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    1. Editorial: Broadband race picking up speed in Springfield

      Consider the nationwide competition to become one of the test communities for Google’s new ultra-high speed, fiber-optic network. Springfield is among Massachusetts communities vying for the grand prize – the installation of an advanced data network offering access to homes and business at Internet speeds that are almost 100 times faster than Americans have access to today.
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    2. Mass. Highway Department reviewing bids for long-awaited downtown Westfield road reconstruction project

      City officials said low bids are favorable both for the city, state and region and that the $2 million saved could mean additional funding for projects here or throughout the region through the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. That agency approved the go-ahead for Westfield’s project last fall.
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    3. Holyoke City Councilor Aaron Vega says people frustrated about lack of details about planned high-performance computing center | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com

      Patrick administration officials said at the task force’s last meeting on Feb. 18 that a preferred site along the canals has been chosen for the computing center, but they were unwilling to identify the exact location.
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    4. Cost of health care, not a lack of competition, driving up costs of coverage, Mass. insurers maintain | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com

      Local health insurers said the cost of care, not a lack of competition among insurers or a thirst for profits, is driving up the cost of health care coverage. “It’s higher than last year because medical costs have gone up since last year,” said Peter F. Straley, president and CEO of Springfield-based Health New England.
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    5. Editorial: Deal to keep Titeflex a smart move by Springfield

      Today Titeflex employs only 100 at its Hendee Street plant in East Springfield, but every one of those jobs is important to the local economy. And while state and local officials recognize the need to create new jobs, they also understand that saving jobs – especially manufacturing jobs – is just as important. That’s why we’re pleased that Springfield has come up with some incentives of its own to prevent Titeflex from heeding the siren call from the South.
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    6. Springfield gives tax break to Titeflex Corp. to keep company from moving to South Carolina | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com

      Springfield gives tax break to Titeflex Corp. to keep company from moving to South Carolina | Massachusetts Local News - MassLive.com
      The city has approved a special tax incentive agreement for Titeflex Corp. that will keep the manufacturing company and its 100 employees in East Springfield rather than accepting enticements to move to South Carolina.
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    7. Western Mass. business leaders urge top state officials to restore $6 million in tourism grants

      Western Mass. business leaders urge top state officials to restore $6 million in tourism grants
      Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, said that for every dollar spent on tourism promotion and advertising, $40 comes back to the state in taxes. The state and communities collect about $250 million a year in taxes from motel rooms.
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    8. Springfield businesses banding together to help city's schools

      “It’s in the business community’s interest that we have people who are well prepared to take the jobs that we all have in our communities,” said John H. Davis. “It’s an ever-changing world and the skill levels of people coming into the work force has to be ever improving.” Davis and Nicholas A. Fyntrilakis, assistant vice president for community responsibility at MassMutual Financial Group, are co-founders of Springfield Business Leaders for Education. The 35-member group also includes executives from business mainstays such as United Bank, Big Y Foods Inc. and Baystate Health.
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