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    1. Eric Lesser Wants to Close the Distance Between East and West - BusinessWest

      Eric Lesser Wants to Close the Distance Between East and West - BusinessWest

      Since first elected to office five years ago, state Sen. Eric Lesser has made economic development and, more specifically, closing the wide gap in prosperity between the eastern and western areas of the state his top priority. While he’s most closely linked to high-speed rail, he’s put his name — and energy — behind a number of initiatives to bring more jobs and more vibrancy to the 413.

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    2. Deerfield Balances Old, New Ways of Thinking - BusinessWest

      Deerfield Balances Old, New Ways of Thinking - BusinessWest

      Deerfield boasts numerous draws for businesses looking to relocate, Diana Schindler says, from its reasonable property-tax rate to its proximity to Interstate 91, Route 116, and Routes 5 and 10.  But there’s also been some pushback against some of those businesses, which reared its head when residents recently spoke out against a proposed Dollar General store in town. The Planning Board listened and turned down the project, said Schindler, Deerfield’s interim town administrator.


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    3. Developer plans 130-room hotel, rock-climbing and skydiving center at former Springfield jail

      Developer plans 130-room hotel, rock-climbing and skydiving center at former Springfield jail

      Pioneer Valley Hotel Group had been eyeing the former York Street Jail site in the city’s waterfront for years, President Shardool Parmar said Tuesday, but the three-acre site was being used as a staging area for nearby construction projects. Now that the supplies and equipment are gone, Parmar’s company is in negotiations with the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, owner of the site, to build a 130-room hotel there.

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    4. $400M in new Springfield development outlined, including downtown hotel and retail projects

      $400M in new Springfield development outlined, including downtown hotel and retail projects

      The city is home to more than $4 billion worth of construction projects either completed or in planning — both public and private — since the June 2011 tornado. That number, revealed Tuesday afternoon by Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy at his annual economic development presentation, includes $400.4 million in new projects announced since March 2018. The development update catches the city as it pivots from mega developments that are now completed such as the $95 million CRRC MA rail car factory; $960 million MGM Springfield casino; and the $183.3 million rehab of Interstate 91 to smaller projects, including a ...

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    5. The State of Rail Freight Transport in Western Mass

      The State of Rail Freight Transport in Western Mass

      When the Pinsley Rail Company purchased the railroad formerly operated by Conrail in 1982 and turned it into what is now known as the Pioneer Valley Railroad, it ushered in a new era for the short line rail industry in Western Massachusetts. Since that time, Pinsley’s client list, warehouses, and distribution services have continues to grow along with rail service. Connecting Point’s Brian Sullivan chased trains around several 413 towns to get a look at the state of rail freight transport in Western Mass.

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    6. Ludlow offers mill redevelopment lessons to Easthampton, Montague

      Ludlow offers mill redevelopment lessons to Easthampton, Montague

      Massachusetts is home to a wealth of majestic mills constructed in the 19th century. But today many of the structures sit empty and unused, even though they still possess structural integrity. "They built these to last," said Westmass Area Development Corp. President and CEO Eric A. Nelson during a tour of the sprawling Ludlow Mills complex Friday. "However, the roofs can be a challenge," he quipped.

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    7. Springfield City Council delays vote on wood waste recycling center at former Diamond Match site after neighbors voice concerns

      Springfield City Council delays vote on wood waste recycling center at former Diamond Match site after neighbors voice concerns

      The City Council has postponed a vote regarding a tree service company’s request to operate a wood waste recycling center at the former Diamond Match property after East Forest Park residents raised concerns about odors and traffic. Arbortech Tree Service, of 23 Paridon St., was requesting the special permit for the recycling center in conjunction with a long-active tree service operation that already exists. The company has mulch and compost operations and provides tree pruning and trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, crane services, lot clearing and emergency tree service, according to company officials and its website.

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    8. City, Chamber to Host ‘New Wave’ Economic Development Event

      The city of Springfield and the Springfield Regional Chamber will co-host “The New Wave,” on March 19, at 4 p.m. at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The event will feature an overview of the new wave of economic development, including updates on projects in progress, and an introduction to upcoming initiatives in Springfield. A reception with light fare and a cash bar at 5 p.m., following the presentation. The presentation will be led by the city’s chief development officer, Kevin Kennedy.

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    9. Economic Development Council chief says education drives strong Western Massachusetts economy (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Economic Development Council chief says education drives strong Western Massachusetts economy (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Western Massachusetts is fortunate to be home to some of the best colleges and universities, strong public and private secondary schools and technical programs in the country. Therefore, as a region, we are in position to meet the current and future needs of the business community. The major asset of the Western Massachusetts region is the presence of so many world-class colleges and universities. These institutions are educating and training the very talent that private business is seeking.

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    10. River Valley Market, seeking permit for new store, to appear before Easthampton Planning...

      River Valley Market, seeking permit for new store, to appear before Easthampton Planning...

      River Valley Market will appear before the Easthampton Planning Board on Feb. 19 for a continued public hearing on its plans for a 22,000 square-foot supermarket building at 220, 228 and 232 Northampton St. The Route 10 site, approximately 10 acres, contains the former Fedor auto dealership building, which would be torn down. It also contains Captain Jack's Roadside Shack. The popular seafood stand is proposed to remain and be incorporated into the new site design, according River Valley Market's special permit application.

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    11. Ludlow Mills, WinnDevelopment appreciate state redevelopment money -- but want it faster

      Ludlow Mills, WinnDevelopment appreciate state redevelopment money -- but want it faster

      WinnDevelopment and Westmass Area Development Corp. have plans to turn Mill 10, the prominent clock tower building at the front of the property, into market-rate apartments for families and couples along with lower-floor office space at a cost of about $40 million. The project at Mill 10 was first announced in 2016. But, Curtis said the funding is still not in place. He expects to start construction in a year or so.

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    12. New Ownership Group Exudes Confidence on the Future of Tower Square

      New Ownership Group Exudes Confidence on the Future of Tower Square

      Both the office/retail complex known as Tower Square and the hotel that sits on the property would be considered somewhat risky investments, given their recent history. But the investment group Springfield Hospitality believes otherwise — in both cases. The new ownership group has announced an ambitious plan to get the Marriott flag back on the hotel, and it is confident about gaining a wide range of new tenants on the retail side of the equation.

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    13. Holyoke Planning Board reviews plans for further commercial development on Pleasant Street...

      Holyoke Planning Board reviews plans for further commercial development on Pleasant Street...

      Salmar Realty LLC is developing the 473-495 Pleasant St. site. A Dunkin' Donuts will soon open there. Schematics for phase two of the project include a 3,000-square-foot retail building. Christopher Karney, of R. Levesque Associates, provided the board updates generated from a previous hearing. He noted designers added a pedestrian crossway and parking spaces to the plan.

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    14. Springfield City Council grants tax incentives totaling $4.6M for major Big Y expansion

      Springfield City Council grants tax incentives totaling $4.6M for major Big Y expansion

      The City Council on Monday unanimously approved tax incentives for Big Y Foods, which officials estimate will save the company nearly $4.6 million over eight years, in exchange for a major expansion at its distribution center in East Springfield.Big Y is investing an estimated $46 million in the 232,000-square-foot expansion project at 2146 Roosevelt Ave. including construction, renovations, personal property and equipment, officials said. The project also involves creating additional parking and access from properties owned by Big Y at 60 and 90 Memorial Drive.

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    15. $9.2 million tax-exempt bond boosts Springfield YMCA housing renovation project

      $9.2 million tax-exempt bond boosts Springfield YMCA housing renovation project

      A local development group has launched a $15 million housing renovation project at the YMCA building on Chestnut Street, aided by a newly announced $9.2 million tax exempt bond issued by MassDevelopment. MassDevelopment is the state’s finance and development agency that works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions and communities to stimulate economic growth statewide.

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    16. Amherst Boasts Some Positive Transitions

      Amherst Boasts Some Positive Transitions

      Amherst is a community in transition, Paul Bockelman says — in some positive ways. The most notable change, obviously, was the seating of Amherst’s first Town Council last month; 13 members were elected following a change in the town charter last March that included a move away from the town-meeting form of government. “Some people who advocated for the charter change felt the representative town meeting wasn’t fully representative of the town and wasn’t nimble enough to address the issues that were facing the town on a daily basis,” said Bockelman, Amherst’s town manager. Other people, he ...

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    17. ‘10,000 square feet of awesome’ set to open at Springfield Innovation Center (photos, video)

      ‘10,000 square feet of awesome’ set to open at Springfield Innovation Center (photos, video)

      Delivery crews hauled new office furniture into the Springfield Innovation Center Friday as Kristin Leutz, CEO of Valley Venture Mentors, pointed out all the uses VVM will have for its space in the building, which is nearing the final stages of more than $7 million in renovations spearheaded by DevelopSpringfield. VVM’s Hub for business startups will have “hot desk” — space where entrepreneurs can grab a first-come, first-served place to work — as well as reserved desks, private offices, private phone rooms for making calls without disturbing others, meeting rooms, an auditorium, a shared kitchen and a nursing room. “A new ...

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    18. “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” A training series for Western Massachusetts business owners

      “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” A training series for Western Massachusetts business owners

      Common Capital is presenting a free training “Linking Digital Advertising to Business Growth” beginning on Friday, January 18th, 2019.  This grant funded training series is available to all businesses in Western Massachusetts.      The goal of the program is to improve the digital marketing skills of small business owners and increasing their ability to bring in more customers and improve sales.  This training will be presented on Friday mornings between 9 and 11 AM and will continue through May 2019.  All participants will receive step by step actionable plans as well as guidance from experts to increase their success in ...

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    19. Springfield’s Chestnut Towers sells within company for $12 million

      Springfield’s Chestnut Towers sells within company for $12 million

      Chestnut Towers in Springfield changed hands last month but didn’t really change hands. According to papers filed at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds Dec. 12, the 489-apartment complex looming over Springfield’s downtown was sold by Related Springfield Associates Limited Partnership to Chestnut Park Preservation LLP for $12 million.

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    20. DevelopSpringfield seeks to begin renovations at historic Maple St. school

      DevelopSpringfield seeks to begin renovations at historic Maple St. school

      A million-dollar plan to renovate the former Springfield Female Seminary, one of Springfield’s oldest buildings, into small offices and co-working space for entrepreneurs seems to be finally moving forward. DevelopSpringfield, a nonprofit funded in part by MassMutual that buys and rehabs troubled properties, advertised this month for contractors for the WorkHub at 77 Maple project. Bids are due Jan. 3.

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    21. White Lion Brewery moves equipment into Tower Square in downtown Springfield

      White Lion Brewery moves equipment into Tower Square in downtown Springfield

      Springfield will soon have a brewery downtown. White Lion Brewery moved their brewing equipment into their new space in Tower Square on Thursday. The company has leased 10,000 square feet within Tower Square, with plans to open a production and packaging facility with taproom in 2019. The space was once occupied by Spaghetti Freddy’s but has been vacant for more than a decade. White Lion was previously in talks to build a brewpub in the MassLive building but faced setbacks due to engineering concerns, The Republican reported.

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