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    1. Amtrak returns to Union Station concourse, new platform expected to open in four weeks

      Amtrak returns to Union Station concourse, new platform expected to open in four weeks

      Amtrak showed off its new ticket window Monday and checked luggage drop-off on the first floor of Union Station. The counter moves Amtrak customer service to the main concourse with the Peter Pan and Greyhound counters and vending machines selling tickets for both CTrail’s Hartford Line and its connecting Metro-North service. Amtrak is now just down the corridor from the PVTA intracity bus counter.

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    2. Fortune 500: Where did Massachusetts companies like MassMutual and General Electric rank? - masslive.com

      Fortune 500: Where did Massachusetts companies like MassMutual and General Electric rank? - masslive.com

      MassMutual is No. 84 on the Fortune 500 list of the largest companies, with $39.2 billion in revenue and $398 million in profits.  The prestigious list came out in the June edition of the magazine and online this week.  It’s MassMutual’s 25th year on the list, Fortune said. Last year it was ranked at 93. MassMutual has been in the coveted Fortune 100 since 2013.

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    3. White Lion Brewing seeks Springfield City Council OK for downtown brewery, tap room

      White Lion Brewing seeks Springfield City Council OK for downtown brewery, tap room

      White Lion Brewing goes before the Springfield City Council June 24 for the special permit it needs to build a brewery and tap room in Tower Square. City Council hearings begin at 6:30 in City Hall. White Lion needs a special permit for light manufacturing in a Business C zone, a zone that normally wouldn’t allow that type of use, said White Lion general manager and founder Raymond Berry.

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    4. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      Employers will gather Monday at Springfield Technical Community College to talk about preparing potential applicants for jobs that businesses are having trouble filling. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is the keynote speaker. The event is organized by the college and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, a local trade organization of precision manufacturers.

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    5. Wellfleet insurance moving into ‘inspirational’ space in Springfield’s Tower Square; name will appear on building

      Wellfleet insurance moving into ‘inspirational’ space in Springfield’s Tower Square; name will appear on building

      Wellfleet’s new office space on the 10th, 11th and 12th floors of Tower Square is “inspirational”, company president and CEO Drew DiGiorgio said Friday at a news conference formally announcing the company’s move downtown. Wellfleet has outgrown its space on Roosevelt Avenue and is expanding to Tower Square, taking over about 50,000 square feet of office space in the 28-floor tower. MassMutual subsidiary Barings previously occupied the space.

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    6. 'It will pass the House’: U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he’ll introduce resolution to stop President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexico

      'It will pass the House’: U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he’ll introduce resolution to stop President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexico

      Neal, a Springfield Democrat and chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee, delivered a keynote address at the annual meeting of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council. A resolution of disapproval is a way for Congress to overturn a new federal agency rule, and Neal said the move could block the tariffs. He said he is working in consultation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

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    7. People in Business: Big Y’s Real Estate and Development group welcomes Colin M. D’Amour

      People in Business: Big Y’s Real Estate and Development group welcomes Colin M. D’Amour

      Big Y Foods, Inc. has announced the appointment of Colin M. D’Amour as a senior manager of procurement within Big Y’s Real Estate and Development team. In this role, he is responsible for managing all aspects of purchasing and equipment buying for the company’s 80 plus locations. As part of their Real Estate Committee, he is involved in evaluating viable expansion opportunities across all operating formats including Big Y World Class Markets, Fresh Acres, Table & Vine and Big Y Express divisions.

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    8. New Springfield Chief Development officer Timothy Sheehan says it’s not about the buildings -- it’s about community impact

      New Springfield Chief Development officer Timothy Sheehan says it’s not about the buildings -- it’s about community impact

      For Timothy T. Sheehan, the city’s new chief development officer, economic development isn’t just about bricks and mortar for the sake of construction. "It's about what the building means to the community," Sheehan said Wednesday following an introductory news conference at Springfield City Hall. "Those buildings can mean jobs, they can mean excitement for our community. They can mean entertainment and residents and feet on the street."

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    9. Federal $3.1 million road grant set to benefit ongoing Ludlow Mills redevelopment project

      Federal $3.1 million road grant set to benefit ongoing Ludlow Mills redevelopment project

      U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the department’s Economic Development Administration is earmarking the federal funds for improvements to Riverside Drive, tying into the mixed-use mill project. The $3.1 million grant "will bring the Riverside Drive project at Ludlow Mills one step closer to completion," said U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield.

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    10. Mercy Medical Center names Dr. Robert Roose chief medical officer - masslive.com

      Mercy Medical Center names Dr. Robert Roose chief medical officer - masslive.com

      Dr. Robert Roose, well-known in the commonwealth for his expertise in the area of substance abuse disorders, has been named chief medical officer for Mercy Medical Center, which is part of Hartford-based Trinity Health Of New England.  Roose, who most recently served as Trinity’s regional chief of addiction medicine and recovery services, fills the position left vacant in February by the departure of Dr. Mark Dumais.

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    11. Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      With $287,000 in state grant money, two local companies are having employees trained through Training & Workforce Options, a collaborative workforce development program at Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College.Westfield-based firearms manufacturer Savage Arms received $238,485 from the state’s Workforce Training Fund for customized training for 67 workers, according to a press release. Employees are training now on computer numerical control (CNC) machines at STCC’s Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center, a machine-tool lab and classroom complex at the Springfield Technology Park.

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    12. Kevin Kennedy retirement: Springfield tornado, gas explosion ‘brought people together,’ spurred economic development

      Kevin Kennedy retirement: Springfield tornado, gas explosion ‘brought people together,’ spurred economic development

      Springfield has seen some big projects in Kevin Kennedy’s time as chief development officer — Union Station, the MGM casino, CRRC and its rail car factory on Page Boulevard. The city has absorbed some heavy blows as well: the 2011 tornado and the 2012 gas explosion most prominent among them.

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    13. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center offers startup money for new tech companies

      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center offers startup money for new tech companies

      Life sciences startups in Springfield, Amherst, Pittsfield, Lowell and Worcester can now get as much as $250,000 in early investment money through a new program announced Monday by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center said its new Seed Fund will have $1 million available in its first year.

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    14. Baystate Health hails $4M grant for clinical trial centers in Springfield, Greenfield: ‘It’s about hope for patients’

      Baystate Health hails $4M grant for clinical trial centers in Springfield, Greenfield: ‘It’s about hope for patients’

      Baystate Health has received $3.95 million from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to build units for clinical trials in Springfield and at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield that will increase local patients’ access to groundbreaking drug therapies, medical devices and electronic technology that’s now only available in Boston or New Haven.

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    15. Housing development could be headed for Springfield Plaza as owner looks to move on from ailing retail economy

      Housing development could be headed for Springfield Plaza as owner looks to move on from ailing retail economy

      The owners of Springfield Plaza think housing might be a viable redevelopment option for at least parts of the sprawling 72-acre complex in the city’s Liberty Heights neighborhood. “That property needs to transition into uses that are more in demand,” said Charles Irving, president of Boston-based Davenport Companies, one of the owners of the plaza and the company that takes the lead in managing the property. “Retail is suffering.”

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    16. Westfield State, STCC announce biotechnology partnership

      Westfield State, STCC announce biotechnology partnership

      Springfield Technical Community College biotechnology students will soon have a seamless transition into the bachelor’s degree biology program at Westfield State University. The two colleges plan to announce Monday an agreement that allows graduates of Springfield Technical Community College’s biotechnology program to move directly into the bachelor of science degree program in biology with a concentration in biotechnology at Westfield State.

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    17. CVS breaks ground near MGM Springfield; looks to close its Tower Square pharmacy

      CVS breaks ground near MGM Springfield; looks to close its Tower Square pharmacy

      City officials gathered Thursday for a ceremonial groundbreaking at Davenport Square and its $2 million CVS drugstore, which is set to open in November on Main Street in the city’s South End. The event came nearly eight years after a devastating June 1, 2011 tornado ripped through the neighborhood and just nine months after the opening of MGM Springfield across the street. "It's MGM that gave CVS the confidence to look at this neighborhood," said Charles Irving of Boston-based Davenport Companies, developer of Davenport Square.

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    18. Lorilil Jewelers renovates Tower Square shop, adding store near MGM Springfield

      Lorilil Jewelers renovates Tower Square shop, adding store near MGM Springfield

      Since MGM Springfield opened in August, Victor Oundjian, general manager of Lorilil Jewelers, has noticed new customers, casino visitors, walking past his shop a few blocks north at Tower Square. This summer, Lorilil, a Tower Square staple since 1991, will open a second Springfield shop at 1095 Main St. The new store’s wide storefront window provides a panorama of the MGM Plaza outdoor event space.

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    19. Developer eyes Vibra Hospital property on State Street in Springfield; state’s contract for mental-health unit runs out in 2020

      Developer eyes Vibra Hospital property on State Street in Springfield; state’s contract for mental-health unit runs out in 2020

      A Chicago-area developer says he has an agreement in place to buy Vibra Hospital and convert the building into housing once the hospital closes next year. The state’s contract with Vibra to operate a 30-bed mental health unit at the 1400 State St. hospital expires at the end of June 2020. Vibra has talked for years of its desire to close its Springfield operation. Vibra Healthcare, based in Pennsylvania, announced in 2017 its plans to close the 400,000-square-foot hospital, in part because of the difficulty of maintaining the 1950s-era building.

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    20. MassMutual, 800 Springfield middle school students, celebrate financial literacy

      MassMutual, 800 Springfield middle school students, celebrate financial literacy

      It’s not enough to earn the money, says 13-year-old Aidan Quee of Springfield. You must know how to spend, and more importantly save, that money as well. "Budgeting is the most important thing," Quee, a seventh grader at the Springfield Renaissance School, said. "In the future I'm going to have to save for things I need, like books for school." Quee was one of the 800 Springfield students from 10 schools Wednesday, who attended a celebration of their having completed the MassMutual Foundation’s FutureSmart — a financial education program developed for middle school students.

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    21. New Valley Bank & Trust Co., first Springfield bank in 11 years, opens Thursday

      New Valley Bank & Trust Co., first Springfield bank in 11 years, opens Thursday

      New Valley Bank & Trust Co., the first startup bank in Springfield in 11 years, will begin opening accountsand accepting deposits on Thursday, May 30. New Valley — the only bank with its headquarters in Springfield — received its final regulatory approval, this one from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, on Wednesday.

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