1. Articles in category: Information Technology

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    1. Proposed lawsuit intended to stop Massachusetts' new technology tax gathering steam, Springfield lawyer Scott Foster says

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 29 2013)

      Proposed lawsuit intended to stop Massachusetts' new technology tax gathering steam, Springfield lawyer Scott Foster says

      "I grew and added jobs through the bad economy," said Edward Watson, CEO of Mobius Works, an IT and and computer technology company in Westfield. "And now my reward for doing that is a new tax that makes my business harder. I feel like I've been slapped in the face. You have a growing industry here. It needs to be nurtured, not penalized."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

    2. New Massachusetts tech tax hurts job creation, Pioneer Valley software companies consider court fight

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 19 2013)

      New Massachusetts tech tax hurts job creation, Pioneer Valley software companies consider court fight

      Paragus Strategic IT of Hadley hires a new employee making at least $30,000 a year every six months and had been thinking of opening a branch office in Springfield to handle its growing workload.  But that branch office and the jobs associated with it are now more likely to go to Nashua, N.H., or Hartford because Massachusetts has imposed a sales tax on computer software services, said Delcie Bean, the 27-year-old CEO of Paragus who founded the company when he was still a high-school student in Amherst.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Northampton

    3. Taxing our Bay State innovation | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Aug 16 2013)

      Taxing our Bay State innovation | masslive.com

      One somnolent corner of the Boston-business ecosystem woke up last week to an unpleasant reality about operating here in the Bay State. If you’re not paying attention, Beacon Hill is going to screw you.  The state’s IT consulting industry, which is ubiquitous but not well organized, now must charge a 6.25 percent sales tax on its services. They are confused — and hopping mad. Any work under the general category of “the planning, consulting or designing of computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software, or communications technologies and are provided by a vendor or third party” gets taxed.

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    4. Confusion reigns as IT industry struggles to decipher sales tax - Boston Business Journal

      Explore The Business Journals (Aug 2 2013)

      Confusion reigns as IT industry struggles to decipher sales tax - Boston Business Journal

      To some extent, this imbroglio reflects the tech industry’s reduced clout on Beacon Hill. A decade ago, a group like the Massachusetts Software Council would have been busy at the State House protesting this tax. But that group has long since been subsumed into the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, more of a networking group than a lobbying one. Fitzgerald points out that that two of the three former groups that now make up the MTLC had lobbyists on staff. Today, there are none.

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    5. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 31 2013)

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Awards $100 Million in Grants to Western Mass

      On June 6, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced two
      grants made by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to the University of
      Massachusetts (“UMass”) and Baystate Health that total over $100 million.

      The UMass grant will fit out a new science building with
      three research centers:

      • Personalized Health Monitoring, focused on
        developing nanotechnology and large dataset management to improve health care
        through low-cost, wearable, wireless sensors that analyze patient data
        continuously in real time. Biomanufacturing firms, medical device makers, big
        data analysts and other health care industry partners will produce prototypes,
        test them and assess manufacturing feasibility.
      • Bioactive Delivery, focused on ...
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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

    6. Update on Shared Service Center Initiative

      Explore From the EDC (Jul 31 2013)

      Update on Shared Service Center Initiative

      The EDC hosted a roundtable discussion in June featuring
      Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. We
      invited several New York site selectors as well as other state and regional economic
      development officials to join us for an engaging conversation about shared
      service center opportunities in our region for companies in the financial and
      professional services and IT sectors. We had hosted a similar roundtable in Boston
      in March. Secretary Bialecki has set an ambitious goal to speak to 50 companies
      who might be interested in opening a facility about the advantages of western
      Massachusetts during 2013. Based ...

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Gregory P. Bialecki   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    7. Issue of work visas for high-tech jobs hits home in Massachusetts | masslive

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      Issue of work visas for high-tech jobs hits home in Massachusetts | masslive

      “Changing the H-1B visa program will impact Boston and Massachusetts to a greater extent than they will many other parts of the United States,” Kerr said. “We’re a place that has always relied a lot on immigration in science and other technology. Our schools have lot of immigrants who graduate from them and want to stay in the United States.”

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    8. State considers offering computing center to businesses

      Explore Home - BostonHerald.com (Jun 19 2013)

      State considers offering computing center to businesses

      Massachusetts is considering allowing small manufacturers to use computers at the Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke to help make parts for larger manufacturers, state officials said yesterday. The plan, which is still in the conceptual stage, is part of a broader effort to help train workers and give them access to the hardware and software they need to make parts that large manufacturers increasingly are designing with computers, said Greg Bialecki, secretary of housing and economic development.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Holyoke

    9. Big-data crunching hits the fast lane in Holyoke - Boston Globe

      Explore The Boston Globe (Jun 17 2013)

      Cloud computing is available through commercial vendors such as Google Inc. and Amazon.com Inc, but using them can be both costly and too slow. Just getting Big Data to computing clusters powerful enough to analyze it can be an elaborate ordeal that can take days. The size of such files can easily overwhelm the computer networks and Internet connections of most small companies, and there are bottlenecks and traffic jams along the way that further slow down delivery.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    10. Strategic Choices | BusinessWest

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      Strategic Choices | BusinessWest

      In 1998, when Jason Mark was teaching a class on Internet strategy, he told students that, before they used any type of technology to create a website, they needed to identify their goals and what they were trying to accomplish.
      “Even though there is so much different technology that developers can use today, the exact same process still needs to take place,” said the co-founder of Gravity Switch in Northampton. “People need to know what their goals are, and businesses should not assume that technology will fix all their problems. If it were that easy, their competitors would have already ...

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    11. State awards $1.1 million in Vocational School Equipment grants

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      State awards $1.1 million in Vocational School Equipment grants

      The 64 vocational technical programs in Massachusetts represent more than 44,000 students. These schools offer hands-on learning in a number of innovative educational programs to support a range of career fields, especially growing work force sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy and information technology.

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      Mentions:   Timothy P Murray

    12. Holyoke to get $80,000 annually as voluntary payment and scholarship fund from tax-exempt computing center

      Explore masslive.com (May 25 2013)

      Holyoke to get $80,000 annually as voluntary payment and scholarship fund from tax-exempt computing center

      The tax-exempt high performance computing center downtown would pay the city $80,000 a year in lieu of taxes under a new agreement. The payment in lieu of taxes, or “pilot,” is much less than the $500,000-a-year Mayor Alex B. Morse sought in a January letter to the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, as the entity is formally known. Yearly payments under that plan were to escalate to more than $1.5 million by 2022.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Holyoke

    13. Report on FDI Forum

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 19 2013)

      Report on FDI Forum

      Over 75% of inbound FDI into the US comes from
      eight countries -- six in Western Europe, Canada and Japan. The EDC maintains relationships
      with our peers and government officials in all of them, and particularly strong
      relationships in all of them except Japan. They are a growing source of leads
      for our Prospect Management system.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    14. Massachusetts get your Business Online - with Google

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 17 2013)

      Massachusetts get your Business Online - with Google

      Small  businesses took advantage expert advice from Google at a training at the Springfield Marriott. 

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    15. Holyoke CareerPoint job search and interview forum draws 90 young people; Springfield online workshop held for small businesses

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      Holyoke CareerPoint job search and interview forum draws 90 young people; Springfield online workshop held for small businesses

      In Springfield, workplace help of another sort came in a Google-sponsored conference that showed small business owners how to improve their online presence.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    16. Google offers search engine optimization training for Springfield-area business | masslive

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 5 2013)

      Google offers search engine optimization training for Springfield-area business | masslive

      Google is coming to Springfield.  The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts is working with the search-engine Google to offer free training to small businesses from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, at the Springfield Marriott, 2 Boland Way, Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Massachusetts Broadband Institute opens fiber-optic link from Springfield to Otis and Sandisfield

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      Massachusetts Broadband Institute opens fiber-optic link from Springfield to Otis and Sandisfield

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, were in attendance.  "I have fought hard to bring broadband technology to western and central Massachusetts for many years," Neal said in a prepared statement. "There is simply no reason why every resident, businesss and school in the region should not have reliable high speed internet access. More than one million people will benefit from this important broadband expansion project."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    18. State lights first section of statewide broadband connection

      Explore bizjournals (Apr 4 2013)

      State lights first section of statewide broadband connection

      Today, and in support of this mission, MBI, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, proudly lit the first segment of the new 1,200 mile MassBroadband 123 network to 51 out of 120 community institutions from Springfield to Sandisfield, Mass.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Massachusetts Technology Collaborative   Springfield

    19. Massachusetts Get Your Business Online with Google

      Explore From the EDC (Apr 2 2013)

      Massachusetts Get Your Business Online with Google

      The EDC is partnering with Google to offer a free training for small business on how to take your business from offline to online on April 15 at the Springfield Marriott. Google will provide guidance on how to build a free website, register a domain name and create an online business listing.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    20. Getting IT Done | BusinessWest

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 21 2013)

      Getting IT Done | BusinessWest

      For most of his life, Bean — honored by BusinessWest in 2008 as one its youngest-ever 40 Under Forty honorees — has been firmly in charge. And with a gradual shift from candy to computers, he began writing a unique business success story in the Pioneer Valley — one that is constantly growing and evolving.

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    21. International Prospect Activity Increasing

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 14 2013)

      International Prospect Activity Increasing

      The EDC has maintained an international business development
      initiative focused on western Europe. We initially focused on inbound FDI and,
      while that remains a core objective, we are currently managing more requests
      for trans-Atlantic partnerships, joint ventures and contract manufacturing for
      the North America market. We sell the region’s companies and industry sectors
      as much as we sell the region as a strategic location. With risk sentiment
      still running high on both sides of the Atlantic, classic Greenfield FDI (and
      Greenfield investment inside the US, for that matter) is limited. But our
      pipeline has been filling with opportunistic European ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    22. Wave Corp. takes in $1M in private placement

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      Wave Corp. takes in $1M in private placement

      Last November the company reported $7 million in revenues for the three months ending in September, down 26 percent year-over-year and down 10 percent from the second quarter. The company blamed the decline on a $1.6 million decrease in OEM royalties versus the prior year period, and a $3.2 million decrease in OEM bundling revenue since the beginning of 2012.

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    23. Girls gather to build Lego robots at Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke

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      Girls gather to build Lego robots at Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke

      Nearly 40 middle-school girls in eight teams gathered Saturday at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center to build Lego robots and showcase them in a competition that measured for teamwork, design, programming and performance.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    24. Steve Nelson: A thirst for broadband

      Explore Home - Berkshire Eagle Online (Mar 1 2013)

      Today in Western Massachusetts the crisis is not the flow of water but the flow of information. Many people can only get Internet connections which are just a trickle compared to the high-speed Internet service offered elsewhere by cable and phone companies. But they do not serve many rural areas because they don't see any profits to be made there. To bring service to people in those areas, the Patrick administration created the Massachusetts Broadband Institute. Using state and federal funds, MBI

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

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