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    1. Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant

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      Mohawk Fine Papers gets 5-year $177,338 tax break for South Hadley plant

      The state Economic Assistance Coordinating Council on Wednesday approved the town's five-year tax break for New York-based Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. which plans to begin producing 500 million envelopes next year at a plant they will lease on Gaylord Street The state action means the special tax assessment will provide Mohawk a 100 percent real estate tax break the first year, 75 percent the second year, 50 percent the third and 25 percent the fourth. The company begins paying the fully assessed value of taxes in the fifth year. South Hadley Town Meeting unanimously approved the STA last month.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    2. Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

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      Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

      A state grant will help the city demolish 128 vacant military homes that have been a problem for more than a decade and use the land for a solar farm to benefit nearby Westover Air Reserve Base. Mayor Richard J. Kos announced at the School Committee meeting Wednesday the city will receive a $1 million grant that will allow the city to demolish the housing and use the property for a solar farm. The plan is to partner with Westover Air Reserve Base officials to reduce the energy costs for the military, Kos said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee

    3. UMass President Robert Caret 'saddened' to leave post he has held for nearly 4 years

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      UMass President Robert Caret 'saddened' to leave post he has held for nearly 4 years

      Robert L. Caret said in a statement that he is saddened that he will be leaving the University of Massachusetts where he has been president since 2011. Caret announced his resignation Wednesday afternoon to become chancellor for the University of Maryland system. "While I am excited and energized to return to Maryland, where I have accepted the position of Chancellor at the University System of Maryland, at the same time, I'm saddened that I will be leaving the University of Massachusetts

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    4. MassBenchmarks: 'Considerable reason for optimism' seen in Massachusetts economy | masslive.com

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      MassBenchmarks: 'Considerable reason for optimism' seen in Massachusetts economy | masslive.com

      Massachusetts is adding jobs, growing its workforce and growing its population, according to the economists behind MassBenchmarks, a study of the state's economy prepared by the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts.
      Also, lower oil prices could add as much as half a percentage point to national economic growth this year, MassBenchmarks economists said. That's a considerable improvement that helps Massachusetts more than most states because there is no oil or gas extraction industry here.  The economists reported Tuesday afternoon a summary of their discussions and perspectives on the economy.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts

    5. Word is spreading about Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills | masslive.com

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      Word is spreading about Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills | masslive.com

      Iron Duke Brewing in the Ludlow Mills is open and starting to grow.  “We opened Thanksgiving Eve,” said brewer Nick Morin. “It was snowing, and we had a full house.”  If you go they will give you a sampler of five different craft beers to try.
      Francine Kulig came in Friday night with her husband and her sister-in-law.  “We all liked a different beer,” she said.  Morin said his most popular beer is called the “Baby-Maker,” named because he was brewing it when his wife was a week and a half past her due date when she was expecting their ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Ludlow Mills   Easthampton

    6. Western New England University offers Mini-Law School

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      Western New England University offers Mini-Law School

      Western New England University School of Law will open its doors to the community with a five-week program focused on demystifying the law. The Mini-Law School will be held from Feb. 10 through March 10, meeting on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blake Law Center Room D, 1215 Wilbraham Road. “Individuals interested in becoming better informed and engaging in stimulating dialogue will find this program rewarding,” says Pat Newcombe, associate dean for library and information resources. “No legal knowledge is necessary, just a curious mind.”

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    7. Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant

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      Mohawk Fine Papers company chooses South Hadley to locate envelope manufacturing plant

      Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. has chosen to locate a new envelope production center on Gaylord Street, the town administrator told the selectboard at Tuesday's meeting. The New York-based company was also considering a location in Chicopee. Mohawk senior vice president Robert Scannell, who attended last month's South Hadley Town Meeting - when the assembly unanimously approved four year tax break for the firm - said the vote was "a tremendous outcome."

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    8. Springfield City Council approves $3.2 million for Union Station project, set to be covered by MGM Springfield payments

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      Springfield City Council approves $3.2 million for Union Station project, set to be covered by MGM Springfield payments

      The City Council on Monday authorized spending $3.2 million toward the long-awaited, $75.6 million Union Station intermodal transportation project. The funding was approved by unanimous vote, occurring as construction crews continue demolishing the deteriorated baggage building adjacent to the long-vacant station, helping to provide space for bus bays and a new parking garage, as key components of the project. . The council vote authorized borrowing the $3.2 million, with that cost set to be covered by annual payments from MGM Springfield. MGM is building a $800 million casino project in the South End-downtown area, and is paying $500 ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal   MGM

    9. Massachusetts announces $1.5 million for manufacturing training and additional

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      Massachusetts announces $1.5 million for manufacturing training and additional

      Massachusetts is putting nearly $1.5 million into vocational training for manufacturers over the next 18 months and also granting $400,000 to update the machine shop at Smith Vocational and Agricultural School in Northampton. The  $1.5 million is a continuation of grants the state has been giving regional employment boards around the state for a few years now, said Greg Bialecki, outgoing state secretary of Housing and Economic Development. The grants are for 18 months, not the 12-month grants the state had been making. The money is administered through Commonwealth Corp.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.

    10. Northampton's Smith Vocational High School is in line for $400,000 state grant

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      Northampton's Smith Vocational High School is in line for $400,000 state grant

      Smith Vocational and Educational High School is about to receive a $400,000 grant from on the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development to by state-of-the art equipment to train its students. Superintendent Jeffrey Peterson was on his way to the University of Massachusetts Monday morning to receive the grant, which will not become official until the school and the state sign a contract. The money will come out of the Capital Equipment Industry Training Program, which buys equipment for vocational schools. Smith must submit a list of equipment is wants and documentation showing it was chosen with ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Northampton

    11. Springfield seeks developer for portion of former Chapman Valve property in Indian Orchard

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      Springfield seeks developer for portion of former Chapman Valve property in Indian Orchard

      The city is seeking a buyer to redevelop a tax-foreclosed 17.7-acre industrial property on Pinevale Street in Indian Orchard, formerly part of the Chapman Valve site. Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said Friday he is optimistic the request for proposals will be successful.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    12. Allan Blair's economic leadership served region well: Editorial

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      Allan Blair's economic leadership served region well: Editorial

      Allan Blair, who retires at the end of December after 18 years as president and CEO of the business-funded Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, has served the community well as the regional leader of these efforts. Due in large part to Blair’s efforts over three decades, Western Massachusetts is known for having the Commonwealth’s most collaborative economic development effort, much of it directly under the umbrella of the EDC. This is not easy work. It’s hand-to-hand combat, usually behind the scenes. But whenever a ribbon is cut, whenever an industrial park is developed, whenever a new ...

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      Mentions:   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.   Springfield

    13. Knowledge Corridor passenger line to begin as scheduled on December 29

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      Knowledge Corridor passenger line to begin as scheduled on December 29

      Amtrak announced Friday that its new Vermonter passenger line, which includes stops in Northampton and Greenfield, will begin as scheduled on Dec. 29. The route, dubbed the "Knowledge Corridor," also includes a stop in Springfield and will add Holyoke to the line later in 2015. The new stops will replace service to Amherst, which will end on December 28.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Amherst

    14. Springfield Redevelopment Authority lauds plans for boutique hotel at historic Elm Street block at Court Square

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      Springfield Redevelopment Authority lauds plans for boutique hotel at historic Elm Street block at Court Square

      Members of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority said Friday they are excited by new plans to restore a historic block at Court Square into a boutique hotel, saying it would be a boost to economic development, jobs and downtown vitality Demetrios Panteleakis, chief operating officer for the developer, OPAL Real Estate Group, presented early conceptual plans for the hotel project on Thursday to the authority board. The proposal replaces a prior plan to convert the site to an office building.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   MGM

    15. Valley Gives raises new record $2.7 million in one-day e-philanthropy event | masslive.com

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      Valley Gives raises new record $2.7 million in one-day e-philanthropy event | masslive.com

      Valley Gives, the Pioneer Valley's one-day e-philanthropy event raised a record $2.676 million Wednesday, beating 2013's take of $2.01 million.  The goal was reached with the help of 14,000 donors making more than 28,000 individual gifts.  This was the third year for the event.  This year's event benefited 436 charities in Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire Counties.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    16. Construction continues on new $7.5 million Westfield Senior Center

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      Construction continues on new $7.5 million Westfield Senior Center

      Construction will continue through winter on the new $7.5 million Senior Center on Noble Street. Council on Aging Director Tina Gorman said this week winter weather will not cause any delays in the construction timetable for the new center. "Forish Construction has made tremendous progress on the new center since construction started in August," Gorman said. "Crews will now turn their focus to interior construction of the building. There is sufficient interior work that will keep them busy through the winter season," she said.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    17. Whalley Precision buys L.W. Seecamp pistol company, shifts production to Southwick | masslive.com

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      Whalley Precision buys L.W. Seecamp pistol company, shifts production to Southwick | masslive.com

      Whalley Precision in Southwick has been manufacturing machine parts of high quality under quick turnaround times for more than 25 years.  Whalley-made parts even flew in the space shuttle, albeit as part of the spacecraft's toilet assembly.  But Whalley Precision never had a project of its own, something it started and finished and shipped out ready for the consumer's hands.  That was until this week when the first Southwick-made L.W. Seecamp Co. pistols were completed and tested in Southwick

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      Mentions:   The Republican

    18. Springfield officials set to announce financing plan for acclerated, single-phase Union Station redevelopment project

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      Springfield officials set to announce financing plan for acclerated, single-phase Union Station redevelopment project

      Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said that a press conference will provide the full details including "the overall financing and the extent of the build-out." The time and location of the announcement was pending. "The simple fact of the matter is if we don't do a full project right now, when will we do a full project?" Kennedy said, during a meeting with the editorial board of The Republican. "The fact of the matter is we got to do it now. That is what the goal is."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Kevin Kennedy

    19. Bay Path University earns $3.5 million, White House recognition for online American Women's College venture

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      Bay Path University earns $3.5 million, White House recognition for online American Women's College venture

      Bay Path University President Carol Leary is passionate about making college more accessible and affordable to as many students as possible. That passion led to the creation of Bay Path's The American Women's College, the first all-women, all-online baccaulaureate program in the nation. The establishment of the revolutionary online model to deliver an accelerated college degree to women across the nation is what earned Bay Path a $3.5 million federal grant and an invitation to attend last week's White House College Opportunity Day of Action. Bay Path received a $3.5 million from the U.S ...

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      Mentions:   Mount Holyoke College   Springfield   Holyoke

    20. Springfield early childhood advocates plan Mason Square Child Care Center with new federal grant; Holyoke funded also

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      Springfield early childhood advocates plan Mason Square Child Care Center with new federal grant; Holyoke funded also

      n Springfield, the funds, will enable public and private early childhood educators to develop a program for 350 children – from infants to preschoolers –at the now-vacant Early Childhood Center at 15 Catherine St. in the Mason Square neighborhood, according to Sally Fuller of the private Davis Foundation. The City Council last summer approved the purchase of the property summer for $2.8 million for pre-school school programs and classrooms. Springfield's specific allocation would be $3.56 million in the first year of the funding, giving preschool access to 195 4 year olds.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

    21. UMass Board of Trustees approves new five-year rolling capital plan totaling nearly $7 billion

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      UMass Board of Trustees approves new five-year rolling capital plan totaling nearly $7 billion

      The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Wednesday approved its new rolling five-year capital plan for the five-campus system totaling nearly $7 billion. The 2015-2019 plan includes $2.58 billion for the Amherst campus.  Updated every year, the list includes $3.38 billion for 108 projects that have received preliminary or full approval and 66 projects totaling $3.03 billion that campuses can do if resources become available. Of the approved amount, $1.3 billion has been designated for the Amherst campus.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Edward F. Blaguszewski   Amherst

    22. Wellspring Cooperative plans worker-owned greenhouse to grow produce for local hospitals, colleges

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      Wellspring Cooperative plans worker-owned greenhouse to grow produce for local hospitals, colleges

      Springfield-based economic development project Wellspring Collaborative plans to build a hydroponic greenhouse that would provide produce for area hospitals, colleges and school districts, a move that coincides with a push within those institutions to buy local."There's lots of interest," said Emily Kawano, economist and Wellspring co-director. "One of the issues of the moment is local food."

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Brian M. Connors   Baystate Health

    23. Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors

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      Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors

      HitPoint Studios will move its offices from Amherst to Springfield after a group of local investors committed $1.25 million to the company in an effort to keep it in Western Massachusetts. The mobile and video game developer received competing offers from the Silicon Valley and Boston areas, contingent upon moving there. In a statement, River Valley Investors Chairman John Goodhue said HitPoint is "exciting" and now it "will grow right here."

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Amherst

    24. Economic Development Council in favor of increased natural gas capacity in

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      Economic Development Council in favor of increased natural gas capacity in

      The Economic Development Council also mentioned the Northeast Utilities / Spectra proposes an expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline that would increase natural gas supplies available to the Springfield area and eastern Massachusetts. "If you are on the supply side of the discussion it doesn't matter where the route is or where it goes as long as we get more natural gas," said Allen W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council, who is retiring at the end of this month. And more gas is needed, Blair said, because current levels are already driving up prices of electricity. More ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Northeast Utilities   Springfield

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