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    1. Planned East Forest Park library in Springfield gets boost from MassMutual Foundation

      Planned East Forest Park library in Springfield gets boost from MassMutual Foundation

      The soon-to-be-constructed East Forest Park Library got a $250,000 boost Thursday from a MassMutual Foundation pledge toward the $2 million Promise Realized Capital Campaign to help build and equip the new branch. In September, the City Council voted unanimously to authorize a $9.5 million bond order for the library project. That cost will be partially reimbursed by a recently announced $4.9 million grant from the state Board of Library Commissioners.

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    2. Vendors at diversity fair get peek inside Springfield's CRRC factory, which starts MBTA Orange Line car production next month (photos)

      Vendors at diversity fair get peek inside Springfield's CRRC factory, which starts MBTA Orange Line car production next month (photos)

      The CRRC MA rail car manufacturing company drew a large, diverse crowd of vendors and suppliers to its $95 million factory Thursday to discuss work opportunities there and with other participating firms. CRRC hosted the outreach event for minority- and women-owned businesses at its Page Boulevard factory, the final such event before production begins, officials said. The Chinese-owned company will start building new cars for the MBTA Orange Line in April at the 204,000 square-foot factory floor.

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    3. 'A lot of excitement' as MGM Springfield prepares to hire 800 food and beverage workers (photos, video)

      'A lot of excitement' as MGM Springfield prepares to hire 800 food and beverage workers (photos, video)

      The MGM Springfield casino, preparing to hire 800 food and beverage workers, held an open house Thursday to meet and share information with future applicants. The event at the MassMutual Center took on the flavor of a job fair as Western Massachusetts and Connecticut residents participated. They were greeted by MGM officials and representatives of the restaurants and other food and beverage establishments opening at the casino.

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    4. 'The Song Remains the Same' art exhibit opens in downtown Springfield to highlight the...

      'The Song Remains the Same' art exhibit opens in downtown Springfield to highlight the...

      An art exhibit that takes a look back at life during the 1960s and 1970s opened Wednesday night in the Exhibit Hall of the MassMutual Center in Springfield. A collection of 8-to-12-foot murals adorn the walls of the center as they offer a colorful journey through the time period that helped define a generation and change the culture and social makeup of that era. The title of the show was taken from a Led Zeppelin concert movie, and the art will be on display during public events or by appointment until April 20.

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    5. Still recovering from flood, Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts offers scholarships, plans dinner

      Still recovering from flood, Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts offers scholarships, plans dinner

      While the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts recovers from a devastating flood that rendered its building unusable, the 400-member club is still hosting dinners and running its scholarship program. Board member Lucille Brindisi said the Italian Cultural Center, based at 56 Margaret St., is offering scholarships to high school seniors who are pursuing higher education.

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    6. Springfield unemployment rate steady; jobs, labor force up

      Springfield unemployment rate steady; jobs, labor force up

      The city's unemployment rate crept downward in February by a tenth of a percentage point, to 6.6 percent, from 6.7 percent in January. The city's jobless rate was higher a year ago at this time: 7.3 percent. Local unemployment rates are not adjusted for seasonal changes in the economy. So a year-over-year number is a more accurate snapshot of the local jobs market. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released updated figures Wednesday.

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    7. How to spend Community Preservation Act money subject of Holyoke forum April 18

      How to spend Community Preservation Act money subject of Holyoke forum April 18

      The board that will advise the City Council about how to spend money raised through the Community Preservation Act will hold a public forum April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center, 291 Pine St. "The Committee will be explaining what types of projects are eligible and then we will gather recommendations from the public as to where they want to see the funding used on behalf of the city," said Elaine A. Pluta, chairwoman of the Community Preservation Act Committee. "We will also have a survey available that night and also available online," said Pluta ...

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    8. 'The New Springfield': Investment in city now $3.76 billion since tornado

      'The New Springfield': Investment in city now $3.76 billion since tornado

      Public and private investment in the city since the tornado of June 2011 now totals more than $3.76 billion, Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said Tuesday during a presentation at CityStage. Kennedy gave an economic development update to the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce at his "The New Springfield: Now Arriving" program. The $3.76 billion number is up $453 million since Kennedy's most recent CityStage update in November 2016.

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    9. Former Southworth building in Agawam sold; new owners plan to subdivide it for industrial use

      Former Southworth building in Agawam sold; new owners plan to subdivide it for industrial use

      Investors have finalized their purchase of the former Southworth Paper factory and headquarters for $1.9 million. Southworth is liquidating its assets and will likely sell its former mill in the Turners Falls section of Montague at auction. That transaction is pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield. In Agawam, the new owners of the 146,000-square-foot plant at 265 Main St., PCT Realty Venture, plan to allow a tenant to keep operating there and to rent out the rest of the building for manufacturing or warehouse uses.

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    10. 'The New Springfield is Arriving' progress report features Sec. Jay Ash

      'The New Springfield is Arriving' progress report features Sec. Jay Ash

      Encouraged by recent good news from MassMutual, Big Y and others, city Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy is giving another of his regular updates. The event, called "The New Springfield Is Arriving," takes its name from Springfield's Union Station and the new CTRail commuter rail service. The presentation runs from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at CityStage, One Columbus Center, Springfield. The event is free. Parking is free in the adjacent garage. State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash is will also speak. Ash helped secure a deal earlier this year that will bring 1,500 MassMutual jobs ...

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    11. People in Business: Trinity Health Of New England names Dr. Reginald J. Eadie as the new President and Chief Executive Officer

      People in Business: Trinity Health Of New England names Dr. Reginald J. Eadie as the new President and Chief Executive Officer

      Reginald J. Eadie, M.D., MBA, has officially taken the reins as President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Health of New England, named to the position in Jan., Dr. Eadie succeeds Roger Spoelman, who has been serving in an interim capacity since the prior President and CEO, Christopher Dadlez, steeped down at the end of 2017. Board-certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Eadie has 20 years of health care experience that includes numerous leadership roles such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Medical Officer. he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Regional Chief Operating Officer ...

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    12. People in Business: Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, appointed to the 2018 Board of Directors of State Colleges and Universities

      People in Business: Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, appointed to the 2018 Board of Directors of State Colleges and Universities

      Westfield State University President Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D., has been appointed to the 2018 board of Directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Board members, work together on national issues important to higher education to ensure that institutions have the resources and support they need to fulfill their missions.  Dr. Torrecilha is Westfield State's 20th president, appointed in Dec. 2015 and formally invested in Oct. 2016. A first generation college student and graduate of public higher education, Dr. Torrecilha, is a seasoned leader who has worked to build successful programs to support student success ...

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    13. Valley Venture Mentors software startup Cambridge Blockchain opens office in Paris

      Valley Venture Mentors software startup Cambridge Blockchain opens office in Paris

      Massachusetts software startup Cambridge Blockchain recently opened a new office - in Paris. While most of the firm's sales to date have been in Europe, CEO Matthew Commons says they have every intention on maintaining a presence in the Bay State. Cambridge Blockchain's platform allows financial institutions to meet the strictest new data privacy rules, eliminate redundant identity compliance checks and improve the customer experience. Blockchain - which is essentially a shared databased protected and secured by cryptology and blockchain technology - can store validation information about a person's identity. A user can use the application as a secure way ...

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    14. Owner says $41 million rehab of Paramount Theater-Massasoit property in downtown Springfield set to begin

      Owner says $41 million rehab of Paramount Theater-Massasoit property in downtown Springfield set to begin

      Developer Heriberto Flores said his agency anticipates launching a $41 million redevelopment project in June of the historic Paramount Theater and Massasoit building, seen as a key component of downtown revitalization efforts. Flores, president of the New England Farm Workers Council, which owns the Paramount/Massasoit property, said the extensive rehabilitation project will begin with replacement of the roof, needed to protect the site from further deterioration. The Farm Workers Council is investing private and public funds, including state and federal tax credits, to restore the Paramount as a 1,750-seat performing arts center and the attached Massasoit building as ...

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    15. Westfield Bank relocating within Springfield's Tower Square

      Westfield Bank relocating within Springfield's Tower Square

      Westfield Bank is preparing to move from one space on the first floor of Tower Square to another. The current Westfield Bank office will go back on the market as available space for a new tenant, said Annette Scheidecker, director of marketing for Tower Square. Westfield Bank's current office space is just inside one of the Tower Square Main Street entrances. The new location is deeper inside the complex

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    16. Interconnected network of community-based programs helps lift Springfield graduation rate...

      Interconnected network of community-based programs helps lift Springfield graduation rate...

      As reported by the Springfield Republican, the graduation rate within the Springfield Public Schools has grown by over 20 percentage points since 2012. This dramatic and sustained increase represents a phenomenal turnaround and an important win for our community. For students who previously might not have completed school, their graduation represents expanded opportunity for employment, earnings, higher learning and overall quality of life. For our community as a whole, the benefits are also enormous. Graduation rates correlate directly to positive economic development, and help us shrink the skills gap between available jobs and those who seek them. These successes also ...

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    17. Massachusetts adds 13K jobs in February, unemployment steady at 3.5 percent

      Massachusetts adds 13K jobs in February, unemployment steady at 3.5 percent

      Massachusetts added 13,700 jobs last month, including 13,100 private-sector jobs, according to statistics released Friday by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Payrolls were up  in 11 states -- including Massachusetts --  and was essentially unchanged in 39 states and the District, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Massachusetts, the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.5 percent on the month. That's six-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

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    18. AIC hosts more than 100 employers for all-college career fair March 28

      AIC hosts more than 100 employers for all-college career fair March 28

      American International College expects more than 100 employers on campus at the the annual College Career Centers of Western Mass (CCCWM) Career Fair March 28 in the Henry A. Butova Gymnasium, 125 Cortland St. MGM Springfield will present a casino employment information session from 10-11:30 a.m. The job fair runs from from noon until 3 p.m. Employers are offering both jobs and internships.

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    19. West Springfield shoe and clothing store Skechers opens

      West Springfield shoe and clothing store Skechers opens

      The Skechers outlet store in the Century Center on Memorial Drive in West Springfield opened last weekend, according to an email Thursday from landlords Century Investment Co. The 219 Memorial Ave. location is the brand's first store in Greater Springfield. It is planning a grand opening April 27. Plaza owner Andrew Cohen said the store has about 35 employees. The Skecher's location previously was a Party City and had recently hosted a seasonal Spirit Halloween store.  There is another Skechers at the Lee Premium Outlets in Berkshire County.

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    20. Trade secrets, copyright topics of workshops offered by SPARK Holyoke

      Trade secrets, copyright topics of workshops offered by SPARK Holyoke

      Workshops on topics such as intellectual property, copyright and trade secrets will be offered March 28 and April 4 by the SPARK Holyoke business catalyst program. ""It doesn't matter what stage you're at in owning a business, whether you're brand new or have been successful for years, there's always room for more education and growth," Program Director Tessa Murphy-Romboletti said Thursday. Both days' workshops will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Picknelly Center, 402 Maple St. Each workshop costs $15 to attend, she said.

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    21. John Hesslein promoted at Western Mass News

      John Hesslein promoted at Western Mass News

      Meredith Corp. promoted John Hesslein to vice president and general manager at Western Mass News, Meredith's CBS, ABC and Fox affiliates based in Springfield. The new job is effective immediately, and Hesslein will report to Patrick McCreery, Meredith Local Media Group executive vice president, according to a press release.  Hesslein has served as the station manager and general sales manager since 2014. He's worked for WSHM-TV CBS-3 and Meredith for more than 13 years.  "John has overseen many exciting enhancements at our Springfield stations, including the launch and growth of our Western Mass News team," McCreery said. "I ...

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    22. Security with a smile: 1st class graduates from Cambridge College program sponsored by MGM Springfield

      Security with a smile: 1st class graduates from Cambridge College program sponsored by MGM Springfield

      Henry Agudelo, of Feeding Hills, thought he knew security from his years as a correctional officer in Connecticut, as an undercover officer for the USDA investigating food stamp fraud and his time as a soldier. What he learned over the last three weeks, however, was working security with a smile. "There are a lot more similes," Agudelo, 45, said Wednesday after graduating with the first class of Cambridge College's Hospitality Pre-Apprentice Program.

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    23. Businesses pledge $400K toward Springfield 'image campaign,' pending city's contribution

      Businesses pledge $400K toward Springfield 'image campaign,' pending city's contribution

      A top economic development official told city councilors this week the business community is ready to contribute $400,000 toward a $1 million "image campaign" to promote Springfield if the city contributes $100,000. In addition, Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, said he expects that combined total of $500,000 in cash would be matched by in-kind contributions from media organizations including The Republican, MassLive, WWLP 22 News, Western Mass News, along with Comcast.

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