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    1. Massachusetts business confidence moves into optimistic territory in latest survey

      Massachusetts business confidence moves into optimistic territory in latest survey

      Business confidence rose in July, crossing into optimistic territory after a dull June, according to a new survey by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
      Business confidence rose 3.6 points in July to 52.5 points on a 100-point scale where 50 is considered neutral, according to a news release from Associated Industries, a statewide business group. Survey results were released Tuesday.

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    2. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. partners with Allconnect for customer service

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. partners with Allconnect for customer service

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. is partnering with the Atlanta-based company Allconnect, launching the Allconnect Move Advisor Service program.
      The goal is to give customers a simple, convenient place to go when they’re signing up for multiple services at a new address. At the same time, Allconnect provides the opportunity to find the best deals by comparing services and prices.

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    3. Springfield's Smith & Wesson makes presence known in gun control debate

      Springfield's Smith & Wesson makes presence known in gun control debate

      Smith & Wesson wants its voice, and the voices of its 1,500 employees, heard as the state Legislature considers new gun control legislation in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.  Smith & Wesson is committed to safety, James Debney, president and CEO, said Thursday in an interview. But he suggests making school buildings safer, improving the background check process for handgun purchasers and including more mental health information in the application. Smith & Wesson also wants to make the process of getting a Massachusetts license to carry a weapon consistent statewide and not dependent on individual police departments.

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    4. Fallon Community Health Plan opens Summit ElderCare in Springfield

      Fallon Community Health Plan opens Summit ElderCare in Springfield

      Fallon Community Health Plan recently opened a new senior care facility, Summit ElderCare, in the North Medical District at 101 Wason Ave. Fallon said it is the first to bring what it calls a nationally-recognized model of care to the Western Massachusetts region. Summit ElderCare is a community-based alternative to nursing home care for older adults who want to avoid moving into a nursing home.

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    5. Western Massachusetts job training programs get a boost; Community Works provides apprenticeships for building trades | masslive

      Western Massachusetts job training programs get a boost; Community Works provides apprenticeships for building trades | masslive

      Aziza Holloway-Abdegeo used to sell buildings; now she builds them.  The economy put a damper on Holloway-Abdegeo's career selling real estate. But, a pre-apprenticeship training program called Community Works helped get her foot in the door as a union apprentice carpenter.  As an apprentice she's helped build the $114-million Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy and work on the $43.4 million renovation and expansion of Forest Park Middle School.

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    6. Yankee Candle reportedly interested to pursue an initial public offering after abandoning sale earlier this year | masslive

      Yankee Candle reportedly interested to pursue an initial public offering after abandoning sale earlier this year | masslive

      Yankee Candle Co.'s private-equity owners are reportedly considering an IPO, or an initial public offering, a move that would once again make the candle maker a public company.  Madison Dearborn Partners is working with Bank of America and Morgan Stanley on the offering, Bloomberg News reported Thursday citing unnamed sources.

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    7. Westfield Barnes Regional Airport gets federal grant; city seeks new restaurant for terminal | masslive

      Westfield Barnes Regional Airport gets federal grant; city seeks new restaurant for terminal | masslive

      The federal government is kicking in $8.7 million toward $20 million in runway improvements and other work in at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport.  U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, announced that he'll visit the airport Monday morning to announce the funds, which come from aircraft fuels taxes collected and then distributed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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    8. Western Massachusetts businesses get disaster recovery money | masslive

      Western Massachusetts businesses get disaster recovery money | masslive

      The funds will come from a $600,000 grant from the federal Economic Development Administration to Common Capital, the Scibelli Enterprise Center , and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.  The funds and services are available to businesses in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties severely impacted by natural disasters in 2011, including tropical storm Irene and the tornadoes that severely damaged areas of Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield, and Monson.

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    9. Bradley International Airport looks to renew service to Europe from Hartford-Springfield region

      Bradley International Airport looks to renew service to Europe from Hartford-Springfield region

      When Mestek Inc. president R. Bruce Dewey has to send sales staff or engineers to Europe, just getting them to an airport that truly lives up to the name "international" is the first order of business. "We have drivers who take people to Boston or to New York City," Dewey said, explaining how international business is important for Mestek, a maker of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment. "We have also had a lot of luck flying people out of Dulles (in Washington, D.C), but then you have to first fly them to Washington."

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    10. Friendly's Ice Cream Corp. celebrates 78th anniversary by breaking Guinness world record for largest ice cream party | masslive

      Friendly's Ice Cream Corp. celebrates 78th anniversary by breaking Guinness world record for largest ice cream party | masslive

      Blake and his brother Curtis L. Blake founded the chain in Springfield’s Pine Point neighborhood in 1935. Their parents loaned them $500 and the sold ice cream at a nickle a cone making $27.60 the first day  Today, Friendly's makes 24 million gallons of ice cream a year at its Wilbraham plant and has $1.5 million a day in sales. The company has 7,000 employees including 200 at the headquarters and another 200 in the adjacent manufacturing plant. Friendly's has about 60 employees at a distribution center in Chicopee.

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    11. Baystate Medical Center listed as third-best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report | masslive

      Baystate Medical Center listed as third-best hospital in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report | masslive

      Baystate Medical Center is the third-best hospital in Massachusetts, according to new U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” ranking released Tuesday.  That’s up from fifth-best Massachusetts hospital in the publication’s rankings last year. “What it means is that Baystate Medical Center has one of the highest quality rating in the county and it is one of the safest hospitals in the country as far as avoiding a serious medical mistake, said Dr. Evan M. Benjamin, senior vice president for health care quality at Baystate.

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    12. MassMutual and Western New England University School of Law give high school students a taste of the law profession | masslive

      MassMutual and Western New England University School of Law give high school students a taste of the law profession | masslive

      'We've always thought that the strength of our community is its diversity,' said Eric J. Gouvin, professor and newly appointed dean of the Western New England law school. 'It would be great if the face of the profession would look a lot more like the faces in that room.'

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    13. Health-care jobs important to Springfield economy, but where is the growth? | masslive

      Health-care jobs important to Springfield economy, but where is the growth? | masslive

      Fourteen percent of the jobs in Greater Springfield are in the health-care industry, placing the Pioneer Valley among the top 20 metropolitan areas nationally in terms of the share of employment made up by health-care jobs.  The numbers are from a Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program MetroMonitor report on health care and its importance in the economies of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the nation.

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    14. Western Massachusetts companies share in work force training grants

      Western Massachusetts companies share in work force training grants

      Employees at Sealed Air Corp. in Holyoke will get quicker at switching their manufacturing equipment from a run of one product to another with the help of $47,310 in workforce training grants from the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development . "It's Lean Manufacturing. There are just a ton of little things you can do to get quicker and more efficient, said Pamela Nielsen, manager of the plant on Homestead Avenue.

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    15. Ludlow Mills gets $500000 in federal brownfields cleanup money - MassLive.com

      Ludlow Mills gets $500000 in federal brownfields cleanup money - MassLive.com

      The $500,000 announced Monday is part of $6 million in federal and state money awarded to Westmass Development Corp. and Ludlow Mills since Westmass bought the 170-acre site from out-of-town owners in 2011 for $6 million in money borrowed from a consortium of local banks. But that $6 million, most of which went to street and utility improvements as well as other cleanups, has already leveraged $60 million in private investments. Westmass Development Corp. is a regional not-for-profit industrial and business developer.

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    16. Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts urges Springfield votes to let casino question move forward

      Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts urges Springfield votes to let casino question move forward

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is urging Springfield voters to approve the July 16 referendum on the MGM Springfield casino proposal for the city’s South End.The EDC, a regional organization that looks at economic issues and fosters business growth, bases the assertion on a review of MGM Springfield’s proposed host community agreement with the city and a belief that the agreement could provide an economic boost to the region.

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    17. New England economy recovering, could use help in education, immigration reform

      New England economy recovering, could use help in education, immigration reform

      Massachusetts has the potential to add 8,000 manufacturing jobs a year with an average salary of about $80,000 annually, but only if Washington lawmakers make the right moves first.  James T. Brett, president and CEO of the New England Council, called Wednesday for the Congress to move forward with energy efficiency, the creation of manufacturing 'Hubs of Excellence' as well as pass immigration reform legislation pending in the Senate.

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