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    1. Entrepreneurs and public investment fuel Easthampton's growth

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      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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      Mentions:   Northampton   Easthampton

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Greenfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield City Council   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Comcast   MassMutual   MassMutual Center

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Western New England University   The Republican   Valley Venture Mentors

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College

    7. Northampton invests in its downtown and Pleasant Street corridor

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      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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      Mentions:   Northampton   Holyoke   Northampton BID

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

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      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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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield   Westfield

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

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      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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    10. Mixed-use apartment complex planned for downtown Amherst

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      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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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

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

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      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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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Baystate Health   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   MassMutual

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Greenfield Community College

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   Boeing   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield   Holyoke

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

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

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      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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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Amtrak   Springfield

    18. Energy costs factor into business development, expansion decisions

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      Energy costs factor into business development, expansion decisions

      When the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center was seeking a location, it chose Holyoke for two reasons: the city's low electricity prices and its access to interstate highways and a fiber optic communications network. "We think about the cost of electricity every day," says the computing center's executive director, John Goodhue. For many businesses, whether they rely on powerful computers or manufacturing equipment, the price of electricity is a major part of the cost of doing business.

       

       

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Chicopee

    19. Chicopee expects $60M in investment with 2 hotels, US Tsubaki expansion, Mercedes-Benz dealership

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      Chicopee expects $60M in investment with 2 hotels, US Tsubaki expansion, Mercedes-Benz dealership

      In the past year building permits were taken out for more than $31 million in projects in the city, leaving Mayor Richard J. Kos and city councilors celebrating groundbreaking and ribbon cuttings one after the other. It was announced that the closed Plantation Inn would be razed and replaced with a Mercedes Benz dealership off Burnett Road. And U.S. Tsubaki announced it would build a 100,000-square-foot addition to its plant on Lonczak Street. Although very different developments, both projects call for an investment of about $11.5 million and each will create a minimum of 35 jobs.

       

       

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    20. State incentives in the offing as more companies, communities adopt solar power

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      State incentives in the offing as more companies, communities adopt solar power

      Sullivan Paper's 212,000-square-foot converting plant in East Longmeadow has employees and machines making the company work and more than 1,000 solar panels on the roof giving them the electricity to do so. At 788 kilowatts, the solar farm installed late in 2016 has more than enough juice to power the factory and will sell power back to grid if the plant doesn't need it, company executive vice president Edward Sullivan says. A $1.8 million investment, the company expects a payback on its investment in 5.5 years, according to Sullivan. That's what happens, he ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Smith & Wesson Corp.

    21. OneHolyoke serves entire city with community development mission

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      OneHolyoke serves entire city with community development mission

      Olde Holyoke Development Corp. has a new name: OneHolyoke Community Development Corp. What has not changed is its work with real estate development, property management and financial assistance for Holyoke residents. And, by this spring its "Learning in Place Initiative" is to be launched in earnest, connecting residents, agencies and best practices to help more Holyoke children read proficiently by the end of third-grade. The new name better reflects the organization's service to the most challenged neighborhoods in Holyoke - not just the Flats, the oldest densely-populated section of the city - and its commitment to best practices in the field ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    22. Agreement between AIC and three regional colleges opens doors for smooth transfers

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      Agreement between AIC and three regional colleges opens doors for smooth transfers

      American International College has opened its doors to transfer students from three community colleges after signing articulation agreements with Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College and Capital Community College in Hartford, Conn. With the three agreements, students from STCC, HCC, and CCC will have the opportunity to transfer and continue their education in an easier and more cost-efficient way as all three two-year colleges will offer courses and programs that align with AIC. Along with the opportunity to obtain a four-year degree, transferring students will have access to financial assistance as part of AIC's Direct Connect program, which ...

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      Mentions:   American International College   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    23. Artists invited to display work in 'unconventional' downtown Springfield pop-up galleries

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      Artists invited to display work in 'unconventional' downtown Springfield pop-up galleries

      The Springfield Central Cultural District is looking for artists to host solo shows in pop-up galleries at New England Public Radio, the SilverBrick Lofts and 1550 Main Street. Artists will display their work from March to June, receive all proceeds from any sales and be paid a $200 stipend. "The idea is to create unconventional gallery spaces sprung out of being asked by the host locations how to activate their community rooms, and we're always looking for ways to increase walkability downtown," Springfield Central Cultural District Director Morgan Drewniany said in a statement.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    24. Smith & Wesson broadens business with new name, product lines

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      Smith & Wesson broadens business with new name, product lines

      Smith & Wesson, one of the world's largest manufacturers of firearms and Springfield's largest manufacturing employer, might have a new name, but the core of the business is what it has always been: making and selling firearms. Smith & Wesson switched its corporate name to American Outdoor Brands in December. The name on the firearms won't change, but the official name of the holding company has. Increasingly Smith & Wesson is relying on assault-type modern sporting rifles for sales as it starts to navigate a firearms marketplace with a Republican in the White House. When Democrats are in power, many ...

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      Mentions:   General Dynamics   Springfield Technical Community College   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

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