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    1. CityBlock Concert Series Will Rock Springfield’s Downtown

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 24 2016)

      CityBlock Concert Series Will Rock Springfield’s Downtown

      Chris Russell says the performers at this year’s CityBlock Concert Series will appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes. “The outdoor concerts have been a popular event for many years, and we worked hard last year to diversify the offerings,” said the executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District, or BID, which stages the series. “But we think we’ve done an even better job this year.” The summer lineup includes a range of genres and showcases well-known groups whose music ranges from pop, rock, and folk to country, Motown, and blues. “We offer regional and national ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    2. CityBlock Concert Series Finalizes Summer Lineup

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 22 2016)

      CityBlock Concert Series Finalizes Summer Lineup

      The Springfield Business Improvement District (SBID) announced that the lineup for the CityBlock Concert Series, presented by MassMutual Financial Group, has been finalized.  The Thursday-evening shows start with FAT on June 30 in Court Square. The shows then move to Stearns Square for the rest of the summer, and include Ricky Nelson Remembered (July 7), Forever Motown (July 14), the Machine performs Pink Floyd (July 21), Natalie Stovall and the Drive (July 28), Terry Sylvester (Aug. 4), Max Creek (Aug. 11), Blessid Union of Souls (Aug. 18), and the Shadowboxers (Aug. 25). All concerts are at 6:30 p.m.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Eastern States Exposition

    3. Springfield Thunderbirds announced as name, mascot of city's AHL franchise

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      Springfield Thunderbirds announced as name, mascot of city's AHL franchise

      Springfield Thunderbirds, it is. The city's new American Hockey League franchise, and affiliate of the Florida Panthers of the NHL, announced the team's nickname and mascot in a public event Wednesday at the MassMutual Center (watch that press conference here). "The Springfield Thunderbirds' name represents the strength and pride of western Massachusetts," team Executive Vice President Nathan Costa said in a release from the team. "It is is a nod to our hockey past, a tribute to the men and women of the Air Force who are so vital to this region, and a symbol of the new ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    4. 'Seussian Soiree' launches public portion of campaign to open new Dr. Seuss museum at the...

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      'Seussian Soiree' launches public portion of campaign to open new Dr. Seuss museum at the...

      At a large gathering on the Quadrangle, the Springfield Museums Thursday evening launched the public portion of its $7 million capital campaign to build a Dr. Seuss museum — a place that will promote literacy and honor the legacy of the Springfield native whose books have helped generations of children learn to read. Donald D'Amour, co-chair of the fundraising campaign, said $5.3 million has been raised to date. "We are here to open the public phase of the campaign," D'Amour said. He said the campaign is asking for donations in any amount, especially from those living in the ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    5. MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

      Explore BusinessWest (May 27 2016)

      MGM, Surging Downtown Boost Prospects for Meetings, Conventions

      As news circulates concerning construction of MGM’s $950 million casino in Springfield’s South End, the region is finding itself a player in many more of the spirited competitions taking place to host meetings and conventions. That’s no coincidence, said area tourism officials, as well as those who plan such events. Because of the casino and other visible forms of progress, they note, the city is now in a different, higher bracket for such gatherings.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Mary Kay Wydra

    6. Tourism, Arts, Culture Committee to Visit Hampshire County

      Explore BusinessWest (May 6 2016)

      The state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development continues its 2016 listening tours across the state in Hampshire County on Monday, May 9, beginning with a public hearing at 10 a.m. at the UMass Fine Art Center Concert Hall. This listening tour is part of a statewide series headed by state Sen. Eric Lesser and State Rep. Cory Atkins, committee co-chairs. Legislators from the committee and representatives from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, and the Hampshire County Regional Tourism Committee will join community members, artists, and local business owners ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Northampton

    7. Visitors Bureau names Springfield Armory as Howdy Spotlight winner | masslive.com

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      Visitors Bureau names Springfield Armory as Howdy Spotlight winner | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has chosen the Springfield Armory National Historic Site as the winner of its 2016 Spotlight Award, part of the Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.  The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant positive contribution to the tourism industry in Western Massachusetts, according to a news release.


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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    8. National Insurance Convention Coming to Springfield in 2018

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      National Insurance Convention Coming to Springfield in 2018

      The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Inc. announced that its 2018 Fall Leadership Conference will take place in August 2018 at the Springfield Sheraton Monarch Place and MassMutual Center. According to the Republican, the event is expected to draw more than 600 insurance professionals to the city from around the U.S. and should generate about $1 million in local economic activity.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    9. State Rep. Nick Boldyga talks up tourism, economy with Mass. economic development chief at Six Flags in Agawam | masslive.com

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      State Rep. Nick Boldyga talks up tourism, economy with Mass. economic development chief at Six Flags in Agawam | masslive.com

      Ash said that Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito are focused on drawing more tourists to Massachusetts in general, and to the Pioneer Valley in particular. Six flags is a major regional employer and pays a large amount taxes, making it a valuable asset to Agawam and the commonwealth as a whole, according to Ash.  'Six Flags New England brings tourists and locals to the area, supporting local vendors and economic growth,' Ash said. 'The Baker-Polito administration is committed to working with local and regional officials, including Rep. Boldyga, to leverage unique local assets and drive economic development and job ...

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England

    10. Springfield Falcons to be sold, AHL team expected to leave Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Springfield Falcons to be sold, AHL team expected to leave Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

      The Springfield Falcons will be sold to the Arizona Coyotes in a deal that could end the city's 80-year affiliation with the American Hockey League.  Falcons owner Charlie Pompea confirmed to The Republican the imminent deal that could foreshadow a franchise shift to Tucson, Ariz. Officials from the Coyotes have not commented, but according to media reports from Arizona last week, the National Hockey League team is interested in bringing its minor league team closer to home, making player transfers easier and branding the state of Arizona as their hockey market.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Falcons   Springfield   The Republican

    11. 2016 Howdy Awards recognize hospitality workers across Western Mass | masslive.com

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      2016 Howdy Awards recognize hospitality workers across Western Mass | masslive.com

      Every year the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrates people living and working in Western Massachusetts who have gone above and beyond for their customers.  This year the bureau has named 52 individuals as finalists for the 2016 Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.  The awards program, established in 1996, was created to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    12. Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Expands Its Offerings

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 6 2016)

      Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Expands Its Offerings

      pringfield has a storied rowing history, and in 2012 PVRC took up residence in a century-old building that formerly housed Bassett Boat’s showroom. It sits on the edge of North Riverfront Park, which recently received a $1.3 million makeover, and is backed by the 3.7-mile Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway.  Quick said the club is delighted with the new pergola, pavilion, picnic tables, nautical flagpole, and sitting walls at the park, and works closely with the city to maintain it.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    13. Hoop Hall Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016

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      Hoop Hall Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016

      This year’s class includes 27-year NBA referee Darell Garretson; 11-time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson, two-time NABC Coach of the Year Tom Izzo, the first African-American coach in a professional league John McLendon; three-time NBA Finals MVP Shaquille O’Neal; and four-time WNBA Champion Sheryl Swoopes. Distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game also selected four directly elected members. They include Zelmo Beaty from the Veterans Committee, Yao Ming from the International Committee, Cumberland Posey from the Early African American Pioneers Committee and Jerry Reinsdorf from the Contributor Committee

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    14. Western Massachusetts tourism continues to help drive economy: Outlook 2016 Viewpoint | masslive.com

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      Western Massachusetts tourism continues to help drive economy: Outlook 2016 Viewpoint | masslive.com

      At Six Flags New England, 2016 will see the unveiling of a new roller coaster ride named the 'Fireball' along with a re-launching of the 'Bizarro' coaster back to its original concept 'Superman, The Ride.' Roller coaster enthusiasts from far and wide are already buzzing with anticipation.  Our many other one-of-a-kind attractions ranging from candle emporiums to sports shrines to specialty museums and more will continue to draw thousands of visitors from and to our region daily. All of this activity makes cash registers ring, supporting jobs, creating tax revenue and enhancing the area's quality of life.  Conventions, meetings ...

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England

    15. Sen. Eric Lesser, lawmakers tout tourism, visit Springfield Museums | masslive.com

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      Sen. Eric Lesser, lawmakers tout tourism, visit Springfield Museums | masslive.com

      In the Pioneer Valley, the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, received $200,000 from the $6 million in tourism council funding, said Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, The grant must be matched with funds from member businesses and destinations. The money goes to fund tourism promotion including a guide book updated annually, a website and ads run by the Bureau runs out of this market touting attractions like Six Flags, the Museums and the Big E.  And there is a local tourism industry, Wydra said, it generated $750 million in local spending ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    16. USRowing to bring 800-person convention to downtown Springfield in 2016 | masslive.com

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      USRowing to bring 800-person convention to downtown Springfield in 2016 | masslive.com

      USRowing will host its 2016 Annual Convention at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel a year from now, Dec. 1 to Dec. 4, 2016.  The news was announced at the sport's 2015 convention in Philadelphia.  The four-day convention in Springfield is expected to draw 800 people. The 2016 convention is coming to Springfield through the efforts of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, a bike, paddle-run and row sports organization located on the Connecticut River in North Riverfront Park; through the Western MA Sports Commission which seeks to bring sports-related tourism to the region and through the Greater Springfield Convention ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    17. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau calls for Howdy Award nominees | masslive.com

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      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau calls for Howdy Award nominees | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) is accepting nominations for the 21st Annual Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence. Nominations can be submitted online by visiting www.valleyvisitor.com and clicking on the Howdy logo on the home page.  There are also paper ballots available at several leading area restaurants, hotels and attractions, or they can be picked up at the GSCVB, which is located at 1441 Main Street in Springfield.  The awards program was created by the GSCVB in 1995 to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers. After ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    18. Westover's Great New England Air Show pumped $11.6 million into economy | masslive.com

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      Westover's Great New England Air Show pumped $11.6 million into economy | masslive.com

      The two-day Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Based brought in hundreds of planes, more than 300,000 visitors and pumped about $11.6 million into the local economy this spring, according to a new study.  Westover officials, Chicopee Mayor Richard J. Kos, University of Massachusetts officials and the Galaxy Community Council, a non-profit agency which supports the air show, released Tuesday the results of an economic impact study done on the show.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Chicopee

    19. Bright Nights polishing up its lightbulbs for another year

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      Bright Nights polishing up its lightbulbs for another year

      It's going to be a lot brighter along Sumner Avenue in Springfield come Wednesday night. That's when Bright Nights at Forest Park ushers in its 21st season of providing a magical journey for holiday light seekers through Springfield's enchanted forest decked out with 650,000 lights along a three-mile drive. When the lights are switched on at 5 p.m. at a ceremony at Santa's Cottage, Tony Gleason, president of Gleason Johndrow landscaping, vice president David Johndrow, and operations manager Bill Metzer will do the honors alongside Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Santa Claus.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Judy Matt

    20. Mayor Domenic Sarno: Talks underway with PawSox ownership on interest in Springfield

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      Mayor Domenic Sarno: Talks underway with PawSox ownership on interest in Springfield

      The Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, is searching for a new home and recently ended their effort to pursue a waterfront location for a new stadium proposed in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, according to published reports. Sarno, during Tuesday's meeting with The Republican and MassLive editors and reporters, said he could see a Triple-A Red Sox stadium becoming an anchor in the North End, and the MGM Springfield casino project being the anchor in the South End, with a redeveloped Union Station in between the two projects. "We are having conversations and we ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   The Republican

    21. MIAA unveils plans to bring state basketball championship to Springfield

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      MIAA unveils plans to bring state basketball championship to Springfield

      The MIAA, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Mass. Sports Commission jointly announced plans today to hold the state finals at Springfield College as well as the Mass. Mutual Center. According to Jim Peters of the MIAA, they will wait until the conclusion of the state semifinals to determine which four games would be held at the Mass. Mutual Center and which four would go to Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    22. Possibility of Pawtucket Red Sox coming to Springfield gets lukewarm reception from city officialsCity of

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      Possibility of Pawtucket Red Sox coming to Springfield gets lukewarm reception from city officialsCity of

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said he is open to the idea of Springfield once again being a home for a professional baseball team. Sarno said Monday that any chance for the Red Sox to bring the Red Sox Triple-A team to Springfield would be contingent on addressing financial and location issues. There have not been any discussions with Red Sox executives and the city has not pursued talks, officials said. "I would love to have a Triple-A Boston Red Sox team here," Sarno said. "If they want to foster some formal discussions, obviously I'm open. Financially, logistically, it would ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy

    23. Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement 2015: Full schedule and ticket pricing for this week's event

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      Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement 2015: Full schedule and ticket pricing for this week's event

      The 2015 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Enshrinement Weekend will take place in Springfield this week. Basketball legends Dikembe Mutombo, John Calipari, Spencer Haywood, Dick Bavetta, Tommy Heinsohn, John Isaacs, Lindsay Gaze, Louis Dampier, Lisa Leslie, George Raveling and Jo Jo White will all be officially enshrined in the Hall of Fame during the ceremony on Friday.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    24. 'Cabinets of Curiosity' exhibit at the Springfield Museums highlights rare, peculiar objects

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      'Cabinets of Curiosity' exhibit at the Springfield Museums highlights rare, peculiar objects

      Cabinets of Curiosity, also known as "Wunderkammer" or "Wonder-Rooms," harken back to the 17th and 18th centuries.  They were the early inspiration for the modern museum, first kept by amateur and professional scientists then by royalty and members of elite society.  The name of the game back then was to see who could have the rarest objects, arranged impeccably and in the most opulent way.  Springfield resident George Walter Vincent Smith began collecting uncommon items and art objects during the 1850s, his treasures now the foundation for the Quadrangle museum named after him. Smith's collection of Asian art and ...

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