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    1. UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      UMass Amherst creates venture fund to support innovation, job growth in Western Massachusetts

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst hopes maroon will soon not only symbolize the campus colors but also innovation.  University officials announced this week the formation of the Maroon Venture Partners Fund, a new effort to support entrepreneurship among alumni, faculty and students. "UMass Amherst, as the Commonwealth's flagship, plays a crucial role in the state's innovation economy," Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said. "Our research in fields such as applied life sciences, advanced manufacturing, food science, big data and climate science are internationally recognized. The ingenuity and expertise of our faculty and students, as well as our alumni, provide fertile ...

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    2. Boston Symphony Orchestra announces $30 million Tanglewood building project | masslive.com

      Boston Symphony Orchestra announces $30 million Tanglewood building project | masslive.com

      The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced a $30 million project for its Berkshires summer home at Tanglewood in Lenox.  The four-building complex is designed to support the performance and rehearsal activities of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO's summer music academy.  The new construction will house the planned Tanglewood Learning Institute and includes a multi-use building to accommodate rehearsals and performances with a 200-seat concert hall and a building housing a 150-seat cafe designed to encourage interaction between musicians and audience members that will serve as a hub for visitors.

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    3. Springfield taking applications for HUD loans to lure downtown restaurants

      Springfield taking applications for HUD loans to lure downtown restaurants

      The city, as part of an effort to attract experienced restaurant owners to a downtown dining district, has begun accepting applications for federally funded low-interest loans for those new businesses. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the launch of the application process on Tuesday for the Downtown Dining District Fund loan program. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be funding up to $1.5 million to support full-service restaurants, with individual loans ranging from $50,000 to $200,000. "This is another piece, building off of the tremendous momentum we are seeing from the nearing completion of ...

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    4. Can Massachusetts become a leader in digital healthcare? Gov. Charlie Baker's innovation chief Katie Stebbins argues yes

      Can Massachusetts become a leader in digital healthcare? Gov. Charlie Baker's innovation chief Katie Stebbins argues yes

      The future is here and more is on the way: Sensors, which if installed into pill bottles would be able to register when the bottle is lighter and what time it occurred.  "If you have a senior citizen you're caring for, you might be able to monitor remotely through your smartphone, 'has my aging parent taken their medicine or have they not,'" says Katie Stebbins, who previously held jobs with the city of Springfield and the Holyoke Innovation District. Stebbins now works as Gov. Charlie Baker's assistant secretary for innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

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    5. Chicopee receives $3.2 million in state funding to repair schools

      Chicopee receives $3.2 million in state funding to repair schools

      The Massachusetts School Building Authority agreed to grant $3,253,900 toward the project. The city will have to pick up the remaining $1,628,000 that it will cost for the two projects, state officials said. The approval was part of a $54.3 million allocation granted to school districts across the state to help them make repairs to schools. The money under the accelerated repair program mainly is spend to replace roofs, windows, doors and heating systems, state officials said.

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    6. Demolition delay order lapses, developer prepares for $17 million hotel project in Springfield South End

      Demolition delay order lapses, developer prepares for $17 million hotel project in Springfield South End

      Louis Masaschi said he will apply for the demolition permit this month, tear down the warehouse building at 24 Park St., and hopes to begin construction of a new five-story, 112-room hotel by late spring. Masaschi, as president and managing partner of JLL Realty Developers LLC, owns the Park Street property, which is diagonally across from the $950 million MGM Springfield casino project under construction. Masaschi is planning a Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel in place of the existing building, which is more than 100 years old.

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    7. Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Gov. Charlie Baker announces $39M for life sciences education at colleges, high schools

      Smith College will receive nearly half a million dollars for its life sciences facilities, one of several Massachusetts colleges and high schools to receive state grants focused on science and technology. The $497,000 grant will pay for advanced instrumentation for two research centers, allowing Smith to train life sciences majors with state-of-the-art technology, according to the state. The purchases will also ground Smith's outreach endeavors to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 in practices relevant to the newest discoveries.

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    8. William F. Martin: To succeed in the 21st century, Greenfield must be relevant to economic development while providing for the residents

      The small city known as the town of Greenfield is strategically situated at the intersection of Interstate 91 and cross-state Route 2 in the upper Pioneer Valley at the base of the Mohawk Trail. Settled in 1686, Greenfield has been the crossroads for commercial, cultural, governmental, judicial, entertainment, health and transportation activities for over 200 years. To succeed in the 21st century, Greenfield must be relevant to the requirements of economic development while providing for the residents. We must recognize and be true to our responsibility as the capital of Franklin County, and we must share in the same vision ...

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    9. Entrepreneurs and public investment fuel Easthampton's growth

      Entrepreneurs and public investment fuel Easthampton's growth

      While still traditional at its core, Easthampton has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, thanks in part to an influx of young families, artists and entrepreneurs drawn by abundant mill space, reasonably priced homes, walkable streets and abundant natural beauty.  Creative development has benefited from proactive zoning and key public infrastructure investments. Three renovated 19th-century mills on Pleasant Street -- Mill 180, the Keystone Mill and Eastworks -- now host light manufacturing, restaurants and breweries, craft fabrication studios, and live-work artist lofts -- all backed by an adjacent bike path, a nearby public park, a well-lit parking lot and modern utilities.

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    10. STCC President John Cook welcomed by Latino community at reception (photos)

      STCC President John Cook welcomed by Latino community at reception (photos)

      With more than 25 percent of the students at Springfield Technical Community College identifying as Hispanic / Latino, the school's Hispanic Association in Higher Education held a reception for new college President John B. Cook to introduce him to local Latino leaders. "For him to have a connection with the Latino community is extremely important given the fact that more than 25 percent of our student body is Latino," said Irma Garcia-Zingarelli, chair of the association, which hosted the event on campus Thursday night along with businessman and chairman of Partners for Community Heriberto Flores.

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    11. MGM Springfield to take over sole management of MassMutual Center

      MGM Springfield to take over sole management of MassMutual Center

      MGM Springfield has finalized a deal to take over exclusive management of the MassMutual Center, 10 months after winning a joint management bid with the Comcast-owned company Spectra. The arena had been operated by Spectra, formerly Global Spectrum, since 2005. Last year MGM and Spectra began joint management of the venue, and the casino company has now cemented plans to take over day-to-day operations. "We are thrilled to enter into this agreement that leverages the best of what our company has to offer, in order to make best use of the MMC and drive downtown economic development," MGM Springfield President ...

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    12. Tim Kennedy named President of MassLive Media as Allison Werder steps down

      Tim Kennedy named President of MassLive Media as Allison Werder steps down

      Randy Siegel, President of Advance Local, announced today that Allison Werder will step down as President of MassLive Media at the end of February and will be replaced by Tim Kennedy, who will now oversee MassLive Media in addition to his current responsibilities as President of Syracuse Media Group. "There are a lot of talented people in the MassLive Media organization and I look forward to working with them to accelerate the strong digital audience and revenue growth both companies have enjoyed in New York and Massachusetts," said Kennedy.  "Our goal is to do good journalism and build an even ...

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    13. Northampton invests in its downtown and Pleasant Street corridor

      Northampton invests in its downtown and Pleasant Street corridor

      Mayor David Narkewicz said he has no intention of letting downtown Northampton rest on its laurels. The city's recent progress is obvious -- a newly redesigned Pulaski Park anchors the west end of Main Street, new shops have opened or moved to larger spaces and a number of major developments are underway. "Pulaski Park was a major investment in our downtown, and a major investment in our local economy," said Narkewicz. "It has transformed that end of Main Street." Designed by Stephen Stimson Associates of Cambridge, the park opened in July thanks in part to Community Preservation Act funds and ...

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    14. Downtown Springfield's Silverbrick Lofts make 'urban living' a luxurious reality

      Downtown Springfield's Silverbrick Lofts make 'urban living' a luxurious reality

      The luxury space at SilverBrick Lofts, located at 15 Taylor St. and operated by a Manhattan-based company, wasn't the only reason the graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst chose to live in the heart of the City of Homes. Montero, a former Teach for America corps member who served for two years in Memphis, says he loves the diversity and vitality of urban living.  And, as the founder of the new Grade 6-12 Libertas Charter Academy, slated to open in Springfield in the fall, living in the city was always a given.  "It's important for me ...

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    15. Brian P. Sullivan: Westfield's economy is growing, healthy

      Brian P. Sullivan: Westfield's economy is growing, healthy

      After my first full year serving as mayor of my hometown, I am proud to report that Westfield's economy is growing and healthy. My directive to our economic development staff has been to strengthen the city's already diverse economy, build stronger relationships and investigate opportunities for more effective collaboration with property owners and businesses already established in our community. To that end, we re-established a series of business tours. This year, we visited seven Westfield firms. These visits allow me to learn more about the global climate in which Westfield businesses operate, and I am astonished at the ...

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    16. Thomas Senecal: PeoplesBank is an innovative organization embracing technology | masslive.com

      Thomas Senecal: PeoplesBank is an innovative organization embracing technology | masslive.com

      Innovation is a core competency of our country, as we demonstrate over and over again. While trips to the moon are in our past, and visits to Mars off in the distant future, today we apply the principles of hard work and creative thinking to solve challenges in healthcare, social services, education, and, of course, business.  It is that latter endeavor that many in my seat find themselves contemplating quite frequently, especially when the reality of what made us great - stability - is not necessarily what might propel us to grow -- innovative change.

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    17. Mixed-use apartment complex planned for downtown Amherst

      Mixed-use apartment complex planned for downtown Amherst

      The developers of Boltwood Place, Kendrick Place and the One East Pleasant Street project under construction downtown want to build another commercial-residential complex near the Grace Episcopal Church.  Kyle Wilson and David Williams, principals with Archipelago Investments, envision a 38-unit, five-story building with retail space on the ground floor, similar to the style of their other downtown projects. The company also built the 75-unit Olympia Place to accommodate students near the University of Massachusetts, a project that opened in August, and the 12-unit Boltwood Place, overlooking the Boltwood Walk Parking Garage, which opened in 2012.

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    18. David M. Cruise: Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is "partnering for solutions"

      David M. Cruise: Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is "partnering for solutions"

      Talent attraction, development and retention is today's economic imperative. It is the bridge that connects the innovation "push" coming from our research labs and private and public universities across the commonwealth with the technology "pull' coming from our technology centric companies and advanced manufacturing enterprises. It is the differentiator that sets the commonwealth of Massachusetts apart from other states looking to compete in a global economy that continues to evolve and change at geometric proportions. In Hampden County, committed private-sector companies representing all critical business and industry sectors, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, workforce and economic development entities and ...

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    19. Bradley International hopes to grow to a 10 million-passenger airport

      Bradley International hopes to grow to a 10 million-passenger airport

      Bradley International Airport saw more than 6 million passengers in 2016 and could grow to 10 million passengers annually within the next few years, according to Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. That's with or without the addition of casino gambling, a proposal that seems to have stalled for the airport, which is located about a half-hour's drive south of Springfield, where the MGM Springfield casino is under construction. Bradley had just under 5 million arriving and departing passengers in 2015. The increase reflects not only more people on existing flights but also new flights ...

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    20. Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      Region's community colleges play pivotal role in workforce training

      There was a time when a college degree or a high-school diploma was the only ticket a worker needed to enjoy a lifetime of middle-class comfort and security. Those days are long gone, according to Jeremiah Riordan, Springfield Technical Community College's new interim vice president of workforce training, and his colleague Paul Sheehan, director of workforce development. In response, community colleges, including STCC, Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges, along with continuing to offer affordable pathways to a bachelor's degree, are redefining and expanding their roles as vehicles for lifelong learning and, in the process, helping to drive the ...

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    21. UMass Center in downtown Springfield fufilling promise as base for academics, community engagement

      UMass Center in downtown Springfield fufilling promise as base for academics, community engagement

      Since opening its doors almost three years ago in 26,000 square feet of mezzanine space in downtown's Tower Square, the UMass Center is solidifying its presence as a hub for academics and scholarly research while continuing to hone its role as a force for economic development and community engagement. Enrollment in the more than 20 courses offered at the center has grown from 250 students in the fall of 2014 when it opened to 850 in the spring of 2016, according to Daniel Montagna, director of operations at the center. Offerings at the center run the gamut - from ...

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    22. Grand opening: Calabrese Market & Deli brings 'The Fancy Schmancy' to West Springfield

      Grand opening: Calabrese Market & Deli brings 'The Fancy Schmancy' to West Springfield

      That aroma you smell as you cross the North End Bridge from Springfield to West Springfield may be coming from the corner of Park and Hanover streets, where the Calabrese Market & Deli celebrated its grand opening Tuesday. As soon as you enter the well-appointed business at 54 Park St., you realize it's not a baloney-on-white-bread type of joint. The gourmet deli counter and gleaming refrigerator cases are overflowing with imported Italian meats and cheeses, Boar's head products, salads, pasta dishes, to-go entrees and more. Then, there's the sandwich menu, which features dozens of hot and cold delicacies ...

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    23. HCC receives $75,000 grant to improve career pathways program at Dean Tech

      HCC receives $75,000 grant to improve career pathways program at Dean Tech

      Holyoke Community College has received a $75,000 grant to strengthen the career pathway program at William J. Dean Technical High School. HCC was one of seven school districts and community colleges to receive a Career Technical Education Partnership Implementation Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The grant program aids local and regional partnerships geared toward boosting or creating CTE programs and initiatives that provided career pathway opportunities to students.

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    24. Make Springfield-Boston rail a priority, says Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

      Make Springfield-Boston rail a priority, says Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy

      Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a supporter of passenger rail in his state, is now advocating for enhanced rail service from from Springfield through Worcester and onto Boston."Improved transportation connections will only strengthen our communities and increase economic growth significantly," Malloy wrote in a Jan. 30 letter to Massachusetts Gov. Charley Baker. "It is my hope that Massachusetts will consider adding this vital link for the Knowledge Corridor to Hartford, New Haven and New York City with frequent and reliable service to Boston."

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