview: 'Not very likely that (MGM) would be stopped'

      Massachusetts gaming chief in CBS 3 Springfield interview: 'Not very likely that (MGM) would be stopped'

      MGM officials will present their proposal to the Gaming Commission on Thursday at 9:30 a.m., postponed from Wednesday by the snowstorm. The presentation will be live-streamed and can be accessed from MassLive. Following the presentation, Crosby said, there will be at least two public hearings, including one in Springfield and one in a surrounding community. "When we do award a license, whether it’s to MGM or anybody else, we will do it with conditions that we will enforce, so there’s still a lot of room to give us constructive public feedback," Crosby told Leclerc. Crosby said ...

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    22. Cruise Control | BusinessWest

      Cruise Control | BusinessWest

      Dave Cruise’s desk — or, more specifically, what sits on it — speaks volumes about his work with the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, and also his work ethic and his passion for putting other people to work.  Sitting in one corner are a few “toys,” as he calls them, including a plastic device (a tracheal tube of sorts once made by Mitchell Machine in Springfield), as a well as a small plastic castle tower, complete with an interior staircase, that are there as reminders of the many different types of products made in this region and of the high ...

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    23. Beginning today, doctors can grab far-flung medical records in emergencies

      Beginning today, doctors can grab far-flung medical records in emergencies

      The simulation shows that the HIE is now capable of responding to queries and able to “pull” information from a variety of institutions. In October of 2012, Patrick participated in the Phase 1 launch of the HIE by sending his electronic medical record from Massachusetts General Hospital to Baystate Health in Springfield. This demonstrated the “push” functionality of the HIE, which does not help doctors collect information in an emergency.

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    24. Springfield officials pleased with Massachusetts Gaming Commission's positive suitability decision on MGM's South End ...

      Springfield officials pleased with Massachusetts Gaming Commission's positive suitability decision on MGM's South End ...

      "I had a brief conversation with the mayor earlier and he is very, very pleased as are all of us who've worked so hard on this," Kennedy said at a brief press conference following the commission's announcement. "And we expect that we've overcome another hurdle in the process and we look forward to working with MGM to settle the remaining issues that are there as we march, hopefully, toward a licenseure in May of 2014."

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