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    1. Chicopee Uniroyal cleanup receives final EPA brownfields grants

      Chicopee Uniroyal cleanup receives final EPA brownfields grants

      While city officials celebrated receiving three more grants to clean up the Uniroyal property, City Planner Lee Pouliot had some bad news as well. "We are not eligible for any more of the grants," he said. The three grants, each totaling $200,000, are the last the Uniroyal project will receive from the federal Environmental Protection Agency brownfields cleanup program. Other funding for the expensive job of removing hazardous waste such as asbestos and cancer-causing PBC's is not easy to find, Pouliot told the City Council as they formally accepted the grants. Over the years the city has mined ...

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    2. Any Amazon deal should require Western Massachusetts investment, says head of Economic Development Council

      Any Amazon deal should require Western Massachusetts investment, says head of Economic Development Council

      Any Amazon tax and infrastructure incentive package from Massachusetts should require the internet retailing giant to make some investment in the western part of the state, says Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. "So its not all about Suffolk Downs or about any of these other sites that are being discussed," Sullivan said Thursday in an interview. "It is a way to make sure there is some benefit from this project in Western Massachusetts. And you know what? it doesn't cost (the state) a thing."

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    3. 'Westmass Area Development Corporation has done a tremendous job on this project,' US Rep. Richard Neal says while touring Ludlow Mills complex

      'Westmass Area Development Corporation has done a tremendous job on this project,' US Rep. Richard Neal says while touring Ludlow Mills complex

      The conversion of a formerly vacant mill building into 75 apartments for residents age 50 or older is "incredibly impressive," U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said after a recent tour of the sprawling Ludlow Mills complex.  "Westmass Area Development Corp. has done a tremendous job on this project and has shown what can be done to bring these old workspaces back to life," Neal said, referring to the regional not-for-profit industrial and business developer overseeing the multimillion-dollar transformation of the site between State Street and the Chicopee River.

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    4. USDA grant to help Franklin County CDC improve food processing

      USDA grant to help Franklin County CDC improve food processing

      The Franklin County Community Development Corporation just received a half a million dollars from the USDA. The 3 year grant will help the Franklin County CDC improve their food processing center and increase sales to institutions and retail markets. The Franklin County Community Development Corporation is based in Greenfield. They work with food entrepreneurs and farmers, to help them create products for stores. They’ll use some of the grant money to purchase a washer chiller and dryer conveyor belt, and a bag sealer, an equipment that’ll help increase efficiency at their western Massachusetts Food Processing Center.

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    5. DevelopSpringfield gets $1.1 million federal grant for rehab of historic Maple Street building

      DevelopSpringfield gets $1.1 million federal grant for rehab of historic Maple Street building

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal announced a $1.1 million federal grant on Friday that will be used by DevelopSpringfield to complete rehabilitation of a historic building at 77 Maple St. for office and entrepreneurial uses. The $1,136,124 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will target the former Springfield Female Seminary building at that address. That project, coupled with two adjacent renovated sites, is being developed by DevelopSpringfield as the Lower Maple Business Park.

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    6. Chicopee assisted living facility proposal for Facemate property moving forward

      Chicopee assisted living facility proposal for Facemate property moving forward

      A proposal to build an assisted living complex on the former Facemate factory property is moving forward with the proposed project now starting the planning process. The City Council recently modified an ordinance in a 13-0 vote to allow the project to be built in the mill conversion commercial center overlay district. "We are amending the ordinance to add assisted living and a few other things," City Councilor James K. Tillotson said. The Facemate and Uniroyal property, off West Main and Oak Streets, is zoned under a fairly new Mill Conversion and Commercial Overlay district which allows the preservation and ...

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    7. Seen@ 2017 Table Top Business Expo featuring businesses from across Western Mass.

      Seen@ 2017 Table Top Business Expo featuring businesses from across Western Mass.

      The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and Quaboag chambers combined their talent and members to come together for the 20th annual Table Top Expo and Business Networking event at the Castle of Knights on Tuesday. The exhibitors were allowed to display their products and literature on an eight-foot table. Businesses used the event as an opportunity to exchange contact information and chat about their products and services during the 3 1/2 hour timetable.

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    8. Amazon in Enfield? Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts issues letter supporting Connecticut HQ

      Amazon in Enfield? Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts issues letter supporting Connecticut HQ

      The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts has issued a letter supporting a bid by Enfield, Connecticut to be selected as the second national headquarters of multi-billion dollar internet retail giant Amazon. "There are no state boundaries for our region's workforce, company supply chains and students," Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council, wrote in a letter supporting Enfield. "We urge Amazon to think big, not just locating to a single city, but to locate to a region that Amazon can dramatically change for the better with its significant investment."

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    9. United Bank Steps Up Its Presence in Downtown Springfield

      United Bank Steps Up Its Presence in Downtown Springfield

      On paper — and on a map — it’s only a few blocks, really. But United Bank’s relocation of its office in downtown Springfield, from the corner of Main and State streets to the front of Monarch Place, constitutes a major move in all other respects. The new address — formerly home to a Bank of America branch that closed its doors several months ago — is projected to bring everything from much greater visibility to significantly higher foot traffic, to a likely surge in commercial-side market share as business owners based in the center of downtown take advantage of another bank ...

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    10. MGM Springfield reveals Kringle Candle coming to casino complex, announces partnership with Springfield Museums

      MGM Springfield reveals Kringle Candle coming to casino complex, announces partnership with Springfield Museums

      MGM announced that Kringle Candle, which is located in Bernardston and owned/operated by the Kittredge family which founded Yankee Candle, will be opening inside a historic church the casino company saved and will incorporate into its 14.5 acre campus.  "When we first went up to their campus in northern Massachusetts, we were completely blown away," said Sarah Moore, vice president of Brand Marketing & Retail at MGM Springfield. "It's a beautiful, beautiful space... We knew immediately we wanted them with us here in Springfield."

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    11. With MGM Springfield's design work 95% complete, casino described as truly innovative urban casino as further details revealed

      With MGM Springfield's design work 95% complete, casino described as truly innovative urban casino as further details revealed

      City officials and MGM Springfield reached another milestone Wednesday, stating that the latest submitted construction design plans, covering features ranging from exterior lighting to designated smoking areas, meet with the city's requirements and reflect a high-quality, innovative project. The "MGM 95 percent Construction Design" document was unveiled and was accepted as consistent with the city's Host Community Agreement, said city officials led by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

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    12. Mercedes-Benz of Springfield opens next month in Chicopee

      Mercedes-Benz of Springfield opens next month in Chicopee

      As Michelle Wirth tells it, she and her husband fell in love with Mercedes-Benz -- and then fell in love with each other. She started working for Mercedes Benz 15 years ago as a mechanical engineer. Her husband, Peter Wirth, is from a town near Stuttgart, Germany, where Mercedes-Benz has its headquarters. He was working there when they met. Now the couple, along with business partner Rich Hesse, are just weeks away from opening a dealership -- Mercedes Benz of Springfield -- at 295 Burnett Road in Chicopee.

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    13. After departure of CEO, DevelopSpringfield taps Jeff Daley to oversee local projects

      After departure of CEO, DevelopSpringfield taps Jeff Daley to oversee local projects

      DevelopSpringfield, whose CEO leaves for a new job Oct. 5, has hired Westfield's former economic development officer to get work restarted at Springfield Innovation Center. Jeffrey R. Daley, the founder and principal of consultancy CJC Development Advisors in Westfield, will also handle the general transition for DevelopSpringfield as CEO Jay Minkarah leaves to take a job as the executive director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission in New Hampshire, said Nick Fyntrilakis, chairman of the DevelopSpringfield board.

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    14. Game-Changing Careers Start Here at MGM Springfield!

      Game-Changing Careers Start Here at MGM Springfield!

      Thank you for your continued support as we gear up to bring a world-class destination resort to the area. Please share this information for our latest career opportunities and post in your career centers, encouraging people to apply by visiting https://mgmresorts.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/306  Job postings are subject to change daily, please visit our website for the most current job postings.

       

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    15. Amazon Bid: It’s Good Practice

      Amazon Bid: It’s Good Practice

      Richard Sullivan, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., was no doubt channeling his inner Mavis — as in Mavis Wanczyk, winner last month of the largest single Powerball payout in history — when he told the local press, “you have to be in the game to win.” He was referring, of course, to a game with a different kind of huge payout — and one that also features astronomically long odds. That would be the contest to become home to Amazon’s second North American headquarters. The prize there is considerable — maybe 50,000 jobs over the next ...

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    16. Former bowling alley in Westfield razed as part of urban renewal project at former Newberry's site

      Former bowling alley in Westfield razed as part of urban renewal project at former Newberry's site

      Crews from Associated Building Wreckers should have what remains of the former Westfield Candlepin Bowling Center at 11 Church St. cleared and the ground graded by Oct. 7, Westfield Advancement Officer Joe Mitchell said Friday. The Westfield Redevelopment Authority purchased the building from the Romani family earlier this year along with two nearby parcels in order to clear the property as part of the ongoing Elm Street urban renewal project. The cost of the property and demolition will total $509,000, paid by the city, Mitchell said.

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    17. Eversource to build its largest solar plant at Springfield's Smith & Wesson Industrial Park

      Eversource to build its largest solar plant at Springfield's Smith & Wesson Industrial Park

      The 5.6-megawatt solar farm Eversource plans to build at the Smith & Wesson Industrial Park off Roosevelt Avenue will also generate money the city can use to rehab the "blast zone" around upper Worthington and Lyman streets, the city's chief development officer said Wednesday. The neighborhood, just blocks from the city's downtown, was heavily damaged in the Scores Gentlemen's Club gas explosion on Thanksgiving weekend in 2012.

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    18. Western Massachusetts town plans 18-hole municipal disc golf course

      Western Massachusetts town plans 18-hole municipal disc golf course

      Selectmen at Monday's meeting unanimously endorsed plans for a disc golf course on public land. The Park & Recreation department proposed an 18-hole disc, or Frisbee, golf course on about 20 acres of a 60-acre municipal parcel. The land is known as Piper Farm, which is less than a half-mile from the town common. The area is bounded by Route 202 on the north side and Springfield Road on the south. Kyle Thibeault, the town's park director, told selectmen it would be free to play the course, which would boost the local economy. He said disc golf is a ...

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    19. Pioneer Valley prepping pitch for Amazon HQ; company promises as many as 50,000 jobs

      Pioneer Valley prepping pitch for Amazon HQ; company promises as many as 50,000 jobs

      Western Massachusetts is in the early stages of preparing a proposal -- or of combining  with a neighbor's response -- to Amazon's broad but tantalizing search for second North American headquarters. Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, said Thursday he has notified mayors and heads of town governments here of Amazon's needs. He also informed them of the Pioneer Valley's potential to fill Amazon's needs. "You have to be in the game to win," Sullivan said.

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    20. Goggins Real Estate to handle leasing of downtown Northampton properties owned by Eric Suher

      Goggins Real Estate to handle leasing of downtown Northampton properties owned by Eric Suher

      Goggins Real Estate will manage leasing for a number of commercial properties in the city's downtown area that are owned by Suher Properties.  Eric Suher, president of Suher Properties, announced the new business partnership in a statement Wednesday. Mayor David Narkewicz shared Suher's announcement over social media, calling it "positive news for downtown Northampton."  Patrick Goggins, owner of Goggins Real Estate, said he was looking forward to working with Suher, as well as to finding good tenants for the properties.

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    21. Springfield on the rise: What's new in the downtown Transformative Development Initiative District?

      Springfield on the rise: What's new in the downtown Transformative Development Initiative District?

      From cafes to office tenants, MassDevelopment had a lot to show off on a tour this week of its Transformative Development Initiative District in downtown Springfield. Begun in 2014, the TDI program aims to focus economic development efforts in just a few downtown blocks of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities.

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    22. 'Walk right in': MassDevelopment offers tour of Springfield Transformative Development Initiative district

      'Walk right in': MassDevelopment offers tour of Springfield Transformative Development Initiative district

      DevelopSpringfield, a public-private partnership charged with fostering economic growth in the city, has money available to cover half the rent for a qualifying new business, up to $500 a month, while the new enterprise gets established downtown. Minkarah said application details will be available soon. The program is funded by a grant from MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency.

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    23. Central and Western Massachusetts need a 'few more victories' to lure in big companies, state economic development chief Jay Ash says

      Central and Western Massachusetts need a 'few more victories' to lure in big companies, state economic development chief Jay Ash says

      Big companies looking to relocate to Massachusetts keep zeroing in on the Boston area, a top Bay State economic development official said in an email as insurance company Aetna weighed a move.

      Bruce Stebbins, a member of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, had emailed Jay Ash, Gov. Charlie Baker's economic development chief, after word got out that Aetna was looking to leave Hartford, Connecticut, where it has about 5,000 employees.

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    24. West Springfield Aims for Balance, Smart Growth

      West Springfield Aims for Balance, Smart Growth

      Mayor Will Reichelt says West Springfield is seeing a good deal of adaptive reuse of commercial and industrial properties, a necessity in a community that is land-poor. Will Reichelt says he was only 15 when he started working at the Donut Dip on Riverdale Street. His father arranged an introduction with the owner, a fellow Rotarian, and just a few days later, Will was working behind the counter and occasionally injecting filling into jelly donuts.

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