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    1. Pioneer Valley, Springfield, business leaders push education, access, marketing in Plan for Progress update | masslive

      Pioneer Valley, Springfield, business leaders push education, access, marketing in Plan for Progress update | masslive

      The Planning Commission already hosted a meeting last week focusing on infrastructure needs, said Timothy Brennan, the executive director. A later this month focuses on collaborative engagement. A draft plan will be ready by the end of 2014.  Updated periodically since 1994, the Plan for Progress has given the region's leaders focus and resulted in the creation of the Economic Development Council itself as well as successful pushes for more broadband access, the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center in Holyoke and the in-progress efforts to rehab Springfield's Union Station.

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    2. MassLive celebrates new downtown Springfield offices with Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Domenic Sarno | masslive

      MassLive celebrates new downtown Springfield offices with Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Domenic Sarno | masslive

      Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Domenic Sarno were among the 300 or so visitors Wednesday night who helped MassLive celebrate its new offices at 1350 Main St. in Springfield's downtown.  Patrick said he was excited to help MassLive, the online partner of The Republican, mark the opening of its 11,000 square feet of office space in the tower formerly known as One Financial Plaza.  'But I'm even more excited about what is happening here in downtown Springfield,' said Patrick, who leaves office in January.

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    3. MassLive opens new offices, lights sign with help of Gov. Deval Patrick | masslive

      MassLive opens new offices, lights sign with help of Gov. Deval Patrick | masslive

      MassLive is hosting an office opening and sign-lighting party on Wednesday, Sept. 10, with special guest Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick.  The by-invitation event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1350 Main St., with Patrick expected to speak sometime after 5 p.m. MassLive, the online partner of The Republican, leased 11,000 square feet of the office tower.  Formerly known as One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main St. has been renamed the MassLive Building, and the large signs adorning the building will be lit for the first time Wednesday, MassLive President Allison Werder said.

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    4. Bradley International Airport seeks Springfield-area input, reports strong

      Bradley International Airport seeks Springfield-area input, reports strong

      Springfield business leaders have long wanted a say in Bradley management, said Allan W. Blair , President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. At first, the idea was to have someone on the Connecticut Airport Authority  board, the governing authority for Bradley as well as Danielson, Groton-New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham airports. But legislation creating the authority in 2011 put appointing authority in the hands of the Connecticut governor and lawmakers in Hartford. "We understand the political realities," Blair said. Dillon said the advisory committee will have his ear.

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    5. Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park earns $40k grant to coach businesses | masslive

      Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park earns $40k grant to coach businesses | masslive

      The Business Growth Center at Springfield Technology Park has received a grant from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corp. that will expand the Growth Center's Stronger Business Program.  It's the second year of the program at the Business Growth Center which used to be the Scibelli Center, said Marla Michel, the Business Growth Center's director.  Last year, the Growth Center received $20,000, but this year the program received $40,000,, Michel said. The increased funds will allow the Stronger Business Program to expand from five businesses to 15, Michel said. The Stronger Business Program focuses on businesses ...

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    6. Charles E. Cavagnaro of Wing Memorial Hospital now president of Baystate Eastern Region including Wing Memorial and Baystate Mary Lane

      Charles E. Cavagnaro of Wing Memorial Hospital now president of Baystate Eastern Region including Wing Memorial and Baystate Mary Lane

      Baystate Health has appointed Dr. Charles E. Cavagnaro III, now president of Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer, as the president of Baystate's new Eastern Region which will include both Wing and Baystate Mary Lane in Ware, according to a news release.  Baystate's purchase of Wing from the Worcester-based UMass Memorial Medical Center was approved by the state earlier this month and the formal switchover is expected to occur, Monday, Sept. 1. Dr. Cavagnaro will also be in charge of Baystate's medical practices and other operations in the Palmer and Ware areas, according to the announcement.  With that ...

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    7. Lamson & Goodnow says orders pouring in, company in talks to bring back unionized workers

      Lamson & Goodnow says orders pouring in, company in talks to bring back unionized workers

      Lamson & Goodnow is in talks to bring back its unionized production work force soon and restart production as it recovers under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
      Founded in 1837, Lamson & Goodnow is the oldest maker of cutlery in continuous operation in the United States.  Lambson laid off production works last week as it entered Chapter 11, said James Pelletier, chief operating officer and part of a new management team. He hopes to have those workers back soon and then begin adding more staff to the total prebankruoptcy headcount of 31 or so.

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    8. The Student Prince / Fort restaurant reopening in Springfield now planned for October

      The Student Prince / Fort restaurant reopening in Springfield now planned for October

      The Student Prince Cafe and The Fort Dining Room restaurant in downtown Springfield is now scheduled to reopen Oct. 1, its new owner, Peter Picknelly, said on Monday.  The Fort, long the venue for holiday celebrations, business dinners and parties, has been closed since July. At that time, the Springfield dining icon was slated to close altogether before Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines, announced his plans to buy The Fort.

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    9. Common Capital announces loan to Quabbin Harvest, a co-op grocery in Orange

      Common Capital announces loan to Quabbin Harvest, a co-op grocery in Orange

      Common Capital, the Holyoke based nonprofit lender to small business, has closed a $40,000  loan to help Quabbin Harvest, a soon-to-open grocery cooperative in Orange. Chris Sikes, Common Capital's CEO, made the announcement in an email Wednesday. Common Capital is making the loan in partnership with the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Mount Grace Land Trust. The trust  purchased the building at 12 North Main St. where the new market is being built. The location was the former Workers Credit Union building. The market is set to open in the middle of September, said Quabbin ...

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    10. Lamson & Goodnow: New management team sees growth, rehiring, once the Chapter 11 reorganization is in place

      Lamson & Goodnow: New management team sees growth, rehiring, once the Chapter 11 reorganization is in place

      The new management team at cutlery manufacturer Lamson & Goodnow is convinced the company, founded in 1837, can thrive again.  But Lamson & Goodnow's future is not in its 19th century factory complex along the Deerfield River in the Shelburne Falls section of Buckland in western Franklin County.  “We are not sure where we will end up. We know this is not the right kind of factory we need,” said James Pelletier, chief operating officer. 'Once we sell this building, we will look for a suitable home. We want to be as close by as we can be. We have a ...

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    11. Under Construction: land cleared for Westfield State's $48 million science and technology classroom building

      Under Construction: land cleared for Westfield State's $48 million science and technology classroom building

      Workers have cleared land on the Westfield State University Campus for the construction of a new $48 -million science and technology classroom building.  It will be the first new academic building on the university's campus in 40 years.
      The university expects more site work to commence in the first week of September, spokeswoman Molly Watson said.  The building is expected to be completed in 2016.

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    12. Regional Employment Board of Hampden County: Pioneer Valley manufacturers

      Regional Employment Board of Hampden County: Pioneer Valley manufacturers

      Precision manufacturers making everything from handguns to artificial hips here in Western Massachusetts are likely to need 1,700 new workers in just the next three years, according ot a study released Monday by the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association. Those jobs will need filling, or work will leave the region, despite the fact that the region's seven vocational technical high schools and Springfield Technical Community College will only graduate 284 job-ready students in those same three years, said David M. Cruise, president and CEO of ...

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    13. Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer to get new emergency room as part of Baystate Health purchase

      Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer to get new emergency room as part of Baystate Health purchase

      Massachusetts Public Heath Council approved Thursday the sale of Wing to Baystate. Also approved at the meeting is a $25 million project to add four new operating rooms on to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield and a $7 million project to build a new pharmacy at Baystate Medical Center here in Springfield. The Public Health Council must approve hospital expansions in the state. The idea is to restrain the arms race for facilities and equipment that can lead to wasteful overutilization of health care dollars.

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    14. Freedom Credit Union to announce a $2.2 million downtown expansion

      Freedom Credit Union to announce a $2.2 million downtown expansion

      Freedom Credit Union plans to unveil a $2.2 million downtown expansion Tuesday. The credit union is keeping details close to the vest until the announcement Tuesday, Aug. 12 announcement. But Springfield Mayor Domenic J.Sarno is expected to attend a 10:30 a.m. ceremony with Freedom Credit Union CEO Barry F. Crosby.

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    15. Friendly's enters into marketing relationship with New England Patriots

      Friendly's enters into marketing relationship with New England Patriots

      New England favorite Friendly's Ice Cream has entered into a marketing relationship with the New England Patriots.  Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, the day after the regular-season opener against Miami, Kids eat free on the day after a Patriots victory. Rules for the promotion are: one free Level 1 kid’s meal for every adult entree purchased, Friendly's said this week in a news release  The Friendly's sponsorship also includes in-stadium promotions and signs, social media and appearances by the Patriots Cheerleaders and mascot, Pat Patriot, at Friendly’s events. Friendly’s will also extend the benefits of ...

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    16. New Pioneer Valley Red Cross director Kim Goulette looks forward to new Springfield headquarters

      New Pioneer Valley Red Cross director Kim Goulette looks forward to new Springfield headquarters

      The American Red Cross Pioneer Valley Chapter has a new executive director and soon it will have a new headquarters on Brookdale Drive.  The American Red Cross of Massachusetts announced Tuesday that Kim Goulette, most recently executive director of Lorraine's Soup Kitchen and Pantry in Chicopee, as the new head of the Pioneer Valley Chapter. She replaces Rick Lee, who is retiring. Lee, whose last day is Wednesday, will have spent 30 years with the Red Cross.

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    17. Associated industries of Massachusetts business confidence up on strong employment

      Associated industries of Massachusetts business confidence up on strong employment

      Employers in Massachusetts are hiring again and gaining confidence in the economy, according to survey results released Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  The Associated industries business confidence index rose 2.5 points in July to 56.2 points on a 100-point scale where 50 is neutral. That's up from 53.7 points the month before in June and from 52.5 points in July 2013.  Associated industries is a statewide business group. The confidence index has been up and down since the start of the recession, said Andre Mayer, Associated Industries senior advisor.

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    18. Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

      Westover Metropolitan Airport extends hours for Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement

      Michael Bolton, director of civil aviation at Westover Metropolitan Airport, said the enshrinement ceremonies don't end until 10:30 p.m., making it hard for traveling parties to get back on their aircraft by 11 p.m.  'We'll be pretty busy,' Bolton said. 'We look forward to it. It is pretty good for business.' Westover Metropolitan Airport has arranged for the air traffic control tower at Westover Air Reserve Base to stay open an additional two hours Aug. 8 when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosts its annual Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall downtown.


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    19. North Adams Regional Hospital sale to Berkshire Medical Center approved

      North Adams Regional Hospital sale to Berkshire Medical Center approved

      A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved Berkshire Medical Center's purchase of the former North Adams Regional Hospital, clearing the way for the possible restoration of health care services for northern Berkshire County. Berkshire Health Systems, parent of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, will buy the former hospital and a ground lease for a nearby medical building for $4 million. The sale is now expected to close sometime in August. There were no other bidders for the real estate despite the bankruptcy trustee charged with getting as much cash as possible for creditors having marketed the property.

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    20. Yankee Candle names Hope Margala new CEO | masslive

      Yankee Candle names Hope Margala new CEO | masslive

      Yankee Candle owners Jarden Corp. has named Hope Margala as president and CEO, replacing Harlen M. Kent who had been at the helm since 2009.  Jarden Corp. bought Yankee a year ago in September 2013 for $1.75 billion. Jarden is a diversified consumer products company owning brands including Mr. Coffee and Crock-Pot, outdoor and camping Coleman and Stren and Trilene fishing line, Rawlings baseball and softball equipment, Diamond matches, Ball canning jars, Quickie mops, brooms and dustpans and the Hoyle, Bicycle and Bee brands of playing cards.

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    21. Maura McCaffrey, new Health New England president and CEO, sees growing business | masslive

      Maura McCaffrey, new Health New England president and CEO, sees growing business | masslive

      Health New England, the Springfield-based health insurer, is moving forward .  The company, which has $550 million in revenue, has plans to expand into Worcester County, a planned expansion in Connecticut and innovative programs like 'Hospital at Home,' which could let some patients be monitored from home instead staying in the hospital.

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    22. Greenfield uses power-buying plan to help Kennametal expand

      Greenfield uses power-buying plan to help Kennametal expand

      The electricity that Greenfield hopes to soon buy in bulk and resell at a discount to residents and businesses helped give  the city the power to land the Kennametal expansion. "Obviously the cost of energy is one of the biggest impediments in trying to attract manufacturers to New England,"  said Robert Pyers, director of economic development for Greenfield. This week,  Kennametal has announced that it will expand its operations here, adding 70 new jobs and $4.65  million worth  in private investment including $3.4 million in equipment and renovations to its plant at 34 Sanderson St. here.

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    23. Grantham Group of Boston selected to develop assisted living component of

      Grantham Group of Boston selected to develop assisted living component of

      Boston's Grantham Group LLC has been selected to develop an 83-unit assisted living complex on land once part of the Belchertown State School. The Belchertown Economic Development and Industrial Corporation and MassDevelopment announced the selection of Grantham on Thursday. Grantham Group also developed the $13.4 million, 50,000-square-foot Christopher Heights of Northampton Project in the Village Hill neighborhood of Northampton. Village Hill, once part of the old Northampton State Hospital, is owned by MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency.

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