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    1. As Worcester's Union Station struggles financially, Springfield officials strive for self-sufficient project

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      As Worcester's Union Station struggles financially, Springfield officials strive for self-sufficient project

      While Worcester's Union Station has been operating with deficits since it reopened in 2000, including a reported $649,702 city subsidy needed this fiscal year, Springfield officials say the Union Station project here is geared to avoid any such significant losses. Both Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, and Christopher Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, said there is a concerted, ongoing effort to maximize revenues for the Springfield station and keep future operational expenses as low as possible. The authority, which serves as the urban redevelopment agency for Springfield, owns Union Station and will ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   MGM   Kevin Kennedy

    2. STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns

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      STEM education needs more employers willing to host interns

      The No. 1 challenge Massachusetts employers face is their need for skilled employees. On Thursday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito met with leaders from local government, education and industry to recruit more of those employers to host high school and college interns in the STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- fields. She also announced that Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will now host interns. "Today's discussion is really about talent," said David Cruise, president of the Hampden County Regional Employment Board. "Talent is the differentiator."

       
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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield

    3. Massachusetts unemployment rate drops to 2.8%, lowest since 2000

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      Massachusetts unemployment rate drops to 2.8%, lowest since 2000

      The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 2.8 percent in December, marking the sixth consecutive month the rate has declined. The last time the state's unemployment rate was at 2.8 percent was in December 2000, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Over the year, Massachusetts added 75,000 jobs.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    4. Find that plumber, restaurant, city department in 2017 Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Directory & Business Resource Guide | masslive.com

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      Find that plumber, restaurant, city department in 2017 Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Directory & Business Resource Guide | masslive.com

      Thirteen thousand customers of The Republican today will receive copies of the 2017 Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Directory & Business Resource Guide in their delivered newspapers, an official said Wednesday.  'It's a great guide and phone book to area businesses that will help you shop locally,' said Kathleen G. Anderson president of the chamber and of the chamber Centennial Foundation Inc.

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      Mentions:   Kathleen G. Anderson   Holyoke   The Republican

    5. New England electricity prices 47% higher last month than national average

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      New England electricity prices 47% higher last month than national average

      Households in New England paid electricity prices last month that were 47 percent higher than the national average, according to federal data released Wednesday. Consumer energy information released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for its Boston region showed the area's households paid an average of 19.5 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, compared to the national average of 13.3 cents. The region includes Hampden and Worcester counties as well as Greater Boston and parts of New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    6. WWLP-TV 22 has new owner with completion of Nexstar Media Group purchase of Media General

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      WWLP-TV 22 has new owner with completion of Nexstar Media Group purchase of Media General

      The Nexstar Media Group has completed its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General, gaining ownership of 71 television stations across the county including WWLP-TV 22 in Chicopee. Newstar Media Group now has control over 171 stations across 100 U.S. media markets which reach to just under 39 percent of households. The deal to acquire Media General was announced nearly a year ago. It had been held up by the Federal Communications Commission until Nexstar agreed to divest from 13 stations.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    7. Sweet Ideas Cafe, serving breakfast and lunch in downtown Springfield (photos)

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      Sweet Ideas Cafe, serving breakfast and lunch in downtown Springfield (photos)

      A cafe in downtown Springfield offers workers a sweet excuse to take their lunch break.  Located downtown in the Marketplace building, 1365 Main St., Sweet Ideas Cafe offers customers a place to eat in a setting that feels like home, serving made-to-order food in a cozy atmosphere. Their menu - with all dishes available for under $10 - features breakfast fare like pancakes and eggs to fish and grits. For lunch, the cafe serves a daily special as well as everyday favorites, such as chicken and waffles or a cheeseburger and fries.  Customers can enjoy breakfast dishes like french toast with home ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    8. 'Hidden Figures' movie inspires local women, highlights careers in STEM

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      'Hidden Figures' movie inspires local women, highlights careers in STEM

      Inspiration was one of the feelings many women had after seeing "Hidden Figures," a movie detailing the contribution of women, particularly African-American women, to NASA. "During a time when the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields were dominated by white males, Mrs. Dorothy Vaughn, Mrs. Katherine Johnson and Mrs. Mary Jackson, all members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and graduates of historically black colleges and universities, throughout their careers at NASA had significant impact on the success of Americans' travel into space," said Rhonda M. Brace, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Xi Xi Omega Chapter of ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield   Eastfield Mall

    9. 'The Notebook' author Nicholas Sparks to speaker at Bay Path University Women's Leadership Conference

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      'The Notebook' author Nicholas Sparks to speaker at Bay Path University Women's Leadership Conference

      Best-selling romance author Nicholas Sparks, whose 20 books include "The Notebook," "A Walk to Remember" and "Message in a Bottle," is a scheduled keynote speaker at Bay Path University's 22nd Annual Women's Leadership Conference on March 31 at the MassMutual Center. Other keynote speakers include Shiza Shahid, who co-founded the Malala Fund, with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and Malala's father Ziaudidn, to help girls everywhere receive at least 12 years of education, and who led the organization as founding chief executive officer. She will speak in the morning.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield   Carol A. Leary

    10. Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce names Georgia Moore president | masslive.com

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      Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce names Georgia Moore president | masslive.com

      The director of leadership gifts at Cooley Dickinson Health Care in Northampton is the new president of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.  Georgia Moore was named president Jan. 10, succeeding Julie Marcus, who served as the president in 2016.  'The chamber is a vital and important resource for the Amherst area. I look forward to working with the board and chamber staff in supporting and advocating for our members,' Moore said in a press release.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton

    11. Springfield post office expands to meet growing package demand

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      Springfield post office expands to meet growing package demand

      The U.S. Postal Service is renovating the back of the Springfield post office at Main and Liberty streets to accommodate a growing volume of packages sent through the mail. The area is called the workroom floor, said postal service spokeswoman Christine Dugas. Letter carriers were moved out of the building to a nearby postal facility about a year ago to make room for construction, and they recently returned. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of February, Dugas said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

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      Western MA Slider Slam Challenge coming to Eastern States Expo in West Springfield

      The Western MA Slider Slam Challenge, hosted by the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, is coming to the Carriage House at the Eastern States Exposition on Thursday, Feb. 9. The first-time event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Carriage House banquet facility at Storrowton Village, located on the grounds of The Big E at 1305 Memorial Ave. in West Springfield. MassLive's own Nick "I ate it" O'Malley, author of the website's popular "I Ate it So You Don't Have To" column, will serve as a judge at Slider Slam.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra

    13. HAPHousing building 4-story, $19.9M apartment and retail complex at former Pleasant St. lodging house in Northampton | masslive.com

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      HAPHousing building 4-story, $19.9M apartment and retail complex at former Pleasant St. lodging house in Northampton | masslive.com

      HAPHousing has begun construction of a four-story, $19.9 million building to house 70 rental apartments and 2,600 square feet of retail space at 155 Pleasant St., where a single-room lodging house once stood.  According to Peter Gagliardi, the HAPHousing president and CEO, construction is scheduled be completed in a year, with occupancy slated for March 2018.  'HAPHousing is excited to contribute to the revitalization of Pleasant Street,' he said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    14. Western New England University announces business scholarship

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      Western New England University announces business scholarship

      Western New England University announced this week its $2,000 Business Impact Scholarship to students from Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties who are enrolled as new students in the College of Business starting in the fall of 2017. "We think we have an outstanding product and we want to make Western New England university as affordable as we can to people in our region," said Bryan Gross, vice president for enrollment management at Western New England University. "We've gained a lot of positive momentum."

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    15. Ruben Flores-Marzan is Ware's new director of planning and community development

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      Ruben Flores-Marzan is Ware's new director of planning and community development

      By a 4-1 vote, selectmen on Tuesday confirmed the town manager's selection of Ruben Flores-Marzan as the municipality's new director of planning and community development. He begins work on Thursday, with an annual salary of $64,000, Town Manager Stuart Beckley said. Selectman John Desmond, who voted against Flores-Marzan, alluded to the fiscal condition of the town, and said, "The last thing we need to do is hire more people." Desmond also questioned whether a planning director would "inspire" economic activity. "We haven't seen any growth and I don't see that changing," the selectman said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Ware

    16. West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

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      West Springfield seeking to borrow $850K for Coburn School feasibility study

      West Springfield officials are working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to come up with a plan for the overcrowded school, which needs more than just a makeover, according to some Coburn teachers, who support a healthier learning and teaching environment for students and faculty.  West Side may be eligible for a grant from the MSBA, which is why city officials are looking to borrow $850,000 for a feasibility study and schematic designs for a new Coburn. The loan authorization would allow the city treasurer, with approval from Mayor Will Reichelt, to borrow the money.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    17. 'Lumberyard' affordable housing in Northampton wins $5 million from state

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      'Lumberyard' affordable housing in Northampton wins $5 million from state

      The Lumberyard Apartments -- a 70,000-square-foot affordable housing project planned at 265 Pleasant St. -- will move forward with a $5 million investment from the state. The Baker administration announced Tuesday that its Department of Housing and Community Development will award the project $1.79 million in state and federal low-income housing tax credits and $3.3 million in direct rental housing subsidies.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton

    18. Christina Royal, HCC's 1st female president, aims to 'co-create our future'

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      Christina Royal, HCC's 1st female president, aims to 'co-create our future'

      History was made at Holyoke Community College on Monday as faculty and staff gathered to welcome the school's first female president. "I think there is such great potential at this institution to build off of the great work that has already existed and to be able to take HCC to the next level," said Christina Royal. Royal said she wants to hit the ground running by supporting students and increasing enrollment. "Student success is paramount at a community college and any institution," she said. "HCC has an excellent reputation for being a transfer institution, and I want us to ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Holyoke   William F. Messner

    19. Farms in Hadley, Leyden, and Amherst win state infrastructure grants

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      Farms in Hadley, Leyden, and Amherst win state infrastructure grants

      Massachusetts Department of Agriculture awards annual infrastructure grants to farms that are not only committed to economic success, but to land conservation. The Baker administration on Friday announced $375,000 in such grants. The grants will fund diverse projects, including orchard development, hay barn construction, farm stands, and improved milking operations -- all capital investments designed to improve viability.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    20. Chicopee adopts tax incentive program to attract housing to downtown

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      Chicopee adopts tax incentive program to attract housing to downtown

      The Housing Development Incentive Zone, adopted in a 12-0 vote, is open only to state-designated Gateway cities, which are mainly older mill cities with a high poverty level. Tax breaks can only be given to developers of market-rate housing, City Planner Lee Pouliot said. A community has to create a zone they are targeting for market-rate development," he said. "The reason we started with the West End is we had the two mill conversion projects."

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke

    21. Agway locations in Westfield, Palmer and Athol close, auctions set

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      Agway locations in Westfield, Palmer and Athol close, auctions set

      Westfield Farm & Home Inc. has permanently closed its Agway locations in Westfield, Palmer and Athol and auctions will take place at all three locations by order of its creditors. Auctioneers Aaron Posnik  & Co. will sell off the contents, including inventory, from the Palmer Agway Home & Garden, 1515 Park St., otherwise known as Route 20, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, said Paul W. Scheer, president of Aaron Posnik & Co.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield   Northampton

    22. Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $775 million

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      Sears sells Craftsman brand to Stanley Black & Decker for $775 million

      Stanley Black & Decker added to its portfolio Thursday by buying the venerable Craftsman brand from Sears for for $775 million. In October, Stanley Black & Decker bought Lenox American Saw along with other parts of the the Newell Brands tool division for $1.95 billion in cash. That deal also included Newell's Irwin brand. That deal included the 500,000-square-foot Lenox American Saw factory in East Longmeadow, with its 640 employees. A total of 900 people manufacture and market Lenox saw blades and tools in more than 70 countries.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    23. MassBenchmarks: State economy nears 'full capacity'; impact of Trump unknown

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      MassBenchmarks: State economy nears 'full capacity'; impact of Trump unknown

      The Massachusetts labor market is reaching full capacity, with a lack of skilled and ready workers already pushing up wages in the high-tech manufacturing and construction industries, according to the latest report from MassBenchmarks, a study of the statewide economy from the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute. But that dynamism seems to be missing from much of Western Massachusetts, especially the Gateway Cities like Holyoke, Springfield, Pittsfield and their neighbors.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    24. Seen@ The Springfield Regional Chamber's January Business Breakfast

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      Seen@ The Springfield Regional Chamber's January Business Breakfast

      The Springfield Regional Chamber celebrated the new year with more than 100 business owners, associates, and visitors, attending the chamber's January business breakfast at the Carriage House at Storrowton Tavern on Wednesday. The meeting carried the theme for success, happiness and humor, with Keynote Speaker Dr. Steve Sobel, of Longmeadow. Guest speakers included Art Jasper, Gillian Palmer and Beth Ward. The business breakfast provides community and business leaders an opportunity to network and provide educational topics for local and regional businesses.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Palmer   Springfield

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