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    1. With Hyundai Rotem and CNR Changchun, Springfield now has two chances for

      With Hyundai Rotem and CNR Changchun, Springfield now has two chances for

      "I'm very pleased that we have two world-class companies that are in competition for the MBTA bid and have found that Springfield is their top spot," Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said Friday."It brings a lot of good paying precision machining jobs, a lot of opportunity and a growing tax base." There are a number of other bidders. But no others are interested in Springfield, said Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. Blair expects the MBTA to make a decision very soon, probably in November. "It certainly is good for ...

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    2. MassMutual starts 'Society of Grownups' to get millennials thinking of financial future | masslive

      MassMutual starts 'Society of Grownups' to get millennials thinking of financial future | masslive

      The Society of Grownups, a new educational and initiative from Springfield-based MassMutual Financial Group and IDEO, a design consulting company with offices in Boston and elsewhere around the world, wants to help dispense knowledge both the personal and the fiscal. That's especially if your are a member of the millennial generation, be it by mindset or by chronology, and looking for a little help figuring out how to be a grownup.

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    3. Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield stresses importance of a trained work force | masslive

      Valley Steel Stamp in Greenfield stresses importance of a trained work force | masslive

      VSS, the former Valley Steel Stamp, in Greenfield grew from 25 employees to 50 employees once Franklin County Technical School improved and expanded its machine technology program.  But if machine technology programs were even bigger, VSS would already be at 100 employees and still growing, said Steve Capshaw, president of the company which does commercial and aerospace machining.  Growth in the aircraft business, a demand for increasingly sophisticated parts, rising wages in China and increasing transportation costs all lead to increased opportunities for VSS.  'We have competed with China for business and have been quite successful,' Capshaw said

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    4. Associated Industries of Massachusetts: Business confidence up in September | masslive

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts: Business confidence up in September | masslive

      Employers gained a little confidence in the Massachusetts economy last month, according to survey results released Tuesday by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  Associated Industries' Business Confidence index rose two-tenths of a point to 54.4 points from 54.2 points. That's on a 100-point scale where 50 is neutral.  The index is up 2.9 points from a year ago in September 2013.  Raymond G. Torto, Chair of AIM's Board of Economic Advisors and a lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Design, said

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    5. Massachusetts Community Colleges recieve $20 million federal Department of Labor grant | masslive

      Massachusetts Community Colleges recieve $20 million federal Department of Labor grant | masslive

      The 15 community colleges in Massachusetts led by Massasoit Community College have been given a $20 million grant from U.S. Department of Labor for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant programs. The community colleges, which include Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College and Greenfield Community College, are advancing a comprehensive approach to addressing the training and educational needs of workers and employers statewide with a focus on articulated pathways to careers in high-growth STEM sectors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

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    6. Bay Path University to recieve $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

      Bay Path University to recieve $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

      Bay Path University will receive $3.5 million over three years from the U.S. Department of Education to improve technology and help adult women earn degrees through Bay Path's new online American Women's College. "First and foremost this grant was all about access and attainment for underserved populations and underrepresented populations," Bay Path President Carol A. Leary said Tuesday afternoon. The $3.5 million is part of $75 million in "First in the World" grants being made to colleges and universities across the country and announced Tuesday. It is the largest ever federal grant to Bay Path ...

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    7. Western Massachusetts clean energy jobs grow 8 percent, many of the new jobs are in research, manufacturing | masslive

      Western Massachusetts clean energy jobs grow 8 percent, many of the new jobs are in research, manufacturing | masslive

      The clean energy economy in Western Massachusetts has grown to 11,990 in 2014 employed clean energy workers, an 8 percent increase from 2013, according to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Jobs Report issued Monday by Gov. Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

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    8. Freedom Credit Union wins state approval for Springfield expansion project - The Republican

      Freedom Credit Union wins state approval for Springfield expansion project - The Republican

      Freedom Credit Union's plans to create a $2.2 million consolidated back office operation in Springfield's North End  got a boost this week from a state economic development agency. The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council has approved a five-year Tax Increment Financing or TIF agreement valued at $90,100 first approved by the City of Springfield.

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    9. Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

      hat is one of the queries on a 13-question survey Associated Industries of Massachusetts is taking around the Commonwealth, taking the temperature of employers as it develops an economic development platform called "Blueprint for the Next Century" John Regan, Associated Industries' executive vice president for government affairs, admits the name sounds a bit grandiose. It's a play on the state-wide business lobbying group's 100th anniversary in 2015. Associated Industries was founded in 2015 by manufacturers, including paper mills, mostly based in the western portion of the state who felt they needed a stronger unified voice when speaking to ...

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    10. Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

      Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

      Business leaders from the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce learned Wednesday from Washington insiders why the economy may be doing better than many suspect and why that sense of growth is not widely shared on the nation's Main Street.

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    11. Springfield BID/ DevelopSpringfield announce plans to light downtown buildings | masslive

      Springfield BID/ DevelopSpringfield announce plans to light downtown buildings | masslive

      Eight Downtown Springfield Buildings on Main Street from Falcon Way to Bridge Street will be illuminated under a $400,000 architectural lighting program announced Tuesday by the Springfield Business improvement District and DevelopSpringfield. The idea is to both highlight the unique architecture downtown as well as to provide a feeling of security and welcome for visitors, said BID Executive Director Chris Russell.

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    12. Mestek of Westfield opens Luxton-Reed Center, expands chilled beam cooling equipment manufacturing here | masslive

      Mestek of Westfield opens Luxton-Reed Center, expands chilled beam cooling equipment manufacturing here | masslive

      You can't rent it for the night, but Westfield-based Mestek Co. and its Dadanco division wants you to buy the super-efficient made-in Westfield HVAC technology the company has installed in that room and in the replica hospital room, laboratory, elementary-school-classroom and office at its Luxton-Reed Center.  The $3.5 million office and research center is in the former H.B. Smith assembly factory at 47 industrial Park Road. Luxton-Reed is zero-net energy with the 406 solar panels on the roof making more energy on a good day than the facility uses.  The idea behind the demonstration rooms, said Chris ...

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    13. Springfield Technology Park gets $3.1 million bond for Phoenix Public Charter Academy | masslive

      Springfield Technology Park gets $3.1 million bond for Phoenix Public Charter Academy | masslive

      Springfield Technology Park has received $3.1 million in tax-exempt bond funding too build the Phoenix Public Charter Academy on part of land where the M1 Garand rifle was manufactured during World War II.  MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, announced the funding Wednesday.  Workers are done demolishing the 70,000-square-foot middle portion of Building 104, the building where Springfield Armory and its workers churned out 3.5 million M1 rifles during World War II,said Paul Stelzer, president of Appleton Corporation and manager of the park.

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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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