1. Articles from George O'Brien

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    1. Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      Callaway’s Chicopee Plant Doubles Workforce Since 2017 - BusinessWest

      The Callaway golf-ball-manufacturing facility in Chicopee has borrowed a famous page from the Chicago Cubs’ playbook.  When the Cubs win, a white flag with a large blue ‘W’ is flown atop the legendary hand-operated scoreboard in center field. Back to Callaway. When a member of its team — comprised of players on the various professional tours who play Callaway balls and clubs — posts a win, a flag with a large script ‘C’ (the same one used for the Callaway brand) flies underneath the American flag on the pole outside on the facility on Meadow Street.

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    2. New Ownership Group Exudes Confidence on the Future of Tower Square

      New Ownership Group Exudes Confidence on the Future of Tower Square

      Both the office/retail complex known as Tower Square and the hotel that sits on the property would be considered somewhat risky investments, given their recent history. But the investment group Springfield Hospitality believes otherwise — in both cases. The new ownership group has announced an ambitious plan to get the Marriott flag back on the hotel, and it is confident about gaining a wide range of new tenants on the retail side of the equation.

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    3. Greenfield Presents Blend of Familiar and New - BusinessWest

      Greenfield Presents Blend of Familiar and New - BusinessWest

      Greenfield could now be considered 4/20-friendly, said M.J. Adams, the city’s director of Community Development and Economic Development, adding that there is already a medical marijuana dispensary, Patriot Care, located within the community, and it is poised to become a recreational dispensary next month. And there are many other parties expressing interest in establishing different forms of cannabis-related businesses within Franklin County’s largest community.

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    4. Isenberg School Expansion Makes Powerful, Practical Statement - BusinessWest

      Isenberg School Expansion Makes Powerful, Practical Statement - BusinessWest

      The Isenberg Innovation Hub, a $62 million expansion and renovation of the business school’s facilities on the UMass Amherst campus, will open its doors to students later this month. The building’s exterior design is stunning, and it gives a new face to Isenberg and perhaps the university, but the architects have made it functional as well.

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    5. VVM Takes Agency — and Its Mission — to a New Place

      VVM Takes Agency — and Its Mission — to a New Place

      As Valley Venture Mentors completes its move into Springfield’s Innovation Center on Bridge Street, it is also moving into a new era in its history, one that is very entrepreneurial in nature — in keeping with its broad mission — and strives to continually expand and strengthen the region’s ecosystem for supporting and inspiring entrepreneurs.

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    6. UMassFive College Credit Union Continues to Move Beyond Its Roots

      UMassFive College Credit Union Continues to Move Beyond Its Roots

      As the name suggests, the UMassFive College Credit Union was launched to serve employees at UMass Amherst. But it quickly expanded its mission to the other schools in that region, and then beyond employees of those institutions. Today, the process of expansion and evolution continues, and touches many realms, from new branches to new technology to new member sponsors. In short, those humble beginnings have been left well behind.

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    7. MGM One of Many Factors Spurring Optimism for Tourism Sector

      MGM One of Many Factors Spurring Optimism for Tourism Sector

      They call it the ‘need period.’ There are probably other names for it, but that’s how those at the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) refer to the post-holiday winter stretch in this region. And that phrase pretty much sums it up. Area tourist attractions and hospitality-related businesses are indeed needy at that time — far more than at any other season in this region. Traditionally, it’s a time to hold on and, if you’re a ski-related business, hope for snow or enough cold weather to make some.

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    8. With Talent Scarce, Many Employers Are Laboring to Fill Positions

      With Talent Scarce, Many Employers Are Laboring to Fill Positions

      Meredith Wise says it’s probably not a recent addition to the business lexicon. But it was certainly new to her when she heard it the first time. ‘Ghosting’ is the phrase in question, and it refers to a situation where an individual applies for a job, is given an offer, accepts the offer, passes a drug test, is given a starting date, accepts the starting date, and when it comes … he or she just doesn’t show up for work.

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    9. Host of Forces Create Momentum Across the Region

      Host of Forces Create Momentum Across the Region

      Momentum. Webster defines that word in several ways, including this one: ‘strength or force gained by motion or through development of events.’ Over the past few years, and especially in 2018, there was a good deal of motion and quite a few singular and ongoing events that have made this region stronger and created quite a bit of momentum, said Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. (EDC).

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    10. Initiative Aims to Make Individuals Workforce-ready

      Initiative Aims to Make Individuals Workforce-ready

      “We’ve been hearing this for years, but it had just reached a boiling point.” That’s how Kermit Dunkelberg chose to sum up the conversation in this region regarding how many individuals lack the soft skills and the essential skills needed to be workforce-ready. This ‘boiling point’ status helped inspire a regional response to a request for proposals for state funding — and a $247,000 grant aimed at putting more qualified workers in the pipeline.

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    11. Ambitious Project will Address Workforce Needs, Security Issues in the Supply Chain

      Ambitious Project will Address Workforce Needs, Security Issues in the Supply Chain

      A group of regional partners, led by Bay Path University, has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Mass. Technology Collaborative for a pilot program that will address a host of identified issues — from a critical shortage of workers in the cybersecurity field to the need for smaller manufacturers to become more cyber secure if they are going to keep doing business with their customers in the defense, aerospace, and other sectors.

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    12. CISA Celebrates 25 Years of Sustaining Local Agriculture

      CISA Celebrates 25 Years of Sustaining Local Agriculture

      Margaret Christie is quick to point out that the many challenges area farmers faced a quarter century ago are still as much a part of the landscape as asparagus fields in Hadley. These include everything from the cost of land (among the highest levels in the country), to the many pressures on that land, meaning attractive development options ranging from housing subdivisions to industrial parks, to immense competition from across the country and around the world.

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    13. Announcing the Women of Impact for 2018

      Announcing the Women of Impact for 2018

      Leader. Inspiration. Pioneer. Mentor. Innovator.

      You will read those words countless times over the next 8 profiles as BusinessWest introduces its first Women of Impact. In fact, you might read all or most of those words in each of the stories because each member of this inaugural Class of 2018 are, as you’ll see, worthy of those adjectives. These are compelling stories about remarkable women, and as you read them, you’ll quickly understand why BusinessWest added Women of Impact to its growing list of annual recognition programs. In short, these stories need to be told.

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    14. United Way of Pioneer Valley Forges Unique Partnership Agreement

      United Way of Pioneer Valley Forges Unique Partnership Agreement

      Steve Lowell says he took the phone call back in early August; he doesn’t recall the exact date. Everything else, though, he remembers quite clearly. That’s because on the other end of the line was Paul Mina, president and CEO of the United Way of Tri County, who asked for a moment of Lowell’s time — and used it to get a whole lot more than that. Mina was calling Lowell, president and CEO of Monson Savings Bank, and chairman of the board of the United Way of Pioneer Valley (UWPV), with a proposition of sorts, a unique ...

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    15. New Publication Becomes Part of Efforts to Expand the Manufacturing Workforce

      New Publication Becomes Part of Efforts to Expand the Manufacturing Workforce

      John Cook, president of Springfield Technical Community College, says he doesn’t play the card game cribbage. But that doesn’t mean the cribbage board given to him recently gathers dust sitting in a drawer or closet unused. In fact, it now occupies a prominent place on a desk already crowded with items that speak to his personal life and career in higher education. That’s because the elaborate board was crafted by students at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer. It’s fashioned from metal — Cook isn’t sure exactly what the material is, although he suspects ...

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    16. Yves Salomon-Fernandez Takes the Helm at GCC

      Yves Salomon-Fernandez Takes the Helm at GCC

      Yves Salomon-Fernandez became the 10th president of Greenfield Community College this past summer, succeeding Bob Pura at the helm of a school that enjoys some of the highest retention and graduation rates in the state. Her primary goals moving forward are to build on the momentum generated over the past several years, set the bar higher, and then clear that bar. Salomon-Fernandez is confident in her abilities, and, like the school itself, she says she’s “innovative and entrepreneurial.”

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    17. Berkshire Innovation Center Breaks Ground on Cutting-edge Facility

      Berkshire Innovation Center Breaks Ground on Cutting-edge Facility

      Steven Boyd isn’t just the president and board chairman of the Berkshire Innovation Center; he’s a true believer that the $13.8 million facility will be a game changer for the region’s manufacturing and life-sciences economy. “From a broad perspective, I’d say the center aims to support the legacy manufacturing base that has a long history of innovation here in the Berkshire region,” he told BusinessWest. “We’re an innovation center that is equal parts research and teaching institution and programming for private-sector businesses.”

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    18. Water Park Plans Bring Palmer Property Back into Focus

      Water Park Plans Bring Palmer Property Back into Focus

      More than five years after Palmer residents rejected a casino proposal for a huge tract of land just off Turnpike exit 8, the property is back in the news, this time as the planned site of a $650 million water park, resort spa, and sports complex. It’s the most basic tenet in commercial real estate. Location, location, location. Since the Massachusetts Turnpike opened in 1957, the large tract of land sitting atop the hill overlooking the exit 8 ramp in Palmer has always possessed that coveted quality. But over the ensuing 60-plus years, little has been done to capitalize ...

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    19. SSO Strives to Improve Outreach, Visibility in Community

      SSO Strives to Improve Outreach, Visibility in Community

      As the Springfield Symphony Orchestra prepares to kick off its 75th season on Sept. 22 with “Gershwin, Copland, and Bernstein,” it faces a host of challenges shared by most orchestras its size, especially a changing, shrinking base of corporate support and a need to make its audiences younger. Susan Beaudry, the SSO’s executive director, says the way to stare down these challenges is through imaginative responsiveness — and especially greater visibility through stronger outreach. And she’s doing just that.

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    20. Innovation in Health/Wellness: TechSpring

      Innovation in Health/Wellness: TechSpring

      Christian Lagier has a deep background in entrepreneurship, business operations, and strategic business development. He’s been involved with startups and high-growth companies in Paris and Copenhagen, and he spent 10 formative years in Silicon Valley’s high-octane startup environment at arguably its zenith (the ’90s). Thus, he’s an expert in … collisions. That’s a word you hear quite often within the realms of innovation and entrepreneurship. Generally, it refers to the art and science (because it’s both) of bringing people together and making things — meaning products, services, and the companies to provide them — happen.

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    21. Garvey Associates Helps Clients Navigate a Rapidly Changing Landscape - BusinessWest

      Garvey Associates Helps Clients Navigate a Rapidly Changing Landscape - BusinessWest

      John Garvey isn’t shy about noting that he never worked for a large ad agency, or a ‘traditional’ ad agency, as he calls them. In fact, he’s rather proud of that background — as are the rest of the members of the team at the agency he formed more than 30 years ago known as Garvey Communication Associates Inc., who didn’t work for a traditional agency either.


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    22. Downtown Parking Venture Is Fulfilling Promise

      Downtown Parking Venture Is Fulfilling Promise

      Valet parking isn’t exactly a novel concept; banquet halls, restaurants, and hospitals have been offering that service for years, if not decades. But it is when it comes to downtown Springfield’s office towers. One Financial Plaza recently introduced the concept, and in a few weeks, it is living up the promise first foreseen a decade ago. Evan Plotkin says he first conceived of the idea of instituting valet parking at 1350 Main St. in downtown Springfield — the office tower he co-owns — almost 10 years ago.

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    23. Westfield State Awarded $21 Million for Extensive Renovations

      Westfield State Awarded $21 Million for Extensive Renovations

      Ramon Torrecilha says that when it opened in 1956, Parenzo Hall, the first building on what was then Westfield State College’s new campus on Western Avenue, housed “pretty much everything.” That included classrooms, the dining hall, a large auditorium, administrative offices — yes, everything, said Torrecilha, president of what is now Westfield State University. Over time, many all of those facilities moved somewhere else. The dining commons went in Scanlon Hall, new classroom facilities were built, and a number of administrative offices were moved down Western Avenue to the building, acquired by the college nearly 20 years ago, that was ...

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