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    1. State Rep. Nick Boldyga talks up tourism, economy with Mass. economic development chief at Six Flags in Agawam | masslive.com

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      State Rep. Nick Boldyga talks up tourism, economy with Mass. economic development chief at Six Flags in Agawam | masslive.com

      Ash said that Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito are focused on drawing more tourists to Massachusetts in general, and to the Pioneer Valley in particular. Six flags is a major regional employer and pays a large amount taxes, making it a valuable asset to Agawam and the commonwealth as a whole, according to Ash.  'Six Flags New England brings tourists and locals to the area, supporting local vendors and economic growth,' Ash said. 'The Baker-Polito administration is committed to working with local and regional officials, including Rep. Boldyga, to leverage unique local assets and drive economic development and job ...

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      Mentions:   Six Flags New England

    2. Massachusetts employer confidence flat in April | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts employer confidence flat in April | masslive.com

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts released its May Business Confidence Index Tuesday. A statewide Business Advocacy group, Associated Industries harvests data from a questionnaire it distributes to member companies each month.
       The Business Confidence Index was 56.2 points on a 1- to 100-point scale, where 50 is neutral. The index has remained above 50 since October 2013.  This 56.2 point reading was 2.9 points below confidence levels of a year ago.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    3. Westfield and Worcester manufacturing students featured at Mfg4 trade show in Hartford | masslive.com

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      Westfield and Worcester manufacturing students featured at Mfg4 trade show in Hartford | masslive.com

      Manufacturing vocational students from Westfield Technical Academy and from Worcester Technical Academy will get a chance to show off their skills today when they take a featured role at the mammoth Mfg4 manufacturing trade show.  The Mfg4 show returns this week, Tuesday through Thursday at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The show, expected to draw 200 exhibitors, is a sister show to the Eastec manufacturing show at the Eastern States Exhibition Grounds in West Springfield.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    4. Berkshire Bank completes purchase of 44 Business Capital | masslive.com

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      Berkshire Bank completes purchase of 44 Business Capital | masslive.com

      Berkshire Bank has completed its purchase of 44 Business Capital, LLC of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and Parke Bank of Sewell, New Jersey, under which Berkshire Bank has acquired the business model of 44 Business Capital and certain other assets of Parke Bank's Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loan program operations.  44 Business Capital is now operating as a direct small business lending division of Berkshire Bank reporting up through the Bank's already established Small Business line of business, and originating SBA loans for Berkshire Bank.

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    5. 'Special sauce already here': Top Massachusetts official touts Springfield Innovation Center potential at groundbreaking | masslive.com

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      'Special sauce already here': Top Massachusetts official touts Springfield Innovation Center potential at groundbreaking | masslive.com

      The Springfield Innovation Center now taking shape inside what had been an abandoned building at 270-280 Bridge St. downtown could end up producing the next MassMutual Financial Group or the next Smith & Wesson.  According to Jay Ash, Massachusetts secretary of Housing and Economic Development, that's just some of the potential success the center could breed. Ash spoke Friday at a ceremonial groundbreaking -- in reality they smashed plasterboard with a hammer -- for the Innovation Center facing Steiger Park.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    6. Peter Pan bus Lines adds new Hyannis-to-Boston and Logan Airport service | masslive.com

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      Peter Pan bus Lines adds new Hyannis-to-Boston and Logan Airport service | masslive.com

      Peter Pan Bus Lines will add new daily express service for Cape Cod running between Hyannis, Boston and Logan International Airport.  The new bus route starts Monday, May 2.  The bus will originate from the Hyannis Transportation Center. The route will also service the Barnstable and Sagamore park-and-ride lots, which offer free commuter parking.  Peter Pan's website, peterpan.com, advertises fares as low as $8.50 with buses departing Hyannis at 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The bus is expected to arrive at Logan one hour and 50 ...

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    7. Massachusetts economy grows in first quarter; but some unemployment measures still troubling | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts economy grows in first quarter; but some unemployment measures still troubling | masslive.com

      The real gross domestic product in Massachusetts grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016, handily beating the national average.  The national economy grew at an annual rate of of 0.5 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  MassBenchmarks, a regular study of the state's economy prepared by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute, indicated Thursday that the the pace of economic growth in Massachusetts picked up in the first three months of 2016 after slowing in the second half of 2015.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    8. Seen@ the Dress For Success Common Threads 2016 gala | masslive.com

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      Seen@ the Dress For Success Common Threads 2016 gala | masslive.com

      Western Massachusetts Dress For Success's 2016 Common Threads gala brought workplace fashion and inspiring stories to the Carriage House in West Springfield on Thursday, April 28.  Dress For Success, a Springfield-based organization that supplies women with the tools and clothes they need to pursue employment, used the event to honor several alumni from the program, who walked the gala's red carpet in business attire. The night's programing, which was hosted by WWLP's Kait Walsh, also featured short speeches by successful women, including Senator Gale Candaras, MassLive President Allison Werder and Baystate Health's Jennifer Endicott.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Baystate Health   Springfield

    9. Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Photos: Seen@ 2016 Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony in Holyoke | masslive.com

      The Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative honored 78 Pioneer Valley college and university students n Wednesday for their entrepreneurial spirit by launching a business or developing an exceptional business concept. The evening showcased 56 businesses and services as part of the Grinspoon Class of 2016. 

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    10. State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

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      State labor Sec. Ronald Walker praises Tech Foundry training program | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Sec. of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker toured the workforce training nonprofit Tech Foundry on Monday and came away impressed, he said.  'I like the model. The model is collaborative. It includes the businesses and the training directly for the jobs available, and the hands on training really makes sense,' Walker said in an interview.  Tech Foundry, a nonprofit that partners with organizations and corporations including Baystate Health, Crocker Communications, the Davis Foundation and the Beveridge Family Foundation, offers job skills training for Western Mass. residents trying to enter the information technology or coding fields. The program graduated ...

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    11. Baystate Health gets OK to build $27 million power plant for cost savings, reduced gas emissions | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health gets OK to build $27 million power plant for cost savings, reduced gas emissions | masslive.com

      Baystate Health Systems received City Council approval this week to construct a new $27 million combined heat and power plant that will trigger millions of dollars in energy savings and a significant reduction in greenhouse gases.  The council voted unanimously to grant a special permit for the project on Monday night following a public hearing at City Hall.  The power plant will be located at 257 Marvin St., adjacent to the existing power plant, said Sean Gouvin, Baystate Health's director of facilities. Baystate owns the Marvin Street property and will relocate a historic house there to another site in ...

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    12. $35K state earmark aims to help Westfield State University build military service center for veterans | masslive.com

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      $35K state earmark aims to help Westfield State University build military service center for veterans | masslive.com

      Westfield State was given a $35,000 earmark in the House budget to create the center. The earmark must still be passed by the Senate before it becomes law. It was one of several earmarks passed by the House on Monday and Tuesday to benefit Western Massachusetts organizations.  Other area colleges, including Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts, have similar military service centers. Westfield State is one of only three public colleges and universities that does not have one.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Westfield State University

    13. Chicopee Chamber names Jessica Roncarati president | masslive.com

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      Chicopee Chamber names Jessica Roncarati president | masslive.com

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce has appointed Jessica Roncarati as its new president.  Her first day was Monday.  A Chicopee native, Roncarati has served for the past five years as executive director of The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts Inc. She said the two jobs are not all that different.

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    14. Westfield Gas & Electric identifies new 'fiberhoods' for high-speed Internet expansion | masslive.com

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      Westfield Gas & Electric identifies new 'fiberhoods' for high-speed Internet expansion | masslive.com

      Westfield Gas & Electric identified Tuesday the next three neighborhoods eligible to get Whip City Fiber, its new high-speed Internet service fast enough to enable 'cord cutters' to ditch their cable TV contracts.
      The three areas are:
      Eastview, Irene, Joann and Linda drives
      Middle Western Avenue from Kensington Avenue to Spruce Street
      The Prospect Street area as well as Willow Brook Lane to Foch Avenue

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    15. Springfield High School of Science and Technology to host international fair | masslive.com

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      Springfield High School of Science and Technology to host international fair | masslive.com

      The public is invited to attend International Fair 2016 at the High School of Science and Technology on Friday for an array of international music, food and student exhibits.  The fair will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the school gymnasium, 1250 State St. Admission is free.  International Fair 2016 will include exhibits of students' projects on foreign countries, international music performed by students and local artists, and an international food tasting, according to a news release.

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    16. Calling artists: Springfield Central Cultural District expands utility box art program | masslive.com

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      Calling artists: Springfield Central Cultural District expands utility box art program | masslive.com

      The Springfield Central Cultural District is looking for artists willing to help it grow its utility box mural program downtown after hosting a successful pilot project last summer by having two stubby little utility boxes repainted in Stearns Square.  'People loved them,' said Morgan Drewniany, executive director of the district.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Valley Gives hosts video contest for e-philanthropy event May 3 | masslive.com

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      Valley Gives hosts video contest for e-philanthropy event May 3 | masslive.com

      The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has an assignment for you. The foundation is hosting a social media video contest to promote the return of Valley Gives, a one-day e-philanthropy event on May 3, after an absence of 17 months. Big Y Foods Inc. is sponsoring the contest, according to a news release.

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    18. Baystate Health asks for $10 million in state money to avert layoffs | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health asks for $10 million in state money to avert layoffs | masslive.com

      Baystate Health officials are hoping to secure an additional $10 million through the annual state budget process. If they do not get the money, hospital officials say Baystate might have to lay off up to 200 employees.  'We're continuing to have financial challenges and experience financial strain,' said Jennifer Endicott, senior vice president of strategy and external relations for Baystate Health. 'If we're unable to secure some bridge funding, we're going to have to look at continued cost cuts across the board.'

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    19. Easthampton building materials company moving back to Chicopee | masslive.com

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      Easthampton building materials company moving back to Chicopee | masslive.com

      The Holden Humphrey Co. started in Chicopee in 1987 and moved to Easthampton in 2006. Monday it announced it is seeking more space and will return to Chicopee, Mayor Richard J. Kos said in a written statement.  Company President and CEO Lance Humphrey signed a long-term lease to rent about half of the building at 77 Champion Drive. He plans to move the company's 40 employees and equipment by September, Kos said.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Easthampton

    20. Behind the Scenes: A look inside Springfield's Union Station redevelopment project  | masslive.com

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      Behind the Scenes: A look inside Springfield's Union Station redevelopment project  | masslive.com

      Springfield's Union Station was once where 'one entered the city like a god' to borrow the memorable phrase written of New York City's vanished Pennsylvania Station.
      Dormant since the 1970s, Union Station in Springfield is nearing the moment of its rebirth following an $88.5 million rehabilitation that took decades to get moving but is expected to be completed after just about two years of work.

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    21. Watch: Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse discusses Innovation District benefits | masslive.com

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      Watch: Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse discusses Innovation District benefits | masslive.com

      The Innovation District is both a geographic area and a concept. The Innovation District consists of the downtown blocks around the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, a $165 million academic research facility between Cabot and Appleton streets overlooking the first-level canal.  The idea is to maximize city benefits from the computing center such as by attracting and helping business owners, and holding workshops like a recent one on the region's broadband cable assets and needs.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Alex Morse

    22. Petco to open East Longmeadow store | masslive.com

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      Petco to open East Longmeadow store | masslive.com

      The pet store received approval to open at 440 North Main St., where Party City had long since vacated, in November, according to East Longmeadow's Department of Planning, Zoning and Conservation.  'We're targeting late-summer for an opening,' Petco public relations manager Megan Oxford said.  In a fenced-off area of the North Main Street plaza, a construction crew used a cherry picker to make alterations above the awning, while other workers handled tasks inside.

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    23. Proffesional Woman's Chamber honors Arlene Rodriguez of STCC | masslive.com

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      Proffesional Woman's Chamber honors Arlene Rodriguez of STCC | masslive.com

      The Professional Women's Chamber has announced that Arlene Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs for Springfield Technical Community College, has been named the chambers 2016 Woman of the Year.  The Woman of the Year is presented to a woman in the western Massachusetts area who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community. This award has been given annually since 1954 and is publicly recognized as one of the most prestigious honors given to any citizen for distinguished service and selfless giving, according to a news release from the Chamber.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    24. New bus service links Northampton, Amherst and North Quabbin communities to Boston | masslive.com

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      New bus service links Northampton, Amherst and North Quabbin communities to Boston | masslive.com

      The privately-owned Shelburne Falls company, MAX Bus, launched its expanded route on April 11 in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Pioneer Valley commuters can now hop on the bus at designated locations in downtown Northampton, Florence and Amherst at around 5 a.m. and get to Boston by 8:50 a.m. through a train connection in Leominster.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

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