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    1. Women tapped to lead Westfield State University's 4 new colleges

      Women tapped to lead Westfield State University's 4 new colleges

      After more than a year of planning and reorganization, Westfield State University began this academic year with a new four-college structure featuring an all-female administrative team.  The new structure, announced last month, transitions the school's more than two dozen departments to four new colleges: the College of Graduate and Continuing Education; the College of Mathematics and Sciences; the College of Education, Health and Human Services; and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition to restructuring its Division of Academic Affairs, Westfield State appointed a provost and four founding college deans -- all women -- to oversee the new ...

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    2. Springfield breaks ground on $14 million Educare early education facility

      Springfield breaks ground on $14 million Educare early education facility

       Local, city and state leaders joined early education advocates, and others Monday to officially break ground on Educare Springfield, a nationally recognized school model that is among just 24 of its kind in the country.  Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and project leaders gathered at a construction site on Hickory Street to celebrate the project's groundbreaking and reflect on the seven years of work that went in to bringing the nearly $14 million facility to the city.

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    3. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito 'can't wait to see' MGM Springfield, senses momentum and excitement...

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito 'can't wait to see' MGM Springfield, senses momentum and excitement...

      Although MGM Springfield is not set to open its doors to the public until next week, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Wednesday that she can already feel the "momentum" and excitement that  the $960 million casino project has brought to the city.  Polito, who joined local officials in announcing public safety plans ahead of MGM Springfield's opening, praised the city's efforts to promote economic development and grow housing options in connection with the casino project.

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    4. 'We want to be the Harry Potter of STEM education': Springfield Technical Community...

      'We want to be the Harry Potter of STEM education': Springfield Technical Community...

      With thousands of science, technology, engineering and math-related jobs going unfilled across New England and the country, Springfield Technical Community College plans to use a new federal grant to enhance K-12 STEM education and encourage more students to enter such fields.  The $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the college, in partnership with Smith College, to launch a four-year project with Springfield Public Schools beginning in the 2019-2020 school year that takes an "imaginative education" approach to bringing engineering into classrooms.

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    5. House-passed National Defense Authorization Act includes $43 million for Westover Air...

      House-passed National Defense Authorization Act includes $43 million for Westover Air...

      A Western Massachusetts air reserve base is poised to receive millions in federal funding to construct a regional ISO maintenance hangar under a $716 billion national defense bill compromise that cleared the U.S. House Thursday.  The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which now awaits Senate approval, includes funding for an array of Pentagon initiatives and priorities across the United States, including $42.6 million for construction at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

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    6. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $21 million for Westfield State University renovation project

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $21 million for Westfield State University renovation project

      Westfield State University is among the Massachusetts public higher education institutions set to benefit from nearly $4 billion in state investments, Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday.  The governor and other Massachusetts officials touted the $3.9 billion bond package, which includes funding to help address statewide capital needs, during an afternoon ceremonial bill signing at the Westfield campus. They noted that the legislation, among other things, will provide state colleges and universities a total of $950 million for capital projects over five years, including $190 million in Fiscal Year 2019 alone.

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    7. Gov. Charlie Baker says he thinks 'people are going to be blown away' by MGM Springfield

      Gov. Charlie Baker says he thinks 'people are going to be blown away' by MGM Springfield

      Although MGM Springfield is still months away from opening, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he believes people are going to be "blown away" by the nearly $1 billion resort.  Baker, who toured the downtown casino and hotel project Saturday, told reporters he was impressed by the project's attention to detail and commitment to highlighting local history. "This thing is going to be spectacular. ... There's so many items and elements to this thing that are specifically geared toward reminding people this is in Springfield and it's a big part of Springfield's history," he said following an afternoon ...

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    8. US Rep. Richard Neal announces $350,000 in public arts funding for Western Massachusetts

      US Rep. Richard Neal announces $350,000 in public arts funding for Western Massachusetts

      Despite recent threats to federal arts funding, Western Massachusetts cultural organizations will receive nearly $350,000 in National Endowment for the Arts grants to support theater, dance and other projects throughout the Berkshires and Springfield, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, announced Thursday.

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    9. Wellspring Harvest to hold greenhouse ribbon cutting, open house events Sunday

      Wellspring Harvest to hold greenhouse ribbon cutting, open house events Sunday

      Wellspring Harvest will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday to commemorate the completion of its hydroponic greenhouse and the beginning of its agricultural production.  The cooperative corporation will officially open its Indian Orchard greenhouse with a 2 p.m. ribbon cutting event at the 121 Pinevale St. location.  Following the ribbon cutting, Wellspring Harvest will hold a two-hour open house, which will feature demonstrations of hydroponic growing techniques, tours and free lettuce samples, according to organizers.

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    10. Gov. Charlie Baker looks to spur investments in Springfield, other 'Opportunity Zone'...

      Gov. Charlie Baker looks to spur investments in Springfield, other 'Opportunity Zone'...

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has recommended that Springfield and several other communities across the state be deemed "opportunity zones" -- a designation created under the GOP tax law to open municipalities to private, tax-free investments.  Baker, in paperwork submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday, suggested that a total of 138 communities -- the maximum amount allowed for Massachusetts -- be considered for the "Opportunity Zone" program, according to officials.

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    11. Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)

      Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)

      With a reputation as a hub for arts and culture, Berkshire County also boasts a rich history of manufacturing and technology. That's something local business leaders and officials are looking to highlight and build upon with the creation of the long-awaited Berkshire Innovation Center. The project, which has faced delays due to funding shortfalls since it was proposed nearly a decade ago, is expected to break ground in Pittsfield this year. Stephen Boyd, BIC president and chairman since 2014, said he hopes to open the 20,000-square-foot facility at William Stanley Business Park, part of General Electric's former ...

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    12. US Rep. Richard Neal touts precision manufacturing opportunities in Western Massachusetts,...

      US Rep. Richard Neal touts precision manufacturing opportunities in Western Massachusetts,...

      Highlighting the precision manufacturing and other high-skills job opportunities that are going unfilled across Berkshire County and Western Massachusetts, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, stressed Tuesday that more must be done to connect local residents to these positions.  The congressman, who toured Lee-based Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing Inc. as part of Startup Day Across America, said the three-year-old biopharmaceutical company "highlights the opportunity for aspiration and achievement" in Western Massachusetts.

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    13. MGM Springfield, city nearing end of negotiations to bring new residential units to city

      MGM Springfield, city nearing end of negotiations to bring new residential units to city

      MGM Springfield could soon announce changes to its plan to bring 54 market-rate residential units to the city's downtown, according to city and casino officials. Kevin Kennedy, Springfield's chief development officer, said the city is currently in the later stages of negotiating with MGM Springfield over redeveloping a long-vacant building located near the casino site at 31 Elm St.  "We are negotiating and I have said publicly that we are negotiating to incorporate that commitment into redevelopment of 31 Elm St," he said in an interview. "Currently, we're in the latter stages of that discussion and lawyers ...

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