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    1. A. Duie Pyle completes expansion of Westfield freight warehouse and truck maintenance facility

      A. Duie Pyle completes expansion of Westfield freight warehouse and truck maintenance facility

      Trucking company A. Duie Pyle announced the opening earlier this week of its expanded Westfield Integrated Distribution Center, with 44,300 square feet of additional space. The company built a 35,500-square-foot service center and an 8,800-square-foot fleet maintenance facility on a 67-acre campus at 66 Ampad Road and 211 Servistar Industrial Way in Westfield’s North End.

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    2. Massachusetts economy suffers worst quarter in history thanks to coronavirus, UMass study finds

      Massachusetts economy suffers worst quarter in history thanks to coronavirus, UMass study finds

      The coronavirus pandemic, and the shutdown of most commerce in order to keep people home and save lives, knocked the Massachusetts economy for a loop, economists said Thursday. The state’s real gross domestic product (GDP) declined at an annualized rate of 43.8% in April, May and June, according to MassBenchmarks, a study of the state’s economy coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute.

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    3. MGM Resorts names Bill Hornbuckle CEO and president; executive had been acting leader since March

      MGM Resorts names Bill Hornbuckle CEO and president; executive had been acting leader since March

      The MGM Resorts International board of directors announced Wednesday that it elected William J. Hornbuckle CEO and president. Hornbuckle has been serving the company as acting CEO and president since March, succeeding Jim Murren. The removal of “acting” from Hornbuckle’s title is immediate.

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    4. Indian Orchard Mills arts and industry complex sold; will remain affordable space for artists and small companies

      Indian Orchard Mills arts and industry complex sold; will remain affordable space for artists and small companies

      Brothers Raipher D. Pellegrino and Joseph A. Pellegrino Jr. purchased the Indian Orchard Mills arts and industry complex earlier this month from its longtime owner for $4 million. “So, we did our job. We created a lovely community here,” said now-former owner Charles N. Brush. “We have such lovely tenants. It’s time to move on.”

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    5. Massachusetts House passes $459 million economic growth bill with sports betting, but legalization depends on Senate

      Massachusetts House passes $459 million economic growth bill with sports betting, but legalization depends on Senate

      The Massachusetts House passed a $459 million economic development bill Tuesday night that includes funding for nonprofits affected by the coronavirus pandemic, local projects and language legalizing sports betting. Lawmakers passed the economic development bill, 156-3, after two days of reviewing more than 500 amendments. The engrossed bill has a price tag that’s close to $100 million more than when it was first released by the House Ways and Means Committee last week.

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    6. Springfield non-profits aiding in coronavirus pandemic receive $240,000 in grants

      Springfield non-profits aiding in coronavirus pandemic receive $240,000 in grants

      A total of 14 non-profit agencies which have been aiding residents and organizations struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic were awarded a collective $240,000 in local grants on Monday. The city’s Prime the Pump program began in March and initially assisted owners of restaurants and other small businesses forced to close or who lost a large amount of business due to the shutdown caused by the pandemic, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said.

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    7. The Shops at Marketplace in Springfield’s downtown close; owners cite coronavirus pandemic

      The Shops at Marketplace in Springfield’s downtown close; owners cite coronavirus pandemic

      The two women who founded and ran The Shops at Marketplace in downtown Springfield will close their businesses at the end of this week, citing the coronavirus pandemic. The news comes just two years after the shops — Serendipity, a store described as “retail therapy,” and Alchemy Nail Bar — were named a microbusiness of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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    8. Pioneer Valley tourism promotion gets $250K boost from state as industry emerges from coronavirus shutdowns, State Sen. Eric Lesser announces

      Pioneer Valley tourism promotion gets $250K boost from state as industry emerges from coronavirus shutdowns, State Sen. Eric Lesser announces

      The Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau will step up its advertising — in states were folks can legally visit Massachusetts without first quarantining, and here at home — with $250,000 in funding announced Monday by state Sen. Eric P. Lesser. The money comes from the $1.1 billion supplemental budget signed into law last week by Gov. Charlie Baker.

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    9. Springfield will use $250,000 casino grant to help guide, aid development near MGM

      Springfield will use $250,000 casino grant to help guide, aid development near MGM

      A $250,000 grant recently awarded by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will help city efforts to spark development surrounding MGM Springfield — something city officials and casino boosters had hoped would happen on its own.The Gaming Commission, in approving the funds, said it agreed with the city’s application statement that the $960 million casino at Main and State streets “has yet to provide any meaningful spill-over redevelopment activity or the complementary/supporting uses off-site.”

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    10. Massachusetts lawmakers file nearly $1 billion economic equity bill, which Rep. Bud Williams describes as step toward reparations

      Massachusetts lawmakers file nearly $1 billion economic equity bill, which Rep. Bud Williams describes as step toward reparations

      Massachusetts Rep. Bud Williams filed a nearly $1 billion bill this week to create an independent bureau that oversees services and programs for certain communities to address health, education and economic disparities in communities of color. The legislation would create the Massachusetts Bureau on Social and Economic Equity in Recovery and Reconstruction, which would be led by an administrator appointed by the governor. The bureau would oversee an $850 million fund, which would be paid for by the state’s rainy day fund.

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    11. Springfield unemployment rate hits 25.3% even as businesses reopen from coronavirus shutdown

      Springfield unemployment rate hits 25.3% even as businesses reopen from coronavirus shutdown

      “There is a significant amount of dislocation,” said David Cruise, president and CEO of the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board. “Particularly in those service industries that are dependent on customers coming into facilities.” Hard hit were workers at MGM Springfield, which reopened to the general public July 13 after a four-month shutdown. Cruise said MassHire career centers in Holyoke, Springfield, Northampton and Greenfield have all pivoted toward an online system of helping people file for unemployment benefits and look for work without necessarily meeting in person.

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    12. Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts COVID-19 Response Fund tops $5M in grants to nonprofits

      Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts COVID-19 Response Fund tops $5M in grants to nonprofits

      In its latest round of coronavirus relief grants, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has awarded $725,000 to 26 local nonprofits, according to an announcement Wednesday. The money targets employment assistance, food insecurity, homelessness and foreclosure prevention, and addressing immediate needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

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    13. Baystate Health announces Kindred Behavioral Health as partner in 120-bed, $43 million behavioral health hospital

      Baystate Health announces Kindred Behavioral Health as partner in 120-bed, $43 million behavioral health hospital

      Baystate Health has selected Kindred Behavioral Health as its partner in a long-sought standalone behavioral health hospital project that was put on pause last year. The plan is to build a $43-million, 120-bed behavioral health hospital from the ground up, opening two years from the start of construction. The new hospital would employ 220 people, Baystate president and CEO Dr. Mark A. Keroack said.

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    14. Greenfield Center School gets $7.9M bond from MassDevelopment to finance new building

      Greenfield Center School gets $7.9M bond from MassDevelopment to finance new building

      The Greenfield Center School plans to relocate to a brand new building next year with help from a $7.94 million tax-exempt bond announced Friday by MassDevelopment. The independent day school serving students in preschool through eighth grade plans to buy 30 acres of land at 741-743 Bernardston Road (Routes 5 and 10), not far from Stoneleigh-Burnham School, a private school for girls in grades seven through 12.

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    15. East-West rail receives $50 million boost with passage of state’s Transportation Bond Bill

      East-West rail receives $50 million boost with passage of state’s Transportation Bond Bill

      The Massachusetts Senate approved nearly $17 billion in borrowing to fund the state’s transportation system, including nearly $50 million in spending earmarked for the east-west rail project. The sweeping legislative package — a modified version of Gov. Charlie Baker’s bond bill proposed last year — would authorize billions of dollars in transportation investments over the course of years to fund road and bridge repair programs, MBTA improvements and regional transit authority electrification, among many other things. The $50 million for east-west rail will be set aside as a down payment on preparatory work as a state-sponsored feasibility study nears completion.

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    16. Loophole Brewing plans brewery, tap room, beer garden for Ludlow Mills complex

      Loophole Brewing plans brewery, tap room, beer garden for Ludlow Mills complex

      Loophole Brewing Services plans to build a 21,000 square-foot brewery, tap room, and beer garden in a former jute processing building at the Ludlow Mills complex. Loophole announced this week plans to buy the building and 2.5-acres of land at 90 First Ave. from Ludlow Mills owner from WestMass Development Corp, a not-for-profit, real estate and economic development corporation.

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    17. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $19.6 million for homelessness prevention, food assistance, as he weighs eviction moratorium deadline - masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $19.6 million for homelessness prevention, food assistance, as he weighs eviction moratorium deadline - masslive.com

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced the state will disburse $19.6 million that he says will help fund homelessness prevention, food assistance and job training in communities across Massachusetts during the coronavirus pandemic.  The state Department of Housing and Community Development received the funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act. The money will be distributed across 181 communities statewide.

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    18. Holyoke company to oversee $40M renovation at Westfield State University

      Holyoke company to oversee $40M renovation at Westfield State University

      Daniel O’Connell’s Sons Inc. of Holyoke has been selected to serve as construction manager on Westfield State University’s $40 million renovation of Parenzo Hall. The announcement was made Thursday by the university and Massachusetts Division of Capital Assets Management and Maintenance. “We are pleased to select Daniel O’Connell’s Sons through a competitive procurement process to carry out this significant enhancement to Westfield State’s facilities,” said DCAMM Commissioner Carol Gladstone in a statement. “Through this infrastructure project, we will help support the Western Massachusetts economy by creating new space for advanced and hybrid learning for ...

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    19. Westfield’s Fresh Cycle offers outdoor spin classes amid coronavirus

      Westfield’s Fresh Cycle offers outdoor spin classes amid coronavirus

      Every morning Jennifer Amy hauls 14 spin bikes from inside her studio, Fresh Cycle, to an outdoor loading dock for classes that fill regularly with those who have been waiting for the facility to reopen. Massachusetts is now in Phase 3 of its reopening plan after Gov. Charlie Baker closed “nonessential” businesses at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Gyms are included in Phase 3, which began July 6. But Amy reopened Fresh Cycle on May 25 by holding outdoor classes with bikes spaced 10 feet apart.

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