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    1. Health care, social services jobs lead postings at FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield

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      Health care, social services jobs lead postings at FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield

      Positions in health care and social services accounted for a third of jobs posted at FutureWorks Career Center in Springfield in March, said Kevin Lynn, manager of business services at the one-stop career center.  Lynn said posted job openings are rising and running ahead of where they were a year ago at this time.  Of the 339 advertised openings, 33 percent of them were in health care and social assistance positions. Another 18 percent were in administrative support jobs. Another 8 percent were in educational services, mostly jobs posted by area colleges and universities. Remaining jobs were elsewhere in the ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Kevin E. Lynn   FutureWorks Career Center

    2. Don Courtemanche, former Springfield BID head, hired as new Amherst Chamber executive director

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      Don Courtemanche, former Springfield BID head, hired as new Amherst Chamber executive director

      The former director of the Springfield Business Improvement District has been named as the new Executive Director of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.  Don Courtemanche replaces Tony A. Maroulis who left to become director of community relations at the University of Massachusetts, will start immediately, according to a press release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    3. UMass alum Douglas Berthiaume, wife Diana donate $10 million to UMass

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      UMass alum Douglas Berthiaume, wife Diana donate $10 million to UMass

      The Douglas and Diana Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship will be the hub of a campus network of scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs, with a three-fold mission of supporting research, education and practice, all targeted at transforming ideas into business realities. The Berthiaumes’ donation builds on the couple’s extraordinary support for the university, which includes a previous gift of $5 million in support of Isenberg School initiatives.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    4. CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. executives to tour engineering school at Western New England University

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      CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. executives to tour engineering school at Western New England University

      Executives who seek to build a railroad car factory at the former Westinghouse site in East Springfield will tour the Western New England University School of Engineering Wednesday. Nine executives from CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles executives will be visiting Western New England University Engineering College tomorrow, between 10:45 a.m. and noon. Changchun Railway Vehicles is competing for a $1.5 billion contract to build cars for the MBTA Orange and Red lines.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    5. U.S. energy secretary: Energy issues in New England, where costs among highest in nation, vexing

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      U.S. energy secretary: Energy issues in New England, where costs among highest in nation, vexing

      New England governors announced a plan in January to expand natural gas use. The governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont asked the region's grid operator for technical help to seek proposals to build transmission equipment and public works to deliver enough electricity to serve 1.2 million to 3.6 million homes. The states also asked the system operator, ISO-New England, to devise a way to finance the project.

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    6. Collective Copies to create bookstore within its Amherst retail space

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      Collective Copies to create bookstore within its Amherst retail space

      The bookshop will have its grand opening on May 1 at 11 a.m., the 31st anniversary of Collective Copies. Strimer will discuss the first five years of Levellers Press, followed by Levellers' authors reading from their work. There will be a 4 p.m. public reception for all Levellers Press and Off the Common Books authors to which the public is invited. Since publishing "Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts," by Robert H. Romer, in 2009, Levellers Press of Amherst has produced nearly 50 titles.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton

    7. UMass Innovation Challenge Awards $60,250 in Final Competition

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      UMass Innovation Challenge Awards $60,250 in Final Competition

      The ninth annual University of Massachusetts Amherst Innovation Challenge business plan competition gave out $60,250 in awards to five competing teams, with Rescue Collar winning the top prize of $25,000.  Other successful teams were mDiagnostics which won a total of $15,000; Fiberessence and Nine Brain each won $7,500, while Acne Free, Naturally received $5,250 at the April 7 event.  Funding for the prizes comes from a pool of $50,000 provided by private sector contributions and two special $5,000 awards, the David Wolf Prize and the Glass Prize.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    8. Coach's mentoring, successes on the field led Sherri Kuchinskas to a career in sports medicine

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      Coach's mentoring, successes on the field led Sherri Kuchinskas to a career in sports medicine

      Once she made the decision to attend medical school, Kuchinskas knew right away it would be in sports medicine. Today, her practice at Hampshire Orthopedics is non-surgical sports medicine, which includes evaluation, assessment, rehabilitation and other treatments for people injured playing sports. Kuchinskas also serves as one of the team physicians for athletic programs at UMass, Smith College and Amherst College and as medical director for the Springfield College athletics program.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Springfield College

    9. Massachusetts $12.7 billion transportation bond bill includes funding for PVTA garage, Interstate 91, commuter rail

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      Massachusetts $12.7 billion transportation bond bill includes funding for PVTA garage, Interstate 91, commuter rail

      The $12.7 billion five-year transportation bond bill debated Thursday in the Statehouse could include funding for the first phase of reconstruction on Interstate 91 in Springfield, north-south commuter rail using surplus MBTA trains and the $13.5 million replacement of the Route 147 bridge over the Westfield River between Agawam and West Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   West Springfield

    10. Springfield official: MGM Springfield's request on casino license not a setback for city

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      Springfield official: MGM Springfield's request on casino license not a setback for city

      Kennedy’s comments occurred after news that MGM, proposing an $800 million casino project in the South End, formally asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in a letter dated April 16, to not grant the license pending some resolution of a court case related to a proposed statewide ballot question on the 2011 casino law.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   MGM   Kevin Kennedy

    11. Manufacturing a 'ticket to the middle class' in Massachusetts

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      Manufacturing a 'ticket to the middle class' in Massachusetts

      The advancement of these skills is important as there continues to be a lack of people qualified for manufacturing positions, said Governor Deval Patrick. There are currently 250,000 people looking for work, he said, and some of the manufacturing jobs that are available cannot be filled because people lack the technical skills. With the move to advanced manufacturing, the skills have changed drastically and require a different kind of education.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Timothy P Murray

    12. Tech Foundry in Springfield hosts open house, hopes to recruit 25 high school students for IT job placement program

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      Tech Foundry in Springfield hosts open house, hopes to recruit 25 high school students for IT job placement program

      Tech Foundry will be holding an open house April 23, for teachers, students and volunteers at their new headquarters on 1391 Main St.  Founded by Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean, Tech Foundry is a nonprofit education and job placement program for high school students looking to work in the world of informational technology. With partners such as Mass Mutual, UMass and Baystate Health, Tech Foundry has raised nearly $450,000 to get started.  In the near term, the program seeks to educate ambitious local students in order to create a homegrown workforce for the many area businesses looking for tech ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    13. MGM Springfield to provide millions of dollars for Union Station redevelopment

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      MGM Springfield to provide millions of dollars for Union Station redevelopment

      Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said on Wednesday that the city's host agreement calls for MGM to rent 44,000 square feet of space at Union Station. Under the deal, MGM would spend approximately $6.75 million for a build-out suitable for the station. If Union Station is not ready for occupancy by the time the proposed casino opens in the South End, the company will pay $500,000 per year to the Springfield Redevelopment Authority.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Peter Pan Bus Lines

    14. Hampden Bank wins award from MassHousing

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      Hampden Bank wins award from MassHousing

      Hampden Bank recently received an award for Best Overall Performance by a bank from the MassHousing agency.  This recognition, reserved for those Massachusetts banks dedicated to providing loans to low-income borrowers, was recently presented at the annual MassHousing awards ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts. Hampden Bank also received recognition in several other categories, including top producer, most loans made to low-income borrowers, second most loans in Hampden County and second most loans to minority borrowers statewide.

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      Mentions:   Hampden Bank

    15. Temporary Route 20 bridge removed over CSX Railroad in West Springfield

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      Temporary Route 20 bridge removed over CSX Railroad in West Springfield

      The new bridge, built higher to allow the railroad to run double-stacked freight trains, has been open for some months now and workers are also realigning the road too match the new bridge. The project is scheduled to be completed in August, according to the state Department of Transportation. The $6.5 million bridge is part of a larger $25.8 million state-funded railway access project to enable the double-stacked trains.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Westfield

    16. Springfield Technical Community College will offer summer STEM academy for fall students to get early start

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      Springfield Technical Community College will offer summer STEM academy for fall students to get early start

      Springfield Technical Community College has announced a new summer program to allow incoming students a chance to get an early start on their college credits by exploring the possibility of a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines . The STEM Starter Academy will allow participants to earn a $1,000 stipend; take free college courses including: the college success seminar, essentials of engineering and math; participate in field trips; and learn from guest speakers and STEM experts working in the field.

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    17. Former federal building at 1550 Main in Springfield named Outstanding Building

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      Former federal building at 1550 Main in Springfield named Outstanding Building

      The Building Owners and Managers Association has awarded 1550 Main in Springfield its Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) award in the government building category of the Middle Atlantic Conference. This is the second consecutive year the redevelopment of the former federal building has won this award, according to a news release from MassDevelopment.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Baystate Health   Springfield

    18. Springfield Armor's departure for Grand Rapids made official by NBA Development League

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      Springfield Armor's departure for Grand Rapids made official by NBA Development League

      The sale of the Springfield Armor and the franchise's move to Grand Rapids, Mich., was made official on Tuesday by the NBA Development League. The move was first reported on March 26 by David Mayo, the Detroit Pistons beat writer for MLive.com, an Advance Digital sister site of MassLive.com, which subsequently reported the Armor's departure from Springfield. The D-League on Tuesday announced that SSJ Group, led by Steve Jbara, has purchased the Armor and relocated it to Grand Rapids for the 2014-15 season. The team will be affiliated with the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Eagle Home Buyers moves to Open Square in Holyoke

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      Eagle Home Buyers moves to Open Square in Holyoke

      Developer John Aubin and Eagle Home Buyers LLC are pleased to announce the opening of Eagle Home Buyers’ new office in the historic mill complex at Aubin's Open Square.  The 860-square-foot space positions the full-service real estate investment company to expand its services throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties. Gayle L. White, Eagle Home Buyers owner, said she is excited to bring specialty realty services to new clients and to become part of a thriving new model of business development to revitalize urban areas.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    20. North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room wins state approval: still awaiting federal OK

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      North Adams Regional Hospital emergency room wins state approval: still awaiting federal OK

      The state has approved Berkshire Medical Center's plan to open a satellite emergency room at North Adams Regional Hospital but federal approvals are still in the works.
      But the North Adams community, especially the Massachusetts Nurses Association which represents nurses at both Berkshire Medical Center and the former North Adams Regional Hospital, is still pushing for the restoration of more services than just the emergency room.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Greenfield

    21. MassDevelopment grants $250000 to Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in

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      MassDevelopment grants $250000 to Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in

      MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council have provided a $250,000 grant to the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. A 2012 study by the Economic Development Research Group of Boston anticipated that upon its completion, the full campus expansion project will enhance tourism growth in the Berkshires region; generate annual business sales in Berkshire County of $7 million; increase state tax revenues by $323,000 annually; and spur creation of about 90 jobs throughout the county to support a broader visitor base.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    22. Florence Savings Bank contributes $2,5000 to Forbes Library

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      Florence Savings Bank contributes $2,5000 to Forbes Library

      Florence Savings Bank has donated $2,500 to the Forbes Library in Northampton, in memory of the Bank’s past President and CEO Ed Morin. Bank President and CEO John F. Heaps, Jr. made the announcement at the Bank’s recent Customers’ Choice Community Grants Program Awards Ceremony, held at the Northampton Senior Center. During the ceremony, Heaps recalled the life and accomplishments of his predecessor, who recently passed away. Also present at the ceremony were Scott Morin, Ed Morin’s son, and Forbes Library Director Janet Moulding.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Florence Savings Bank

    23. UMass Isenberg School of Management ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek

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      UMass Isenberg School of Management ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek

      The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked 36th overall and 14th among public universities in the latest Bloomberg Businessweek magazine listing of undergraduate business programs.  Mark A. Fuller, dean of the Isenberg School, said in a news release, “Over the past several years we have modernized our curriculum to better meet today’s business needs, increased hands-on learning and internship opportunities and significantly increased corporate and executive engagement in the classroom. These ongoing efforts ­– along with a highly engaged faculty, staff and student body – are paying significant dividends in expanding opportunities for our graduates ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    24. Avery Dennison to shut down Chicopee plant

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      Avery Dennison to shut down Chicopee plant

      The new owners of Avery Dennison's label business are proceeding with plans to close the plant in Westover Airpark North as economic developers plan to begin marketing the space to a new occupant.  In a letter to employes, Avery Dennison said it laid off 124 union and nonunion workers Jan. 31  and that the remaining employees will be out of work by June 27. the plant makes binders and labels.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

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