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    1. Holyoke Canal Walk Phase II construction begins, Gov. Deval Patrick, former U.S. Rep. John Olver on hand for groundbreaking | masslive

      Holyoke Canal Walk Phase II construction begins, Gov. Deval Patrick, former U.S. Rep. John Olver on hand for groundbreaking | masslive

      Gov. Deval Patrick, retired U.S. Rep. John Olver and officials from the city and from the the state Department of Transportation marked the ceremonial groundbreaking for Phase II of the Holyoke Canal Walk on Monday with a stroll along Race Street.
      The $3.5 million project is expected to last two years, according to contractor ET & L Corp of Stow.  Race Street, once the site of mills that made Holyoke an industrial power, is now home to arts business, galleries and performance spaces like Paper City Studios Gateway City Arts and the Parsons Hall Project Space.

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    2. Bradley International Airport: Old Terminal B to come down in August | masslive

      Bradley International Airport: Old Terminal B to come down in August | masslive

      The outdated Terminal B building at Bradley International Airport will be demolished starting in August to make way for a new $250 million ground transportation center with consolidated car rentals, bus docks and the potential to connect with regional commuter rail, said Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority.  Dillon updated members of New England's Knowledge Corridor Partnership Friday during the group's annual State of the Region Conference at the Airport Sheraton.

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    3. Knowledge Corridor: Educated workers an asset now, but shortage looms | masslive

      Knowledge Corridor: Educated workers an asset now, but shortage looms | masslive

      Hodge's talk, with PowerPoint slides available on the corridor's website www.knowledgecorridor.org, was the result of a $90,000 three-year study of the region's work force and talent pool. The money came from a $4.2 million federal grant the partnership received in 2010. The partnership is using other money from the grant to look at issues including: sustainability in housing, land use, environment, water infrastructure, transportation, employment, climate action, leadership development and food security.

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    4. Springfield Technology Park: Building 104 demolition begins in earnest next week, space where M1 Garand manufactured converted to school, parking and high-tech business space | masslive

      Springfield Technology Park: Building 104 demolition begins in earnest next week, space where M1 Garand manufactured converted to school, parking and high-tech business space | masslive

      Greeley estimates that more than $100 million has been spent on renovations, equipment and upgrades at Building 104 since 1941, each new user replacing outmoded technology with equipment that itself has now been consigned to history.
      An example is a large clean room electronics company SpringBoard built to replace and earlier one used by Digital. Today, with only a few shafts of natural light penetrate into the room. Massive overhead filters once cleaned the air. A perforated floor designed to suck away dust and contaminates feels spongy underfoot.

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    5. Seminar focuses on creating pipeline of computer-savvy workforce in Pioneer Valley | masslive

      Seminar focuses on creating pipeline of computer-savvy workforce in Pioneer Valley | masslive

      Pacheco spoke Wednesday at 'Feeding the Computer Science/IT Pipeline' at Holyoke Community College. The event is part of a series of seminars put on by PV STEM Network, a regional group working to solve what it calls a crisis in the IT workforce and develop pathways for local students, especially women and minorities, to enter computer professions.

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    6. Howdy! Domenic Sarno to receive Howdy hospitality award | masslive

      Howdy! Domenic Sarno to receive Howdy hospitality award | masslive

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau will honor Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno with its 19th Annual Howdy Spotlight Award.  The Spotlight Award is given during the Howdy Awards. The visitors bureau gives out Howdys every year to recognize front-line hospitality workers. The winners are selected from among local nominees by a panel of hospitality industry judges from outside our area to ensure impartiality.

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    7. Associated Industries Business Confidence gains in May, highest since August 2012 | masslive

      Associated Industries Business Confidence gains in May, highest since August 2012 | masslive

      Lead by small businesses, Massachusetts employers gained confidence in May, according to survey results released by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
      Associated Industries' Business Confidence index rose in May by 1.8 points to 54.8 points from the 53 points recorded in April. The Business Confidence index was 52.1 points a year ago in May 2013.  The last time the index was this high was in August 2012 when it was 55.2.

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    8. Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau names Howdy Awards finalists | masslive.com

      Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau names Howdy Awards finalists | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau has named 48 finalists for its annual Howdy Awards for hospitality excellence.  The awards, now in their 19th year, are meant to recognize front-line hospitality workers who make visitors trips to the Pioneer Valley memorable. The awards ceremony is set for Monday, June 9 at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House in Holyoke.  These finalists were culled from nominations submitted by the general public. From here, the finalists will be judged by a group of industry experts from outside the region. One winner will be named in each of eight categories: Accommodations, Attractions ...

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    9. Baystate Health and CVS Caremark partnering to provide care at pharmacies | masslive.com

      Baystate Health and CVS Caremark partnering to provide care at pharmacies | masslive.com

      Baystate Health has teamed up with CVS Caremark in a clinical affiliation where Baystate doctors provide oversight for nurse practitioners at CVS Minute Clinic locations.  This is really part of our overall strategy here at Baystate, which is to provide more integrated and affordable care right here at home in Western Massachusetts,' said Dr. Glenn Alli, interim vice president and medical director for primary care for Baystate Medical Practices. 'And we want to achieve better outcomes, which is what everyone wants.'

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    10. Under Construction: Central High School $32 million science laboratory wing

      Under Construction: Central High School $32 million science laboratory wing

      A $32 million science laboratory wing is taking shape at Central High School and is due to be completed in December. The project is being financed with $25.6 million in reimbursements from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. That amount represents up to 80 percent of eligible costs. The three-story science wing will include 12 new laboratories and preparation rooms. In addition, the project will include renovation of six existing science labs on the third floor of the high school, installation of a new roof for the entire school and a new sprinkler system. The project is part of a ...

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    11. University of Massachusetts Amherst has nearly $2 billion in economic impact, part of $6.1 billion impact for five-campus UMass system | masslive.com

      University of Massachusetts Amherst has nearly $2 billion in economic impact, part of $6.1 billion impact for five-campus UMass system | masslive.com

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst contributed $1.9 billion to the commonwealth's economy in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to a study released Thursday by the university's Donahue Institute.  That impact included 9,000 jobs in the community in addition to the 5,109 full- and part-time faculty and staff and 24,871 undergraduate and graduate students.  That contribution is part of a $6.1 billion annual economic impact from the entire five-campus UMass system. Statewide, more than 45,000 jobs are tied to the university system's activities, according to the news release.

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    12. Greater Springfield unemployment improvement: 'Now we are seeing a spring thaw' | masslive.com

      Greater Springfield unemployment improvement: 'Now we are seeing a spring thaw' | masslive.com

      Rexene Picard, executive director of the FutureWorks one-stop career center in Springfield, said her center is working with the the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County to get people the retraining they need. For example, a class of people just graduated a training program for jobs in the financial services industry, a program designed by MassMutal Financial Group and other local employers.

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    13. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center approves $9.7 million for Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center approves $9.7 million for Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center and Gov. Deval Patrick approved Tuesday a $9.7 million grant to build and equip the Berkshire Innovation Center in the William Stanley Business Park here.  Outfitted with the latest in clean rooms and three-dimensional printers precise measurement, precision analysis and microscopy, the center will serve as a place for established manufacturers of medical devices to do research and development in lab space they can't afford on their own, said Pittsfield Economic Development Authority executive director Corydon Thurston. It will also serve as incubator space for up-and-coming businesses in the medical-device industry.

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    14. North Adams emergency room will open Monday | masslive.com

      North Adams emergency room will open Monday | masslive.com

      Berkshire Medical Center will open a satellite emergency room at the former North Adams Regional Hospital Monday at noon.  The emergency facility has been in the works since North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28 with just three days notice. The closure left 40,000 residents of northern Berkshire County without a hospital and dependent on emergency rooms at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield or Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vermont.

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    15. MassMutual looking for students to participate in Summer Legal Institute | masslive.com

      MassMutual looking for students to participate in Summer Legal Institute | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, MassMutual ,is looking for high school students, and 8th graders heading into high school, to participate in the second year of its Springfield Summer Legal Institute, a week-long program meant to give students a look at the legal profession.  The program runs July 7 through July 11 at the Western New England University Law Center, is free and open to students from Springfield, Enfield and a few surrounding towns, said Patrice Sabach a MassMutual lawyer who is managing the program this year. She said MassMutual has 25 students signed up already for 45 slots.

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    16. Big E reveals economic impact | masslive.com

      Big E reveals economic impact | masslive.com

      he Big E is hosting a news conference today to reveal the results of an economic impact study conducted by Regional Economic Models Inc. of Amherst.  This study is an update of one completed in 2008 which showed that the annual 17-day fair generates 2,800 full-time jobs and $85 million in personal income for Hampden County's economy.  In 2008, economists found that the Big E resulted in $225 million a year in economic activity just from visitors who came from outside Hampden County. The average visitor spent $128 both on the grounds and off, not counting admissions, according ...

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    17. Hampton Inn & Suites takes shape in Springfield South End | masslive.com

      Hampton Inn & Suites takes shape in Springfield South End | masslive.com

      The walls are up for for the 87-room, $4.4 million Hampton Inn and Suites now under construction at 851 East Columbus Ave. in the city's South End.  Developer Dinesh Patel has said the new hotel will be perfectly positioned to attract travelers headed north on Interstate 91. It is expected to be ready in July or August. He expects about 24 employees on staff once it opens.

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    18. Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com

      Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee thought on right track to survive budget cuts | masslive.com

      The city and Barnes Air National Guard Base are already making the right moves to help the base, its $225 million economic impact and 3,813 jobs survive any looming Pentagon budget cuts.  That's what Westfield residents heard Monday at a community forum hosted by the state Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force at the North Middle School auditorium. Examples include a cooperatively funded $23.4 million comprehensive infrastructure improvement plan, child-care for drilling service members, and a planned aviation program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School.

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    19. Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com

      Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westover Air Reserve Base part of statewide tour from base-preservation task force | masslive.com

      The forum on Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield is 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 12 at Westfield's North Middle School, 350 Southampton Road.  The session on for Westover Air Reserve Base is 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 27 at Westover Metropolitan Airport, 255 Padgett St., Chicopee. Other sessions are planned for Devens, Lexington near Hanscom Air Force Base, and Bourne near Joint Base Cape Cod.

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    20. Mfg4 event spotlights manufacturing with Hartford trade show | masslive.com

      Mfg4 event spotlights manufacturing with Hartford trade show | masslive.com

      Mfg4 expects 4,200 including attendees and exhibitors, spokeswoman Meredith Lowe wrote in an email Monday. Of those, 1,200 visitors are expected to be from Massachusetts. There are 250 companies planning to exhibit, 40 of those from Massachusetts including Springfield's Smith & Wesson and defense giant Raytheon.
      Students form area middle school and high schools will also get a chance to visit with high school students from Westfied Vocational Technical School and Worcester Technical School acting as escorts and mentors during hands-on activities. The two schools, Worcester and Westfield, both participate in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers PRIME , or ...

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    21. Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence up, employment seen as growing | masslive.com

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence up, employment seen as growing | masslive.com

      Massachusetts employers are reporting growing confidence in the economy and a greater willingness to hire, according to survey results released Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  Thirty-two percent of employers responding to the April survey expected to add personnel in the next six months, according to a news release, while only 11 expect reductions. That is much more positive than the 26 percent add and 18 percent layoff split reported for the previous six months, which was itself an improvement from previous months, Associated Industries said.

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    22. MassBenchmarks: Massachusetts economy will grow by 4.1 percent in next 6 months | masslive.com

      MassBenchmarks: Massachusetts economy will grow by 4.1 percent in next 6 months | masslive.com

      The state's real gross domestic product increased at an annualized rate of 2.6 percent in the first three months of 2014, and 4.1 percent growth is forecast over the coming six months.  All that is according to MassBenchmarks, a study of the state's economy from the UMass Donahue Institute in Hadley.  In contrast with Massachusetts' growth rate of 2.6 percent on an annualized bases, the U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of only 0.1 percent, the report said.

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    23. Smith & Wesson completes Deep River Plastics purchase | masslive.com

      Smith & Wesson completes Deep River Plastics purchase | masslive.com

      In a news release, Smith & Wesson CEO James Debney said that the purchase is part of Smith & Wesson's strategic focus on its M&P line of rifles and semiautomatic handguns.
      Tri Town Precision Plastics`, now Deep River, makes polymer frames for quite a few Smith & Wesson firearms including most of the M&P firearms. The M&P name stands for military and police although they are also sold to civilians.

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    24. Summer jobs needed across Pioneer Valley, importance of introducing young to working world stressed | masslive.com

      Summer jobs needed across Pioneer Valley, importance of introducing young to working world stressed | masslive.com

      'We are looking to bring education into the work sites. There would be a focus on math and science,' said David M.Cruise, president and CEO of the Regional Employment Board. 'It's a new direction for the REB.'  The Regional Employment Board hosted its annual kickoff news conference Friday at the Chicopee Public Library asking for public and business support for the program. Businesses are asked to either hire a youth, donate money to help pay to hire a youth or to provide a work site for the program.

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