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    1. 2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing

      2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing

      State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, chairman of the economic development committee, announced the awards of two Site Readiness Program grants. A total of $255,200 will go to Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation to develop the relatively new Air Park South and $70,000 will go to Westmass Area Development to help in master planning and marketing for Chicopee River Business Park. "The Site Readiness Program is designed to facilitate development at the local level by providing targeted resources for sites with great potential as these Chicopee projects," he said.

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    2. Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)

      Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)

      With a reputation as a hub for arts and culture, Berkshire County also boasts a rich history of manufacturing and technology. That's something local business leaders and officials are looking to highlight and build upon with the creation of the long-awaited Berkshire Innovation Center. The project, which has faced delays due to funding shortfalls since it was proposed nearly a decade ago, is expected to break ground in Pittsfield this year. Stephen Boyd, BIC president and chairman since 2014, said he hopes to open the 20,000-square-foot facility at William Stanley Business Park, part of General Electric's former ...

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    3. East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      Local workers will once again make Craftsman tools here in the Pioneer Valley. Stanley Black & Decker, which bought the Craftsman brand from ailing Sears in January 2017 for $775 million, will likely start making Craftsman-brand saw blades and other tools at the former Lenox American Saw plant in the second half of 2018, said spokesman Tim Perra.

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    4. Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower

      Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower

      The city is advertising for proposals for the redevelopment of two adjacent parcels on lower Worthington Street that 30 years ago was considered for the "Spire," a 32-story condominium tower nicknamed "Springfield's Space Needle." The site is now mostly vacant with just a lean-to structure and roof, and the city is particularly interested in uses that would be compatible with a downtown dining district, said Brian Connors, the city's deputy director of economic development.

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    5. MassMutual Foundation donates $1 million to Springfield schools

      MassMutual Foundation donates $1 million to Springfield schools

       The MassMutual Foundation Inc. will grant $1 million to Springfield Public Schools to expand the City Connects program into eight additional elementary schools throughout the city.  City Connects is a national program executed by the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The program supports students based on their individual needs by addressing out-of-school challenges that affect student success, and leverages existing community resources and support services to optimize students' readiness to learn.

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    6. Chicopee downtown mill renovation project granted special permit

      Chicopee downtown mill renovation project granted special permit

      A Holyoke businessman who plans to convert a historic mill building that dates to the 1840s has been given the go-ahead to begin the project. The City Council voted 12-0 last week to grant a special permit to Mount Holyoke Development, owned by Herbert Berezin, which will allow him to convert the long-vacant 65,000 square-foot, five-street mill located off the corner of Front and Depot Streets into live-work apartments. The City Council also agreed to waive parking requirements and allow the project to go forth with 109 instead of the 179 spots needed under zoning regulations. It also agreed ...

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    7. Valley Venture Mentors co-founder Paul Silva is 'rock star' of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.: Outlook 2018

      Valley Venture Mentors co-founder Paul Silva is 'rock star' of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.: Outlook 2018

      As a senior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000, Silva cofounded the Entreclub because he needed help building his start-up Zform. That's where his duck tie first made its appearance as a silly way to make his fellow students feel less nervous when pitching their ideas. Since then, the ducks have been on quite a ride. They've accompanied Silva from college competitions to his work in angel investment to the co-founding of Valley Venture Mentors, the region's leading start-up accelerator, and now to his two latest endeavors, Launch413 and the Lean Innovation Institute.

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    8. Springfield recycler Northstar Pulp & Paper repurposes to meet 21st century demands

      Springfield recycler Northstar Pulp & Paper repurposes to meet 21st century demands

      Thirty years ago, when Lori Goodman Novak was a teenager, she worked in the office for the family business, Northstar Pulp & Paper, answering the phone, weighing trucks on the scale and sorting mail. Nearly two decades later, while Novak was teaching kindergarten, her half-brother, Aaron Goodman, was old enough to work at the plant as a forklift operator, before he launched his college education and a career in commercial banking. After making radical professional moves in recent decades, the two siblings - Novak is 49, and Goodman is 31 - have committed to Northstar. With their father David Goodman, they serve as ...

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    9. Blackjack 101: Get an inside look at MGM Springfield's table games school (photos, video) | masslive.com

      Blackjack 101: Get an inside look at MGM Springfield's table games school (photos, video) | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield said Tuesday that it will reimburse tuition for students at the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute who learn two or more casino table games, pass MGM's audition and work for the new Springfield casino for at least a year.  The news came during an open house at the school, a partnership among MGM, Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College.  Classes begin Feb. 26 at 95 State St. on the MGM campus in the South End.

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    10. Greenfield worker-owned PV Squared solar firm earns national kudos

      Greenfield worker-owned PV Squared solar firm earns national kudos

      "Solar (energy) is worth looking into for everyone," Josh Hilsdon says with certainty. He is the commercial design and sales consultant for Pioneer Valley PhotoVoltaics Cooperative Inc., also known as PV Squared, an employee-owned and certified B corporation solar installation company headquartered in Greenfield. Benefits of both home and business solar energy solutions include direct ownership of equipment, long-term cost savings, spending in the local economy and eco-friendly power. "It's a strategic investment that pays for itself and is a more attractive alternative than continuing to pay utilities with no end in sight," Hilsdon says.

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    11. Home Depot looks to hire 300 in Western Massachusetts, 80,000 nationwide

      Home Depot looks to hire 300 in Western Massachusetts, 80,000 nationwide

      The Home Depot plans to hire 300 additional workers this spring in Western Massachusetts. The number includes jobs at seven stores across the region. The jobs are a mix of seasonal and permanent part-time, according to a news release from The Home Depot.  The jobs include sales and cashiers to operations and online order fulfillment.  The Home Depot has stores in Chicopee, Greenfield, Hadley, Pittsfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Wilbraham and a distribution facility in Westfield. Nationally, the chain is looking for 80,000 employees this spring. College students, retirees and veterans are encouraged to apply. The company doesn't ...

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    12. Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce draws strength in numbers for 2018: Outlook 2018...

      Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce draws strength in numbers for 2018: Outlook 2018...

      The theme for Outlook 2018 is well-chosen, and it describes, concisely and effectively, the mindset and operating philosophy of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. It works tirelessly to bring people together - not only members, but the entire business community and others working to improve quality of life in Greater Westfield - and because we come together, all these organizations and the communities they serve are stronger.

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    13. Springfield Union Station preps for a bigger, busier 2018

      Springfield Union Station preps for a bigger, busier 2018

      The people behind Springfield's Union Station knew the place was popular. But they weren't necessarily expecting 10,000 to 12,000 people over for Thanksgiving. That's just a rough estimate of the crowd that streamed through Union Station over that holiday weekend, said Paul M. Stelzer, president of Appleton Corp., a part of the O'Connell Companies, which manages the building.

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    14. Seeing is believing: Springfield prepares for MGM casino, rail car factory opening in 2018

      Seeing is believing: Springfield prepares for MGM casino, rail car factory opening in 2018

      Seeing is believing. That is the message from Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the city's development officer, Kevin Kennedy, as they describe the outlook for economic development in Springfield in 2018. One just needs to look around the city. Among dozens of projects citywide, construction plows ahead on the new $960 million MGM Springfield casino project set to open in September, the Union Station transportation center is open and growing and the CRRC USA Rail Corp. will be producing its first subway cars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority this year.

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    15. Baystate Health looks to make difference for healthcare in Western Massachusetts...

      Baystate Health looks to make difference for healthcare in Western Massachusetts...

      I grew up in Springfield, in the hospitals that would one day become Baystate Health. On Saturday mornings, I sometimes accompanied my father, Dr. Alvin Keroack, on his rounds. I absorbed a bit of what he and my mother - a nurse at Springfield Hospital (now Baystate Medical Center) - had learned about healthcare and the human condition. Like everyone else, I look back on those days as simpler times. In fact, life then was complicated, too. Many of the patients in my parents' care coped with the same stressors that challenge our families, friends, and neighbors today - factors that we now ...

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    16. Future is bright for Kringle Candle in Bernardston

      Future is bright for Kringle Candle in Bernardston

      Michael J. "Mick" Kittredge III, founder, president and CEO of Kringle Candle can look at hundreds of candles neatly lining the shelves in one of his retail store's display areas and pick out the one that has a slightly - ever-so slightly - wrinkled label. "It's all about the details," he says as he removes it from the display. It's that attention to detail that has helped Kittredge grow the business beyond his plans and expectations. What was supposed to be a small business with six or seven employees has taken off with nearly 150 employees now.

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    17. Small Business Development Center Network helps Western Mass. business grow: Viewpoint

      Small Business Development Center Network helps Western Mass. business grow: Viewpoint

      As the regional director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Western Office, my dual role as a manager and adviser allows me to coach business owners, share lessons learned and my experience to help them avoid costly mistakes. Our specialty, though, is to help our clients secure capital to buy, start or grow a business. We do this by helping them build what we refer to as "loan packages" (business plans with two or three-year proforma) to be presented to a bank or an investor. However, we could not be highly effective at our job without the support network ...

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    18. PeoplesBank's 'Innovation Series' videos spotlight entrepreneurs in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

      PeoplesBank's 'Innovation Series' videos spotlight entrepreneurs in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

      When Joseph Skinner and other civic leaders in Holyoke set out more than a century ago to establish the mutual savings bank that would become PeoplesBank, they exemplified the true spirit of collaboration and innovation.  Fast forward to 2018, and PeoplesBank holds true to those tenets as it continues its founders' mission.  'One of the reasons we are thriving is because of that collaboration and that connection to the community,' says Thomas Senecal, president and CEO of Peoples Bank. 'As a mutual institution, that's exactly what it was. Joseph Skinner got together a group of people who formed a ...

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    19. Way Finders CEO says teamwork transformed housing opportunities for Western Mass.:...

      Way Finders CEO says teamwork transformed housing opportunities for Western Mass.:...

      Way Finders has witnessed firsthand the transformative change that can be achieved when nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies join together to provide support to individuals and families in our communities. We are grateful for the commitment of many local and regional businesses that support Way Finders' services in Western Massachusetts. We could not do our work without the support of these businesses who share in our vision for building stronger, more vibrant communities and providing opportunities for people to thrive.

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    20. Westfield Bank takes stock, eyes growth after merger

      Westfield Bank takes stock, eyes growth after merger

      Sometimes bank mergers mean fewer branches, with locations closed or consolidated in the name of eliminating redundancy. But Westfield Bank and Chicopee Savings didn't close any locations in their $110 million merger. The deal, which created a larger Westfield Bank, became official in October 2016. Westfield Bank completed the transition and changed signs on all the branch locations in December of that year.

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    21. Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute designed to fit employer need

      Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute designed to fit employer need

      The Holyoke canal walk just outside the windows of the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute on Race Street was covered with fresh snow. But Warren Leigh, chairman of hospitality management and culinary arts programs at Holyoke Community College, imagines it as an outdoor dining room once the weather turns nice. There students will serve food they have prepared in the new institute, which opened for business in late January.

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    22. Chicopee to see $87 million in business investment in 2018

      Chicopee to see $87 million in business investment in 2018

      Two new hotels, a downtown mill conversion, construction of an assisted-living facility and a variety of other smaller projects will total more than $87 million in business investment in the city this year. "Last year's announcements have become this year's ribbon cuttings," Mayor Richard J. Kos says. The major project on tap for 2018 is a $45 million plan to build an about 98-room hotel, sit-down restaurant, fast food restaurant, coffee shop and gas station with a convenience store on eight acres of land off Burnett Road near the entrance to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate 291. The ...

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    23. Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Technical School partner with industry on workforce development

      Greenfield Community College, Franklin County Technical School partner with industry on workforce development

      Franklin County Technical School partners with Greenfield Community College to provide evening adult education programs in manufacturing technologies and with businesses to educate a new generation of workers and to retrain adults who are unemployed or underemployed. The ninth cohort of adult learners graduated from the advanced manufacturing CNC (computer numerical control) operator training program in December.

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    24. Bradley International Airport looks to develop routes, facilities in 2018

      Bradley International Airport looks to develop routes, facilities in 2018

      Bradley International Airport -- Springfield's gateway to the world -- competes for passengers with neighbors like LaGuardia, JFK, Newark, Rhode Island's T.F. Green and Boston's Logan. It also competes for aircraft with literally every airport in the country, all clamoring to add more flights in a marketplace where there are just too few jetliners. That's according to Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which owns and manages Bradley and five general aviation airports in the Nutmeg State. "The airlines see a lot of opportunities," he said. "What holds airlines back is availability of aircraft."

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