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    1. DevelopSpringfield lauded for preserving home of monkey wrench inventor

      DevelopSpringfield lauded for preserving home of monkey wrench inventor

      DevelopSpringfield received a 2017 Massachusetts Historical Commission Historic Preservation Award for its work preserving and rebuilding the Merrick-Phelps House. The award was announced by Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin at a ceremony on Nov. 2. Galvin serves as chairman of the commission, which administers state and federal historic preservation programs.   The Merrick-Phelps House at 83 Maple St. dates to 1841. It was built by Solymon Merrick, inventor of the monkey wrench.

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    2. Baystate’s Jane Albert Embraces Change in Many Ways

      Baystate’s Jane Albert Embraces Change in Many Ways

      From her early days in marketing, Jane Albert had a goal — to work in the field of healthcare, and specifically for Baystate Health, the region’s largest health system. To achieve that goal, and eventually be part of the organization’s senior leadership, she was willing to take risks, welcome new opportunities as they arose, and continually make connections — all the while never losing sight of who her customers are and how to most effectively meet their needs. 

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    3. Springfield company submits lowest bid for major downtown renovation project at Stearns...

      Springfield company submits lowest bid for major downtown renovation project at Stearns...

      Morais Concrete Services Inc., of Springfield, submitted the bid of $1,784,000, among eight bids received by Wednesday's deadline. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Theo G. Theocles, the city's deputy procurement officer, said they were pleased by the number of bids received and the interest in the project from companies in the city and region. Sarno said the Stearns Square and Duryea Way project will play a key role in the "renaissance of our downtown" and in enhancing its aesthetics and pedestrian use.

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    4. Chicopee Assisted Living complex awarded final permit to build on former Facemate land

      Chicopee Assisted Living complex awarded final permit to build on former Facemate land

      he approval, which is conditional on meeting requirements from department heads, will allow DS Development to build a $25 million, 95-unit affordable assisted living complex next to the RiverMills Senior Center on West Main Street. The City Council voted 12-0 to grant the special permit. Because the proposed complex is located in a the fairly new Mill Conversion and Commercial Overlay district, which allows the reuse of abandoned industrial and commercial properties, the special permit is the final approval needed for the project.

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    5. East Longmeadow Embraces Change, Progress

      East Longmeadow Embraces Change, Progress

      Denise Menard says low taxes, streamlined permitting, and quality of life are all factors in making East Longmeadow an attractive landing spot. When East Longmeadow switched from a town-meeting style of government to a Town Council and town manager, Denise Menard said the change wasn’t meant to be simply cosmetic. Rather, noted Menard — who came on board as interim town manager in 2016 before shedding the ‘interim’ title earlier this year — creating her position and replacing the three-member Board of Selectmen with a seven-member, elected Town Council provided the momentum to launch several new municipal departments aimed squarely at ...

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    6. $3.5 million from state to help resurrect Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield

      $3.5 million from state to help resurrect Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield

      Starting this Spring, construction is set to bring Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield back to life, thanks to $3.5 million from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. Patrick Sullivan, Springfield's executive director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management said the city is preparing to put the project out to bid with construction to start in March and to be completed by the end of the 2018 construction season. The newly rebuilt half-acre park will feature a funicular -- a fancy term for an inclined elevator -- making it handicapped accessible and replacing the trouble-prone elevator. The park covers a four-story change of ...

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    7. Chicopee begins $2.6 million improvements to spark development in Cabotville Industrial...

      Chicopee begins $2.6 million improvements to spark development in Cabotville Industrial...

      About two years ago Mayor Richard J. Kos took State Rep. Joseph Wagner and Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Director Jay Ash on a late afternoon tour of the Cabotville Industrial Park and the downtown area to show its potential for development. There was no press, there were no cameras there was just a three-way discussion about economic development in Chicopee Center. "The mayor came to us and said we can do something good here but we need something," said Wagner, D-Chicopee. That something turned into a $2.6 million MassWorks grant, which will pay for 90 percent of infrastructure ...

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    8. Determining what environmental hazards lie within abandoned Court Square hotel in downtown Springfield next step in redevelopment

      Determining what environmental hazards lie within abandoned Court Square hotel in downtown Springfield next step in redevelopment

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority Board will learn on Tuesday just what environmental hazards lurk within the dilapidated former hotel at 31 Elm St. and just how much it will cost to clean it up and make way for its redevelopment.

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    9. Westfield's Circuit Coffee, designed with city's history in mind, hosts grand opening (photos) | masslive.com

      Westfield's Circuit Coffee, designed with city's history in mind, hosts grand opening (photos) | masslive.com

      Circuit Coffee, which opened a few months ago and took a brief break for its owners' wedding, hosted a grand opening Monday in Westfield.  Owner Ted and Jessica Dobek has made the old new again. The location, 22 Elm St., is the former Teapot Gallery and before that was Barney's lunch counter.  A Westfield-built Columbia bicycle hangs from the walls, and the tables are made from old cable spools.

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    10. New Chicopee microbrewers hoping to open business in old brewery building

      New Chicopee microbrewers hoping to open business in old brewery building

      Two friends who make beer at home are now planning to open a brewery in a warehouse that was, well, an old brewery. Patrick Randall and Jeff Thibodeau, both of South Hadley, are working to open a microbrewery on North Chicopee Street, which would be the first of its kind in Chicopee since the historic Hampden Brewery closed in the 1970s. The two have perfected their beer recipes and brewing techniques in one of their homes and are now planning to open a brewery with tap room to be called Leadfoot Brewery. They have been searching for an appropriate building ...

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    11. Springfield seeks consultant to assist with redevelopment at Court Square

      Springfield seeks consultant to assist with redevelopment at Court Square

      The city is advertising for a consultant to assist plans for a major redevelopment of a long-vacant, historic block at Court Square in the downtown, planned for housing and retail uses. The city is scheduled Nov. 6 to open proposals from consultants for the task of providing project management and related services for the development of the six-story building at 31 Elm St., and adjacent properties in the urban renewal area. "For a project of this complexity, it makes an awful lot of sense to have a person manage and advance the project on a day-to-day basis," said Kevin Kennedy ...

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    12. New details of MGM Springfield revealed on City2City tour

      New details of MGM Springfield revealed on City2City tour

      From candlepin lanes in the bowling center to local foods in the restaurants, Alex Dixon, general manager of MGM Springfield, shared some updates on a City2City Pioneer Valley tour of the casino property Monday. Dixon explained that he'd never heard about candlepins, a New England favorite unknown outside the region, but people asked for them, so he's working to include them in the facility's 10-lane bowling center. "If it's what your local community wants, it just doesn't make sense not to include those things," he said.

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    13. Springfield Works introduces online SkillSmart tool linking people, jobs, skills

      Springfield Works introduces online SkillSmart tool linking people, jobs, skills

      For Anne Shecrallah Kandilis, Working Cities Challenge director for the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, that duplication represents a problem. All 43 agencies have their own funding streams, their own management and their own goals, Kandilis said. They all operate in silos -- up and down in their own organizations, with no one working across.  "There is such a disconnect," said Kandilis, who started at the EDC in January. Kandilis administers a program called Springfield Works, and the $475,000 Working Cities Challenge grant -- a competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston -- that funds its efforts.

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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. '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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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