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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. Gov. Deval Patrick: Make Westover a freight hub

      Gov. Deval Patrick: Make Westover a freight hub

      Allan W. Blair, president of the Westover Metropolitan Development Corp., said not only is Logan hemmed in, but planners at MassPort, which runs Logan, are under tremendous pressure to provide more facilities for passenger traffic. "Something's got to give," Blair said. Blair said the $177 million capital bill includes $160,000 for a market study on freight at Westover. The study, which could begin soon and take four months, would tell Westover what the market potential is and what would need to be done, besides MassPort cooperation. It would also tell planners where Westover fits in a changing air ...

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    19. Savage Arms owner looks to split sporting, defense businesses

      Savage Arms owner looks to split sporting, defense businesses

      Alliant Techsystems Inc., also known as ATK, and the new owner of Savage Arms in Westfield, has decided to split its outdoor products company from its defense business and merge the defense business with Orbital Sciences Corp.  Both companies will be independent and publicly traded. The parent company's stock, trading under the symbol ATK, traded Tuesday at $148.97 or up $10.15 or 7.31 percent.  The sporting business includes not just Savage but Federal Premium ammunition, Bushnell scopes and other brands. The ATK Sporting Group will be based in Utah, according to a news release.

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    20. Greenfield fighting for Kennametal jobs, hopes to build on legacy of Greenfield Tap & Die

      Greenfield fighting for Kennametal jobs, hopes to build on legacy of Greenfield Tap & Die

      Greenfield, building on the 140-year history of Greenfield Tap & Die, is fighting for a major expansion of the Kennametal Inc plant here, an expansion that could instead go to the Kennametal plant in Asheboro, N.C.  Pennsylvania-based Kennametal, which bought out the old Greenfield Tap & Die in 1997, is closing its plant in Lyndonville, Vt., and will shift production to either Greenfield or to Asheboro, said Greenfield Mayor William F. Martin Monday. If the move is to Greenfield, that might mean an initial investment in tools and of equipment of $3.4 million and the hiring of 45 more employees ...

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    21. Dunkin' Donuts to open new location in downtown Springfield next to La Quinta hotel

      Dunkin' Donuts to open new location in downtown Springfield next to La Quinta hotel

      A new Dunkin' Donuts at 100 Congress St. is taking shape and the company plans to have it open by early June. The new drive-in-equipped Dunkin' Donuts is at the intersection of Congress and Dwight streets, next to the recently refurbished La Quinta Inn and Suites. The donut shop will also offer flat screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, digital menu boards and an outdoor patio seating area, according to a news release.

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    22. Health care, social services jobs lead postings at FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield

      Health care, social services jobs lead postings at FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield

      Positions in health care and social services accounted for a third of jobs posted at FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield in March, said Kevin Lynn, manager of business services at the one-stop career center.  Lynn said posted job openings are rising and running ahead of where they were a year ago at this time.  Of the 339 advertised openings, 33 percent of them were in health care and social assistance positions. Another 18 percent were in administrative support jobs. Another 8 percent were in educational services, mostly jobs posted by area colleges and universities. Remaining jobs were elsewhere in the ...

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    23. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. executives to tour engineering school at Western New England University

      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. executives to tour engineering school at Western New England University

      Executives who seek to build a railroad car factory at the former Westinghouse site in East Springfield will tour the Western New England University School of Engineering Wednesday. Nine executives from CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles executives will be visiting Western New England University Engineering College tomorrow, between 10:45 a.m. and noon. Changchun Railway Vehicles is competing for a $1.5 billion contract to build cars for the MBTA Orange and Red lines.

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