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    1. 2014 in review: 10 biggest business deals and projects in Western Massachusetts | masslive

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      2014 in review: 10 biggest business deals and projects in Western Massachusetts | masslive

      Greater Springfield is closing out a busy business year, from bank mergers, clarity on the casino issue to the decision by CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles to locate a factory in Springfield.  Here is a list of the top 10 business deals and trends of 2014.

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      Mentions:   General Dynamics   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    2. Historic airplane Gee Bee Z, 'The City of Springfield,' proposed for new LEGO set

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      Historic airplane Gee Bee Z, 'The City of Springfield,' proposed for new LEGO set

      In honor of its history and its unique design, Comeau is asking LEGO to create a kit that would allow children and adults alike to make their own models of the Gee Bee Z, also called "The City of Springfield." Gee Bee stands for Granville Brothers, the manufacturers of the plane that won every race it entered. The company was based at the former Springfield Airport during the Great Depression, and went bankrupt a few years after pilot Lowell Bayles was killed on Dec. 5, 1931, in a fiery crash of the only Gee Bee Z in existence. Comeau's ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    3. Northampton's new wine bar, ConVino, has soft opening; set for grand opening at month's end

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      Northampton's new wine bar, ConVino, has soft opening; set for grand opening at month's end

      ConVino, a new wine bar in town, is nestled in the basement of Thorne's Market in the old Dynamite Records space. Based on the venue's initial soft opening for friends and family yesterday (the grand opening will on Jan. 31), it certainly seemed like a perfect place for friends to gather. The floor layout includes both open spaces for groups and booths for more romantic meet-ups.

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      Mentions:   Smith College   Northampton

    4. UMass science center rceives interior funding to look at climate change on fish and wildlife

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      UMass science center rceives interior funding to look at climate change on fish and wildlife

      Scientists at the Northeast Climate Science Center at the University of Massachusetts have received more than $200,000 from the federal government to look at how climate change is affecting coastal fish and wildlife.The funding is part of nearly $690,000 the Department of the Interior has awarded to universities and other partners for research to help managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change, according to a press release

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    5. Mohawk Fine Papers plans to open South Hadley facility in 4 months

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      Mohawk Fine Papers plans to open South Hadley facility in 4 months

      New York-based Mohawk Fine Papers officials says they expect to sign a seven-year lease next month and begin producing 500 million envelopes annually when they start operations in April at 28 Gaylord St. located in the Falls village.And according to a statement released Tuesday by Mohawk Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas D. O'Connor, Jr., the 40 full-time workers at the state of the art, 112,342 square foot facility, exemplifies their commitment to the region

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Chicopee

    6. Chemetal in Easthampton seeks permit for major warehouse addition

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      Chemetal in Easthampton seeks permit for major warehouse addition

      A manufacturing firm at 39 O'Neil Street is seeking an amended special permit from the Planning Board for a 30,000 square-foot warehouse addition. Chemetal, a subsidiary of the Easthampton-based October Company, presented its plans, which included a stormwater management component, at a public hearing before the Planning Board Tuesday night. No decision was returned, and the hearing was continued until January 13. Chemetal manufactures and distributes custom architectural laminates for the commercial construction industry, and is located between O'Neill and Lovefield streets on a parcel which abuts the Manhan Rail Trail.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Easthampton

    7. MGM Springfield buys ex-Orr Cadillac site on Mill Street, Springfield, to

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      MGM Springfield buys ex-Orr Cadillac site on Mill Street, Springfield, to

      MGM Springfield has purchased the former Orr Cadillac dealership location from the Orr family for $2.3 million.The Orr property will be the new home of Springfield Rescue Mission which must move from its current location at 19 Bliss St. to make way for MGM Springfield's $800 million casino project.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   MGM   MGM Resorts International

    8. Knowledge Corridor Special: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, others christen Amtrak rails

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      Knowledge Corridor Special: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, others christen Amtrak rails

      Gov. Deval Patrick,  U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Worcester, and retired U.S. Rep. John Olver of Amherst hosted dignitaries and press on the "Knowledge Corridor Special." It was a test run of passenger service on tracks rebuilt in a $120 million state and federal project. The federal stimulus program provided $73 million of the $120 million, with the state making up the rest. The trip was also an old-fashioned whistle-stop with politicians de-training in Holyoke, Northampton and Greenfield for speeches and well-wishes. Northampton even had a marching band.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Palmer

    9. Chicopee officials hoping state-city-military partnership will preserve Westover Air Base

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      Chicopee officials hoping state-city-military partnership will preserve Westover Air Base

      The biggest grant is a $5 million allocation to UMass Amherst to support the creation of a Research and Development partnership program at Westover. The money will be used to lease and renovate a vacant Westover building to establish a national aeronautics, research, development, and training center with the university in the lead. In addition there are plans in discussion to extend the time the air traffic control tower is open to 24-hours. The base also received $930,000 in money to make upgrades to the heating system to make it more energy efficient and Chicopee received $1 million in ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    10. Parsons Street School in Easthampton sold; 17 market-rate apartments planned

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      Parsons Street School in Easthampton sold; 17 market-rate apartments planned

      The Parsons Street Elementary School was sold Friday to Kevin Perrier, president of Norwich Properties, LLC and Five Star Building, with offices at 123 Union St., for the sum of $10,000, said Mayor Karen Cadieux. Norwich was the only entity to respond to a request for proposals issued on Oct. 29, Cadieux said. Proposals were due in the mayor's office on Dec. 1. Reached Monday, Cadieux said the proposal represents "a significant investment in the community and the neighborhood" and that the sale price is reasonable considering the development costs.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Easthampton Savings Bank   Easthampton

    11. Holyoke steps toward return of passenger train service with ground-breaking for $3.2 million platform

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      Holyoke steps toward return of passenger train service with ground-breaking for $3.2 million platform

      "It's exciting to see Holyoke at the center of that in Western Massachusetts," Mayor Alex B. Morse said. Shortly after, a silver Amtrak trained pulled up to the dirt lot at Main and Dwight streets, a good 10 minutes early, and out stepped U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, Gov. Deval L. Patrick and other officials. Then the officials from up and down the levels of government grabbed a shovel each and conducted the ceremonial and simultaneous tossing of dirt to signal the launch of what will be a 400-foot-long concrete platform with a canopy. Morse and a ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amtrak   Springfield

    12. Chicopee hires first GIS director to create computer maps of the city

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      Chicopee hires first GIS director to create computer maps of the city

      The city's first Geographic Information Systems Director was hired this week to develop a complete computer mapping system of the city. Michelle Santerre, a 2004 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been named director by Mayor Richard J. Kos. The salary budgeted for the job is $52,000 a year. Santerre has worked for Tighe and Bond, an engineering and environmental consulting firm since 2005, serving first as a GIS Technician and then as a GIS Analyst, Kos said in a written statement.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Chicopee

    13. Southworth Co.'s Paperlogic hopes innovative nanocellulose papers keep Turners Falls mill busy | masslive.com

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      Southworth Co.'s Paperlogic hopes innovative nanocellulose papers keep Turners Falls mill busy | masslive.com

      Tiny fibers might turn into big business for Paperlogic, a unit of Southworth Co., as it searches for new products to keep its 120-year-old paper mill in Turners Falls busy and its workers employed as it exits the office paper business.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    14. UMass to open aeronautical research center at Westover base in Chicopee with

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      UMass to open aeronautical research center at Westover base in Chicopee with

      Westover Airport and Westover Air Reserve Base got a big boost on Friday with the Patrick administration's announcement that it has allocated $5 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support the creation of a research development partnership with the base – along with the release of a new business plan to promote economic growth opportunities. "Westover Airport and Westover Air Reserve Base are two stellar assets with so much potential for smart growth," Gov. Deval L. Patrick, said in a prepared statement. "To support the region's economy and potential for more private and commercial air service, I ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    15. Northampton will celebrate the arrival of the new Knowledge Corridor passenger train Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick

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      Northampton will celebrate the arrival of the new Knowledge Corridor passenger train Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick

      Mayor David J. Narkewicz will jump on board the new Knowledge Corridor express Monday with Gov. Deval Patrick, U.S. Rep. James McGovern and other officials as it makes a trial run through the Pioneer Valley

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Amherst

    16. Holyoke to begin $3.2 million construction of passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets

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      Holyoke to begin $3.2 million construction of passenger train platform at Main and Dwight streets

      Ground will be broken Monday (Dec. 22) on a $3.2 million platform at Dwight and Main streets signaling the city's return to passenger train service upon its completion in September, officials said Thursday (Dec. 18). "The platform will have areas for seating, and the site will have a parking lot for 25 vehicles and a loop for bus drop off," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Northampton

    17. Sisters of Providence Health System, Hartford's St. Francis Care posed to create new regional system under Trinity Health

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      Sisters of Providence Health System, Hartford's St. Francis Care posed to create new regional system under Trinity Health

      The country's second largest non-profit health system is set to expand in New England, with Michigan-based Trinity Health's announcement Dec. 17 that it has signed a definitive agreement for Hartford-based St. Francis Care to join its system. The agreement, which has been negotiated over eight months, and been approved by the Archdiocese of Hartford, which sponsors St. Francis Care, includes plans for the Sisters of Providence Health System and St. Francis Care to form a non-profit regional system.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Sisters of Providence Health System

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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