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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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