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    1. $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

      $1 million awarded to aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational High School

      The upcoming aviation technology program in Westfield got a major boost last week when it was awarded more than $1 million in state funding. The planned program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School is set to start in September 2015 after a flood of support from Westfield, the state and the business community. The program would provide a path for students from middle school up to college in the aviation industry, and will be the first of its kind in the area. Greg Bialecki, Housing and Economic Development Secretary, announced the capital equipment grant Dec. 5. Bialecki visited the school ...

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    2. Westfield State University signs cost-saving transfer deal with Springfield Technical Community College

      Westfield State University signs cost-saving transfer deal with Springfield Technical Community College

      Westfield State University and Springfield Technical Community College are taking advantage of a statewide program to streamline transfers and lower costs for students. The MassTransfer agreement between the two schools allows students who have completed associate degrees at STCC to transfer to WSU for their bachelor's degrees, paying a total of less than $30,000 for both degrees.

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    3. Tell Tool TIF tax deal passes Westfield City Council | masslive

      Tell Tool TIF tax deal passes Westfield City Council | masslive

      A Westfield company will receive a tax discount on its upcoming expansion, but city councilors were quick say the deal is different from a recent controversial tax deal with another local company.  At Thursday night's city council meeting, Tell Tool Inc. was awarded a tax increment financing agreement (TIF) for a 30,000-square-foot expansion to its facility on Turnpike Industrial Road in Westfield. The company has been in Westfield for more than 45 years, and as part of the agreement it will add 17 new employees.  In the TIF, Tell Tool receives a tax break on the expanded portion ...

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    4. $200,000 Gulfstream grant boosts Westfield aviation program toward funding goal | masslive

      $200,000 Gulfstream grant boosts Westfield aviation program toward funding goal | masslive

      Gulfstream awarded $200,000 in grant funding last week to the emerging aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School, which has gained steam during the past few months and may start as early as next fall.
      The school aims for about $3.5 million to get the aviation technology program up and running, said principal Stefan Czaporowski. The project has been in full gear for only a few months, and already organizers have their sights on about $2.26 million in city, state and grant funding.  'We're getting there,' Czaporowski said. 'Since the beginning, there has been ...

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    5. Aviation technology program advances at Westfield Vocational High School

      Aviation technology program advances at Westfield Vocational High School

      A new education program planned in Westfield could give students a fast track to high-paying jobs in the aviation industry, and in the process fill employment gaps for local companies. At a Wednesday meeting at Westfield Vocational High School, city and school officials explained their plan for an aviation technology education program to visiting Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki. Bialecki toured the school and Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton as part of Advanced Manufacturing Week in Massachusetts. The air manufacturing program will give students a path from middle school through college to pursue jobs in ...

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    6. Tax deal proposed for Westfield plastic packaging company

      Tax deal proposed for Westfield plastic packaging company

      A plastic manufacturing company that has been in Westfield for 40 years is ready to make some changes, and it’s negotiating a tax deal with the city to do so. Prolamina, formerly Jen-Coat, is hoping for a Special Tax Assessment that will coincide with improvements to its Elm Street headquarters. City Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said the company plans significant changes, and the city needs to incentivize investment in Prolamina’s Westfield location. “The status quo is not an option,” Mitchell said. Prolamina opened its Westfield location in 1971 and has 256 full-time employees. Mitchell said the STA will ...

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    7. Maureen Belliveau resigns as Westfield BID director

      Maureen Belliveau resigns as Westfield BID director

      Amid the Westfield Business Improvement District's dissolution process, Maureen Belliveau is stepping down as the BID's executive director. Kevin O'Connor, chair of the BID's board of directors, said Friday morning that Belliveau's exit does not come as a surprise, but the board hoped it would not happen before the BID's planned final dissolution Sept. 12.

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    8. Beautification services end this week as Westfield Business Improvement District continues dissolution

      Beautification services end this week as Westfield Business Improvement District continues dissolution

      Kevin O’Connor, chair of the BID’s board of directors, said the BID gave notice to its office landlord and is working with other organizations to hand off the torch for community events and services. He said the BID likely will complete its dissolution around mid-September.

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    9. Many Tennessee Gas Pipeline questions still up in the air after Greenfield meeting with Kinder Morgan representatives

      Many Tennessee Gas Pipeline questions still up in the air after Greenfield meeting with Kinder Morgan representatives

      Four representatives fielded questions during a joint meeting of the Franklin County Regional Council of Governments and the Franklin Regional Planning Board. The representatives discussed process specifics and reasons behind the proposed expansion to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would cut about 180 miles across the state through northern Massachusetts, not including lateral lines. Spokesman Allen Fore said the route is not yet set in stone, and he called it a survey corridor rather than a proposed route. “Not a single permit has been filed,” he said. When asked why Kinder Morgan doesn’t build the pipeline along an existing ...

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    10. Inside the glass: Photos explore Josh Simpson glass art in Westfield

      Inside the glass: Photos explore Josh Simpson glass art in Westfield

      There’s magic between the works of Josh Simpson and Mike Rossi. Rossi’s photography of Simpson’s glass art is on display until Oct. 13 at Pilgrim Candle Marketplace in Westfield. “Through the Lens of Mike Rossi: Josh Simpson Revealed” is part of Westfield on Weekends’ “The Universe According to Josh Simpson,” a multi-part art show featuring Simpson’s glass art and other creative projects spinning off Simpson’s work.

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    11. Westfield dissolves Business Improvement District

      Westfield dissolves Business Improvement District

      The Westfield Business Improvement District will be dissolved as a result of a City Council vote Monday night. The council voted 9-2 to accept the government relations committee's recommendation to dissolve the district, with Councilor James Adams abstaining and Councilor Dave Flaherty absent. The vote stems from a petition which received signatures from 57 percent of property owners within the district. Councilor Ralph Figy said his vote to keep the district was the hardest he has made in his time on the council. He said he could see both sides of the argument, but overall the district did a ...

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    12. Barnes Airport hangar project could give Westfield students a pathway to high paying jobs in aircraft industry

      Barnes Airport hangar project could give Westfield students a pathway to high paying jobs in aircraft industry

      Take a quick glance at the drab hangar at Westfield-Barnes Airport, and you see old, gray siding and a leaky roof. But hidden inside is a potential future for Westfield students. The final product might look like this: Westfield Vocational High School students work through a fast-track program in airplane maintenance and manufacturing at the airport. They move directly into an expanded air-related program at Westfield State University, and also feed into local companies hungry for talented, well-trained plane workers. Companies lend support to the program and the graduated students support the companies, creating a self-sustaining system of local, high-paying ...

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    13. Westfield Bank to move commercial lending team to Springfield | masslive

      Westfield Bank to move commercial lending team to Springfield | masslive

      Westfield Bank is preparing to make a move into Springfield at the end of the summer — a change the company says will improve commercial lending opportunities.  Westfield Bank will move its middle market and commercial real estate lending team to a new office on the 23rd floor of Tower Square in downtown Springfield. However, Westfield will not be left behind: The bank’s headquarters will stay in town.  “We’re just growing,” said Marketing Manager Cathy Jocelyn. “So our main office here is quite full.”

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    14. Committee votes to dissolve Westfield BID | masslive

      Committee votes to dissolve Westfield BID | masslive

      The Westfield Business Improvement District is on the edge of dissolution after a unanimous vote in the City Council government relations subcommittee to support dissolution.BID Executive Director Maureen Belliveau said she was extremely disappointed with the vote. She said there is not going to be an alternative to take the BID’s place once it’s gone.

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    15. Transforming Springfield into a tech hub: Tech Foundry prepares for first class of students

      Transforming Springfield into a tech hub: Tech Foundry prepares for first class of students

      Tech Foundry is a new style of education. It’s a nonprofit that teaches high school seniors technical and workplace skills, but its curriculum was developed in partnership with tech companies. The students learn the skills the company would want in an entry-level employee. Director of Operations Natalie Sacco said the target student is someone graduating high school who is unsure of their next step. Maybe college isn’t the right choice. Students could choose Tech Foundry’s summer program “instead of a four-year college, which is something that is sort of crammed down everyone’s throats,” she said.

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    16. Is the BID worth it? Westfield property owners make cases for downtown's future

      Is the BID worth it? Westfield property owners make cases for downtown's future

      Community Development Director Diana McLean and others spoke in support of the BID, saying the 2012 changes were constitutional and brought Massachusetts BIDs in line with all other BIDs, which have mandatory participation. Maureen Belliveau, Executive Director of the BID, called into question the petition itself, saying some of the signers may have been confused by the process. She said 21 of the signers may have misunderstood the situation because they were nonprofits — who don’t pay fees — or residential properties with three units or less, which are within the district but are not technically members.

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    17. Uncertain future for Westfield BID, but others on solid ground, EDC head says | masslive.com

      Uncertain future for Westfield BID, but others on solid ground, EDC head says | masslive.com

      One economic organization may be teetering close to the edge, but its western Massachusetts siblings are on stable ground, a local business leader said.  After next week’s public hearing concerning the Westfield Business Improvement District, the BID’s future will be in the City Council’s hands. Councilors will decide whether or not to accept a petition to dissolve the organization.  Whichever way the council votes, this problem stays in Westfield, said Allan Blair, president and CEO of The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.  Blair said he doesn’t expect any potential dissolution would affect operations in other ...

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    18. Details of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion

      Details of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion

      Controversy continues surrounding the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion into Franklin County, and concerned communities have held public discussions over the issues. A public forum featuring expert panelists will take place June 3 in Greenfield. Here is some of the basic information involved with the proposed expansion:The 13,900-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline, run by a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, currently runs from southern Texas and the Gulf of Mexico to the Northeast. The pipeline runs through 14 states, including Massachusetts, where it traces the southern edge of the state and spreads through the Boston and Pittsfield areas.

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