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

      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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    2. European Business Development Mission 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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    3. UMass Amherst researchers develop high-tech uniforms for soldiers

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

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

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

      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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    7. New Buy Mass Event Scheduled at Pratt & Whitney

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

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

      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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    10. Hampshire College conference focuses on importance of videogame, digital animation business to Western Massachusetts

      Hampshire College conference focuses on importance of videogame, digital animation business to Western Massachusetts

      Anzovin was one of the panelists Thursday at “Digital Games: Playing in the Valley”, an afternoon-long symposium at Hampshire College aimed at fostering the Pioneer Valley’s videogame and digital animation industry. The event was sponsored by Hampshire college, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council and MassDiGI, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute.

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    11. State explores economic growth in WMass

      Housing and Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki said his office is facilitating relationships between western Massachusetts companies and large companies, like Raytheon, which specializes in military defense products.  “We’re actually going to start by talking with some of our big companies that are here about, first of all, locating some of their business units out in Western Mass or other low costs parts of the state,” said Bialecki.

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    12. Smith & Wesson grows in Springfield hiring veterans, Putnam Vocational students

      Smith & Wesson grows in Springfield hiring veterans, Putnam Vocational students

      Smith & Wesson has more than 1,200 employees. Monday, Smith & Wesson announced that it has already created 217 jobs and expects to hit 227 jobs by the end of February. The 160-year-old Springfield gunmaker has also invested more than $19 million in capital improvements at its sprawling Roosevelt Avenue plant through the end of December 2011.

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    13. EDC to Host Industry Sector Series

        The EDC will host “New Market Opportunities for Photonics and Fiber Optics Companies” on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at 4:00 at the Springfield Technology Park. This will be the first in a series of presentations to be scheduled over the next several months focused on opportunities for manufacturing clusters we have identified as having growth potential for the region. Here is a link to the invitation, including RSVP information -- http://www.westernmassedc.com/photonics2012/ The series was spawned by the “Economic Development and Business Attraction Planning” report completed by CWS Consulting Group -- http://www.westernmassedc.com/cwsreport/ -- with the ...
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