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

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

      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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    3. The EDC and the Commonwealth Host Financial Services Roundtable

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

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

      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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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