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    1. BusinessTalk with Cheryl Malandrinos, president of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley

      BusinessTalk with Cheryl Malandrinos, president of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley

      On this installment of BusinessTalk, BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Cheryl Malandrinos, president of the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. The two talk about the still white-hot housing market in the region and the forces behind it — everything from soaring demand to historically low levels of inventory. She also offers her outlook on if, when, and to what extent, the current picture will change. It’s all must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    2. Outlook 2022/Tourism

      Outlook 2022/Tourism

      Mary Kay Wydra has also been impressed with the tourism sector’s resilience in 2021. “When the restrictions were lifted in late spring, we saw a boost in the attractions, and hotel occupancy grew,” said Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Looking ahead, I do feel like we’re positioned to continue building on this momentum.”

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    3. Outlook 2022/Higher Education

      Outlook 2022/Higher Education

      Looking ahead to 2022, Sandra Doran projects that this will be what she called “the year of the woman.” Elaborating, she said many women have put their lives, careers, and educational goals on hold the past few years. And she projects that many will be making up for lost time in the months to come as the region and its large and important higher-education sector look to return to something that has been quite elusive since March 2020: normalcy.

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    4. Outlook 2022/The Region

      Outlook 2022/The Region

      When asked to project what lies ahead, Rick Sullivan said he believes the region got a taste of what he expects 2022 will be like last summer and early fall — before Delta and Omicron entered the lexicon. Flashing back, he said the tourism sector was rebounding on many levels, with the Big E on its way to a very solid year, many other attractions across the region open again, and most all restaurants and other types of venues taking full advantage of large amounts of pent-up demand.

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      Mentions: Rick Sullivan
    5. Banks and Credit Unions Steer Back Toward Normalcy - BusinessWest

      Banks and Credit Unions Steer Back Toward Normalcy - BusinessWest

      While year one of the pandemic taught banks how to constantly pivot — to remote work, new modes of serving customers, and multiple phases of PPP loans — year two has brought more stability, even normalcy, but also new challenges, particularly inflation and supply-chain disruption that has made it more difficult for customers to save, borrow, and invest. That they’re doing all these things, to some degree, lends a healthy sense of optimism to 2022.

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    6. BusinessTalk with Dr. Robert Roose, chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center

      BusinessTalk with Dr. Robert Roose, chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Dr. Robert Roose, chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center.  The two talk about everything from the state of the pandemic and the arrival of the Omicron variant, to the immense challenges facing hospitals today, to the ongoing workforce crisis and the many ways it is impacting this important sector of the economy.  It’s a compelling discussion and must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    7. Lora Wondolowski Looks for New Opportunities for LPV

      Lora Wondolowski Looks for New Opportunities for LPV

      When Lora Wondolowski became founding executive director of Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV), it certainly wasn’t with the expectation that she would one day be hard at work planning 10-year anniversary celebrations. Indeed, Wondolowski said it was more her style, her pattern, to launch organizations and programs, stabilize and build them, and then move onto something else, probably in four or five years, as she did with her previous assignment, as founding director of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters and the Environmental Voters Education Fund in Boston.

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    8. BusinessTalk with Matt Yee, a principal with Enlite, a Northampton-based adult-use cannabis dispensary

      BusinessTalk with Matt Yee, a principal with Enlite, a Northampton-based adult-use cannabis dispensary

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Matt Yee, a principal with Enlite, a Northampton-based adult-use cannabis dispensary. The two talk about that this new business venture, the state of the cannabis industry in Western Mass., and its prospects for continued growth.  It’s a compelling discussion and must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    9. Communities Ponder How Best to Spend and Invest Infusions of Federal Money

      Communities Ponder How Best to Spend and Invest Infusions of Federal Money

      With more than $3 billion being directed to area cities and towns through the American Rescue Plan Act, there is no end to speculation about these funds should be put to use. While infrastructure projects and other municipal needs certainly need to be addressed, area economic leaders and developers are urging communities to think big and make investments that will spur additional private-sector development and allow these cities and towns to take full advantage of the changing times and the opportunities they present.

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    10. Ludlow Weighs Options for Rescue Plan Funds

      Ludlow Weighs Options for Rescue Plan Funds

      This fall, two long-anticipated projects in Ludlow opened to the public, and officials say there’s more to come. In September, the Harris Brook Elementary School on Fuller Street opened for full classes for students in grades 2-5. And in early November, the new Ludlow Senior Center officially opened on State Street. Board of Selectmen Chairman William Rosenblum said that, while Ludlow is already a desirable community, the new school and senior center make it even more so.

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    11. Area Chambers Adjust to New Roles, New Ways to Carry Out Mission

      Area Chambers Adjust to New Roles, New Ways to Carry Out Mission

      Area chambers of commerce, like businesses in all sectors, have suffered during the pandemic and faced a number of stern challenges. For the most part, they have come through these tough times — smaller in many cases, with many chambers now one-person shows — having proven their value and relevance after helping their members survive upheaval without precedence. The challenge moving forward is to rebuild their memberships, their financial foundations, and, yes, their staffs, while also creating new and different ways to maintain that relevance they found during the pandemic.

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    12. BusinessTalk with Jessica Collins, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessTalk with Jessica Collins, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Jessica Collins, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021, several of whom will be spotlighted over the coming weeks. The two talk about everything that went into this honor, from her passion for public health to her remarkable track record for forging collaborative efforts to address some of the most pressing public health issues facing our region. It’s a compelling discussion and must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    13. BusinessTalk with Madeline Landrau, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessTalk with Madeline Landrau, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Madeline Landrau, one of BusinessWest’s recently named Women of Impact for 2021, several of whom will be spotlighted over the coming weeks. The two talk about everything that went into this honor, from her many responsibilities as Program Engagement Manager at MassMutual, to the many facets her involvement within the community, to her ongoing work as a mentor to a number of young women in the region.

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    14. Monson Pursues New Growth Opportunities

      Monson Pursues New Growth Opportunities

      It’s a classic small-town balancing act. As Monson leaders look forward to new infrastructure and energy projects, many residents also want to maintain a small-town feel. But progress is important, Town Administrator Jennifer Wolowicz says. With the town about to receive $1.7 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and a team at Town Hall looking at ways to use those funds, she favors infrastructure projects because she believes they offer the best return on investment. “There are plenty of projects we could pursue that serve only part of the community, but everyone benefits from improved roads ...

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    15. Banks See Healthy Surge of Commercial Lending - BusinessWest

      Banks See Healthy Surge of Commercial Lending - BusinessWest

      Businesses didn’t stop borrowing in 2020, although much of last year’s lending activity had more to do with staying afloat with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans than expanding operations. These days, with the economy in a more stable — if not exactly robust — place, many businesses are looking to invest and grow (that is, if they can get enough people to come to work), at a time when banks are sitting on more liquidity than usual and are anxious to lend it out.

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    16. Springfield’s Historic Trolley Barn Finds a New Life

      Springfield’s Historic Trolley Barn Finds a New Life

      Springfield’s Trolley Barn, the property at the corner of Main and Carew streets, has had an important place in the city’s history since it opened back in 1897. It was long home to the Springfield Street Railway Co. and, later, Peter Pan’s Coach Builders operation. Today, it has a new life as home to J.D. Rivet, a roofing and sheet-metal company, thus ensuring that this link to the past will have a place in the city’s future.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    17. BusinessTalk with Tony Cignoli, president of ther A.L. Cignoli Company

      BusinessTalk with Tony Cignoli, president of ther A.L. Cignoli Company

      George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with Tony Cignoli, president of the A.L. Cignoli Company. The two talk about everything from Smith & Wesson’s recent decision to move its headquarters to Tenessee to redistricting and what it means for the region, to the pandemic and the lessons learned from it. It’s a compelling discussion and must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    18. Hall of Fame Looks to Be a Bigger Player in Events Market - BusinessWest

      Hall of Fame Looks to Be a Bigger Player in Events Market - BusinessWest

      John Doleva says that, when it comes to bar mitzvahs — and probably bat mitzvahs, for that matter — there has always been an informal type of competition among those young people (and their families).  “From what I understand, each bar mitzvah has to outdo the last one that your kid went to,” said Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “And we think we have the right venue to outdo that last one.”

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    19. North Adams Pursues Return to Normalcy - BusinessWest

      North Adams Pursues Return to Normalcy - BusinessWest

      While North Adams tries to return to familiar norms, many are prepared to adjust if new pandemic concerns arise.  That’s the perspective of Mayor Thomas Bernard, anyway, who said his community has slowly and cautiously taken steps to bring back the positive routines of daily life.  “The moment that stands out for me is our first concert at Windsor Lake in early to mid-June,” Bernard said. “There were people who hadn’t seen neighbors and friends for more than a year. The sound of kids laughing and playing, great music, the spirit was unbelievable.”


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    20. Dr. Lynnette Watkins Takes the Helm at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

      Dr. Lynnette Watkins Takes the Helm at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

      Dr. Lynnette Watkins says she is most definitely her father’s daughter. By that, she meant she is a second-generation ophthalmologist, following the lead set by her father, L.C. Watkins, who is one of the first African-Americans practicing in that specialty in St. Louis. “When I say that I stand on the shoulders of giants, I don’t take that lightly, and first and foremost is my dad,” she noted. “He’s been my biggest supporter, mentor, and point of light.”

       

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    21. Opportunities Abound for Graduates of Cybersecurity Programs

      Opportunities Abound for Graduates of Cybersecurity Programs

      Make no mistake, we live in an increasingly interconnected world, and the technology that makes that possible is always under threat from those who would mine, expose, and exploit data — often in life-altering ways. So while it’s no surprise that the cybersecurity field is rife with job opportunity, exactly how much opportunity (a half-million open jobs nationally, according to one study) may still raise eyebrows. Area universities with cybersecurity degree programs hope those statistics also raise interest in a challenging field that offers good pay and the chance to do some truly meaningful work.

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    22. BusinessTalk with John Garvey, president of Garvey Communication Associates

      BusinessTalk with John Garvey, president of Garvey Communication Associates

      BusinessWest Editor George O’Brien has a lively, wide-ranging discussion with John Garvey, president of Garvey Communication Associates. The two talk about Facebook’s long, difficult week, the testimony of a whistleblower, comparisons of social media to Big Tobacco, and cries that something should be done to control this industry. It’s a compelling discussion and must listening, so join us on BusinessTalk, a podcast presented by BusinessWest in partnership with Living Local.

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    23. UMass Amherst College of Nursing Receives $21.5 Million Donation

      UMass Amherst College of Nursing Receives $21.5 Million Donation

      Transformative. Allison Vorderstrasse acknowledged that this is a powerful word with specific meaning; it is not, or should not be, used arbitrarily. But when it comes to the $21.5 million donation from the Elaine Nicpon Marieb Foundation to UMass Amherst, and, more specifically, its College of Nursing — the largest single gift ever given to the school — that descriptive adjective certainly fits.

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    24. Westfield Data-center Project Makes a Hard Push for the Finish Line

      Westfield Data-center Project Makes a Hard Push for the Finish Line

      It’s called a ‘hyper-scale data center.’ That’s the name attached to a $2.7 billion proposal planned for a 155-acre parcel in Westfield. The complicated project, now entering the local-approval phase, has cleared perhaps the biggest hurdle — the aggregation of a site that can check a unique set of boxes, including accessibility to huge amounts of power and data. If it comes to fruition — and there are still many challenges to overcome — the project could make the region a player in the emerging sector known as Big Data.

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