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    1. Allpax division of Guardair Corp. expands gasket cutting product line | masslive

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      Allpax division of Guardair Corp. expands gasket cutting product line | masslive

      Allpax Gasket Cutter Systems, a division of Guardair Corp., has expanded its line of extension-style gasket cutters, replacement parts and accessories including Zimmerman “Spearhead” brand-compatible products, according to a news release..
      Allpax has broadened its extension-style gasket cutter line beyond traditional brass (heavy-duty) models and now offers cutters featuring aluminum (medium-duty), plastic (light-duty) and phenolic (compact) construction. All kits include new, non-slip, self-healing cutting boards. Punch offerings have expanded beyond hollow punches to include arch, power and dovetail types. Packing hooks are now available in 14 convenient sizes.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    2. Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

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      Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

      hat is one of the queries on a 13-question survey Associated Industries of Massachusetts is taking around the Commonwealth, taking the temperature of employers as it develops an economic development platform called "Blueprint for the Next Century" John Regan, Associated Industries' executive vice president for government affairs, admits the name sounds a bit grandiose. It's a play on the state-wide business lobbying group's 100th anniversary in 2015. Associated Industries was founded in 2015 by manufacturers, including paper mills, mostly based in the western portion of the state who felt they needed a stronger unified voice when speaking to ...

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    3. Holyoke City Council Finance Committee to consider borrowing $1.45 million to raze Essex House

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      Holyoke City Council Finance Committee to consider borrowing $1.45 million to raze Essex House

      The City Council Finance Committee Friday (Sept. 19) will discuss whether to approve borrowing $1.45 million to pay for the demolition of the 134-year-old Essex House on High Street that the fire chief has said is unstable. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Reconsideration of the borrowing comes a week after business owners and others held a protest outside the building at 400 High St. to urge the council to approve the money to raze the structure. They said bricks have broken off and fallen onto nearby roofs and the protective fencing squaring off the ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    4. Westfield Redevelopment Authority will oversee downtown urban renewal effort

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      Westfield Redevelopment Authority will oversee downtown urban renewal effort

      The City Council Thursday night approved the transfer of several downtown parcels to the Westfield Redevelopment Authority for future development. On a 10-3 vote the council authorized the WRA to oversee the consolidation of about six parcels located within the boundaries of Church, Arnold and Elm streets for a combination of public and private development. Included in the parcels is the former J.J. Newbury Department Store site that has remained vacant since a 1986 fire that destroyed the downtown landmark.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    5. Taxes just one factor in Greater Springfield Area income inequality, local economists say

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      Taxes just one factor in Greater Springfield Area income inequality, local economists say

      A Standard & Poor's study released Monday revealed a link between high income inequality and lower state tax revenues, which local economists say could even further widen the gap between the Greater Springfield Area's rich and the poor.But those who work to reduce that gap in the area stress that taxes are just one piece in an increasingly complex fiscal puzzle.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Western New England University   Springfield

    6. Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

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      Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

      State, local and community dignitaries joined Westfield State University officials for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the $33 million science center that will change the landscape of Western Avenue. Interim President Elizabeth H. Preston told those gathered under a tent at the construction site on Thursday afternoon that the 54,000-square-foot building, scheduled for completion in August 2016, will not only serve as a state-of-the art educational facility, but its design will also enhance the surroundings.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield State University   Westfield

    7. Holyoke gains historical certification as 'Certified Local Government' that opens way for grants

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      Holyoke gains historical certification as 'Certified Local Government' that opens way for grants

      An odd designation could get the city some extra money. Holyoke has been incorporated as a city since 1850, but in the eyes of state and federal historical officials, the city now also is a Certified Local Government. The designation by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the National Park Service qualifies the city to apply for certain grants previously unavailable, said Olivia Mausel, Holyoke Historical Commission chairwoman.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    8. Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

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      Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

      Business leaders from the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce learned Wednesday from Washington insiders why the economy may be doing better than many suspect and why that sense of growth is not widely shared on the nation's Main Street.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    9. Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

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      Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

      The recent graduate of the High School of Science and Technology is enrolled at Springfield Technical Community College and will use the money to help pay for her books. “My job was to make sure the kids were focused, to show them how to behave in school and help them read,” Sands explained. “I liked it a lot. It taught me a lot of things about working, and helping young people.” Sands was one of 11 teens who found work through a jointly-sponsored effort that included funding from New England Farm Workers Council, and recruitment and oversight by the Springfield ...

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    10. Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series

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      Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Common Capital, will present the second in a six-part workshop series, “Taking Care of Business: How to Develop and Grow Your Business,” on Sept . 25. The series addresses best practices for all types of businesses. The second seminar, “Negotiating and Understanding Leases; Before You Sign, Signing, and Renegotiating the Lease,” will be presented by attorney Stanley A. Szlachetka.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    11. Groundbreaking for Westfield State University's $33 million science center set

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      Groundbreaking for Westfield State University's $33 million science center set

      State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is scheduled to join state and local officials Thursday for groundbreaking of the Westfield State University's $33 million science center. As the first new academic building on campus in three decades, the center will be 54,000-square feet and house state-of-the-art science laboratories, simulation labs for nursing and health science programs, and a technology-rich, interactive classroom that will serve a variety of academic departments.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    12. Amherst Chamber honoring Rotary Club, Stephanie O'Keeffe and Tony Maroulis at annual dinner

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      Amherst Chamber honoring Rotary Club, Stephanie O'Keeffe and Tony Maroulis at annual dinner

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will be honoring the Rotary Club, former Select Board Chairwoman Stephanie J. O'Keeffe and former chamber leader Tony A. Maroulis at the annual dinner Oct. 2. Tickets went on sale earlier this month for the Annual Awards Dinner at the Hadley Farms Meeting House, in Hadley. According to a press release, the dinner, a yearly celebration that is the highlight of the Amherst Area business community social calendar, is expected to sell out.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Don Courtemanche

    13. Sale of Springfield's ABC40/FOX 6 to Meredith Corporation gets initial FCC review | masslive

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      Sale of Springfield's ABC40/FOX 6 to Meredith Corporation gets initial FCC review | masslive

      The purchase agreement of ABC40/FOX 6 from Gormally Broadcasting to the Meredith Corporation has passed a preliminary Federal Communications Commission review and has been accepted for filing by the FCC.  The status change indicates that, upon initial review, the FCC has determined the application is acceptable, though it does not guarantee its final approval. 'The Commission reserves the right to return any of the applications if, upon further examination, it is determined the application is not in conformance with the Commission's rules or its policies,' the FCC says on their website.  In June, John Gormally, president of Gormally ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    14. Springfield BID/ DevelopSpringfield announce plans to light downtown buildings | masslive

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      Springfield BID/ DevelopSpringfield announce plans to light downtown buildings | masslive

      Eight Downtown Springfield Buildings on Main Street from Falcon Way to Bridge Street will be illuminated under a $400,000 architectural lighting program announced Tuesday by the Springfield Business improvement District and DevelopSpringfield. The idea is to both highlight the unique architecture downtown as well as to provide a feeling of security and welcome for visitors, said BID Executive Director Chris Russell.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Springfield Business Improvement District

    15. Springfield officials, downtown organizations coordinate efforts to deal with I-91 viaduct project, proposed dining district, other issues

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      Springfield officials, downtown organizations coordinate efforts to deal with I-91 viaduct project, proposed dining district, other issues

      Representatives of several downtown organizations met Monday with city officials to discuss cooperative strategies ranging from preparations for the Interstate 91 viaduct rehabilitation project to promotion of a dining district. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer, said meetings are being conducted for coordination and planning purposes. Monday’s meeting was at City Hall. There are many endeavors in the downtown district including a new study on the Worthington Street corridor, the major state repairs to Interstate 91 that will create parking and traffic issues, and renovations underway at Union Square and the ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Springfield Chamber of Commerce

    16. Five Colleges Consortium planning to build annex to house 2.5 million volumes

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      Five Colleges Consortium planning to build annex to house 2.5 million volumes

      The Five Colleges Consortium will soon be building a library annex to meet the growing space needs at the Five Colleges. The annex will be able to hold 2.5 million volumes. Five College officials are still evaluating sites, said Kevin Kennedy
, communications director,
 in an email but the plan is to build and open it sometime next year. He said that preliminary estimates are between $9 and $12 million depending on the site. Five Colleges, Inc. will finance the cost of the annex through a substantial down payment and borrowing and will repay the financing by leasing space ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst

    17. ISO New England adjusts to changing electricity market | masslive

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      ISO New England adjusts to changing electricity market | masslive

      From a closely guarded control room in Holyoke, analysts forecast the region's electrical usage, directing power plants to fire up or wind down as they strive to maintain a constant level of electricity along New England's 8,500 miles of high voltage power lines.  The future holds new challenges for ISO New England, which oversees the electrical grid from Maine to Connecticut. The annual forward capacity market that will be held in February, looking at power generation capability for the 2017-2018 season, will for the first time include a deficit.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    18. Mestek of Westfield opens Luxton-Reed Center, expands chilled beam cooling equipment manufacturing here | masslive

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      Mestek of Westfield opens Luxton-Reed Center, expands chilled beam cooling equipment manufacturing here | masslive

      You can't rent it for the night, but Westfield-based Mestek Co. and its Dadanco division wants you to buy the super-efficient made-in Westfield HVAC technology the company has installed in that room and in the replica hospital room, laboratory, elementary-school-classroom and office at its Luxton-Reed Center.  The $3.5 million office and research center is in the former H.B. Smith assembly factory at 47 industrial Park Road. Luxton-Reed is zero-net energy with the 406 solar panels on the roof making more energy on a good day than the facility uses.  The idea behind the demonstration rooms, said Chris ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Daniel M. Knapik   Mestek, Inc.

    19. Better Homes Inc. proposed $10 million housing project at former Brookings Elementary School in Springfield

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      Better Homes Inc. proposed $10 million housing project at former Brookings Elementary School in Springfield

      Better Homes Inc., has submitted a proposal to buy the tornado-damaged, former Elias Brrookings Elementary School on Hancock Street, and convert it into a $10 million housing complex. The proposal by Better Homes, a Springfield-based, nonprofit housing organization also known as Home City Housing, was the only bid received by Friday’s city deadline, and will be referred to a city-appointed review committee, according to the city. Under the proposal, Better Homes is offering to purchase the property from the city for $215.000, and redevelop it into 45 mixed-income housing units. The housing would include one-, two- and three-bedroom ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield College   Springfield

    20. Gary Rome Hyundai seeks to buy Whiting Farms Road site, submits $2 million proposal for property

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      Gary Rome Hyundai seeks to buy Whiting Farms Road site, submits $2 million proposal for property

      The Holyoke Gas and Electric Department has awarded a contract for a Whiting Farms Road property to Gary Rome Hyundai with an expectation an agreement will be signed soon, despite neighbors' opposition to certain kinds of development at the site, officials said. Bids for the 19-acre property were publicly opened by Holyoke Gas and Electric Commission (HGE) in May. The commission awarded the contract to Gary Rome, which submitted a bid for $2,050,000, at a public meeting on June 4, officials said. Gary Rome Hyundai has a dealership at 1000 Main St. in the city. Gary Rome Auto ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican   Jim Lavelle

    21. Rolling Green in Amherst will keep 41 units affordable with property sale to Beacon Communities

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      Rolling Green in Amherst will keep 41 units affordable with property sale to Beacon Communities

      Town Manager John P. Musante called the sale "a milestone in our efforts to preserve affordable housing at Rolling Green Apartments."  There have been 41 such affordable units here but they were not protected by a deed restriction and owners had indicated they would raise rents 5 percent per year until they reached market rate.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Easthampton

    22. Iconic Student Prince Cafe, Fort restaurant sold for $160,000 in Springfield, Peter Picknelly confirms

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      Iconic Student Prince Cafe, Fort restaurant sold for $160,000 in Springfield, Peter Picknelly confirms

      Bus magnate Peter A. Picknelly purchased the iconic Student Prince Cafe and Fort restaurant for $160,000, he confirmed. The sale does not include the property on Fort Street, but the business and all of its contents save for the fabled beer stein and corkscrew collections owned by the Scherff family. Those valuable collectibles will be on lease annually, said Picknelly, chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    23. Springfield Technology Park gets $3.1 million bond for Phoenix Public Charter Academy | masslive

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      Springfield Technology Park gets $3.1 million bond for Phoenix Public Charter Academy | masslive

      Springfield Technology Park has received $3.1 million in tax-exempt bond funding too build the Phoenix Public Charter Academy on part of land where the M1 Garand rifle was manufactured during World War II.  MassDevelopment, the state's finance and development agency, announced the funding Wednesday.  Workers are done demolishing the 70,000-square-foot middle portion of Building 104, the building where Springfield Armory and its workers churned out 3.5 million M1 rifles during World War II,said Paul Stelzer, president of Appleton Corporation and manager of the park.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Springfield Technical Community College

    24. Pioneer Valley, Springfield, business leaders push education, access, marketing in Plan for Progress update | masslive

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      Pioneer Valley, Springfield, business leaders push education, access, marketing in Plan for Progress update | masslive

      The Planning Commission already hosted a meeting last week focusing on infrastructure needs, said Timothy Brennan, the executive director. A later this month focuses on collaborative engagement. A draft plan will be ready by the end of 2014.  Updated periodically since 1994, the Plan for Progress has given the region's leaders focus and resulted in the creation of the Economic Development Council itself as well as successful pushes for more broadband access, the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center in Holyoke and the in-progress efforts to rehab Springfield's Union Station.

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Springfield   Chicopee

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