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

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      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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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Palmer   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    3. Gov. Deval Patrick to announce $100 million in grants for life sciences during visit to Western Massachusetts

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      Gov. Deval Patrick to announce $100 million in grants for life sciences during visit to Western Massachusetts

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick plans to announce more than $100 million in grants for life-sciences-related capital projects in the Pioneer Valley at a press conference at the University of Massachusetts Thursday. Through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, Massachusetts is investing $1 billion over 10 years in the growth of the state’s life sciences industry, his office announced in a prepared statement.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

    4. Governor Deval Patrick & AMP it UP!

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 26 2013)

      Governor Deval Patrick & AMP it UP!

      Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, MA is offering a popular high tech training program for students interested in a career in manufacturing.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Palmer

    5. CT's Bradley lands LA nonstop flights

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      CT's Bradley lands LA nonstop flights

      American Airlines is adding a nonstop flight from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks to Los Angeles, the first West Coast nonstop from the Connecticut airfield.  American will start flying the Connecticut-California nonstop on Aug. 27, although customers can book the flight starting on Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    6. MassMutual gets Massachusetts tax incentive to move jobs to Springfield; Crane gets tax incentive to add jobs in North Adams

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      MassMutual gets Massachusetts tax incentive to move jobs to Springfield; Crane gets tax incentive to add jobs in North Adams

      MassMutual Financial Group received a $3.75 million state tax credit to relocate 250 jobs to its State Street headquarters, supporting a $59.4 million investment by MassMutual. The workers are moving as a result of MassMutual’s purchase in September of The Hartford’s Retirement Plans business for $400 million. That deal became official on Jan. 1

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    7. The EDC and the Commonwealth Host Financial Services Roundtable

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 13 2013)

      The EDC worked with the Mass Office of Business Development
      to hone the value proposition for our region and Secretary Bialecki made a
      cogent presentation to the consultants yesterday. Boston and New York are our
      top target markets because we add the advantage of management proximity to our
      core upside of a productive workforce at substantial cost savings compared to
      those markets

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Springfield   Michael Graney

    8. Gov. Deval Patrick announces life sciences funding at Holyoke Community College

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      Gov. Deval Patrick announces life sciences funding at Holyoke Community College

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick announced Thursday during a visit to Holyoke Community College more than $9 million in grants for life sciences-related capital projects in Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Holyoke Community College

    9. Polymer Corporation Opens New Injection Molding Facility In Palmer, Mass.

      Explore businesswire.com (Feb 27 2013)

      Polymer Corporation Opens New Injection Molding Facility In Palmer, Mass.

      “Polymer is rapidly growing and committed to manufacturing in the United States,” said Jim Ryan, the company’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our new Palmer plant provides needed additional capacity, supports our commitment to innovation through the use of state-of-the-art technology, and allows us to run highly efficient operations. Further, Palmer is convenient to our customers and our workforce.”

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      Mentions:   Palmer

    10. For Western Massachusetts to grow, investment must be made in skills of our work force

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 13 2013)

      For Western Massachusetts to grow, investment must be made in skills of our work force

      Many of the businesses in our region are doing well. They have managed through the difficult years of the great recession by reducing costs, penetrating new markets and investing in new technology. This is true of many segments of our regional economy, but particularly so of our precision manufacturing sector. Despite volatility in their traditional sales channels of defense and aerospace, these businesses have remained competitive, largely through investments in technologically advanced machine tools and equipment.

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      Mentions:   Allan W. Blair

    11. Bradley International Airport looks to add airlines, routes and flights

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      Bradley International Airport looks to add airlines, routes and flights

      Graney said the Economic Development Council’s research also finds that West Coast and international routes are needed at Bradley.

      “All the other stuff helps, but the game changers are the West Coast and Europe,” Graney said. “To the extent that they can pursue and land airlines to make those flight connections, it opens up longer-range business prospects.”

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Springfield   Michael Graney

    12. European Business Development Mission 2012

      Explore From the EDC (Nov 28 2012)

      European Business Development Mission 2012

      I spent the previous two weeks in Europe on my annual business development mission to solicit inbound investment to western Massachusetts and/or partnerships with firms in our region. I spent three days in Düsseldorf attending Medica, the largest medical device trade show in the world (over 130,000 attendees), and four days in The Netherlands. I met with executives from 22 companies in the medical device, IT, defense, diagnostics, plastics, glass and sports medicine industries, and even a producer who wants to shoot a film in Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    13. UMass Amherst researchers develop high-tech uniforms for soldiers

      Explore Home - BostonHerald.com (Nov 27 2012)

      UMass Amherst polymer scientists Kenneth Carter and James Watkins, collaborating with team leader Francesco Fornasiero of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, recently received a five-year, $1.8 million grant to design ways to manufacture the new material as part of a $13 million project funded by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    14. Holyoke marks grand opening of $165 million Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

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      Holyoke marks grand opening of $165 million Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center

      Words like "crazy" and "milestone" were used to highlight the significance Friday of this city becoming official home to a $165 million high performance computing center. With iconic partners like Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, such a collaboration leading to the center's grand opening defied skeptics who might have dismissed such a project as crazy, MIT President Emeritus Susan Hockfield said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    15. Deloitte report shows parts of New England can be as inexpensive as the South for manufacturing

      Explore bizjournals (Oct 25 2012)

      In particular, the report singles out three relatively affordable regions in New England: the I-91 corridor, particularly in the Pioneer Valley area;

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    16. Mercy Medical Center launches construction of $20 million outpatient medical building in Springfield

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      Mercy Medical Center launches construction of $20 million outpatient medical building in Springfield

      Sisters of Providence Health System, joined by its partners and local officials, launched a $20 million construction project at Mercy Medical Center on Monday to build a $20 million, state-of-the-art outpatient medical office center.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    17. Springfield Business Improvement District, other districts, no longer have to worry about opt-outs

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      Springfield Business Improvement District, other districts, no longer have to worry about opt-outs

      Springfield Business Improvement District Executive Director Donald A. Courtemanche said the vote gives the membership the ability to dramatically alter how the district works. Ideas he’ll present Nov. 7 will include spreading out the popular Stearns Square concert series with larger events, possibly in Court Square or Riverfront Park.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Northampton

    18. International Business Symposium Slated for Thursday

      Explore From the EDC (Oct 1 2012)

      International Business Symposium Slated for Thursday

      This will be a rare opportunity for executives in our region to speak to representatives of countries in Eastern and Western Europe, Canada, South America and Asia.

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Knowledge Corridor

    19. New $110 million data center at Springfield Technical High School site includes plan to assist area communities with information technology aid

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      New $110 million data center at Springfield Technical High School site includes plan to assist area communities with information technology aid

      Alex Zaroulis, a spokeswoman for the state Executive Office of Administration and Finance, said the state recently hired a “municipal liaison for information technology” to assist communities in Western Massachusetts and outlying areas of the state with regional informational technology support. The outreach is in partnership with the Springfield project, she said. “We have been working to reach out to municipalities across the commonwealth to engage in any assistance we can offer,” Zaroulis said, of the recently launched effort.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   The Republican

    20. New Buy Mass Event Scheduled at Pratt & Whitney

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 24 2012)

      The EDC is pleased to join Associated Industries ofMassachusetts (“AIM”) and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (“MOBD”)in announcing our next “Buy Mass” event. This is our first out-of-state event.It will be hosted by Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford on August 9.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Raytheon   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    21. New Bradley Terminal Would Nearly Double Airport Gates

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      New Bradley Terminal Would Nearly Double Airport Gates

      Arrivals and departures are estimated to increase 44 percent between 2009 and 2028. Economic development executives in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts universally agree that a robust Bradley is crucial to adding and keeping jobs in the region.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport

    22. MassMutual makes Fortune 500 List

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      MassMutual makes Fortune 500 List

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance or  MassMutual came in at 457th on the  Fortune 500 list.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    23. Patrick’s jobs czar: we’re almost back - BostonHerald.com

      Explore Home - BostonHerald.com (Jul 3 2012)

      Patrick’s jobs czar: we’re almost back - BostonHerald.com

      Bialecki said he is planning a new initiative to woo companies from the metropolitan New York area, targeting financial services and information technology firms. He hopes some of those companies will consider relocating customer service jobs outsourced abroad so they are closer to home, particularly in the lower-cost Springfield area.
      A successful example, he said, is a Liberty Mutual customer service call center located in downtown Springfield, announced in 2008.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Liberty Mutual Insurance Group   Liberty Mutual

    24. Massachusetts, Connecticut economic development officials predict growth ...

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      Smith and Bialecki addressed 370 business people and government officials from both Connecticut and Massachusetts gathered at the Holiday Inn Springfield-Enfield. The Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership is dedicated to marketing the entire six-county region called New England’s Knowledge Corridor as one single region.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Knowledge Corridor

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