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    1. Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

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      Western New England University researchers working on breath analyzer to monitor diabetes

      The development and evolution of breath-analysis technology has long been the focus of medical research as a less invasive way to detect chemical compounds at certain levels that could indicate the presence of specific diseases. Researchers, including two in the Pioneer Valley, have been developing an analyzer for diabetics to use their exhaled breath to determine blood sugar/glucose levels through the detection of acetone. This is seen as a less invasive check than the traditional portable meter that utilizes a prick of blood for its test strip.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    2. Baystate Health welcomes UMass Medical School campus to Springfield with goal to train docs who'll practice in Western Massachusetts

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      Baystate Health welcomes UMass Medical School campus to Springfield with goal to train docs who'll practice in Western Massachusetts

      Baystate Health has already offered admission to four prospective students for the new medical school program it's starting in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts, including students from Springfield interested in continuing their education in their hometown. One of the missions of the medical school -- called the PURCH for Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health -- will be to train physicians who will be more likely to build their careers in Western Massachusetts and fill the region's chronic need for more primary care doctors.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Baystate Health   Springfield

    3. Springfield City Council OKs expansion of 2 auto businesses

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      Springfield City Council OKs expansion of 2 auto businesses

      The City Council granted special permits this week to allow two automotive businesses to expand in Indian Orchard, including a permit that will allow Rick's Auto Body to store and reassemble junk cars. The council voted unanimously on Monday following a public hearing at City Hall to approve a Class 3 storage yard (junk yard) permit at Rick's Auto Body of 375 Pasco Road.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation   Rick Sullivan

    4. Consultant says Springfield should Seuss-ify and diversify into an arts mecca | masslive.com

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      Consultant says Springfield should Seuss-ify and diversify into an arts mecca | masslive.com

      So what is Springfield willing to do for its own author of quirky children's books -- native son Dr. Seuss, who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel here in 1904?  It's one of the questions posed Wednesday by Tim Jones, head of strategy for the London-based consulting firm Futurecity as he laid a case that Springfield, Worcster and Boston need to use the arts to foster economic and real estate development as well as a sense of community and hopefulness to drive their collective futures.

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    5. Springfield, Holyoke receive preschool expansion grants

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      Springfield, Holyoke receive preschool expansion grants

      Massachusetts has received a $15 million federal grant to provide a year of free preschool to low-income children in five cities, including Holyoke and Springfield. This is the third year the state has received the grant. "Over the past year, these Pre-School Expansion Programs have begun to show that they are model programs which can help us continue to build high-quality early education programs across the Commonwealth," said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser in a statement. "With this third round of funding, we will not only help more children have access to high-quality early education programs but it will advance ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    6. MassMutual Foundation, Valley Venture Mentors partnership cited as entrepreneurship model by White House

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      MassMutual Foundation, Valley Venture Mentors partnership cited as entrepreneurship model by White House

      The partnership between the MassMutual Foundation and Valley Venture Mentors was called a model for startup efforts in the White House document.   The rates of entrepreneurship among people of color and women of all races has increased significantly in the past 20 years. The number of women-owned businesses in the past decade have increased five times the national average, including the number of firms owned by African American women and Latinas doubling. The increased rate of entrepreneurship across the country - especially among women and non-white men - can be credited in large part to startup accelerator programs providing mentorship and early ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Amherst   Valley Venture Mentors

    7. Massive cleanup costs at former Belchertown State School force officials to seek EPA Brownfields designation for additional funding | masslive.com

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      Massive cleanup costs at former Belchertown State School force officials to seek EPA Brownfields designation for additional funding | masslive.com

      The Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corporation, a selectmen-appointed board that officially owns the property, will convene a public hearing Wednesday as part of the application process to designate three sites as Brownfields in order to get federal cleanup money.  The public hearing at Lawrence Memorial Hall, 2 Jabish St., is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.  Documents the BEDIC has made available for the hearing show the extent of toxic materials present at the former state school. These include asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls, commonly known as PCBs, in building materials.


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    8. West of River Chamber holding annual Career Day at Agawam Jr. High School | masslive.com

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      West of River Chamber holding annual Career Day at Agawam Jr. High School | masslive.com

      The West of the River Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Career Day at Agawam Junior High School at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.  The event brings local business owners and tradespeople together to share information about careers with students, who sign up for seminars on jobs in fields they're interested in learning more about.

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    9. Salvatore's on Boston Road to become Compari's, remain family oriented

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      Salvatore's on Boston Road to become Compari's, remain family oriented

      Anabela Basile was looking for a new building to house her business, USA Mortgage Network, which had outgrown its offices in Indian Orchard. What she found, with the help of her daughter Tanya Vitale-Basile, a real estate professional, was business space for her whole family. She bought the former Salvatore's Restaurant at 1333 Boston Road in Springfield and renovated part of the building as her new mortgage office. With the help of her family, she transformed the rest it into the new Compari's Ristorante. Her husband, Joe, and daughter Kayla Basile will work at the restaurant. Kayla Basile ...

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    10. Government, education and business lead Greater Springfield job growth in October

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      Government, education and business lead Greater Springfield job growth in October

      Unemployment in Greater Springfield was 3.4 percent in October, the result of solid job gains both over the month and since October 2015 Statistics show that Greater Springfield added 4,400 jobs in the month and 5,600 in the past 12 months. Here are those job gains broken down by sector of the economy, with the results from last year in parenthesis. All data was provided by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    11. Report: Meeting state need for vocational education would cost $27M

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      Report: Meeting state need for vocational education would cost $27M

      Massachusetts has around 5,400 students who are unable to get into vocational schools because of waiting lists or because of a lack of schools in their community, according to a report released Friday by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Addressing that gap, the report found, would cost $27 million. "Successful implementation of this type of (career, vocational and technical education) expansion would require careful budget and building plans at the local level, along with the active participation of state partners," the report said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    12. Springfield Business Improvement District announces 2nd Annual Downtown Springfield Holiday Market

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      Springfield Business Improvement District announces 2nd Annual Downtown Springfield Holiday Market

      The Springfield Business Improvement District has announced the 2nd annual Downtown Springfield Holiday Market. Springfield Business Improvement Director Chris Russell says, "Springfield has not seen a retail experience like this in over 25 years." This year you can expect to find dozens of local and regional retailers and artisans selling a wide variety of gifts for everyone's taste including Wonderland Gifts, Jackson & Connor, DiRico's Golf & Racquet, Kate Gray, Mountain to Seas Knits, Pops Biscotti and Thomas Jewelry, to name a few.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Springfield Business Improvement District

    13. Q&A: '300 businesses' in 10 years in Holyoke goal set by new SPARK manager Tessa Murphy-Romboletti | masslive.com

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      Q&A: '300 businesses' in 10 years in Holyoke goal set by new SPARK manager Tessa Murphy-Romboletti | masslive.com

      Tessa Murphy-Romboletti said her goal is to establish 300 new businesses here in 10 years as new program manager of the commercial-catalyst known as SPARK.  'It's ambitious but I am confident that we're heading in the right direction towards achieving that goal. Working for the city, I've learned so much that I think has prepared me for this new position, and I'm really excited to get started,' Murphy-Romboletti said Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    14. Springfield 'rising to new heights' on $3.3 billion in development, city official tells chamber

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      Springfield 'rising to new heights' on $3.3 billion in development, city official tells chamber

      Springfield's chief development officer detailed $3.307 billion in ongoing and recent economic development projects in the city for a Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce audience meeting Tuesday. Called "Springfield: Rising to New Heights," Kevin Kennedy's presentation was a follow-up to presentations he gave in 2014 and 2015. It drew more than 200 attendees to the CityStage theater. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno opened the presentation by talking about how Springfield was near bankruptcy a decade ago. It's not only recovered but has endured the problems endemic to urban America and the June 2011 tornado, he said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Amherst

    15. Massachusetts seeks bids to extend broadband internet to 40 WMass towns

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      Massachusetts seeks bids to extend broadband internet to 40 WMass towns

      State officials are soliciting bids from private companies to build out broadband internet connections in 40 Western Massachusetts towns. The bid request is part of an effort by Gov. Charlie Baker's administration over the last six months to revive and revitalize state government's efforts to provide broadband internet to all homes in Massachusetts. "About six to eight months ago, the dynamic started to change because the administration took a hands-on approach over at (the Massachusetts Broadband Institute)," said Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, whose district includes many of the underserved towns. "Communities in my district are seeing a ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amherst   Massachusetts Broadband Institute

    16. Springfield start-up seeks to keep hospitals in the black

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      Springfield start-up seeks to keep hospitals in the black

      he state of healthcare is changing. Hospitals across the United States are operating with smaller budgets and fewer beds or closing outright. A new start-up in the city is working with hospitals and healthcare providers to keep the doors open.  Prophit Insight is a software and analytics company that helps healthcare providers improve profitability.  Kym and Michael Arian founded the company in 2015 seeking an answer. After more than two decades of working in the field, Michael wondered, "Why don't hospitals have traditional sales profits? What makes them so different?"

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    17. Springfield opens $3 million Forest Park building for job skills training, Bright Nights...

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      Springfield opens $3 million Forest Park building for job skills training, Bright Nights...

      The Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is partnering with the city to allow unemployed and underemployed participants to gain carpentry, electrical, welding and painting experience, according to the city and REB President-CEO David Cruise. The workshop and storage space replaces an existing wooden shelter built in the early 1970s. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the project "plays an important role in our continued economic development and job training efforts."

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    18. Springfield Rising to New Heights: City, chamber plan another economic development update

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      Springfield Rising to New Heights: City, chamber plan another economic development update

      The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce and city economic development officials will host another in a series of presentations on ongoing development, highlighting projects like the MGM Springfield casino, Union Station and the city's innovation district. The free presentation, called "Rising to New Heights," will be Tuesday at 4 p.m. at City Stage, at 1 Columbus Center downtown. Free parking will be available in the adjacent garage. Those interested in attending should register in advance at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield College   Springfield Technical Community College

    19. Rotting Monroe paper mill to be torn down for public park on Deerfield River

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      Rotting Monroe paper mill to be torn down for public park on Deerfield River

      The state last week awarded the town of Monroe $520,000 in grant funding to help remove a cavernous, green-painted wooden structure, part of the former Ramage Paper Mill, and turn the site into a public park.  Jeffrey Phillips of Connecticut, who bought the complex 20 years ago, has not responded to a Housing Court order to demolish the building, and not paid taxes since 1999, local officials say. Monroe Town Meeting members voted Nov. 14 to take the building by eminent domain.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    20. MGM Springfield Community Partners Network aims to put women, minorities, veterans to work building casino — and beyond

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      MGM Springfield Community Partners Network aims to put women, minorities, veterans to work building casino — and beyond

      Brian Arnold of Springfield is one of about 200 construction workers on the job at MGM Springfield. He spends his days building and setting forms for concrete pours as contractors start hanging the flesh of a casino and hotel complex on the skeleton of steel taking shape at the 14.5-acre site. By the middle of summer 2017, about six months from now, that crew of 200 will swell to more than 700 construction workers. They'll be putting up drywall, installing ceilings, hanging doors, running wire, installing plumbing and more as work on the $950 million casino project hits ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Mount Holyoke College

    21. MassDevelopment bonds $10M for Five Colleges library annex in Hatfield

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      MassDevelopment bonds $10M for Five Colleges library annex in Hatfield

      MassDevelopment has issued $10.08 million in tax-exempt bonds to finance the new $12 million Five Colleges Inc. library annex now under construction. The facility, set to open in 2017, is on about 12 acres on North Maple Street. Citizens Funding Corp. purchased the bond, MassDevelopment said Thursday. Five Colleges Inc. will use the bond proceeds to build, furnish and equip the 34,664-square-foot library annex. The facility will house as many as 2.5 million printed materials for which there is no longer space at Five College member schools, according to a news release. The Five Colleges are: Amherst ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Smith College

    22. Massachusetts up 61K jobs on the year, unemployment lowest in 15 years

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      Massachusetts up 61K jobs on the year, unemployment lowest in 15 years

      Job gains occurred in the Professional, Scientific and Business Services, Manufacturing, and Other Services sectors, according to the state. Local jobless rates for October won't be available for a few weeks. But in September, the unemployment rate in the city of Springfield fell to 6.3 percent, the lowest level in nearly a decade, according to the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Springfield's unemployment rate was last this low in December of 2007, nearly nine years ago and prior to the Great Recession. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in October. Unemployment rates ...

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    23. Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman to participate in New England policy conference

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      Women's Fund CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Roman to participate in New England policy conference

      Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, chief executive officer of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, is among the participants in the New England Women's Policy Conference Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center ballroom at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Mary Frances Berry (pdf), who chaired the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1993 to 2004, is keynote speaker. Berry, who holds both a doctorate in history and a law degree, had previously been a member of the commission and successfully sued in federal court the Reagan administration's efforts to remove her ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    24. Springfield's Caring Health Center teams up with Health Connector to reach uninsured

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      Springfield's Caring Health Center teams up with Health Connector to reach uninsured

      Semprit, along with fellow staff member Maria Sanchez, is featured in a series of ads created by Archipelago Strategies Group for the Massachusetts Health Connector, which helps state residents navigate the very complicated world of health insurance. "After doing multiple focus groups at the YMCA in Springfield and several in Chelsea, we had a better understanding of what the message is that people want to receive, and overwhelmingly they want to know where to go to get insurance and how to do it," said Josiane Martinez, CEO of Archipelago.

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