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    1. Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to host hearing on water infrastructure

      Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to host hearing on water infrastructure
      This commission is looking at fair and equitable means of financing water infrastructure investments, including the role of fees, rates, taxes, loans, grants and other financial vehicles; conservation and efficiency programs and the potential for savings through consolidation, coordination, reorganization, or regionalization.
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    2. Owner of Samuel Adams Brewing Co., Jim Koch, urges Western Massachusetts restaurant owners to take advantage of loan program

      Owner of Samuel Adams Brewing Co., Jim Koch, urges Western Massachusetts restaurant owners to take advantage of loan program
      Koch, at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, was in Northampton Friday to try to solve that problem. In the city known for its restaurants, his presence was applauded. “I think it’s a great fit,” Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Suzanne Beck said. “It’s hard to get funding in the food business. I hope some small restaurants take advantage of this.”
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    3. Two upcoming events showcase creative approaches to building local businesses

      All across the nation, business owners are banding together to come up with new approaches that will help their communities survive the economic downturn. Thanks to my work with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, headquarter at STCC, each month I get to interview college presidents across the country about what’s happening in their regions.
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    4. Pioneer Valley-grown V-One Vodka is growing into the Boston market | masslive.com

      Pioneer Valley-grown V-One Vodka is growing into the Boston market | masslive.com
      Kozub, 36, started V-one five years ago in his basement drawing off his Polish heritage, his father’s business skills and his grandfather’s tales of moonshining in Chicopee during prohibition. Last March, V-one was named one of six double-gold winners at the San Francisco World Spirits Competitions besting such well-known brands as Stolchinaya and Belvedere. The next day Kozub’s website went from 2,000 hits a day to more than 4,000 hits a day.
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    5. Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership gets $4.2 million to boost Knowledge Corridor | masslive.com

      Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership gets $4.2 million to boost Knowledge Corridor | masslive.com
      “It’s transportation connected to housing and housing connected to environmental quality,” said Timothy W. Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. “What we’re trying to do is take Springfield and Hartford and make them the twin cities of the Knowledge Corridor much like Minneapolis and St. Paul are in Minnesota.”
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    6. UMass celebrates new $156.5 million laboratory science building; gets word of state aid for new classroom building

      UMass celebrates new $156.5 million laboratory science building; gets word of state aid for new classroom building
      Michael F. Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, said earlier this week said that the Integrated Sciences Building is focused on teaching and the new building will provide research space for graduate students and faculty. The building “will be heavily focused on life science. It’s a good growth area for us,” Malone said. The state, he added, “has a set a priority for the life sciences. We want to be part of that.”
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    7. Foreclosures in Springfield higher than any other city in Massachusetts: City's unemployment rate drops from 14% to 13.3%

      Unemployment in Massachusetts fell last month from 8.8 percent in August to 8.4 percent in September, its biggest drop since January 1976, the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said in a separate announcement. The national unemployment rate is higher at 9.6 percent.
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    8. Seahorse Bioscience in Chicopee hopes to help researchers find causes of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Parksonson's, Alzheimer's and obesity

      Seahorse Bioscience in Chicopee hopes to help researchers find causes of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, Parksonson's, Alzheimer's and obesity
      Teich said Billerica-based Seahorse first came to Chicopee in 2004 because of the high concentration of sophisticated plastics-molding companies located there. Within six months, Seahorse bought out its supplier and has since grown the operation from a $1.5-million-a-year business to $20 million a year with 50 employees. Teich said Seahorse has added $2 million in annual payroll in the last year, most of it in Chicopee.
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    9. Springfield area merchants to showcase services at 4th annual Latino Expo

      The event will feature more than 40 vendors offering financial, health, educational and employment information. It will also include a job fair; “We have companies looking to hire about 60 employees, so it is a good opportunity for people to see what is available out there,” Gonzalez said. Its sponsors include Baystate Health, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, the city’s Health & Human Services Department and the March of Dimes of Western Massachusetts.
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    10. Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton cites rising costs, decreased revenues for up to 60 job cuts

      Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton cites rising costs, decreased revenues for up to 60 job cuts
      Hospital officials say as many a 60 positions will be eliminated over the next several months. It marks the fourth time in the last two years that Cooley Dickinson has eliminated jobs to keep its financial ship afloat and brings the total job loss to nearly 200 since June 2008. The hospital currently has 1,770 employees.
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    11. High-end Northampton millworks report business up | masslive.com

      High-end Northampton millworks report business up | masslive.com
      Two of the city’s largest millworks and custom woodshops report that, despite dreary economic indicators for much of the country, their businesses have weathered the past two years and even picked up a bit of steam over the past 10 months. Wright Architectural Millwork and VCA Inc. both say modest hiring may even follow suit.
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