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    1. The Casino Era Begins

      The Casino Era Begins
      Indeed, only a few seconds in, Blair, president of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., said that, while he had no official determination on the matter, he thought it quite fair to say that the resort casino due to be built over the next several years somewhere within the 413 area code will easily be the region’s largest development project ever. And he wasn’t just talking about dollars and cents, although the projected $500 million (minimum) project — at least twice the cost of Baystate Health’s $250 million Hospital of the Future — will certainly cover that aspect ...
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    2. Holyoke Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center completes first stage of construction

      Holyoke Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center completes first stage of construction
      The so-called topping off ceremony is a milestone in the construction of the $168 million technology hub that is to join together five universities and two businesses, but the building is far from complete. It is expected to be another year before the computing center, being constructed at the site of the former Mastex Industries on Bigelow Street, will be finished.
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    3. $23 million Gulfstream project announced in Westfield

      In Westfield, Gulfstream has already started hiring for the highly technical aviation maintenance and repair jobs that will fill the new hangar, Mark Burns said. “These are the kinds of jobs that can uplift a community,” Burns said. “We are very proud of that.” Westfield beat out sites in other states that were vying for the maintenance facility because of the quality of its workforce. “Our customers routinely tell us that this facility is the best,” he said.
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    4. Western New England University opens pharmacy college, only one in Western Massachusetts

      Western New England University opens pharmacy college, only one in Western Massachusetts
      The program is housed in part of Western New England’s $40 million Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy building, which opened in December. It’s one of just 125 schools of pharmacy in the country and one of four programs in the state, along with Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Boston, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Worcester and Northeastern University – Bouve College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The University of Connecticut also has a program in Hartford. The Albany College of Pharmacy is the nearest program to our west.
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    5. Massachusetts tornado relief: Gov. Deval Patrick announces storm assistance centers

      Massachusetts tornado relief: Gov. Deval Patrick announces storm assistance centers
      "Our homeowners and business owners are the backbone of our communities and we are committed to connecting them with the resources that are available so they can rebuild," said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. "These centers will offer guidance on a wide array of assistance, from Small Business Administration funding to business relocation and reopening tools to tips on how to file insurance claims. We stand behind all of the people whose lives and livelihoods have been uprooted and we will not rest until everyone is back on their feet."
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    6. Governor Patrick Recommending Western Massachusetts

      I have heard Governor Deval Patrick present two keynote addresses in the last month. The first was at an international business conference at Brandeis University and the second was at the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (“AIM”) Annual Meeting, both coincidentally in Waltham. On each occasion, the Governor wove in advice to the primarily Boston-area firms in the audience to look at western Massachusetts in lieu of North Carolina or Texas when seeking a lower cost alternative to the Boston market.

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    7. Pioneer Valley companies meet with Raytheon officials in hopes of generating ...

      Pioneer Valley companies meet with Raytheon officials in hopes of generating ...
      But Poplar Hill Machine was one of 15 companies invited to participate in matchmaking session organized by Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts and conducted at the Andrew M. Scibelli Enterprise Center at Springfield Technical Community College Technology Park.
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    8. Springfield's future lies in rails and ports according to a conference

      Springfield's future lies in rails and ports according to a conference
      More than 105 business people and others attended the 2011 Logistics Conference hosted by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, the region’s economic development agency, and Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a Boston-based business group.
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    9. Western Massachusetts: the next life sciences hub?

      Windham-Bannister was a speaker at the forum along with Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of western Massachusetts, and Abigail Barrow, founding director of Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center. The forum also included local businesspeople and Smith faculty.
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    10. Do You Have What Raytheon Wants?

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts (“AIM”) manages the Buy Mass program and website for the Commonwealth. AIM and the EDC have been working on a new program for Buy Mass, which will connect small and medium-sized local firms with large OEM’s in the state. The first OEM to participate will be Raytheon, which will send a team of Purchasing executives to Springfield on May 5. The EDC is tasked with identifying and inviting firms from western Mass to apply for inclusion in the program. Any interested firm should review the invitation -- http://www.aimnet.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home_Page ...
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    11. Proposed Bills Could Rev Up Bradley International Airport as an Economic Engine

      Proposed Bills Could Rev Up Bradley International Airport as an Economic Engine
      Bradley is also viewed as our airport in Western New England,” Alan Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Western Massachusetts. “We regard Bradley as our portal to the rest of the world.” Blair said more autonomy would allow the airport to focus on route development which is a key to economic development. Blair said the airport currently has no route development specialist which hurts when there are companies that want to have routes to Bradley.
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    12. Innovators hold key place in region

      Innovators hold key place in region
      The Economic Development Council and its partners will continue to work hard this year to identify the innovators in our region and help them find the resources they need to succeed. There is never a better or worse time to encourage new ideas. Very often, it is during the slower economic times that innovators choose to strike out on their own to prove the validity of a new idea or process or product.
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    13. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. plans solar facility in Springfield

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. plans solar facility in Springfield
      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. plans to build New England’s largest array of solar panels on a former landfill at 282 Cottage St. Construction on the $22 million project is expected to begin sometime after March and be completed by the end of 2011, WMECo spokeswoman Sandra Ahearn said Monday.
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