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    1. Pioneer Valley prepping pitch for Amazon HQ; company promises as many as 50,000 jobs

      Pioneer Valley prepping pitch for Amazon HQ; company promises as many as 50,000 jobs

      Western Massachusetts is in the early stages of preparing a proposal -- or of combining  with a neighbor's response -- to Amazon's broad but tantalizing search for second North American headquarters. Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, said Thursday he has notified mayors and heads of town governments here of Amazon's needs. He also informed them of the Pioneer Valley's potential to fill Amazon's needs. "You have to be in the game to win," Sullivan said.

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    2. 'Lease It Local' helps startups pay rent on Springfield storefronts

      'Lease It Local' helps startups pay rent on Springfield storefronts

      Entrepreneurs looking to rent a downtown storefront can look to DevelopSpringfield for a little help. The public-private partnership charged with fostering economic growth in the city said Wednesday that it is taking applications for "Lease It Local," a program that will help businesses rent, occupy and enliven storefronts that are now vacant or underused. An application and full details are available online at developspringfield.com/programs.html.

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    3. Out of the rough: Callaway Golf Co. grows Chicopee factory, production workforce

      Out of the rough: Callaway Golf Co. grows Chicopee factory, production workforce

      Golf is a game of precision. Making golf balls is no less exacting, as Dominic Duvall demonstrated recently at Callaway Golf Co.'s sprawling plant in the Willimansett section of town. He placed unfinished golf balls between the sharp points of an electronic micrometer to measure it to thousandths of an inch. Each ball, with it's aerodynamic surface geometry of 332 tiny indentations -- don't call them dimples -- can be no smaller than 1.68 inches in diameter and no heavier than 1.62 ounces. The Callaway plant makes 50 million golf balls a year. That's 20,000 ...

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    4. Peter Pan Bus Lines moves to Springfield Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines moves to Springfield Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will move its bus operations and ticket counter into the newly reopened Springfield Union Station Wednesday, Sept. 6. Schedules will run as normal, Peter Pan said in a news release. The long-expected move, which the Springfield-based bus carrier and the Springfield Redvelopment Authority announced in May, will begin to clear the way for the redevelopment of the station at 1776 Main St.

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    5. Southworth Paper closing leaves gap for Turners Falls, Agawam

      Southworth Paper closing leaves gap for Turners Falls, Agawam

      The closing Wednesday of Southworth Paper Co., eliminating 120 jobs, leaves a gap in Agawam and the Turners Falls section of Montague, where paper mills were major employers for generations. "It's sad what has happened to the high-quality paper industry in this country," said Richard Kuklewicz, chairman of the Montague Board of Selectmen. "I feel badly for the people who worked there," he said. "To see the decline of the paper industry in Turners Falls is very difficult." In recent years company officials have said demand for paper was soft across the economy. David Southworth of Springfield said Wednesday ...

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    6. Springfield Cultural Walking Tour Map available as a mobile app

      Springfield Cultural Walking Tour Map available as a mobile app

      A guide to the city's cultural attractions -- from the historic H.H. Richardson Courthouse to a new pop-up art gallery -- is now as close as your phone or mobile device. The Springfield Cultural District announced Tuesday that its Cultural Walking Tour Map is now available as a free app for devices running either Google's Android or Apple's iOS. The map, created last summer, was previously only available as a paper handout or as a download from the website. It will still be available in those formats, and as a video map at springfieldculture.org.

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    7. CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy

      CRRC rail car factory in Springfield gets certificate of occupancy

      Rail car manufacturer CRRC has received a certificate of occupancy for its 204,000-square-foot factory on Page Boulevard, the company said Monday in a press release. That certificate, which means the structure complies with building codes, was issued June 30, 45 days ahead of schedule.  CRRC is building a 204,000-square-foot, $95 million factory at the old Westinghouse site in East Springfield. Workers are expected to start building subway cars in the factory in early 2018.

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    8. Springfield on the rise: What's new in the downtown Transformative Development Initiative District?

      Springfield on the rise: What's new in the downtown Transformative Development Initiative District?

      From cafes to office tenants, MassDevelopment had a lot to show off on a tour this week of its Transformative Development Initiative District in downtown Springfield. Begun in 2014, the TDI program aims to focus economic development efforts in just a few downtown blocks of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities.

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    9. Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

      Springfield's UMass Medical School Baystate campus welcomes first students

      When city native Kevin White was a kid, he told people he wanted to go to medical school. Now, he is -- and he's doing it here in his hometown, as part of the first class at the new Baystate campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Out of 22 members of this first-ever class of aspiring physicians, four are from Springfield or nearby communities. "It's something close to my heart. I was born in Baystate," said White, 22, referring to Baystate Medical Center. "I learned everything I needed to know in Springfield." And Springfield is where he ...

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    10. 'Walk right in': MassDevelopment offers tour of Springfield Transformative Development Initiative district

      'Walk right in': MassDevelopment offers tour of Springfield Transformative Development Initiative district

      DevelopSpringfield, a public-private partnership charged with fostering economic growth in the city, has money available to cover half the rent for a qualifying new business, up to $500 a month, while the new enterprise gets established downtown. Minkarah said application details will be available soon. The program is funded by a grant from MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency.

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    11. Rail passenger gathering at Springfield's Union Station to discuss future of train travel in New England

      Rail passenger gathering at Springfield's Union Station to discuss future of train travel in New England

      Rail passengers will gather Saturday in Springfield to tour Union Station and learn of possible improvements to rail travel in the region, including plans for an expansion of real service along the Connecticut River north of Springfield. They'll also learn about the possibility of, and stumbling blocks  for, increased east-west rail service from Springfield through Worcester to Boston, long-term plans to add service from Boston through Springfield to Montreal and the CT Rail project which will increase the frequency of service from Springfield to New Haven starting next May.

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    12. Westfield State University opens doors to high schoolers with pilot program

      Westfield State University opens doors to high schoolers with pilot program

      Nearly 100 students on campus for orientation earlier this week at Westfield State University won't be college freshman in the fall. They will be high school juniors taking college-level English in their high schools in Holyoke, Springfield and Westfield with both a high-school teacher and a Westfield State instructor. If all goes well, those students -- 20 or so from five area high schools -- will spend a good chunk of their senior year on the Westfield State campus taking one or two more courses on their way to a head start on a bachelor's degree quicker and more cheaply ...

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    13. Holyoke's oldest manufacturer sells off equipment at auction; 'I want to see where my machine goes, so I can go along with it,' former worker says

      Holyoke's oldest manufacturer sells off equipment at auction; 'I want to see where my machine goes, so I can go along with it,' former worker says

      Alan Bernier of South Hadley ran a sophisticated grinding machine at Holyoke Machine Co. for 33 years before the company, the oldest manufacturer in the city, closed in February. On Thursday he joined a crowd of hundreds at the company's liquidation auction. "I want to see where my machine goes so I can go along with it," he said. "I don't have a job now." Owner James Sagalyn said Holyoke Machine had simply outlived its usefulness. The paper mills and textile plants it was built to serve are either gone or are few and far between.

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    14. Peter Pan Bus Lines closing gas station as next step in redevelopment of Springfield property

      Peter Pan Bus Lines closing gas station as next step in redevelopment of Springfield property

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will close its open-to-the-public gas station on Liberty Street Thursday. Environmental regulations require replacing the tanks, and the company's long-term plans for the site don't include the gas station, said Peter A. Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines. The company will soon be moving its Springfield terminal to the recently opened Union Station. Picknelly has long-term plans to redevelop the parcel at the corner of Liberty and Main streets.

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    15. Holyoke gets MassDevelopment fellow, manager of innovation district

      Holyoke gets MassDevelopment fellow, manager of innovation district

      With just one month of work in Holyoke under her belt, Insiyah Mohammad Bergeron feels qualified to make a pretty bold statement: "I've met more interesting people on the street in Holyoke than I did living in New York or Boston," she said. "That's no exaggeration. I'm on a listening tour right now." Those interesting people include entrepreneurs, artisans, building owners and developers, she said. Her job is to get all those people connected and working together to start growing the economy in downtown Holyoke.

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    16. Owners of Callaway complex tear down obsolete office space in Chicopee (photos)

      Owners of Callaway complex tear down obsolete office space in Chicopee (photos)

      The owners of the Callaway Golf Co. complex at 425 Meadow St. are demolishing an unwanted and obsolete two-story office building even as they welcome new tenant Granite City Electric and an expansion of Callaway's golf ball manufacturing plant. "It's a great site. We've got more space available and property that can be built to suit," said Bob Flynn, chief operating officer of Calare Properties in Hudson. "We have maybe 10 or 12 acres that we can build on now out of the 50-acre parcel."

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    17. The Tavern in Westfield sold to owner of Opa Opa, Kaptain Jimmy's

      The Tavern in Westfield sold to owner of Opa Opa, Kaptain Jimmy's

      After 14 years in Westfield and a total of 36 years in business, John J. Bonavita is selling The Tavern restaurant to the owner of Southampton's Opa Opa Steakhouse and Brewery and Agawam's Kaptain Jimmy's. Longtime Tavern manager Chris Osgood is staying on in a prominent role. "I consider myself a business partner of Peter Kantos," Osgood said Thursday of the Opa-Opa owner, noting that very little at the well-loved Tavern will change.

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    18. Monarch Place Starbucks: Cornerstone Cafe to stay, get new coffee brand

      Monarch Place Starbucks: Cornerstone Cafe to stay, get new coffee brand

      The Cornerstone Cafe -- the locally owned  coffee, soup and sandwich shop in Monarch Place -- will continue operating once a new Starbucks sets up shop in the downtown office tower. Paul Picknelly, building owner and president of Monarch Enterprises said in an email Tuesday that Conerstone will stay, but that the cafe is searching for a new high-quality coffee brand to serve. Cornerstone now sells Starbucks Coffee.

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    19. Holyoke Machine Co., oldest manufacturer in Paper City, shuts down and plans to auction off equipment (photos, video)

      Holyoke Machine Co., oldest manufacturer in Paper City, shuts down and plans to auction off equipment (photos, video)

      A manufacturer in Connecticut recently called James Sagalyn, owner of Holyoke Machine, looking for repairs on a giant drive shaft for one of the production machines in his shop. For the first time since Abraham Lincoln was in the White House, Holyoke Machine can't help. In February, Sagalyn closed Holyoke Machine, a machine shop founded in 1863 that built the "Hercules" water turbines that helped make Holyoke famous and whose foundry cast doors for the U.S. Capitol building.

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    20. Ski Butternut one step closer to buying Blandford Ski Area

      Ski Butternut one step closer to buying Blandford Ski Area

      The owner of Ski Butternut and Otis Ridge ski areas in the Berkshires plans to start work this fall upgrading the snowmaking and snow-grooming equipment at the venerable Blandford Ski Area now that he's one step closer to buying it. Members of the Springfield Ski Club voted Tuesday night to move forward with serious discussions aimed at selling the 132-acre property to Ski Butternut and its owner Jeff Murdock, said Dave Fraser, the club's marketing and publicity chairman. The price is still being negotiated. Both sides said Wednesday they don't even have a formal purchase-and-sale agreement yet.

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    21. Peter Pan Bus Lines reveals expected date to move into Springfield's newly refurbished Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines reveals expected date to move into Springfield's newly refurbished Union Station

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will likely move its Springfield hub to Union Station on or around Labor Day, Peter A. Picknelly, chairman & CEO, said Tuesday. Here is a breakdown of what money was spent and from where it came, courtesy of a document provided by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, which owns Union Station. Picknelly said it will take about a month and a half to do some construction customizing the space and to get it ready. The lease, he said, is still not final, but lawyers for both sides are working on it, all the major issues have been resolved ...

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    22. Ground Up Cafe planned for Springfield Innovation Center launches Kickstarter

      Ground Up Cafe planned for Springfield Innovation Center launches Kickstarter

      Ground Up Cafe, the coffee shop planned for the Springfield Innovation Center, will have coffee, pastries, yogurt, sandwiches and bone broth. It's a savory brew made from simmering bones with vegetables for a long time and it is chock full of vitamins and collagen. Bone broth is a steaming-hot trend in the culinary world and Ground Up Cafe head chef John Peter Wentworth plans to make bone broth in house and serve it for the price of a cup of coffee.

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    23. Westfield: Work begins on $3.7M Columbia Greenway Rail Trail extension over Westfield River

      Westfield: Work begins on $3.7M Columbia Greenway Rail Trail extension over Westfield River

      The abandoned New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad bridge over the Westfield River parallel to Elm Street will reopen as a pedestrian bridge as part of a $3.7 million extension of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail. Work began July 3. Crews have already started prepping the site and building a scaffold under the bridge. Fencing blocks access to the bridge. The majority of the bridge rehabilitation will be completed in 2017. Sidewalk and landscape improvements on either end of the bridge are expected to be installed in the spring and summer of 2018, according to an email from the ...

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