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    1. Freedom Credit Union wins state approval for Springfield expansion project - The Republican

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      Freedom Credit Union wins state approval for Springfield expansion project - The Republican

      Freedom Credit Union's plans to create a $2.2 million consolidated back office operation in Springfield's North End  got a boost this week from a state economic development agency. The Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council has approved a five-year Tax Increment Financing or TIF agreement valued at $90,100 first approved by the City of Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    2. Charging stations for Tesla electric cars proposed for Riverdale Shops in West Springfield

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      Charging stations for Tesla electric cars proposed for Riverdale Shops in West Springfield

      The town is considering a plan to add chargers for Tesla electric cars at the Riverdale Shops, giving drivers the chance to quickly "super charge" their vehicles on trips around the northeast. Assistant town planner Tara Gehring said the proposal serves two purposes. The first is to close a gap. The two nearest Supercharge stations, which Tesla says take 30 minutes to give the Model S enough power to drive 170 miles, are far away. By number of miles, the nearest stations are in Albany, N.Y., and Milford, Conn.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    3. Governor: New UMass center in downtown Springfield provides bridge to success

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      Governor: New UMass center in downtown Springfield provides bridge to success

      In the thoughts of Gov. Deval Patrick, and many others celebrating the opening of a new University of Massachusetts downtown center at Tower Square: mission accomplished. Patrick was among local, state and university officials who gathered at the 26,000-square-foot center on Wednesday to see the new facility, dubbed UMassCenter at Springfield, and celebrate its opening. The student interest in the new center, which opened on Sept. 2, has been higher than expected, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    4. Springfield student-staffed branch of Freedom Credit Union opens at Putnam Academy | masslive.com

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      Springfield student-staffed branch of Freedom Credit Union opens at Putnam Academy | masslive.com

      There was no shortage of credit being given out Tuesday as the Freedom Credit Union opened a new branch at the Roger L. Putnam Vocational and Technical Academy to be staffed by six student tellers.  Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Superintendent Daniel Warwick and others praised the partnership between Putnam and the Freedom Credit Union as a prime example of cooperation between business community and the vocational school.

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    5. Northampton Arts Council seeks appplications for grants

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      Northampton Arts Council seeks appplications for grants

      The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15 deadline for applications from organizations for its fall round of arts grants funding. The grants are aimed at supporting artistic and cultural activities in the community, including exhibits, writings, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    6. Chicopee Chambers plan ‘Table Top Expo’ trade show

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      Chicopee Chambers plan ‘Table Top Expo’ trade show

      The business community, as well as the general public is invited to attend the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce multi-chamber trade show on Sept. 30 at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. The event is presented by the Greater Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The “Table Top Expo” allows members the chance to showcase their service or product to other exhibitors as well as to the many business people and general public who will attend the show.

       

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Holyoke

    7. Gov. Deval Patrick among officials set to celebrate new University of Massachusetts center in downtown Springfield

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      Gov. Deval Patrick among officials set to celebrate new University of Massachusetts center in downtown Springfield

      Gov. Deval Patrick will be among local and state officials gathering at the new University of Massachusetts downtown center at Tower Square on Wednesday, to celebrate its opening and to take part in tours. Tours for the public officials are slated to begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a speaking program at 11 a.m., at the site, located on the second floor of Tower Square, 1500 Main St. The UMass Center at Springfield occupies 26,000 square feet of space at Tower Square including classrooms, specialized nursing facilities, conference rooms, a computer lab and a reception area ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts

    8. Allpax division of Guardair Corp. expands gasket cutting product line | masslive

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      Allpax division of Guardair Corp. expands gasket cutting product line | masslive

      Allpax Gasket Cutter Systems, a division of Guardair Corp., has expanded its line of extension-style gasket cutters, replacement parts and accessories including Zimmerman “Spearhead” brand-compatible products, according to a news release..
      Allpax has broadened its extension-style gasket cutter line beyond traditional brass (heavy-duty) models and now offers cutters featuring aluminum (medium-duty), plastic (light-duty) and phenolic (compact) construction. All kits include new, non-slip, self-healing cutting boards. Punch offerings have expanded beyond hollow punches to include arch, power and dovetail types. Packing hooks are now available in 14 convenient sizes.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    9. Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

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      Associated Industries of Massachusetts soliciting input from businesses across

      hat is one of the queries on a 13-question survey Associated Industries of Massachusetts is taking around the Commonwealth, taking the temperature of employers as it develops an economic development platform called "Blueprint for the Next Century" John Regan, Associated Industries' executive vice president for government affairs, admits the name sounds a bit grandiose. It's a play on the state-wide business lobbying group's 100th anniversary in 2015. Associated Industries was founded in 2015 by manufacturers, including paper mills, mostly based in the western portion of the state who felt they needed a stronger unified voice when speaking to ...

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    10. Holyoke City Council Finance Committee to consider borrowing $1.45 million to raze Essex House

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      Holyoke City Council Finance Committee to consider borrowing $1.45 million to raze Essex House

      The City Council Finance Committee Friday (Sept. 19) will discuss whether to approve borrowing $1.45 million to pay for the demolition of the 134-year-old Essex House on High Street that the fire chief has said is unstable. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Reconsideration of the borrowing comes a week after business owners and others held a protest outside the building at 400 High St. to urge the council to approve the money to raze the structure. They said bricks have broken off and fallen onto nearby roofs and the protective fencing squaring off the ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    11. Westfield Redevelopment Authority will oversee downtown urban renewal effort

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      Westfield Redevelopment Authority will oversee downtown urban renewal effort

      The City Council Thursday night approved the transfer of several downtown parcels to the Westfield Redevelopment Authority for future development. On a 10-3 vote the council authorized the WRA to oversee the consolidation of about six parcels located within the boundaries of Church, Arnold and Elm streets for a combination of public and private development. Included in the parcels is the former J.J. Newbury Department Store site that has remained vacant since a 1986 fire that destroyed the downtown landmark.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    12. Taxes just one factor in Greater Springfield Area income inequality, local economists say

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      Taxes just one factor in Greater Springfield Area income inequality, local economists say

      A Standard & Poor's study released Monday revealed a link between high income inequality and lower state tax revenues, which local economists say could even further widen the gap between the Greater Springfield Area's rich and the poor.But those who work to reduce that gap in the area stress that taxes are just one piece in an increasingly complex fiscal puzzle.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Western New England University   Springfield

    13. Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

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      Westfield State University celebrates new $33 million science center with groundbreaking ceremony

      State, local and community dignitaries joined Westfield State University officials for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the $33 million science center that will change the landscape of Western Avenue. Interim President Elizabeth H. Preston told those gathered under a tent at the construction site on Thursday afternoon that the 54,000-square-foot building, scheduled for completion in August 2016, will not only serve as a state-of-the art educational facility, but its design will also enhance the surroundings.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield State University   Westfield

    14. Holyoke gains historical certification as 'Certified Local Government' that opens way for grants

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      Holyoke gains historical certification as 'Certified Local Government' that opens way for grants

      An odd designation could get the city some extra money. Holyoke has been incorporated as a city since 1850, but in the eyes of state and federal historical officials, the city now also is a Certified Local Government. The designation by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the National Park Service qualifies the city to apply for certain grants previously unavailable, said Olivia Mausel, Holyoke Historical Commission chairwoman.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    15. Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

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      Western Massachusetts business leaders get capitol perspective on economy, trade, civil rights, during chamber Washington trip

      Business leaders from the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield and the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce learned Wednesday from Washington insiders why the economy may be doing better than many suspect and why that sense of growth is not widely shared on the nation's Main Street.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    16. Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

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      Summer jobs program gives teens focus for future

      The recent graduate of the High School of Science and Technology is enrolled at Springfield Technical Community College and will use the money to help pay for her books. “My job was to make sure the kids were focused, to show them how to behave in school and help them read,” Sands explained. “I liked it a lot. It taught me a lot of things about working, and helping young people.” Sands was one of 11 teens who found work through a jointly-sponsored effort that included funding from New England Farm Workers Council, and recruitment and oversight by the Springfield ...

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      Mentions:   TD Bank   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    17. Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series

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      Chicopee Chamber continues workshop series

      The Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Common Capital, will present the second in a six-part workshop series, “Taking Care of Business: How to Develop and Grow Your Business,” on Sept . 25. The series addresses best practices for all types of businesses. The second seminar, “Negotiating and Understanding Leases; Before You Sign, Signing, and Renegotiating the Lease,” will be presented by attorney Stanley A. Szlachetka.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    18. Groundbreaking for Westfield State University's $33 million science center set

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      Groundbreaking for Westfield State University's $33 million science center set

      State Secretary of Education Matthew Malone is scheduled to join state and local officials Thursday for groundbreaking of the Westfield State University's $33 million science center. As the first new academic building on campus in three decades, the center will be 54,000-square feet and house state-of-the-art science laboratories, simulation labs for nursing and health science programs, and a technology-rich, interactive classroom that will serve a variety of academic departments.

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    19. Amherst Chamber honoring Rotary Club, Stephanie O'Keeffe and Tony Maroulis at annual dinner

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      Amherst Chamber honoring Rotary Club, Stephanie O'Keeffe and Tony Maroulis at annual dinner

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce will be honoring the Rotary Club, former Select Board Chairwoman Stephanie J. O'Keeffe and former chamber leader Tony A. Maroulis at the annual dinner Oct. 2. Tickets went on sale earlier this month for the Annual Awards Dinner at the Hadley Farms Meeting House, in Hadley. According to a press release, the dinner, a yearly celebration that is the highlight of the Amherst Area business community social calendar, is expected to sell out.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Don Courtemanche

    20. Sale of Springfield's ABC40/FOX 6 to Meredith Corporation gets initial FCC review | masslive

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      Sale of Springfield's ABC40/FOX 6 to Meredith Corporation gets initial FCC review | masslive

      The purchase agreement of ABC40/FOX 6 from Gormally Broadcasting to the Meredith Corporation has passed a preliminary Federal Communications Commission review and has been accepted for filing by the FCC.  The status change indicates that, upon initial review, the FCC has determined the application is acceptable, though it does not guarantee its final approval. 'The Commission reserves the right to return any of the applications if, upon further examination, it is determined the application is not in conformance with the Commission's rules or its policies,' the FCC says on their website.  In June, John Gormally, president of Gormally ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    21. Springfield BID/ DevelopSpringfield announce plans to light downtown buildings | masslive

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      Springfield BID/ DevelopSpringfield announce plans to light downtown buildings | masslive

      Eight Downtown Springfield Buildings on Main Street from Falcon Way to Bridge Street will be illuminated under a $400,000 architectural lighting program announced Tuesday by the Springfield Business improvement District and DevelopSpringfield. The idea is to both highlight the unique architecture downtown as well as to provide a feeling of security and welcome for visitors, said BID Executive Director Chris Russell.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Springfield Business Improvement District

    22. Springfield officials, downtown organizations coordinate efforts to deal with I-91 viaduct project, proposed dining district, other issues

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      Springfield officials, downtown organizations coordinate efforts to deal with I-91 viaduct project, proposed dining district, other issues

      Representatives of several downtown organizations met Monday with city officials to discuss cooperative strategies ranging from preparations for the Interstate 91 viaduct rehabilitation project to promotion of a dining district. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Kevin Kennedy, the city’s chief development officer, said meetings are being conducted for coordination and planning purposes. Monday’s meeting was at City Hall. There are many endeavors in the downtown district including a new study on the Worthington Street corridor, the major state repairs to Interstate 91 that will create parking and traffic issues, and renovations underway at Union Square and the ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Springfield Chamber of Commerce

    23. Five Colleges Consortium planning to build annex to house 2.5 million volumes

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      Five Colleges Consortium planning to build annex to house 2.5 million volumes

      The Five Colleges Consortium will soon be building a library annex to meet the growing space needs at the Five Colleges. The annex will be able to hold 2.5 million volumes. Five College officials are still evaluating sites, said Kevin Kennedy
, communications director,
 in an email but the plan is to build and open it sometime next year. He said that preliminary estimates are between $9 and $12 million depending on the site. Five Colleges, Inc. will finance the cost of the annex through a substantial down payment and borrowing and will repay the financing by leasing space ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Smith College   Amherst

    24. ISO New England adjusts to changing electricity market | masslive

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      ISO New England adjusts to changing electricity market | masslive

      From a closely guarded control room in Holyoke, analysts forecast the region's electrical usage, directing power plants to fire up or wind down as they strive to maintain a constant level of electricity along New England's 8,500 miles of high voltage power lines.  The future holds new challenges for ISO New England, which oversees the electrical grid from Maine to Connecticut. The annual forward capacity market that will be held in February, looking at power generation capability for the 2017-2018 season, will for the first time include a deficit.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

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