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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Expands Its Offerings

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      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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. '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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    17. Basketball showcase comes to Springfield: Editorial

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      Basketball showcase comes to Springfield: Editorial

      The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has approved a proposal by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Mass. Sports Commission. The eight championship games (four each in the boys and girls division), covering all of the divisions based on enrollment size, will be played on March 19, 2016 – all in the city where the game was invented. Two sites are involved – the MassMutual Center (capacity 8,000) and Springfield College's Blake Arena (2,000). The arenas are smaller than Worcester's 14,000 seat DCU Center, but for this particular event, they are suitable and spacious ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

    18. Springfield to host MIAA hoop finals

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      Springfield to host MIAA hoop finals

      The MIAA announced yesterday that, starting next March, all state finals for the boys and girls basketball tournaments will take place in Springfield, hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. On Saturday, March 19, eight state championship boys and girls hoop games will be played in Springfield — four to be played at the MassMutual Center, and the other four at Springfield College’s Blake Arena. This move ends the run of State Final Saturday in Worcester, where the DCU Center would host six games in one day.

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      Mentions:   Springfield College   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    19. Planner of Mass MoCA proposes new contemporary art museum for North Adams | masslive.com

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      Planner of Mass MoCA proposes new contemporary art museum for North Adams | masslive.com

      Thomas Krens, former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, announced his vision for the Global Contemporary Collection and Museum earlier this week. The institution would be situated along Route 2, near the Harriman & West Airport, Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art and MASS MoCA.  Krens pitched the $10 to $15 million project to the city's Airport Commission Tuesday. It would potentially house up to 400 works of art, The Eagle reports, with the idea that it would showcase work too large to normally be exhibited in a traditional museum.

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    20. Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future - BusinessWest

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      Attendance Surging, the Big E Looks to the Future - BusinessWest

      Since taking over as CEO of the Eastern States Exposition in 2012, Gene Cassidy has overseen record-setting attendance during the 17-day Big E fair and a robust series of year-round events that, together, generate nearly a half-billion dollars in economic impact. But that success is no fluke; it’s a result of year-round work and the ability to plan years down the road. That road will soon bring several challenges, from increased competition for dollars (notably from a Springfield casino) to a very worrisome highway reconstruction. But with a century of history behind it, the Big E seems poised for ...

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    21. Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival draws thousands to Court Square

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      Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival draws thousands to Court Square

      While visiting her daughter's family for the summer, Indiana resident Marcy Anderson found a perfect way to spend a sunny a Saturday afternoon downtown. The daylong Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival attracted an estimated 5,000 people who wanted to hear music from a high school jazz group, Latin jazz performers and some bigger known names including Springfield native Avery Sharpe with Charles Neville. "I was born and raised up on jazz. My father was a big fan of jazz," Anderson said. She attended with her daughter Stacey Church, of Wilbraham, the general manager of the MassMutual Center, and her ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    22. Tourism, arts and culture are important economic engines: Guest viewpoint | masslive.com

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      Tourism, arts and culture are important economic engines: Guest viewpoint | masslive.com

      Tourism, arts and culture is especially important to our economy here in Western Massachusetts. Every year, thousands of people visit Hampden and Hampshire Counties for work, vacation, or family. Tourism­ related employment in our region alone totals nearly 5,000 people, with a payroll of more than $120 million annually. Direct spending by travelers in our region is over $500 million, resulting in over $11 million for our local communities. And with the MGM Casino, the new Dr. Seuss Museum, and the opening of new rides at Six Flags New England, not to mention the renovation of Springfield's Union ...

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England   Springfield

    23. On Two Wheels: Indian motorcycle heritage lives on in Greater Springfield | masslive.com

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      On Two Wheels: Indian motorcycle heritage lives on in Greater Springfield | masslive.com

      The big event of the weekend will be the rally at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle between State and Edwards streets in downtown Springfield. Brought back in 2010 after a five-year hiatus, Indian Day is designed to honor the iconic motorcycle that was manufactured in the city from 1901 until 1953.  You can view some finely restored Indians on display at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield or see over 60 motorcycles owned by private collectors. This year's Indian Day will pay tribute to Bob's Indian, of Etters, Pennsylvania, for its many years of supporting the ...

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    24. Westfield International Air Show returns to Barnes Air National Guard Base in 2016

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      Westfield International Air Show returns to Barnes Air National Guard Base in 2016

      Barnes Air National Guard Base and the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard will host another edition of the Westfield International Air Show just more than a year from now. The air show, scheduled Sept. 10-11, 2016, will come on the heels of the Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base, which drew 300,000 people to the base in Chicopee in May. "The two bases want to get back in a pattern of taking turns hosting an air show every other year," said Maj. Matthew  Mutti of the 104th, the air show director

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield

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