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    1. HitPoint Studios, Springfield-based game developer, expanding reach to mobile devices, smart TVs | masslive.com

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      HitPoint Studios, Springfield-based game developer, expanding reach to mobile devices, smart TVs | masslive.com

      Less than a month after coming to the city from Amherst, game developer HitPoint Studios has announced another major business move.  HitPoint is using a $2 million investment package to build a new platform on mobile devices and smart TVs, a sort-of Netflix for gamers, but with a lot more bells and whistles.  MassMutual's Springfield Venture Fund, River Valley Investors and independent investors put up more than half of the money to help the company build and release the platform.

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    2. Knifemaker Lamson & Goodnow plans move to Westfield; Shelburne Falls site sold | masslive

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      Knifemaker Lamson & Goodnow plans move to Westfield; Shelburne Falls site sold | masslive

      Lamson & Goodnow, which bills itself as the nation's oldest maker of cutlery, plans to move into the former Westfield River Brewery space at 79 Mainline Drive sometime next month.  The new Lamson & Goodnow facility will include 10,000-square-feet retail space featuring the company's lines of high-quality knives, kitchen tools and gardening tools, said Westfield city advancement officer Joe Mitchell.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik

    3. Valley Venture Mentors to host Accelerator Awards event April 30 | masslive

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      Valley Venture Mentors to host Accelerator Awards event April 30 | masslive

      Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) will host its inaugural Accelerator Awards event Thursday, April 30 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.  The event will honor recent graduates of its new Accelerator Program, which is currently grooming 29 startup teams from all over the Pioneer Valley for success by imparting meaningful business knowledge, structure and tools.  During the awards ceremony, the organization will award grants of up to $50,000 each to startup teams selected as finalists. The April 30 event runs from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will include a lively networking reception as well as a ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    4. Wilbraham's FloDesign Sonics makes major medical breakthroughs using sound waves | masslive

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      Wilbraham's FloDesign Sonics makes major medical breakthroughs using sound waves | masslive

      FloDesign Sonics, which touts itself as the 'filterless filter company,' launched in 2012 and has obtained lucrative contracts to invent acoustic technology with important real-life applications, many of which are medical. The company has developed a new way to use sound waves to isolate and remove particles from a fluid, which can clean the surrounding material or allow for the study of anomalous masses, among other possibilities.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Western New England University   Springfield

    5. WSU leaders, students among those calling for greater investment in higher ed

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      WSU leaders, students among those calling for greater investment in higher ed

      Westfield State University is doing its part to make a college education more accessible and affordable, now Westfield is joining with other universities across the state urging the Legislature to make a long-term investment in higher education. Westfield State University Preston will lead a delegation of students heading to Boston on Wednesday to join students from other state universities across the commonwealth to push for increased Statehouse funding for public higher education.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Springfield

    6. Northampton committee to vote on $1.7 million for Pulaski Park redesign, five other projects

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      Northampton committee to vote on $1.7 million for Pulaski Park redesign, five other projects

      The city's community preservation committee will consider more than $2 million in grant requests Wednesday, chief among them the highly discussed Pulaski Park redesign. The Northampton Department of Public Works has asked for $1.67 million for the park project, which would cost about $2.5 million in all, city officials estimate. The redesign would add a vibrant plaza, a performance stage, a sloping green lawn and a modern "nature play" area for children.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Northampton   The Republican

    7. $75 million sought to promote innovative education programs in Springfield, other communities

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      $75 million sought to promote innovative education programs in Springfield, other communities

      Citing an urgent need for a college educated workforce in the Bay State, a new coalition formed by Boston-based MassINC is lobbying the Statehouse for a $75 million state budget item to fund innovative programs in high-needs communities such as Springfield. As they acknowledged the tight state-budget climate, leaders of the newly formed "Building on What Works Coalition" met on Monday with Springfield educators, elected officials and business leaders to outline the initiative and to seek additional coalition members as it prepares to lobby the Legislature for the funding.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    8. Spark Holyoke goal to help business prospects become business players

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      Spark Holyoke goal to help business prospects become business players

      The Spark Holyoke program unveiled Monday (March 30) is intended to turn prospective business owners into business operators by helping with specifics, officials said. "We really hope to reach out to the public, introduce ourselves and let people know what we're here for," Executive Director Farid Khelfaoui"We can't take for granted that everyone in Holyoke knows where to go," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development. "We want to provide these options to everyone."

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Holyoke

    9. Springfield City Council approves demolition of JC Penney at Eastfield Mall

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      Springfield City Council approves demolition of JC Penney at Eastfield Mall

      Melinda Graulau, general manager of the Eastfield Mall, said demolition is anticipated to occur this summer, to be followed by construction of an enhanced temporary entrance to that area of the mall pending construction of a new building that fits the needs of a future tenant.  The building, constructed in 1966 initially as a Forbes & Wallace, has been vacant nearly four years. While there has been some interest, efforts to find a tenant have been unsuccessful due to the condition of the building, Graulau said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Eastfield Mall

    10. Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces $2.6M in funds for STCC, HCC, Bay Path, Berkshire Community College | masslive

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      Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces $2.6M in funds for STCC, HCC, Bay Path, Berkshire Community College | masslive

      Springfield Technical Community College will start two new associates' degree programs, one in biomedical instrumentation and one in biomedical device manufacturing, and will upgrade labs with a $972,850 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announced Friday.  It's part of $2.6 million in grants to schools all over Western Massachusetts Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of the Life Sciences Center made public Friday.  Bannister said that jobs in the biomedical field, everything from genetic research to medical-device manufacturing, are up 17.5 percent in six years. The $600 million in the Life Science Center has put into ...

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    11. Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts introduces new Creative Awards this spring

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      Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts introduces new Creative Awards this spring

      In that spirit, the Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts recently introduced a new board of directors and a new focus on "local" creatives for the coming season. The club also announces an exciting new format for the advertising community's biggest event of the year - the Creative Awards Show.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts

    12. Springfield Parking Authority chooses Mediterranean restaurant for downtown Columbus Center complex in long-vacant space

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      Springfield Parking Authority chooses Mediterranean restaurant for downtown Columbus Center complex in long-vacant space

      The Springfield Parking Authority board of directors has approved plans for a new restaurant to rent space at the Columbus Center complex in the downtown, filling a space that has been vacant for more than seven years. The board approved the plans recently for a restaurant that will specialize in Mediterranean food, said Mary E. McNally, the authority's executive director. The lease is being finalized subject to approval from Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Easthampton

    13. UMass professor Sandra Petersen to receive Presidential Award for STEM mentoring

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      UMass professor Sandra Petersen to receive Presidential Award for STEM mentoring

      Petersen, a professor in the veterinary and animal sciences department at UMass Amherst, since 2003 has served as executive director and a mentor for the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, a 15-institution alliance focused on increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who earn doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, according to a UMass press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    14. Western New England University students create dog toy, T-shirt, tote bag out of recycled material for Goodwill Industries | masslive

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      Western New England University students create dog toy, T-shirt, tote bag out of recycled material for Goodwill Industries | masslive

      Tasked with a way to use all those T-shirts donated to Goodwill Industries that cannot be sold again as T-shirts, a group of Western New England University students, all seniors, cut the shirts into strips and braided them into a knotted dog toy.  Goodwill liked it. Their professors liked it. Their peers liked it. But the final evaluation was made by an energetic pit bull/boxer mix owned by one of their professors.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Westfield

    15. Holyoke to launch SPARK program as catalyst for new businesses

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      Holyoke to launch SPARK program as catalyst for new businesses

      SPARK Holyoke will begin a nine-week curriculum in May to help prospective owners establish business plans and figure out how to get operating, Khelfaoui said at the Innovation District meeting. SPARK programs are part of a larger program in the state known as Working Cities Challenge led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Holyoke has a three-year $250,000 grant for the program, Murphy-Romboletti said. To be eligible to participate in the Working Cities Challenge, so-called working cities are defined as those with a population exceeding 35,000 (excluding Boston) whose median family income is below the median family ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Holyoke

    16. Chicopee empty Lyman Mills could become loft apartments and workspaces

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      Chicopee empty Lyman Mills could become loft apartments and workspaces

      The former John R. Lyman Mill building may be converted from a textile factory to a complex of loft apartments and workspaces. City officials said they are talking to a developer, who has asked to remain unnamed for now, about his proposal to purchase the mill building at the corner of Front and Depot Streets and convert it to lofts. The mill has been vacant for about three years since president William S. Wright moved Lymtech Scientific to a new building on Westover Road.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   John R. Lyman, Co

    17. Red Rose Pizzeria owner says business is staying put; hopes to be good neighbor to MGM Springfield | masslive

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      Red Rose Pizzeria owner says business is staying put; hopes to be good neighbor to MGM Springfield | masslive

      Rumors of the supposed demise of Red Rose Pizzeria, thanks to an alleged last minute MGM Springfield purchase, have been greatly exaggerated.  Despite the rumor mill churning out chatter that owner Tony Caputo had sold the property to MGM Resorts International for part of the company's $800 million casino complex, both Caputo and MGM officials have confirmed that is false.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   MGM

    18. Massachusetts' human service industry grew by 48 percent since 2003, report finds | masslive

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      Massachusetts' human service industry grew by 48 percent since 2003, report finds | masslive

      Joan Kagan, president and CEO of Square One, a Springfield-based childcare agency, said it is important to be able to measure the economic impact human service workers have on the state through employment, local purchasing, payment of rent and other means. Although the providers are not asking the Legislature for anything specific immediately, she said the information will be used to advocate for the human service industry.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    19. State OKs development incentives for Argotec in Greenfield, Marcotte Ford in Holyoke, Jen-Coat, Tell Tool in Westfield | masslive

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      State OKs development incentives for Argotec in Greenfield, Marcotte Ford in Holyoke, Jen-Coat, Tell Tool in Westfield | masslive

      A state economic development panel has approved tax incentives and other benefits for planned expansions at Marcotte Ford in Holyoke; manufacturer Argotec, in Greenfield; and Jen-Coat Inc. and Tell Tool Inc., both in Westfield.  Commonwealth's Economic Assistance Coordinating Council approved one other Western Massachusetts project, according to a news release issued Wednesday: the Hotel on North boutique hotel project on North Street in Pittsfield.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Holyoke   Westfield

    20. Holyoke sets hearing on Gary Rome Hyundai plan for Whiting Farms Road

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      Holyoke sets hearing on Gary Rome Hyundai plan for Whiting Farms Road

      In the latest zoning battle here, a public hearing will be held Tuesday (March 31) on a bid from Gary Rome Hyundai to build a dealership on Whiting Farms Road. The City Council Ordinance Committee and the Planning Board are holding the hearing at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The company has a deal to buy the vacant 18.7-acre site -- previously eyed by Walmart and Lowe's Home Improvement -- from the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department (HGE) for $2,050,000.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    21. Assisted living facility at former Belchertown State School gets green light from planners | masslive.com

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      Assisted living facility at former Belchertown State School gets green light from planners | masslive.com

      Construction of a $15 million, 83-unit assisted living facility could begin as early as the fall at the former state school property, as the Planning Board Tuesday unanimously approved a private developer's application for the housing complex.
      Marlborough-based Grantham Group LLC, which plans to build the facility, thanked the panel following the vote. The firm is required to meet a list of conditions prior to applying for a building permit, and said that would not be a problem.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    22. Springfield visioning session invites citizens to dream big about future of city | masslive

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      Springfield visioning session invites citizens to dream big about future of city | masslive

      The hour-long program co-sponsored by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield, was part pep rally for Springfield development on the same day as MGM Springfield broke ground for its casino project, part update on other ongoing projects and part prognostication in development projects in Springfield's future.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    23. YWCA of Western Massachusetts receives Verizon grant of $20,000 to combat domestic violence

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      YWCA of Western Massachusetts receives Verizon grant of $20,000 to combat domestic violence

      A donation of $20,000 to the YWCA of Western Massachusetts is being made by Verizon in recognition of the YWCA's participation in Verizon's just-ended Because Voices Have Power campaign. Through its campaign of encouraging text messages in support of victims of domestic violence, Verizon contributed $300,000 nationwide to organizations that address domestic violence.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Westfield

    24. Belchertown hearing tonight on proposed $12 million, 83-unit assisted living facility on former state school grounds | masslive

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      Belchertown hearing tonight on proposed $12 million, 83-unit assisted living facility on former state school grounds | masslive

      The Belchertown Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, and the state's development agency, MassDevelopment, announced last year they had selected Grantham for the project, slated to be constructed on an approximately four acre parcel.  MassDevelopment is coordinating the remediation of the land. It is owned by the BEDIC, whose members were appointed by selectmen.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Northampton

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