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    1. CISA marks 25 years of growing Local Heroes in Western Massachusetts (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      CISA marks 25 years of growing Local Heroes in Western Massachusetts (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      One way that farmers and their advocates responded to these challenges was to create CISA and our flagship marketing campaign, Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown. This effort, which uses mainstream media and marketing techniques to build broad community support for local farms, combined with the individual efforts of local farm businesses, changed the face of agriculture in the Pioneer Valley.

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    2. Baystate Health-UMass Medical docs-in-training learn to 'heal at home' in Springfield:...

      Baystate Health-UMass Medical docs-in-training learn to 'heal at home' in Springfield:...

      For almost two years now, Springfield has been the home of a thriving branch of the Worcester-based University of Massachusetts Medical School, one with the aptly named acronym PURCH. Forty-six first- and second-year medical students are now enrolled in Baystate Health's PURCH program, which stands for Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health. The diverse group of students, including several from Springfield, came up with the name when the program was considering its niche, according to Dr. Kevin Hinchey, chief education officer at Baystate Health.

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    3. Entrepreneurship is alive, thriving across Western Mass.: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint Kristin Leutz

      Entrepreneurship is alive, thriving across Western Mass.: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint Kristin Leutz

      My colleagues at Valley Venture Mentors (VVM), a volunteer-driven mentorship and acceleration program, have helped over 200 "infant" companies start their journey in Western Massachusetts. To date, these companies have grown and raised over $28 million in revenue, $23 million in investments, and created over 600 jobs last year.

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    4. MachineMetrics raises $11.3M, plans to boost workforce, focus on global sales

      MachineMetrics raises $11.3M, plans to boost workforce, focus on global sales

      Picture the scene: A factory floor buzzing with machinery, cranking out parts efficiently and quickly. Suddenly, everything grinds to a halt. The machines stop working. Supervisors scurry to figure out the problem. But imagine having the technology that could predict when errors would arise, when machines would fail. That's where MachineMetrics, an industrial Internet of Things startup that specializes in predictive analytics for manufacturers, enters the picture. "We can notify a customer if something is going to happen," CEO William M. Bither said recently. "We've detected a half hour before an actual tool was going to fail that ...

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    5. Springfield Regional Chamber wants to be catalyst for continued growth (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Springfield Regional Chamber wants to be catalyst for continued growth (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      There is new energy in downtown Springfield. Sidewalks are filled with visitors and MGM employees, many of whom live downtown. Along Main Street, new businesses have launched and others are slated to open in 2019. MGM has put a spring in Springfield's step, and downtown has become a vibrant destination. Further north, the Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute opened in the Cubit Building in Holyoke, and Mercedes-Benz of Springfield opened a new dealership in Chicopee.

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    6. Economic Development Council chief says education drives strong Western Massachusetts economy (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Economic Development Council chief says education drives strong Western Massachusetts economy (Outlook 2019 Viewpoint)

      Western Massachusetts is fortunate to be home to some of the best colleges and universities, strong public and private secondary schools and technical programs in the country. Therefore, as a region, we are in position to meet the current and future needs of the business community. The major asset of the Western Massachusetts region is the presence of so many world-class colleges and universities. These institutions are educating and training the very talent that private business is seeking.

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    7. Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint

      Holyoke Medical Center, Valley Health focuses culture on innovation: Outlook 2019 Viewpoint

      Progress, innovation, advancement, development; whatever words we use to describe humanity's march to an improved future state doesn't happen without learning. Learning is the essential ingredient for progress and innovation. Health care is no different. In fact, in healthcare, progress and innovation are happening at an ever accelerating pace. In 2018, Holyoke Medical Center marked its 125th year of continuous operation. It is a history very rich in experiences, lessons and advancement. Those years have afforded the medical center and the entire Valley Health System, many opportunities to learn and to teach.

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    8. Bay Path University's cybersecurity graduates well-positioned for jobs in burgeoning field

      Bay Path University's cybersecurity graduates well-positioned for jobs in burgeoning field

      There are currently 9,000 unfilled positions in major companies looking for cybersecurity experts - and Bay Path University's women graduates are uniquely well-qualified to help fill them, according to the university's associate provost. "Bay Path may be the first school in the country - certainly it's the first women's college - to offer a master's (degree program) in cybersecurity management," says Tom Loper, associate provost and dean of the school of arts, sciences and management.

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    9. Wmas, Whll radio stations in Springfield sold to Entercom Communications

      Wmas, Whll radio stations in Springfield sold to Entercom Communications

      Entercom Communications Corp. announced Thursday it will acquire WMAS-FM, 94.7, and WHLL-AM, 1450 (formerly WMAS-AM), as well as a New York City FM station from Cumulus Media Inc. in exchange for Entercom’s three-station cluster in Indianapolis. “We are excited to add NASH FM 94.7 to our outstanding lineup in New York City and to add WMAS and WHLL to our cluster in Springfield. These additions will enhance our ability to serve our listeners, partners and communities,” said David Field, Chairman, president and chief executive officer at Entercom in a prepared statement. “We are saddened to part ways ...

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    10. River Valley Market, seeking permit for new store, to appear before Easthampton Planning...

      River Valley Market, seeking permit for new store, to appear before Easthampton Planning...

      River Valley Market will appear before the Easthampton Planning Board on Feb. 19 for a continued public hearing on its plans for a 22,000 square-foot supermarket building at 220, 228 and 232 Northampton St. The Route 10 site, approximately 10 acres, contains the former Fedor auto dealership building, which would be torn down. It also contains Captain Jack's Roadside Shack. The popular seafood stand is proposed to remain and be incorporated into the new site design, according River Valley Market's special permit application.

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    11. Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

      Rail car maker Crrc Ma to build warehouse at East Springfield factory

      CRRC MA plans to build a 42,500-square-foot warehouse at its Page Boulevard factory to house large components like wheel and motor assemblies and HVAC components for the transit cars it builds there. CRRC is selecting contractors now and completion is expected in August, said Lydia Rivera, a CRRC MA spokeswoman. It’s the first major expansion of the East Springfield facility, which began production in late 2018. CRRC also has an office building on the site that was once part of the old Westinghouse complex.

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    12. Robert Kelley named Big E director of operations

      Robert Kelley named Big E director of operations

      Robert Kelley, of Westfield, has been named director of operations for the Eastern States Exposition, home to the annual Big E fair. “Bob knows the 175 acres of Eastern States Exposition better than anyone in the history of the company," Gene Cassidy, Eastern States Exposition president and CEO, said. "He is resourceful, conscientious and has a vast knowledge of the infrastructure and operation of our physical plant and its many nuances and challenges.”

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    13. Lego Systems Inc. builds on partnership with Square One children in Springfield with gift...

      Lego Systems Inc. builds on partnership with Square One children in Springfield with gift...

      When 20 representatives of Lego Systems Inc. spent a play date with children from Square One's Tommie Johnson Child & Family Center last fall, they promised they'd be back with a big surprise. On Tuesday -- to the delight of children and teachers -- Lego's community engagement division delivered on that promise as company executives and designers unveiled an eye-popping new Lego-themed playroom in the basement of Square One's 255 King St. facility. "It's truly transformational," Square One CEO Joan Kagan said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new playscape.

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    14. State estimates $29.5 million to $37.8 million cost for new MassPike exit between Lee and Westfield

      State estimates $29.5 million to $37.8 million cost for new MassPike exit between Lee and Westfield

      It’ll cost between $29.5 million and $37.8 million to build new highway exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) between Exit 2 in Lee and Exit 3 in Westfield, according to recently released Massachusetts Department of Transportation cost estimates. To supporters like state Sen. Donald Humason, R-Westfield, the new exit is a chance to bring people and investment to the lagging Hilltowns and solve a nagging rush-hour traffic snarl at Exit 3.

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    15. EduCare Springfield prepares to open state-of-the-art early childhood center

      EduCare Springfield prepares to open state-of-the-art early childhood center

      Educare Springfield - a $14 million, nationally recognized early childhood center under construction in the Old Hill neighborhood, one of the poorest in the city - will open this fall, serving 141 children and their families who will be selected from the region's Head Start program. The Davis Foundation, an early childhood education advocate, is the lead partner in pushing for the new center, which will be one of 25 Educare centers operating in 15 states - plus one in Washington, D.C. and another in the Winnebago nation - supported by the Buffett Early Childhood Fund.

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    16. Holyoke commission deems 43 Canal St. historically significant; community center planned

      Holyoke commission deems 43 Canal St. historically significant; community center planned

      OneHolyoke, a nonprofit housing organization, bought the 1840s row house in February 2018 and plans to use it as a community center. Executive Director Michael Moriarty said the historic designation would help in obtaining official recognition by the state, which would enable it to receive preservation grant funding.  OneHolyoke will seek a $55,000 Community Preservation Act Grant to renovate the row house. The Holyoke Community Preservation Act Committee administers the grants.

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    17. Hangar Pub and Grill owner buying Michael’s Pasta In The Pan in Agawam

      Hangar Pub and Grill owner buying Michael’s Pasta In The Pan in Agawam

      The owner of The Hangar Pub and Grill chain is in the process of buying Michael’s Pasta In The Pan at 395 River Road. Employees at the Agawam restaurant said Monday they don’t know when Michael’s is closing. However, employees at the Wilbraham location on 2133 Boston Road, said that location will remain open. The Agawam Liquor License Commission will conduct a hearing on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the public library on the sale of the liquor license, according to a legal advertisement placed with The Republican. Neither Michael’s owner Michael B ...

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    18. Baystate Health Foundation receives $26K grant for Palmer emergency department

      Baystate Health Foundation receives $26K grant for Palmer emergency department

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts awarded Baystate Health Foundation a $26,000 Capital Grant to purchase two patient monitors for the recently opened Baystate Wing Hospital Emergency Department in Palmer. The Phillips IntelliVue MX450 portable patient monitors will allow team members to quickly check vital signs on one screen, including blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate.  That data then moves with patients to their next phase of treatment, if required.

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    19. Bradley International Airport plans construction, added flights and services in 2019 | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport plans construction, added flights and services in 2019 | masslive.com

      Bradley had more than 6 million passengers in 2018 and saw its passenger arrival and departure stats up about 3.7 percent heading into the busy holiday season.  It’ll be a busy year for the Connecticut Airport Authority and Bradley as they try to add more destinations, airlines and routes. It’s a process Dillon said he hopes will continue the good momentum from 2018. He’s also planning facility upgrades designed to add passenger comfort, increase crowd capacity and put off the need for an expensive second terminal at Bradley for as long as possible.

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    20. Job market bright for graduates of UMass Center's accelerated nursing baccalaureate degree...

      Job market bright for graduates of UMass Center's accelerated nursing baccalaureate degree...

      Howett, is the assistant dean of the accelerated bachelor's degree program in nursing at the UMass Center at Springfield, where she is excited about helping others make a career shift to a field that is both rewarding and in great demand. "People who choose to go into nursing long for that patient connection," she says. "They are highly motivated. They have their eyes on the prize." Students who enroll in the fast-track program must already hold a bachelor's degree to apply, according to Howett. Their previous bachelor's degrees run the gamut - from political science to journalism and ...

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    21. Western Massachusetts manufacturers, workforce boards team to meet future staffing needs

      Western Massachusetts manufacturers, workforce boards team to meet future staffing needs

      Advanced manufacturing is a priority industry in the Pioneer Valley region. The member companies of the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association are primarily small and medium sized enterprises that are part of a supply chain engaged in producing precision mechanical parts, components, and sub-assemblies utilizing high technology equipment, lean manufacturing, and world-class innovation technology development.

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    22. Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce innovates for the future

      Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce innovates for the future

      First, in 2018, the chamber began staging quarterly meetings with a segment of its membership -- the downtown businesses -- to bring value to a group of members who share common challenges and opportunities, and who could work together to affect positive changes to our historic central business district.

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    23. Springfield-built Orange Line cars get first daytime T tryout

      Springfield-built Orange Line cars get first daytime T tryout

      The T tested Springfield-built Orange Line trains for the first time Friday during regular service hours, giving Boston commuters their first glimpse of the new cars from CRRC MA.The MBTA has been testing the cars for months, said spokesman Joe Pesaturo. But Friday was the first time they were tested in between trains running with passengers aboard. The CRRC trains will start hauling passengers for the first time in early spring, Pesaturo said. The new cars ran between 10 a.m. and noon

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