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    1. Springfield's Valley Venture Mentor Accelerator awards $252K to startups | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Valley Venture Mentor Accelerator awards $252K to startups | masslive.com

      Valley Venture Mentors awarded $252,000 in funding to the 12 finalists in its startup accelerator competition during a ceremony at the MassMutual Center Thursday evening. Companies, ranging from app developers to manufacturers of silencers for firearms, received awards of between $6,000 and $50,000, with judges allocating the money following a months-long process of boot camps and pitching sessions.  The evening's biggest winner was Celia Grace, an Amherst-based fair trade wedding dress retailer and designer that took in $50,000.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Amherst

    2. Senate approves study of Boston to Springfield high-speed rail | masslive.com

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      Senate approves study of Boston to Springfield high-speed rail | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of an amendment to study the feasibility of high-speed passenger rail between Boston and Springfield.  The vote was 39-0 on an amendment sponsored by State Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow.  'I believe there are really few projects that would do more to improve life or bring increased opportunity for us in Western Massachusetts than reliable, fast east-west rail service,' Lesser said in an interview.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Robin Wozniak brings strong sense of community to job as executive director of West River Chamber of Commerce in West Springfield | masslive.com

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      Robin Wozniak brings strong sense of community to job as executive director of West River Chamber of Commerce in West Springfield | masslive.com

      Easthampton native Robin L. Wozniak, the new executive director of the West of the River Chamber of Commerce, says her strong sense of community is one of the biggest assets she brings to the job.  'What affects the area, affects me,' says Wozniak. 'I will work hard to help our local economy succeed.'

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Easthampton

    4. Easthampton Savings Bank plans $1 million, 12-employee branch in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Easthampton Savings Bank plans $1 million, 12-employee branch in Holyoke | masslive.com

      Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a text message the project would cost at least $1 million and the branch would have more than 12 employees.  ''BankESB' is having an ever increasing presence as a lender in Holyoke, driving the financing behind some of the largest projects in the city. I'm very excited they'll have a physical location here as they continue growing their business and other business in the community,' Morse said in comments from the press release.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Easthampton Savings Bank   Easthampton

    5. Ludlow Mills Riverwalk gains $429K MassWorks grant for trail improvements along Chicopee River | masslive.com

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      Ludlow Mills Riverwalk gains $429K MassWorks grant for trail improvements along Chicopee River | masslive.com

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito visited the Ludlow Mills redevelopment project and its historic clock tower on State Street Tuesday to announce a $429,500 MassWorks grant to the Ludlow Mills Riverwalk project.  The MassWorks program supports infrastructure development, in this case a park and trail. The Baker administration, in its 2017 capital budget proposal, hopes to increase funding for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program to $90 million. Over the past two fiscal years the administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Ludlow Mills

    6. Artists attack Springfield utility boxes with paint, turn them into art (photos, video) | masslive.com

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      Artists attack Springfield utility boxes with paint, turn them into art (photos, video) | masslive.com

      Artist Gina Beavers has worked on many different types of canvases in her life, but painting on a utility box Monday afternoon was a first.  Beavers and 17 other artists are converging on downtown Springfield this week to paint and beautify electrical utility boxes on street corners.  The Springfield Central Cultural District created the program to encourage walking downtown and provide a source of income to working artists.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. UMass and Eversource create a safer Campus with energy efficient lighting | masslive.com

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      UMass and Eversource create a safer Campus with energy efficient lighting | masslive.com

      UMass and the electric utility Eversource say walking through the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus at night is getting brighter thanks to an ongoing, campus-wide installation of 800 LED street and parking lot lights.  The effort is part of a three-year partnership between Eversource and UMass Amherst which began in 2014, Eversource said in a news release. The combined electricity savings from the partnership of approximately 9 million kilowatt-hours is the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking about 1,300 vehicles off the road.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    8. Springfield in running for $475,000 workforce development grant | masslive.com

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      Springfield in running for $475,000 workforce development grant | masslive.com

      Staff with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, Springfield Technical Community College and the city's economic development team met with Mayor Domenic Sarno Friday afternoon to discuss the group's bid for a six-figure grant that would allow the development of a city-wide workforce development portal.  The Boston Federal Reserve's Working Cities Challenge will award $475,000 over three years to five communities in an effort to bolster the conditions of low-income people across the state. Springfield is competing with nine other cities in its grant bid: Lowell, Lynn, Salem, Revere, Brockton, Pittsfield, Haverhill, Worcester and New Bedford.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    9. Business leaders from Western Massachusetts, Boston pledge collaboration at Springfield forum | masslive.com

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      Business leaders from Western Massachusetts, Boston pledge collaboration at Springfield forum | masslive.com

      DeLeo said there has been uneven economic success among the Greater Boston area and many parts of the state. Issues such as higher unemployment are of particular concern in the Greater Springfield area and continuing west into the Berkshires.  A key is trying to get some of the Boston area's successful businesses to come out to western Massachusetts and see how they can grow -- and help the region grow its economy, he said, adding that Western Massachusetts has much to offer in terms of providing products and services at lower costs.  Both Jim Rooney, president and CEO of Greater ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Rick Sullivan

    10. Make-It Springfield pop-up community 'makerspace' workshop coming to downtown | masslive.com

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      Make-It Springfield pop-up community 'makerspace' workshop coming to downtown | masslive.com

      Amateur crafters and do-it-yourselfers will soon be able to 'make it' in downtown Springfield.  The University of Massachusetts Design Center in Springfield, MassDevelopment and the Springfield Business Improvement District plan to open Make-It Springfield in a vacant storefront at 168 Worthington St. next month.  The idea is to give people a place to get together to learn new skills and help each other though projects while activating a vacant storefront that would otherwise be dark, said MassDevelopment Transformative Development Initiative fellow Laura Masulis.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    11. House Speaker Robert DeLeo connects Springfield businesses to Boston; 'Bay State Business Link Forum' set for Friday at STCC | masslive.com

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      House Speaker Robert DeLeo connects Springfield businesses to Boston; 'Bay State Business Link Forum' set for Friday at STCC | masslive.com

      DeLeo said he has already pitched officials at General Electric, which is relocating its global headquarters to Boston, on traveling to Springfield and looking for opportunities to partner with businesses there as GE looks to grow its Massachusetts presence.  Friday's event in Springfield will feature a panel discussion with officials from companies and business development groups, including MassChallenge, Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Project, the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, National Grid, TechSpring and Siemens. It will be a chance for education, nonprofit and business groups from around the state to network and discuss ways to better work together.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    12. Massachusetts Broadband recommends Comcast cable for Montague and Hardwick, despite town preferences for Matrix fiber | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Broadband recommends Comcast cable for Montague and Hardwick, despite town preferences for Matrix fiber | masslive.com

      Hardwick and Montague, two rural towns now only partially served by cable internet, could soon see broadband service expanded to a majority of homes and businesses within their borders —€” but it might not be exactly what they were looking for.  If a staff recommendation from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute holds up, the contracts will go to Comcast Corporation to expand its cable network in the towns, and not to Matrix Design Group, a smaller company which proposes a fiber-to-the-home network.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    13. Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council introduces Cubic branding firm | masslive.com

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      Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council introduces Cubic branding firm | masslive.com

      Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of the EDC, said Wednesday that Kulkin's firm will partner with a local advertising agency that has not yet been selected. The EDC and the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau are spending $80,000 on the effort, money collected from member businesses. The visitors bureau receives state grant money as well, Sullivan said.  The goal is to create one brand that can be used to promote the region as a tourism destination, as a place to move and establish a career and as a place to locate and expand a business.  As an example ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Rick Sullivan

    14. Trident Alloys in Springfield has first-of-its kind robot building sand molds for metal casting | masslive.com

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      Trident Alloys in Springfield has first-of-its kind robot building sand molds for metal casting | masslive.com

      In modern-day Springfield's North End, a new robot playfully nicknamed by his new owners in Neptune's honor is carrying Trident Alloys Inc. into the future of high-tech manufacturing.  Neptune is a 3-D printer. But instead of printing in plastic like the 3-D printers becoming more popular in industry and academia, Neptune prints in sand, creating the sand molds Trident uses to cast parts in steel and stainless steel.
      A partnership between Trident, Palmer Manufacturing of Ohio, which makes foundry equipment and software, and robotics creator Viridis3D of Woburn, Neptune is the first sand-mold printing robot in the country.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield

    15. Eversource: State OKs 26 percent drop in WMass electricity rates | masslive.com

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      Eversource: State OKs 26 percent drop in WMass electricity rates | masslive.com

      The State Department of Public Utilities has approved new summer 2016 rates for Eversource customers that will reduce the average monthly residential bill by over $10, the utility said Tuesday.  Under the new plan, which was announced last week, the residential supply rate will be 7.708 cents per kilowatt-hour as of July 1, down from the current rate of 10.426 cents, spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said in a news release.

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    16. PVTA to introduce electric buses on Holyoke-Springfield line | masslive.com

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      PVTA to introduce electric buses on Holyoke-Springfield line | masslive.com

      The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority of Western Massachusetts will introduce three electric buses to the P21 route that connects Holyoke, Chicopee and Springfield in September.  The buses will offer a cleaner, quieter ride and long-term savings, administrator Mary L. MacInnes said.  Each bus cost $860,000 to purchase, about twice the price of an average diesel fueled bus. Though electric buses feature a higher sticker price they cost less to operate without the need to refuel at the pump.
      'Over the life of each vehicle, we should save $350,000 in maintaining and operating costs,' MacInnes said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    17. MassLive welcomes Justin Roberts, founder of Suit Up Springfield, as new digital media strategist | masslive.com

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      MassLive welcomes Justin Roberts, founder of Suit Up Springfield, as new digital media strategist | masslive.com

      MassLive Media is excited to welcome Justin Roberts of Springfield to its growing team of digital experts.  Roberts will be taking on the role of digital media strategist, with responsibility for providing digital marketing solutions for businesses within the city of Springfield.  Prior to joining MassLive Media, he worked as the development officer for American International College leading the major gift fundraising initiative. Notably, Justin is also the Founder of Suit Up Springfield, a non-profit organization that provides professional attire and mentorship to the young men of Greater Springfield.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield

    18. Springfield's Tech Foundry nonprofit wins $123K grant | masslive.com

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      Springfield's Tech Foundry nonprofit wins $123K grant | masslive.com

      Tech Foundry, the Springfield-based workforce training nonprofit, has won a $123,808 grant from the Commonwealth Corporation's Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund.  'It will allow us to continue to expand our class size and it will allow us to increase the number of employer partners we can work to fill vacancies with,' said Tech Foundry Director of Strategic Partnership Jonathan Edwards.  The grant will likely cover an 18-month contract with Commonwealth Corp., pending the signing of the contract in July, Edwards said. The grant is part of over $2 million in funds awarded by the trust fund in late April.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Mass. Gaming Commission awards grants to 2 Springfield organizations to promote small business growth | masslive.com

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      Mass. Gaming Commission awards grants to 2 Springfield organizations to promote small business growth | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Association of Black Business and Professionals and a $10,000 grant to the Springfield Regional Chamber to assist small businesses in the city.  Both organizations will partner with the city of Springfield to bring the 'Interise' program to the city, expected to begin in September, 'to assist businesses in growing and ramping up for future opportunities,' according to a news release from the office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    20. MGM Springfield awards parking garage contract to New York firm along with Fontaine Bros. of WMass | masslive.com

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      MGM Springfield awards parking garage contract to New York firm along with Fontaine Bros. of WMass | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield announced Thursday that it has awarded a contract to Tishman Construction of New York, in partnership with Fontaine Bros. Inc., of Springfield to erect a seven-level parking garage as part of its $950 million casino project. Construction is slated to begin this month, with the new garage providing 3,400 parking spaces for the casino visitors and general public. Construction of the garage at Union and East Columbus Avenue is expected to be completed in approximately 20 months, according to MGM Springfield

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    21. Business leaders: Springfield poised for renaissance, but only if region seizes opportunities | masslive.com

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      Business leaders: Springfield poised for renaissance, but only if region seizes opportunities | masslive.com

      In the next few months, the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts hopes to roll out an integrated public relations campaign touting the region as a good place to live, to work, locate a business and visit on vacation.  The EDC also hopes to soon get a $500,000 Working Cities Grant from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to train residents for in-demand careers and to get the discouraged people who have dropped out of the labor pool back to work.  It's all designed, said EDC president and CEO Rick Sullivan, to answer the region's demand for ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Boston Fed   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    22. Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists for $250,000 in accelerator funding | masslive.com

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      Valley Venture Mentors announces 12 finalists for $250,000 in accelerator funding | masslive.com

      The companies are of wide-ranging backgrounds, Valley Venture said in a press release. Six are run by women and three by people of color. Five are tech companies and seven make physical products. Nine are from the Pioneer Valley, four are from Springfield and others are considering moving to the city.  And on May 26, Valley Venture -- which runs a mentorship program for local entrepreneurs, and will be a primary tenant of the upcoming Springfield Innovation Center -- will kickstart some of those businesses. A panel of angel investors and venture capitalists will allocate $250,000 in funding to the businesses ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    23. Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee moving ahead with Planning Board approvals | masslive.com

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      Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee moving ahead with Planning Board approvals | masslive.com

      Peter Wirth, managing partner of Springfield Automotive Partners Inc., plans to tear down the vacant Plantation Inn and build an $11.8 million, about 35,000 square foot Mercedes-Benz dealership on that property on Burnett Road. Wirth also owns a dealership in New York.  While he initially hoped to close on the sale at the end of February and begin construction in early spring, the complicated nature of the property has delayed both, said John Henry, a civil engineer for BETA Group, Inc. of Springfield which is working on the project.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee

    24. Bank of America branch in downtown Springfield to close | masslive.com

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      Bank of America branch in downtown Springfield to close | masslive.com

      The Bank of America branch in Monarch Place is expected to close this August.
      MassLive obtained a copy of a notice sent to bank clients, saying the branch will shut down on Aug. 16. Branches in West Springfield and on Carew Street will remain open, the notice said.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Bank of America

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