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    1. Bulkley Richardson Opens Office in Hadley - BusinessWest

      Due to expanding needs, Bulkley Richardson has moved from its Amherst location into a more spacious office at 380 Russell St. in Hadley.  “This move supports the growing needs of our clients and offers a more centralized location in Hampshire County,” said Peter Barry, managing partner of the 35-attorney firm. “The move is another example of the firm striving to exceed client expectations. We can accommodate more attorneys working in the new space, which means offering a greater range of services to our clients.”

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      Mentions: Springfield Amherst
    2. Want to buy an old fire station? Springfield willing to chip in $50,000 for redevelopment

      Want to buy an old fire station? Springfield willing to chip in $50,000 for redevelopment

      After four unsuccessful efforts in recent years to sell the former century-old Oak Street fire station in Indian Orchard, the city is trying again -- this time with a $50,000 incentive offered to a buyer willing to redevelop the site. The city's first-time offer up to $50,000 to a successful bidder is from the city's annual allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, as approved by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. The incentive is for exterior improvements such as roof, masonry and window repairs, according to the city's advertisement for proposals.

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    3. Historic Armory site sold, new owners plan $5 million project

      Historic Armory site sold, new owners plan $5 million project

      Built Partnership, a Georgia-based investor and developer, has purchased the the 140,000-square-foot Armory Watershops site and plans in investment of more than $5 million at the site. Built Partnership's plan is to redevelop the 161-year-old site into space for high-tech light manufacturing, e-commerce, storage, and office space, according to a news release. The new owners said current tenants are expected to remain on the site initially.

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    4. MassLive Building in downtown Springfield to offer valet parking starting Monday

      MassLive Building in downtown Springfield to offer valet parking starting Monday

      The MassLive Building, formerly known as One Financial Plaza, will offer valet parking to tenants and guests starting Monday. The building at 1350 Main St. has  on-site management, a gym, and a first-floor cafe as well as the offices of MassLive Media, and several other business. The MassLive Building is the first office building in downtown Springfield to offer valet parking service, building manager Evan Plotkin, president of NAIPlotkin, said.

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    5. Easthampton 'playing hard' for redevelopment of One Ferry Street

      Easthampton 'playing hard' for redevelopment of One Ferry Street

      The derelict 1903 mill complex at One Ferry Street has long been vacant, but now Mayor Nicole LaChapelle hopes two geographically targeted initiatives will help draw investment.  A "district improvement financing" area surrounding One Ferry would allow additional tax revenue generated by new growth to finance related public infrastructure. The DIF mechanism is described under Chapter 40Q of state law.

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      Mentions: Amherst Easthampton
    6. People in Business: United Personnel announces new hires

      People in Business: United Personnel announces new hires

      Nancy Scirocco Nesbitt has joined United Personnel as its new Vice President of Business development for the Connecticut region. Nancy, most recently Vice President for Government and Not-for-Profit Banking for Webster Bank, brings over 20 years of management, client support and economic development experience to her position with United. past positions include Vice President of at the Metro Hartford Alliance, adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University and Contract Administrator at Otis Elevator. Nancy has an MBA from Rensseler Polytechnic Institute and a BA from the University of Connecticut. She serves on the Governor's Task Force for Abused Children ...

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    7. Springfield offering grants for downtown public art displays

      Springfield offering grants for downtown public art displays

      The city is offering grants for the installation of public art displays in the Cultural District downtown, seeking art that is "inspirational and positive in nature" and that reflects a city-inspired theme. The city anticipates awarding multiple grants, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 each and totaling $25,000, under the city's federally funded Community Development Block Grant program. All bids are due by July 31 at 2 p.m. at the Office of Procurement at City Hall. Complete bid packages are available by calling 413-787-6290.

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    8. MGM Resorts recognized as one of the top community-minded companies in the nation

      MGM Resorts recognized as one of the top community-minded companies in the nation

      MGM Resorts International has been recognized for its dedication to volunteer service.  The company has named an honoree of the 2018 Civic 50, which recognizes corporations that dedicate time and resources to volunteerism.  MGM, which is headquartered in Las Vegas, is opening a $960 million resort casino project in downtown Springfield in two months. "From the start, MGM Springfield has integrated itself into the fabric of the city and the broader western Massachusetts region and Commonwealth," Saverio Mancini, director of communications for MGM Springfield said of the recognition.  MGM was awarded a gaming license to operate in Massachusetts four years.

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    9. Silverbrick LLC receives 1st approval to renovate Cabotville Mills in Chicopee

      Silverbrick LLC receives 1st approval to renovate Cabotville Mills in Chicopee

      The proposed project to turn the Cabotville Mill into nearly 600 apartments received preliminary approvals in the developer's first meeting with the City Council Wednesday. The City Council's Zoning Committee voted 6-0 in favor of recommending Aaron Papowitz, founder of Siverbrick LLC and 4 Perkins LLC, which is the company proposing the project, be granted a special permit for the conversion. The plans are still in the conceptual stage so the decision was made contingent on the approval of the city engineer, the fire chief and other city officials. It will also be reviewed by the Planning Board ...

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    10. MGM Springfield reveals Regal Cinemas will run luxury movie theater at its $960 million...

      MGM Springfield reveals Regal Cinemas will run luxury movie theater at its $960 million...

      MGM Springfield announced Thursday that it has chosen Regal Cinemas to operate the movie theater complex that is part of the company's $960 million resort casino project. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis announced the selection of Regal during the regular meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Boston. Gaming Commission Chairman Steven Crosby congratulated MGM upon announcing the selection.  Mathis said MGM Springfield is excited to partner with Regal for its seven-screen theater, as part of its entertainment offerings in Springfield. Regal currently operates nine other theaters across Massachusetts, according to the company's website.

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      Mentions: Springfield MGM
    11. Myers Information Systems moving from Northampton to Westfield with plans to expand

      Myers Information Systems moving from Northampton to Westfield with plans to expand

      Myers Information Systems owner Crist Myers announced this week he will move his Northampton-based business to Westfield. Myers Information Systems, a 36-year-old media software company, provides broadcast management software and support to multimedia facilities of all types and sizes. "Our competitors are in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tel Aviv and London," said Myers, a Longmeadow resident. The company has 20 employees as well as consultants and short-term contract employees, and Myers said he expects to expand once he relocates to Westfield.

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    12. It Takes 2 Bakery opening Saturday in Westfield

      It Takes 2 Bakery opening Saturday in Westfield

       It Takes 2 Bakery is opening its doors downtown at 31 Elm St. Saturday and will offer fresh baked goods from muffins and eclairs to cupcakes and bread. Owner Kayla Sypek began baking as a child and always dreamed of opening a bakery with her twin sister Sarah. "The only problem is, she doesn't bake," said Sypek. Instead, Sarah will help behind the scenes while Sypek does all the baking. It all started when Sypek's grandmother gave her some of her old baking pans and decorating equipment.

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    13. Gov. Charlie Baker praises 130-unit North Amherst housing project at groundbreaking

      Gov. Charlie Baker praises 130-unit North Amherst housing project at groundbreaking

      Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials were among nearly 100 people who filled a tent and spilled out onto the lawn Thursday afternoon to celebrate the groundbreaking for North Square at the Mill District, a 130-unit housing project that includes 26 affordable homes. Beacon Communities, the project developer, secured state low-income tax credits in December, necessary to help finance the project.  "This is a complete re-imagination of how this site at this point in time and into the future should be designed to support this community and its future," Baker said. "These are the kinds of things that we as ...

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    14. Greylock Works Transforming Mill with Help from MassDevelopment

      Greylock Works Transforming Mill with Help from MassDevelopment

      MassDevelopment has provided a $1.1 million loan to Greylock WORKS LLC, the developer of the Greylock Mill, a former cotton-spinning mill campus in North Adams that Greylock WORKS is transforming into a mixed-use commercial development. The organization will use loan proceeds to continue renovations of the Weave Shed, which includes a 26,000-square-foot event venue and commercial kitchen where the owners have been producing regional festivals and dance parties, as well as hosting weddings and other private events. “The Baker-Polito administration has created a toolbox of flexible resources to support significant opportunities for economic growth in municipalities across the ...

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    15. Chicopee approvals granted for $45M hotel, restaurant complex; more permits needed

      Chicopee approvals granted for $45M hotel, restaurant complex; more permits needed

      The Planning Board approved a site plan for an about $45 million business complex off Burnett Road that will include a hotel, gas station and several restaurants, but the developers will need other permits before they can begin construction. The approval, granted in a 7-0 vote last week, is contingent on developer Dinesh Patel receiving permits from the state Department of Transportation to create an entrance to the complex off what is technically Interstate 291. The final plans will also have to be reviewed and endorsed by the city engineer and other city officials before building begins.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    16. Hannoush Jewelers will open store at MGM Springfield casino

      Hannoush Jewelers will open store at MGM Springfield casino

      Hannoush Jewelers will have a store at the MGM Springfield casino, the Springfield-based chain and MGM announced today. "We are going to build, or we are in the process of building, a beautiful new store," Camile Hannoush said. "A new prototype, a whole new look. Springfield is our home." The Hannoush brothers -- Elias, Joseph, Anthony, Norman, Peter, George, Camile and Nabil -- got their start locally working for Kay Jewelers in the Eastfield Mall back in 1978. They opened their first store in Chicopee two years later.

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    17. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cites MassMutual expansion, job creation in Springfield economic development speech

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker cites MassMutual expansion, job creation in Springfield economic development speech

      Gov. Charlie Baker spoke before a large audience of business executives and property developers Tuesday at the MassMutual Center, but at times he was talking to just two men. State Sen. Eric P. Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, each chair the committees reviewing the Baker administration's $610 million economic development bill.

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    18. Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

      Ludlow’s Mill Project Is Right on Schedule

      Eric Nelson said he recently had cause to look over the occupancy permit issued to Westmass Area Development Corp. for the property now known as Ludlow Mills. The date on the document — April 2012 — gave him both pause and more evidence that time does, indeed, fly. Yes, it’s been more than six years since this ambitious project — a blend of both brownfield and greenfield development — was launched, and, for the most part, it is on schedule, said Nelson, president of Westmass for roughly half the duration of this effort. And by on schedule, he was referring to the pace ...

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    19. Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies urging state to continue funding technical assistance programs that help municipalities

      Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies urging state to continue funding technical assistance programs that help municipalities

      A critical funding source that allows the state's 13 regional planning agencies to provide free technical assistance to municipal planning departments was not included in the state Senate budget and now depends on the Legislature's conference committee to preserve it. Timothy W. Brennan, the executive director of both the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, sent a letter last week to members of the fiscal year 2019 Budget Conference Committee, "strongly and respectfully" urging them to authorize $2.8 million for the District Local Technical Assistance program and $88 million for Regional ...

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    20. Gov. Charlie Baker says he thinks 'people are going to be blown away' by MGM Springfield

      Gov. Charlie Baker says he thinks 'people are going to be blown away' by MGM Springfield

      Although MGM Springfield is still months away from opening, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he believes people are going to be "blown away" by the nearly $1 billion resort.  Baker, who toured the downtown casino and hotel project Saturday, told reporters he was impressed by the project's attention to detail and commitment to highlighting local history. "This thing is going to be spectacular. ... There's so many items and elements to this thing that are specifically geared toward reminding people this is in Springfield and it's a big part of Springfield's history," he said following an afternoon ...

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    21. Greenfield parking garage construction to finally begin

      Greenfield parking garage construction to finally begin

      Massive pre-cast concrete panels will be delivered from Vermont on trucks, and Olive Street will close from June 11 to July 14 as a downtown parking garage is assembled. The project is expected to finish before Oct. 31, and will cost $10.1 million, said Mayor Bill Martin. The 261 65-foot blocks will be plucked from 85-foot trailers by a crane, swung, and stacked into place, according to the Greenfield Recorder.  Between 12 and 15 sections will be delivered a day.

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    22. Hadley property, once considered for homes and a solar farm, preserved as open space

      Hadley property, once considered for homes and a solar farm, preserved as open space

      In 2016, Eversource was looking to sell 31 acres of land to a developer for a possible 14-unit subdivision, but now that same land on South Maple Street and Moody Bridge Road will be forever protected. Kestrel Land Trust has been working with the electric company to preserve the land as open space since it was first marketed.  The parcel will be added to the Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge with $680,000 coming from the state Land and Water Conservation Fund. The full price of the deal was not disclosed.

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    23. BusinessWest Announces 2018 Continued Excellence Award Finalists

      BusinessWest Announces 2018 Continued Excellence Award Finalists

      BusinessWest has announced the five finalists for this year’s Continued Excellence Award. They are Michael Fenton, associate at Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, P.C.; William Gagnon, vice president of Marketing & Key Accounts for Excel Dryer Inc.; Samalid Hogan, regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center; James Leahy, assistant director, Business Development and Promotion Sales for the regional office of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission; and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.

       

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    24. Gourmet Food Solutions scooping up success in Springfield with Aunt Lily's line of dips (photos, video)

      Gourmet Food Solutions scooping up success in Springfield with Aunt Lily's line of dips (photos, video)

      Aunt Lily is doing very well for Gourmet Food Solutions of Springfield. Aunt Lily isn't a she, it's the brand name for Gourmet Food Solutions' new line of dairy-free refrigerated vegetable dips. Selling under its own brand name is a departure for the 4-year-old company. It had been exclusively making dips, salsa, pesto, sauces, salads and dressings used to simmer or finish vegetables. Those products are sold under store brand names for retailers like Stop & Shop, Wegman's, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and others.

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