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    1. Paragus IT Acquires Applied Software Technologies

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      Paragus IT Acquires Applied Software Technologies

      Paragus IT has continued its pattern of active growth with its first acquisition: West Springfield-based Applied Software Technologies. Prior to the acquisition, AST provided IT services to businesses in the region and beyond for more than 20 years. “We are very happy to welcome the staff and clients of Applied Software Technologies into the Paragus family,” says Paragus CEO Delcie Bean. “They are a great company, and we’re excited that we will be able to give their clients the opportunity to maintain their relationships with the people they know while also having access to the resources we are able ...

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    2. MassMutual brings 'Girls Who Code' to Springfield, offering girls chance to excel at computer technology | masslive.com

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      MassMutual brings 'Girls Who Code' to Springfield, offering girls chance to excel at computer technology | masslive.com

      MassMutual is hosting this summer session of Girls Who Code at its massive State Street office headquarters. Girls Who Code's national mission is to get more high-school girls interested in computer and engineering careers and majoring in computer science and similar fields in college.  The Girls Who Code participants hail mostly from Springfield, Enfield and surrounding towns, although a few commute from Amherst, said Yasmine Laurent, Girls Who Code program manger for Greater Boston.  This is the first Girls Who Code summer immersion program in Western Massachusetts, Laurent said. There are programs in eastern Massachusetts, but most centered literally ...

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    3. Leverett municipal broadband network topic of State Department tour

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      Leverett municipal broadband network topic of State Department tour

      LEVERETT — A foreign journalist from China was among those touring this small Franklin County community Wednesday to learn about the town's innovative municipal broadband network, a fiber optic service which went live in March. Zhang Wei, chief correspondent for the Economic Daily, took notes and asked questions as those involved in planning, marketing, financing, deploying, and managing the network spoke of their experiences The press event was organized by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs, which works with 1,400 credentialed journalists from around the world.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    4. Facing a Talent Crisis

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      Facing a Talent Crisis

      That means he’s always looking for people like him, who at some point discover a love for computers and information technology and are skilled at it. But finding those people has not been easy.  “Technology encompasses such a vast range of jobs,” he told BusinessWest. “Programmers and coders are a completely separate thing from people who do what we do, providing managed services, managing people’s networks … and that’s totally different from, say, web design.”  By all accounts, opportunities in those fields and many others in the IT realm are only growing. Yet, at the same time, the ...

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    5. Delcie Bean Wins Continued Excellence Award at 40 Under Forty Gala | BusinessWest

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      Delcie Bean Wins Continued Excellence Award at 40 Under Forty Gala | BusinessWest

      Serial entrepreneur Delcie Bean IV took home BusinessWest’s inaugural Continued Excellence Award at last night’s ninth annual 40 Under Forty gala.  It was yet another honor for the owner of Paragus Strategic IT, who was named BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneur for 2014. For the Continued Excellence Award, which will be awarded annually to a former 40 Under Forty honoree who has continued to expand his or her business accomplishments and community impact, Bean was among about 40 individuals nominated by their peers and judged by an independent panel.

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    6. Delcie Bean to Tech Foundry grads: If we run out of IT employees, economic engine will come to a halt | masslive.com

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      Delcie Bean to Tech Foundry grads: If we run out of IT employees, economic engine will come to a halt | masslive.com

      Founder Delcie Bean came up with the idea for Tech Foundry after jotting down regional economic problems on a napkin. That's the same way many successful business stories start, and the graduates were encouraged to remember that lesson.  Bean said tech companies in the area have a hard time finding employees; even though IT is the second highest-paying field in the country and the fastest growing, fewer people enter the profession every year.  'If the region runs out of IT employees, and if the country runs out of IT employees, the economic engine that is the United States of ...

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    7. Springfield Tech Foundry graduates new class of computer experts | masslive.com

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      Springfield Tech Foundry graduates new class of computer experts | masslive.com

      Tech Foundry, the computer education program that aims to turn Western Massachusetts into the technology capital of the Northeast, will graduate 23 high school students on June 17 and then turn its attention to a new class of recent high school graduates.  The shift from starting with a class of high school juniors about to start their senior years to a class made up of recent high school graduates who are not in college or on a strong career path is just one of a series of experiments Tech Foundry originator Delcie Bean wants to undertake.  'That includes kids who ...

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    8. Hyper-fast Internet coming to parts of Westfield, but it's not from a company you'd guess

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      Hyper-fast Internet coming to parts of Westfield, but it's not from a company you'd guess

      Westfield Gas and Electric, the city's municipal utility, is launching a fiber optic Internet pilot program that will provide speeds of up to one gigabit per second – the equivalent of downloading a two-hour movie in eight seconds, according to the company's website. Residents and business in the pilot area, which is bordered by Route 20, East Mountain Road and Rachael Terrace, can sign up now, with service expected to start in the third quarter of this year.General Manager Daniel Howard said the move into public Internet service, which the company has dubbed "Whip City Fiber," is designed ...

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Westfield

    9. Shutesbury Town Meeting authorizes $1.69 million for WiredWest broadband network | masslive.com

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      Shutesbury Town Meeting authorizes $1.69 million for WiredWest broadband network | masslive.com

      A crowded Town Meeting Saturday authorized $1.69 million in borrowing to bring high-speed Internet access to every home and business in Shutesbury.  The article passed with 417 in favor and 12 opposed. An additional vote is needed at the ballot box to approve a debt exclusion under Proposition 2½. A special election for that purpose has not yet been set.  The estimated tax increase for an average home assessed at $243,000 is estimated at $13 per month. However, subscriber fees should cover the cost of debt service in year six, according to the municipal light plant cooperative known ...

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    10. In Springfield, Steve Wozniak talks Apple's early days, the future of humans and machines

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      In Springfield, Steve Wozniak talks Apple's early days, the future of humans and machines

      Steve Wozniak captivated the crowd Friday night at the MassMutual Center, telling stories from the early days of Apple, promoting technological advances like self-driving cars and describing the philosophy that has driven him to such success. The Apple co-founder participated in a question-and-answer session moderated by NECN's Latoyia Edwards. The talk was put on by the Springfield Public Forum with help of sponsors including MassMutual, Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Paragus Strategic IT. MassLive was the media sponsor.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    11. Google's Steve Vinter: Computing is the future of Massachusetts jobs | masslive.com

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      Google's Steve Vinter: Computing is the future of Massachusetts jobs | masslive.com

      More than 320 business owners, community leaders and Springfield Technical Community College students and alumni gathered at the Basketball Hall of Fame Thursday night to attend the 'Not Just Business As Usual' annual celebration of innovative thinking.  The event featured keynote speaker Steve Vinter, engineering director at Google's office in Kendall Square in Cambridge, along with interactive science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) demonstrations by STCC students. It is the largest fundraising event for the STCC Works Fund, which awards 25 $1,000 scholarships over the course of the year.

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    12. Holyoke High School students examine Edaron Inc., Brick, computing center

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      Holyoke High School students examine Edaron Inc., Brick, computing center

      Members of the Holyoke High School Business Club April 8 visited businesses including Edaron Inc. at 100 Appleton St., which uses die cutting and mounting paper products to manufacture jigsaw puzzles and board games; Brick Coworkshop, a collaborative of artists, engineers, designers and fabricators at 400 Dwight St., where they saw a glass-blowing demonstration; and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street, an academic research facility.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    13. UMass Amherst establishes Center for Data Science to harness power of statistics | masslive

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      UMass Amherst establishes Center for Data Science to harness power of statistics | masslive

      These are all real-world applications of 'big data' transitioning now from the realm of science fiction to science fact, and they are all projects the new University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Data Science is either already working on or will soon engage in, university officials and corporate partners announced Thursday with a day-long series of events held in unfinished laboratory space.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual   Baystate Health

    14. TopatoCon to bring internet's webcomic, podcast and game creators to Northampton in September

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      TopatoCon to bring internet's webcomic, podcast and game creators to Northampton in September

      Holly Rowland, one half of the husband-wife team behind TopatoCo, an Easthampton-based company that sells and ships merchandise for 60 creators of webcomics, podcasts and other online media, including the popular "Welcome to Night Vale," "Hark! A Vagrant" and "Girls with Slingshots," is organizing the convention in the absence of a Pioneer Valley-based comic convention. Rowland said the convention is the spiritual successor to the New England Webcomics Weekend, an Easthampton event organized by webcomic artist Meredeth Gran in 2009 and 2010. Rowland, who helped organize the event, said she first seriously considered bringing it back while attending the San ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Easthampton

    15. Shutesbury, Wendell first Wired West towns to reach subscription threshold for high-speed Internet | masslive.com

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      Shutesbury, Wendell first Wired West towns to reach subscription threshold for high-speed Internet | masslive.com

      Broadband committees in Shutesbury and Wendell are celebrating a milestone after persuading more than 40 percent of the homes and businesses within their borders to pay a $49 deposit and sign up in advance for high-speed internet under the umbrella of Wired West, a regional cooperative.  The adjacent Franklin County communities are the first of 32 unconnected or partially-connected towns in rural Massachusetts to surpass the threshold needed to profitably run a fiber optic network under the Wired West model. With a 40-percent subscription rate, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute will agree to build a 'fiber to the premises' network, and ...

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    16. Mass. Broadband Institute sets 'Final Mile' meetings for rural towns | masslive

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      Mass. Broadband Institute sets 'Final Mile' meetings for rural towns | masslive

      The project spearheaded by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute aims to bring high-speed internet service to every home and business within areas that are currently unconnected. While Gov. Charlie Baker in February committed $50 million to help fund the expansion, towns will be asked to borrow anywhere from $420,000 to $3.8 million, the latest figures show.  Debt service on the borrowing should be covered by user fees in year six, according to Wired West, the regional cooperative poised to own and operate the fiber network for around 30 towns.  Towns that are partially served by cable may have to ...

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    17. HitPoint Studios, Springfield-based game developer, expanding reach to mobile devices, smart TVs | masslive.com

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      HitPoint Studios, Springfield-based game developer, expanding reach to mobile devices, smart TVs | masslive.com

      Less than a month after coming to the city from Amherst, game developer HitPoint Studios has announced another major business move.  HitPoint is using a $2 million investment package to build a new platform on mobile devices and smart TVs, a sort-of Netflix for gamers, but with a lot more bells and whistles.  MassMutual's Springfield Venture Fund, River Valley Investors and independent investors put up more than half of the money to help the company build and release the platform.

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    18. Amherst to study cost, feasibility of installing fiber optic cable downtown for faster Internet

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      Amherst to study cost, feasibility of installing fiber optic cable downtown for faster Internet

      The Amherst BID will contract with G4S Technology, LLC of Albany, NY, to prepare the eight-week engineering study to map out the best route and method for installing the fiber-optic infrastructure to properties and businesses within BID district, according to a press release. Sarah la Cour, Executive Director of the Amherst BID, said that the study will provide a cost estimate for the project as well. As more businesses and apartments come on line downtown they are going to need a fast reliable Internet to connect to, said Sean Hannon, Amherst Information Technology director. He said it's important for ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    19. WMass broadband development gets $50 million boost from Gov. Charlie Baker

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      WMass broadband development gets $50 million boost from Gov. Charlie Baker

      Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he will commit $50 million in state money to build out broadband internet service to businesses and homes in rural Western Massachusetts. Baker called broadband development "an essential part of building stronger communities and a stronger economy." Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said in a statement, "With this funding, we are one step closer towards closing the digital divide that continues to hinder residents and businesses in Western Massachusetts."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    20. MassMutual partners with Mount Holyoke College, Smith College on data science initiative for women | masslive

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      MassMutual partners with Mount Holyoke College, Smith College on data science initiative for women | masslive

      Data science, the emerging field of statistics that uses high-tech tools to crunch numbers and analyze everything from health care outcomes to Shakespeare's plays, got a boost Thursday at nearby women's schools Smith College and Mount Holyoke College from MassMutual Financial Group.  Smith College Provost Katherine Rowe said that data science is stretching across all areas of study and at Smith, data science allows scholars to apply computing power and modeling software to data sets.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   MassMutual   Mount Holyoke College

    21. Girls Who Code comes to Springfield to get young women interested in technology careers | masslive

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      Girls Who Code comes to Springfield to get young women interested in technology careers | masslive

      MassMutual is bringing Girls Who Code, a national group aiming to bring more young women into lucrative tech careers, to Springfield this summer.  It is the first time Girls Who Code will be in Springfield. The program is expanding 19 seven-week summer immersion programs that served 375 girls in 2014 to 60 programs reaching 1,200 girls in 2015.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    22. Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean on how to turn youth into a strong workforce | masslive

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      Paragus Strategic IT CEO Delcie Bean on how to turn youth into a strong workforce | masslive

      Delcie Bean wants to do everything he can to make Massachusetts the technology capital of the Northeast, but he knows he can't do it alone.  The Paragus Strategic IT CEO's progressive position on how to sustainably grow his Hadley company was the major motivation behind launching his nonprofit venture, Tech Foundry, in 2014.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    23. Top Entrepreneur 2014: Delcie Bean | BusinessWest

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      Top Entrepreneur 2014: Delcie Bean | BusinessWest

      That was the case with people named Elvis, Ringo, and Tiger (OK, his real name is Eldrick). And, to a lesser extent, it’s working for the 29-year-old that BusinessWest has chosen to be its Top Entrepreneur for 2014 — Delcie Bean. Or just ‘Delcie,’ because that’s all that’s generally required when he becomes the subject of conversation. That’s true in part because, well, let’s face it, there are not many Delcies out there. But it’s also because Bean, in just a few years, has become a dominant force in the business community — and also with ...

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    24. Playing for Keeps

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      Playing for Keeps

      The video-game-development company that he and Paul Hake started in 2008 has grown exponentially from its humble beginnings and now employs about 35 people. Based first in Greenfield, then Hatfield, and most recently in Amherst, the firm relocated to downtown Springfield last week, thanks to a commitment of $1.25 million by area investors to keep HitPoint local at a time when Boston and California were calling.

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