1. Articles from Joseph Bednar

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    1. East Longmeadow Embraces Change, Progress

      East Longmeadow Embraces Change, Progress

      Denise Menard says low taxes, streamlined permitting, and quality of life are all factors in making East Longmeadow an attractive landing spot. When East Longmeadow switched from a town-meeting style of government to a Town Council and town manager, Denise Menard said the change wasn’t meant to be simply cosmetic. Rather, noted Menard — who came on board as interim town manager in 2016 before shedding the ‘interim’ title earlier this year — creating her position and replacing the three-member Board of Selectmen with a seven-member, elected Town Council provided the momentum to launch several new municipal departments aimed squarely at ...

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    2. Mobile Devices Find New Frontiers of Speed, Power, and Quality

      Mobile Devices Find New Frontiers of Speed, Power, and Quality

      An on-the-go society demands on-the-go technology, and the array of smartphones, tablets, wristband health sensors, and portable game systems only continues to expand as the major players compete for their share of a growing pie. In its annual look at some of the hottest tech items available, BusinessWest focuses on those mobile devices, which are connecting more Americans than ever, 24/7, to bottomless online resources and, sometimes, to each other.

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    3. Springfield WORKS Takes Collaborative Approach to Job Growth

      Springfield WORKS Takes Collaborative Approach to Job Growth

      Anne Kandilis spends a lot of time talking with area employers, so she knows there are jobs to be had. How to connect those jobs to people who can perform them — well, that’s an issue that has plagued Western Mass. for a generation. “One local employer told me, ‘I’m about half the size I could be, but I can’t find enough skilled workers,” said Kandilis, Working Cities Challenge director at the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Western Massachusetts. Furthermore, she noted, many of these jobs are blue-collar positions that don’t require a college degree, but the ...

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    4. Westfield Thrives by Making Solid Connections

      Westfield Thrives by Making Solid Connections

      By the middle of 2018, Dan Howard says, close to 75% of Westfield residents and businesses will have access to high-speed Internet through Whip City Fiber, a division of Westfield Gas + Electric. “The Municipal Light Board is fully behind it, as is the City Council,” said Howard, general manager of WG+E, adding that the city began funding the project back in 2014. “It’s a great collaboration that has really benefited the entire city.” He noted that of the 41 municipal electric utilities in Massachusetts, only four are gas-and-electric entities, and only one of those four, once Westfield’s ...

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    5. A. Crane Construction Continues to Expand Its Scope

      A. Crane Construction Continues to Expand Its Scope

      t’s just one example, said the younger Crane — who runs the company alongside his father — of how A. Crane has expanded its scope over the past decade, assembling a broader book of business in the commercial-building world and branching out into new realms.  “We’ve opened divisions in property management, condominium management, and we’re running more crews over the past four or five years,” he told BusinessWest. “We’ve taken on many more commercial jobs — larger-scale commercial work. We now have the office staff and field crews to handle those types of jobs.”

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    6. WNEU School of Law Adjusts to an Altered Landscape

      WNEU School of Law Adjusts to an Altered Landscape

      Enrollment was already declining at law schools nationwide when the Great Recession hit, drying up the legal job market and driving the applicant count even lower. That forced a mass contraction at institutions across the U.S., including Western New England University School of Law. But its dean says the strategies undertaken to provide more return on investment for students has brought stability, and the future looks brighter than it has in years.

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    7. Filling the Big E’s Concert Bill Is Equal Parts Art, Science, and Hustle

      Filling the Big E’s Concert Bill Is Equal Parts Art, Science, and Hustle

      John Juliano has been booking entertainment at the Big E for almost 30 years, but his first job for the fair was a little less glamorous. Specifically, it was a part-time gig cleaning out horse stalls in 1982. He didn’t mind, though, because it was money in his pocket, and a chance to be a part of a regional icon he’d loved from his childhood. “It was always my favorite thing to do,” said Juliano, senior director of Sales, Marketing & Entertainment for the Eastern States Exposition. “When I was in junior high school, across the street in Agawam ...

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    8. Institute for Applied Life Sciences Connects UMass with High-tech Industry

      Institute for Applied Life Sciences Connects UMass with High-tech Industry

      Peter Reinhart, director of the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst, said there’s a tendency in academia to think of private industry as the enemy. As one of the nation’s foremost public research institutions, however, UMass has become increasingly engaged with industry, most recently through an expansion of the institute’s core facilities with high-tech equipment that companies can use to help bring ideas to market. It’s a true win-win, UMass officials say, and an example of how public-private partnerships are changing the face of higher education.

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    9. Florence Bank Makes Its Move into Hampden County

      Florence Bank Makes Its Move into Hampden County

      After recording impressive growth during his 22-year tenure as president, John Heaps Jr. says Florence Bank is ready to take the next strategic step, by opening its first branch in Hampden County later this summer. The move comes at an opportune time, he said — a time when many Greater Springfield banks are being bought up and merging with institutions based well outside the region. A community-focused bank like Florence, he believes, is well-positioned to fill the gap.

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    10. NetLogix Aims to Reduce Stress, Keep Clients Focused on Growth

      NetLogix Aims to Reduce Stress, Keep Clients Focused on Growth

      Information-technology solutions providers can easily get lost in a maze of technical jargon, but that’s the last thing Marco Liquori wants to throw at customers. Instead, the technicians at his 13-year-old company, NetLogix, are trained to communicate clearly with clients about their network needs — and then meet those needs, in the background, so businesses can focus on growth, not computer issues. A recent customer-satisfaction report suggests the Westfield-based firm is doing something right.

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    11. Ludlow Builds Off Mill Project’s Momentum

      Ludlow Builds Off Mill Project’s Momentum

      When it comes to economic development in Ludlow, the sprawling project known as Ludlow Mills has been the lead story for several years. But it’s far from the only story, Douglas Stefancik said. “We do need economic development, and we take it seriously,” said Ludlow’s town planner. “We look to businesses for tax revenue and jobs. And anytime we can get a new business in town, it enhances the entire area.”

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    12. Custom Builder Laplante Construction Raises Its Game

      Custom Builder Laplante Construction Raises Its Game

      When it comes to custom homes, trends come and go, but buyers are always looking for the next big thing — or, to be more accurate, the next not-so-big thing, as one of those trends favors downsizing in favor of easier maintenance and more energy-efficient touches. But high-end homebuyers aren’t shorting themselves on the interior; they still want the best floors, trims, and technology money can buy. And many are turning to Laplante Construction to get the job done.

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    13. Angela Lussier Finds Her Purpose in Helping Women Find Theirs

      Angela Lussier Finds Her Purpose in Helping Women Find Theirs

      It took just nine words to change Angela Lussier’s life: “you’ll never be ready; you just have to start.” That’s good advice for entrepreneurs of all kinds, but it was especially relevant for a shy, self-conscious, but creative and ambitious woman who decided her path to leadership was learning to overcome her fear of public speaking. Today, through the Speaker Sisterhood, she’s helping women around the world do the same — and, in the process, discover who they really are and what they were meant to do.

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    14. VVM Set to Launch Collegiate Accelerator This Summer

      VVM Set to Launch Collegiate Accelerator This Summer

      Valley Venture Mentors has long cultivated entrepreneurship in the Pioneer Valley through programs like its signature Accelerator, which provides education and support for aspiring business owners to hone their ideas. VVM’s Collegiate Accelerator, set to begin in June, is a different beast, focusing on a younger group with startup ideas and tossing them into a more demanding, time-intensive experience than the traditional Accelerator. But they do have something in common with their older peers: they don’t know anything. Yet

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    15. Tree House Brewing Co. Expands Its Horizons

      Tree House Brewing Co. Expands Its Horizons

      It’s one of the region’s most unlikely success stories — a brewery that doesn’t distribute its beers beyond the building where they’re crafted, yet has managed to amass a passionate following of enthusiasts who wait in long lines to buy that week’s selections. From humble beginnings in a Brimfield barn, Monson-based Tree House Brewing Co. will make its second big move later this year, into a 55,000-square-foot brewery in Charlton, which will dramatically expand its capacity, raise its profile, and put smiles on the faces of a lot more thirsty people.

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    16. At Brick Coworkshop, Iron Sharpens Iron … and Much More

      At Brick Coworkshop, Iron Sharpens Iron … and Much More

      Dan Battat is a glassblower, and that can be a solitary art. But he prefers company.
      “As someone who has worked in a solo shop setting, it’s awesome to look up from the bench and see someone pouring concrete into molds, or these guys in the machine shop cutting metal, all in my view from my workspace. Seeing them, it’s hard not to think of new ideas.”  That iron-sharpening-iron philosophy is one of the driving forces behind Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke, a co-working space that currently houses eight artists of varying disciplines — from glass, metal, concrete, and wood ...

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    17. Springfield Central Cultural District Connects Downtown Through Art

      Springfield Central Cultural District Connects Downtown Through Art

      As director of the Springfield Central Cultural District, Morgan Drewniany doesn’t see the arts in a vacuum. Rather, they’re one of the connecting threads joining the realms of economic development, social justice, and a city’s walkability and livability, which are, of course, among the keys to any community’s future. To that end, the SCCD is raising the profile of the arts in and around downtown Springfield — and that of its myriad artists as well.

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    18. PeoplesBank Retains Young Talent by Keeping Employees Engaged

      PeoplesBank Retains Young Talent by Keeping Employees Engaged

      t’s difficult to pigeonhole the Millennial generation — though many have tried — in terms of what they want in a job and a workplace.  But one recurring theme is a sense of purpose and meaning, one that goes beyond their list of duties. And on this front, employers are largely falling short.  In fact, according to a recent Gallup study, “How Millennials Want to Work and Live,” only about one-third of young professionals strongly agree that the mission or purpose of their organization makes them feel their job is important. And just 40% feel strongly connected to their company’s ...

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    19. Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

      Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

      The numbers alone speak to Holyoke Medical Center’s need for a new Emergency Department, with the current ER designed for 25,000 visits per year but actually logging almost 43,000. But HMC’s new facility, set to open this spring, will do much more than better handle the traffic; it will also call on cutting-edge ideas in design and workflow — not to mention an innovative, dedicated behavioral-health area — to reflect a truly 21st-century vision of emergency care.

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    20. Area Hospitality Venues Prepare for the Arrival of MGM

      Area Hospitality Venues Prepare for the Arrival of MGM

      As the most significant development in Springfield’s recent history, the MGM casino set to open in 2018 is sure to be a tantalizing attraction for meeting and convention planners. That poses a new competitive threat for the region’s many established hospitality facilities, but some of the larger players don’t see it that way. Instead, they believe the additional traffic MGM brings to Springfield will raise all boats, bringing opportunity to venues that are prepared to leverage it by doubling down on what makes them unique.

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    21. JGS Lifecare Unveils a New Rehab Center

      JGS Lifecare Unveils a New Rehab Center

      When JGS Lifecare launched the strategic plan five years ago that would become Project Transformation, the goal was to, well, transform the organization’s entire range of senior services to reflect 21st-century ideas about delivering care in a resident-centric way. The Sosin Center for Rehabilitation, the highlight of the project’s first phase, is a good example, employing the burgeoning Green House philosophy, a model aimed at making residents feel at home while achieving the independence they need to return to their own homes.

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    22. Why Solar Arrays Are the Hot Trend in Energy Production

      Why Solar Arrays Are the Hot Trend in Energy Production

      Solar power is enjoying a heyday in Massachusetts right now, as home and business owners, buoyed by state incentives, seek greener energy options, and — most visibly — as cities and towns scramble to strike deals with energy companies on large-scale photovoltaic arrays, usually on otherwise undevelopable parcels, such as landfills. The projects don’t create many jobs, but they do bring tax benefits for communities, profits for the developers, and satisfaction for anyone who values a move away from fossil fuels.

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    23. Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy Thrives in a Shifting Law Landscape

      Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy Thrives in a Shifting Law Landscape

      When four respected attorneys came together 49 years ago to form Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, they had solid ideas about where they would focus their practice. But in the decades since, this Springfield-based institution, while still true to its corporate and litigation roots, has become far more nimble, specialized, and adaptable to changes in the legal field driven by regulatory shifts, technological advances, and evolving client needs. In doing so, it has forged one of the region’s true local success stories.

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    24. Conference Gives Young Entrepreneurs Resources, Inspiration

      Conference Gives Young Entrepreneurs Resources, Inspiration

      As the founder of FEAT Socks, Parker Burr sells hundreds of thousands of socks worldwide, and expects to top $2 million in sales next year. But one of his fondest memories is selling his cozy footwear, one pair at a time, from behind a table at an Amherst bus stop.  “The key is to go out and sell something,” he told an audience of young entrepreneurs this month at the 12th annual Grinspoon, Garvey & Young Entrepreneurship Conference. “Everyone wants to know how to get from zero to a hundred million dollars. But don’t be afraid of humble beginnings, because ...

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