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    1. Big Y plans to double size of Springfield distribution hub, add over 30 new jobs with $35 million investment in city

      Big Y plans to double size of Springfield distribution hub, add over 30 new jobs with $35 million investment in city

      Over the next 18 months, the family owned Big Y Foods Inc. will expand the distribution center at its Roosevelt Avenue headquarters with 232,000 square feet of additional space. Plans include an expansion in order to provide capacity for the next 20 years including 20 new supermarkets, Big Y said Friday. It's a $35-million to $40-million warehouse project that is expected to take 18 months and will result in 32 new jobs, according to a company news release. There are currently 92 employees working at the distribution center now and collectively they move 20 million cases of food ...

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    2. Chicopee to spend $2.89 million to demolish 5 more Uniroyal buildings

      Chicopee to spend $2.89 million to demolish 5 more Uniroyal buildings

      The city will remove five of the largest buildings on the Uniroyal property this year but at a higher cost than was originally expected. The City Council voted 13-0 to allocate $2.89 million to tear down the five largest remaining buildings on the Uniroyal campus after learning the cost of demolition skyrocketed due to deterioration of three attached buildings. "The cost has gun up unfortunately but it is a necessary expense," Councilor Joel McAuliffe said.

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    3. Long-time Northampton state representative Peter Kocot dies at 61 | masslive.com

      Long-time Northampton state representative Peter Kocot dies at 61 | masslive.com

      Peter Kocot, a long-time state representative from Northampton, has died.  Kocot has served in the state Legislature since 2002 representing the 1st Hampshire District.  He was chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.  He was 61 years old.  Kocot had been ill.  House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, emailed state representatives Thursday afternoon to inform them that Kocot had passed away Thursday morning.  'Chairman Kocot was one of the most kind, decent and selfless individuals that I have had the pleasure to know,' DeLeo wrote.

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    4. Agawam considering tax breaks for targeted redevelopment zone near Big E | masslive.com

      Agawam considering tax breaks for targeted redevelopment zone near Big E | masslive.com

      The city is working on creating a District Improvement Financing zone, or DIF, around the former Games & Lanes property, a longtime eyesore and bulwark to revitalizing the Walnut Street Extension business district.  The formerly toxic Games & Lanes site has undergone extensive environmental remediation and the dilapidated building that long dominated the lot has been demolished, prompting city officials to declare the area primed for redevelopment.  DIFs channel dollars into targeted districts by offering tax breaks and other incentives for redevelopment.

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    5. Development of vacant Chicopee industrial parks could get a boost with state grants

      Development of vacant Chicopee industrial parks could get a boost with state grants

      The Chicopee River Business Park always seemed to be the perfect spot for new industry since it is situated just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstate-291 and has a number of "shovel ready" parcels complete with roads and water and sewer connections. But for nearly three decades and through good and bad economic times few businesses have ever shown interest in moving there. Now it seems the fortunes of the industrial park may finally be turning around.

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    6. Women in leadership speaker series offered by Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      Women in leadership speaker series offered by Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

      The "Women in Leadership: Leadership in Your Future" speaker series by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce will begin March 7 and include four events. "We recognize the importance of creating local and affordable professional opportunities to help people grow professionally and personally," said Christina Royal, president of Holyoke Community College, one of the speakers. She will be joined by Kathleen G. Anderson, Chamber president and president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber Centennial Foundation, Shannon M. Rudder, executive director of Providence Ministries Inc. and Tricia Canavan, president of United Personnel.

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    7. 'A dream come true': Springfield plans $12 million early education center aimed to serve...

      'A dream come true': Springfield plans $12 million early education center aimed to serve...

      Mary E. Walachy, executive director of the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, said that $13.5 million has been raised in private funds for the center and its programs. That amount came from three donors -- two anonymous contributors and the Davis Foundation. The Davis Foundation was the lead partner in pushing for the new center that is tied to the nationwide Educare program.

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    8. Bradley International Airport passenger total grows for 5th straight year

      Bradley International Airport passenger total grows for 5th straight year

      Bradley International Airport saw 6.2 percent more passengers in 2017 compared with 2016, its fifth consecutive year of growth, the airport said Wednesday. The Windsor Locks, Conneticut, airport, which serves Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, had 6.4 million people get on or off a plane there in 2017. It had 6 million passengers a year earlier in 2016.

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    9. Federal broadband solicitation could help rural unserved Massachusetts census tracts, says FCC | masslive.com

      Federal broadband solicitation could help rural unserved Massachusetts census tracts, says FCC | masslive.com

      The Federal Communication Commission says it will launch an auction on July 24 for private telecom firms to provide broadband to 13,000 rural premises in Massachusetts that still don't have high-speed internet service.  Dozens of state census blocks are eligible under the next phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund, which offsets provider costs of extending broadband service into rural areas, the FCC said in a press release.  The 'reverse auction' will provide opportunities for new entrants to the marketplace, regardless of technology, including phone companies, fixed wireless service providers, satellite providers, cable companies and electric utility ...

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    10. Springfield officials praise $3.5 million renovation project at Central Library slated for...

      Springfield officials praise $3.5 million renovation project at Central Library slated for...

      A $3.5 million renovation project at the Central Library on State Street is slated for completion by late summer, designed to preserve and enhance the historic building for generations of visitors. "We are really, really pleased," said Molly Fogarty, city library director. "The Central Library is an information and cultural resource for the entire city and is one of Springfield's most historically significant and heavily used public buildings." The project includes reconstruction of the front marble stairs, a new rear entrance including new granite stairs and handicap accessible ramp, and improvements to the roof and masonry, officials said.

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    11. 2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing

      2 mostly-vacant Chicopee industrial parks receive state grants for development, marketing

      State Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, chairman of the economic development committee, announced the awards of two Site Readiness Program grants. A total of $255,200 will go to Westover Metropolitan Development Corporation to develop the relatively new Air Park South and $70,000 will go to Westmass Area Development to help in master planning and marketing for Chicopee River Business Park. "The Site Readiness Program is designed to facilitate development at the local level by providing targeted resources for sites with great potential as these Chicopee projects," he said.

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    12. Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)

      Berkshire Innovation Center looks to bolster manufacturers, tech firms (photos, video)

      With a reputation as a hub for arts and culture, Berkshire County also boasts a rich history of manufacturing and technology. That's something local business leaders and officials are looking to highlight and build upon with the creation of the long-awaited Berkshire Innovation Center. The project, which has faced delays due to funding shortfalls since it was proposed nearly a decade ago, is expected to break ground in Pittsfield this year. Stephen Boyd, BIC president and chairman since 2014, said he hopes to open the 20,000-square-foot facility at William Stanley Business Park, part of General Electric's former ...

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    13. East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      East Longmeadow factory grows workforce, will start making Craftsman tools

      Local workers will once again make Craftsman tools here in the Pioneer Valley. Stanley Black & Decker, which bought the Craftsman brand from ailing Sears in January 2017 for $775 million, will likely start making Craftsman-brand saw blades and other tools at the former Lenox American Saw plant in the second half of 2018, said spokesman Tim Perra.

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    14. Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower

      Springfield seeks bids for downtown property once planned for 32-story 'Space Needle' tower

      The city is advertising for proposals for the redevelopment of two adjacent parcels on lower Worthington Street that 30 years ago was considered for the "Spire," a 32-story condominium tower nicknamed "Springfield's Space Needle." The site is now mostly vacant with just a lean-to structure and roof, and the city is particularly interested in uses that would be compatible with a downtown dining district, said Brian Connors, the city's deputy director of economic development.

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    15. MassMutual Foundation donates $1 million to Springfield schools

      MassMutual Foundation donates $1 million to Springfield schools

       The MassMutual Foundation Inc. will grant $1 million to Springfield Public Schools to expand the City Connects program into eight additional elementary schools throughout the city.  City Connects is a national program executed by the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The program supports students based on their individual needs by addressing out-of-school challenges that affect student success, and leverages existing community resources and support services to optimize students' readiness to learn.

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    16. Chicopee downtown mill renovation project granted special permit

      Chicopee downtown mill renovation project granted special permit

      A Holyoke businessman who plans to convert a historic mill building that dates to the 1840s has been given the go-ahead to begin the project. The City Council voted 12-0 last week to grant a special permit to Mount Holyoke Development, owned by Herbert Berezin, which will allow him to convert the long-vacant 65,000 square-foot, five-street mill located off the corner of Front and Depot Streets into live-work apartments. The City Council also agreed to waive parking requirements and allow the project to go forth with 109 instead of the 179 spots needed under zoning regulations. It also agreed ...

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    17. Valley Venture Mentors co-founder Paul Silva is 'rock star' of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.: Outlook 2018

      Valley Venture Mentors co-founder Paul Silva is 'rock star' of entrepreneurship in Western Mass.: Outlook 2018

      As a senior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000, Silva cofounded the Entreclub because he needed help building his start-up Zform. That's where his duck tie first made its appearance as a silly way to make his fellow students feel less nervous when pitching their ideas. Since then, the ducks have been on quite a ride. They've accompanied Silva from college competitions to his work in angel investment to the co-founding of Valley Venture Mentors, the region's leading start-up accelerator, and now to his two latest endeavors, Launch413 and the Lean Innovation Institute.

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    18. Springfield recycler Northstar Pulp & Paper repurposes to meet 21st century demands

      Springfield recycler Northstar Pulp & Paper repurposes to meet 21st century demands

      Thirty years ago, when Lori Goodman Novak was a teenager, she worked in the office for the family business, Northstar Pulp & Paper, answering the phone, weighing trucks on the scale and sorting mail. Nearly two decades later, while Novak was teaching kindergarten, her half-brother, Aaron Goodman, was old enough to work at the plant as a forklift operator, before he launched his college education and a career in commercial banking. After making radical professional moves in recent decades, the two siblings - Novak is 49, and Goodman is 31 - have committed to Northstar. With their father David Goodman, they serve as ...

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    19. Blackjack 101: Get an inside look at MGM Springfield's table games school (photos, video) | masslive.com

      Blackjack 101: Get an inside look at MGM Springfield's table games school (photos, video) | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield said Tuesday that it will reimburse tuition for students at the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute who learn two or more casino table games, pass MGM's audition and work for the new Springfield casino for at least a year.  The news came during an open house at the school, a partnership among MGM, Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College.  Classes begin Feb. 26 at 95 State St. on the MGM campus in the South End.

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    20. Greenfield worker-owned PV Squared solar firm earns national kudos

      Greenfield worker-owned PV Squared solar firm earns national kudos

      "Solar (energy) is worth looking into for everyone," Josh Hilsdon says with certainty. He is the commercial design and sales consultant for Pioneer Valley PhotoVoltaics Cooperative Inc., also known as PV Squared, an employee-owned and certified B corporation solar installation company headquartered in Greenfield. Benefits of both home and business solar energy solutions include direct ownership of equipment, long-term cost savings, spending in the local economy and eco-friendly power. "It's a strategic investment that pays for itself and is a more attractive alternative than continuing to pay utilities with no end in sight," Hilsdon says.

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    21. Home Depot looks to hire 300 in Western Massachusetts, 80,000 nationwide

      Home Depot looks to hire 300 in Western Massachusetts, 80,000 nationwide

      The Home Depot plans to hire 300 additional workers this spring in Western Massachusetts. The number includes jobs at seven stores across the region. The jobs are a mix of seasonal and permanent part-time, according to a news release from The Home Depot.  The jobs include sales and cashiers to operations and online order fulfillment.  The Home Depot has stores in Chicopee, Greenfield, Hadley, Pittsfield, West Springfield, Westfield and Wilbraham and a distribution facility in Westfield. Nationally, the chain is looking for 80,000 employees this spring. College students, retirees and veterans are encouraged to apply. The company doesn't ...

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    22. Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce draws strength in numbers for 2018: Outlook 2018...

      Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce draws strength in numbers for 2018: Outlook 2018...

      The theme for Outlook 2018 is well-chosen, and it describes, concisely and effectively, the mindset and operating philosophy of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce. It works tirelessly to bring people together - not only members, but the entire business community and others working to improve quality of life in Greater Westfield - and because we come together, all these organizations and the communities they serve are stronger.

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    23. Springfield Union Station preps for a bigger, busier 2018

      Springfield Union Station preps for a bigger, busier 2018

      The people behind Springfield's Union Station knew the place was popular. But they weren't necessarily expecting 10,000 to 12,000 people over for Thanksgiving. That's just a rough estimate of the crowd that streamed through Union Station over that holiday weekend, said Paul M. Stelzer, president of Appleton Corp., a part of the O'Connell Companies, which manages the building.

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    24. Seeing is believing: Springfield prepares for MGM casino, rail car factory opening in 2018

      Seeing is believing: Springfield prepares for MGM casino, rail car factory opening in 2018

      Seeing is believing. That is the message from Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the city's development officer, Kevin Kennedy, as they describe the outlook for economic development in Springfield in 2018. One just needs to look around the city. Among dozens of projects citywide, construction plows ahead on the new $960 million MGM Springfield casino project set to open in September, the Union Station transportation center is open and growing and the CRRC USA Rail Corp. will be producing its first subway cars for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority this year.

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