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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Menck Windows in Chicopee, Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Titan Roofing in Springfield and Mestek in Westfield get tax incentives for growth

      Menck Windows in Chicopee, Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Sheffield, Titan Roofing in Springfield and Mestek in Westfield get tax incentives for growth

      Four Western Massachusetts companies, including three manufacturers, are getting tax incentives to encourage investment and job creation, the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development said Thursday.  And one of the four, Menck Windows of Chicopee brings an entirely new business to the region, according to the news release  The other three are Mestek Inc., a maker of heating and cooling equipment in Westfield, Berkshire Mountain Distillers Inc. in Sheffield and Titan Roofing in Springfield.

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    10. Baystate Health president and CEO Mark Tolosky to step down; Dr. Mark Keroack named successor

      Baystate Health president and CEO Mark Tolosky to step down; Dr. Mark Keroack named successor

      Mark R. Tolosky, 62, is retiring from his post as president and CEO of Baystate Health and will be succeeded July 1 by Dr. Mark A. Keroack.  Keroack, a Springfield native, currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Baystate. He returned to Springfield to work at Baystate in 2011 having worked most recently at University HealthSystem Consortium in Oak Brook, Ill.

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    11. Chicopee approves tax break for Menck Windows

      Chicopee approves tax break for Menck Windows

      The company, which is in a joint venture with Menck Fenster a 130-year-old German company, initially plans to hire 20 to 30 employees and hopes to expand to at least 50 within five years.  Before the City Council meeting, Todd Bachelder, president and chief executive officer for Menck USA, asked for a quick approval so the company could begin installing equipment and be ready for business for the end of the 2014 construction season.  The approval enables the company to appear before the state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council this month to request economic development incentive grants or tax credits.

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    12. Bradley seeks longer reach in 2014

      Bradley seeks longer reach in 2014

      North Carolina. Ohio. California. Europe.The Connecticut Airport Authority has some lofty destination goals in 2014 for Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. All those goals might not be realized next year, but the authority will be well on the way to fulfilling them, said CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon.

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    13. Downtown Springfield merchants, local leaders praise plans for UMass satellite campus at Tower Square

      Downtown Springfield merchants, local leaders praise plans for UMass satellite campus at Tower Square

      “It’s a big day for Springfield,” said Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer. “It’s very important to the revitalization, the vitality of downtown, to bring college-aged students down here. It will do a world of good for the downtown. We’re very excited.

      “Springfield is on the way back and this is really a big step,” Kennedy said.

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    14. Patrick Administration Increases Hiring Incentives

      Patrick Administration Increases Hiring Incentives

      Building off record investments made by the Patrick Administration in Veterans Services, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today announced it has more than doubled cash grants available to employers hiring Massachusetts residents who have been unemployed for 6 months or more, or Massachusetts veterans (regardless of length of unemployment). Increased grant funding is available through the state’s Hiring Incentive Training Grant (HITG), a program of the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund.

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    15. Gov. Deval Patrick signs bill to repeal dreaded tax on software services

      Gov. Deval Patrick signs bill to repeal dreaded tax on software services

      Gov. Deval Patrick on Friday signed a bill to repeal the new sales tax on computer services, officially killing a levy that had caused an uproar among business and technology leaders.  The speedy bill signing was first announced on Twitter, which was used by people to generate opposition to the tax shortly before it took effect on July 31. Patrick signed the bill the morning after it arrived on his desk.  The state House of Representatives voted 156-1 on Wednesday and the Senate, 38-0, on Thursday to repeal the tax, which imposed the 6.25 percent sales tax on certain ...

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    16. Big Y, F.L. Roberts announce partnership to create 'Big Y Express' convenience store featuring fuel in Lee | masslive.com

      Big Y, F.L. Roberts announce partnership to create 'Big Y Express' convenience store featuring fuel in Lee | masslive.com

      Big Y Foods Inc. and F.L. Roberts & Co. are joining forces to develop their own convenience store brand featuring fuel called 'Big Y Express' with the first store to open sometime this fall in Lee, off exit 2 of the Massachusetts Turnpike.  The partnership marks the latest alliance between the two longtime Springfield-based businesses, and represents Big Y's first foray into the vehicle fueling market, following grocery competitors such as Stop & Shop and large warehouse clubs like Costco.

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    17. Massachusetts legislators urged to expand financial support of aging urban centers in gateway cities

      Massachusetts legislators urged to expand financial support of aging urban centers in gateway cities

      The Gateway Cities are: Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Westfield, Pittsfield, Attleboro, Barnstable, Lawrence, Quincy, Brockton, Leominster, Revere, Chelsea, Lowell, Salem, Lynn, Everett, Malden, Taunton, Fall River, Methuen, Fitchburg, New Bedford, Worcester, Haverhill and Peabody.  The hearing was led by state Senator Gale D. Candaras, D-Wilbraham, and Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, co-chairs of the Legislature’s joint committee on economic development and emerging technologies.

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    18. More traffic coming to New England's Knowledge Corridor. - Courant.com

      More traffic coming to New England's Knowledge Corridor. - Courant.com

      The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership is a collaboration of planning, business, tourism and educational institutions that work to advance the region's economy. Formed in 2000, the partnership has done a lot of block-building work in marketing, business development, advocacy and research. To take one innovative example, the partnership developed a web-based program called InternHere.com, which connects local college students with internships at employers in the region.

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    19. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      On June 6, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced two
      grants made by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to the University of
      Massachusetts (“UMass”) and Baystate Health that total over $100 million.

      The UMass grant will fit out a new science building with
      three research centers:

      • Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
        developing nanotechnology and large dataset management to improve health care
        through low-cost, wearable, wireless sensors that analyze patient data
        continuously in real time. Biomanufacturing firms, medical device makers, big
        data analysts and other health care industry partners will produce prototypes,
        test them and assess manufacturing feasibility.
      • Bioactive Delivery, focused on ...
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    20. Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts urges Springfield votes to let casino question move forward

      Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts urges Springfield votes to let casino question move forward

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is urging Springfield voters to approve the July 16 referendum on the MGM Springfield casino proposal for the city’s South End.The EDC, a regional organization that looks at economic issues and fosters business growth, bases the assertion on a review of MGM Springfield’s proposed host community agreement with the city and a belief that the agreement could provide an economic boost to the region.

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    21. Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick unveils 5-year education plan

      Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick unveils 5-year education plan

      School officials have unveiled a five-year initiative designed to boost student performance and close the achievement gap at city schools.  Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick presented the plan to the School Committee Thursday as the work of hundreds of teachers, administrators, early childhood providers and members of the business community over the past year.

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