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    1. State approves economic development incentives including Dave's Truck Repair and Advance Welding in Springfield, Kennametal in Greenfield and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee | masslive

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      State approves economic development incentives including Dave's Truck Repair and Advance Welding in Springfield, Kennametal in Greenfield and Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee | masslive

      The Massachusetts Economic Development Coordinating Council approved 10 expansion incentive projects including the possible expansion Kennametal in Greenfield, and ongoing expansion s at Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing in Lee and at Advance Welding and Dave's Truck Repair, both in Springfield.  In total, all 10 projects might total 679 new jobs and retain 699 existing jobs in the state, according to a news release from the state Executive office of Housing and Economic Development.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Greenfield

    2. Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

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      Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau laments Supreme Judicial Court ruling on casino

      The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau issued a statement Wednesday, saying it is “incredibly disappointed” by a state Supreme Judicial Court ruling that requires a statewide referendum vote on casinos. “The anti-gaming repeal effort has questioned the importance of Springfield's voice, and the integrity of the legislative process,” said Mary Kay Wydra, the bureau’s president in a prepared release. “We compete with our neighboring states for tourism dollars, and having MGM Springfield in our market provides us with a competitive advantage in the race for those dollars to boost the Massachusetts economy.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   MGM

    3. Foreign Investment: is Greater Springfield ready for a surge? | masslive

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      Foreign Investment: is Greater Springfield ready for a surge? | masslive

      More than 10,320 people in Greater Springfield work for foreign-owned companies, but as a percentage of employment this region falls behind other metro areas in turning foreign money into local jobs.  Just 4.4 percent of the jobs in Greater Springfield, a region that includes all of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties, are in foreign-owned establishments, according to a study from the Global Cities Initiative at The Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

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      Mentions:   Stop & Shop   Springfield   Chicopee

    4. ABCs of turning around Springfield's underperforming schools include leadership, instruction and high expectations

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      ABCs of turning around Springfield's underperforming schools include leadership, instruction and high expectations

      The secret to turning around chronically underperforming - or Level 4 - schools isn’t all that secret. It takes strong leadership, more instructional time for students, use of data-driven instruction, in-school tutoring - and, perhaps, most important - a culture of high expectations, according to Kim Wells, Springfield’s new school improvement officer, who oversees progress at six of Springfield's 10 academically struggling schools. Those strategies - many culled from practices used in charter schools and from research done by educational consultants - are beginning to work in Springfield public schools, Wells said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

    5. Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

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      Greater Springfield to host 2014 Northeast Shrine Association convention in August, 2,000 expected

      The Northeast Shrine Association was established in 1936 and is composed of 15 centers throughout New England and eastern Canada, including the Melha Shrine in Springfield, according to the release. The convention encompasses a multitude of events including a parade, dinners and brunch, banquet, and a field day at Six Flags New England in Agawam on Aug. 23.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Six Flags New England   Springfield

    6. Focus Springfield Community Television gets new studio to go with new name, expanded mission

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      Focus Springfield Community Television gets new studio to go with new name, expanded mission

      The city’s cable television station unveiled its new home Monday, a 6,500-square-foot media hub with two studios, a video lab, exhibition space and 21st century technology. The opening, held by Focus Springfield Community Television, marked the beginning of a new era for public access television in Springfield, station manager Steve Cary told about 100 people attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “It’s a day to be grateful for a lot of things,” Cary said, expressing thanks to elected officials, contractors, studio employees and others who helped with the $1 million upgrade from the station’s old home in the ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   University of Massachusetts   Comcast

    7. Consultants studying UMass and Amherst issues present initial findings Thursday afternoon

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      Consultants studying UMass and Amherst issues present initial findings Thursday afternoon

      In April of 2013, UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy proposed that university and town together hire a consultant to look at community-campus issues and that the university and town split the $60,000 estimated cost. Town Meeting agreed. The steering committee began meeting in October of 2013 and shaped the scope of the study. Initially, the group was hoping a plan would be finalized for this past May. Now the committee is targeting a September report. Nancy Buffone, executive director of External Relations and University Events, in an email wrote that the committee wants "to ensure public participation in this critical ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    8. Viewpoint: Square One makes long-term impact in the lives of children

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      Viewpoint: Square One makes long-term impact in the lives of children

      Children at Square One spend their day learning in a quality early education and care environment that prepares them to enter school and be successful. Their lessons transfer directly to their experience in school and help make children who went to preschool at Square One much more likely to graduate from high school, continue their education and contribute productively to the community. Any business person can appreciate the long-term value of such an investment.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    9. DevelopSpringfield awards $25,000 grant to State Street building housing new Q Smoking Good Food restaurant

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      DevelopSpringfield awards $25,000 grant to State Street building housing new Q Smoking Good Food restaurant

      DevelopSpringfield has awarded a $25,321 grant to Wellfleet-based Lorilee I, LLC for improvements to its business and residential property at 886-892 State St. The developer will use the grant for windows, doors, signage and repairs to the property, which houses the Q Smoking Good Food barbeque restaurant and is located near Springfield College and American International College.

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      Mentions:   American International College   Springfield College   Springfield

    10. Smith & Wesson announces record sales for fiscal year, but dimmed 2015 outlook | masslive

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      Smith & Wesson announces record sales for fiscal year, but dimmed 2015 outlook | masslive

      Founded in Springfield in 1852, Smith & Wesson has more than 1,600 employees, including 1,500 production workers at its sprawling firearms plant on Roosevelt Avenue. The company has a $77.5 million annual payroll.  For just the most recent quarter, Smith & Wesson's sales were $170.4 million, a decline of 4.6 percent compared with the same time period in 2013. Excluding Walther products no longer sold by Smith & Wesson, that sales decline was only 1.5 percent.

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      Mentions:   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    11. Massachusetts adds 9,100 jobs on the month, unemployment drops | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts adds 9,100 jobs on the month, unemployment drops | masslive.com

      Massachusetts added 9,100 jobs in May, 8,800 of them in the private sector, according to statistics released Thursday by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Massachusetts statewide unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent, that is a 0.4 of a percentage point better than a month before and down was down 1.4 percent from the May 2013 rate of 7.0 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    12. Westfield's planned $5.9 million upgrade of downtown's Gaslight District underway

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      Westfield's planned $5.9 million upgrade of downtown's Gaslight District underway

      The long-awaited $5.9 million upgrade of the city's Gaslight District should be in full swing next week, officials said Thursday. The project, which includes new water, sewer and underground electrical power, will take two construction seasons to complete, City Engineer Mark S. Cressotti said. It is being funded primarily by water and sewer. Gagliarducci Construction Inc., of Springfield, was selected to complete the project.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    13. Baystate board of trustees move toward Phase 3 of Baystate Medical Center expansion

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      Baystate board of trustees move toward Phase 3 of Baystate Medical Center expansion

      In addition to the naming this week of 3300 Main St., an outpatient facility, as The Tolosky Center, in honor of Mark R. Tolosky, who steps down at month's end as president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health, after a 22-year career with the system, Baystate's board of trustees has announced, in Baystate Health employees' Connections publication, "intentions to begin the third phase of the Baystate Medical Center expansion."

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Baystate Health   Springfield

    14. John Gormally discusses sale of Springfield's ABC40/FOX 6 to Meredith Corporation | masslive.com

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      John Gormally discusses sale of Springfield's ABC40/FOX 6 to Meredith Corporation | masslive.com

      John Gormally, president of Gormally Broadcasting, announced Wednesday afternoon that he signed an agreement to sell WGGB-TV (ABC40 and FOX 6 Springfield) to media company Meredith Corporation.  When asked what brought about the sale, Gormally said in a phone interview on Wednesday, 'Sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted.'  The media entrepreneur said he was interested in purchasing other media outlets, but found it difficult to compete with large broadcasters, and then talks turned to his own business ventures.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    15. University of Massachusetts Amherst freezes fees, tuition for undergraduate students

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      University of Massachusetts Amherst freezes fees, tuition for undergraduate students

      For the second year in a row, there will be no increase in tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts. The school's board of trustees unanimously approved the freeze on Wednesday, crediting an increase in state support for the university.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   University of Connecticut   Amherst

    16. Mental Health Association launches $4.5 million, 16-unit housing complex in Springfield for disabled, low income residents after tornado losses

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      Mental Health Association launches $4.5 million, 16-unit housing complex in Springfield for disabled, low income residents after tornado losses

      The Mental Health Association launched a 16-unit, $4.5 million housing project on Magazine Street on Wednesday, serving to replace similar housing for disabled clients that was destroyed in a tornado three years ago. Mental health advocates, project partners, and city officials gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for “Magazine Commons,” at the project site, 115 Magazine St., in the McKnight neighborhood. The site is adjacent to the Mental Health Association headquarters.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassDevelopment   West Springfield

    17. Baystate Health names building for outgoing chief Mark Tolosky

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      Baystate Health names building for outgoing chief Mark Tolosky

      Mark R. Tolosky is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of Baystate Health at month's end, and, on June 18, his 22-year career, that focused on Baystate Medical Center's expansion and modernization, was honored, in brick and mortar, with the naming of the center's 3300 Main St. outpatient facility, The Tolosky Center.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Palmer   Baystate Health

    18. MassDOT announces elimination of existing MassPike toll rate structure, offers savings for Western and Central Mass. drivers

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      MassDOT announces elimination of existing MassPike toll rate structure, offers savings for Western and Central Mass. drivers

      As Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials prepare to embrace all-electronic tolling in 2016, state transportation officials announced Wednesday a new toll structure that will save some drivers in Western and Central Massachusetts money. With the new, all-electronic tolling system, drivers will no longer pay by E-ZPass transponder or cash as they exit, but rather while they drive. Tolls will be collected electronically either through a motorist’s E-ZPass or via a program in which a camera captures the license plate and the vehicle’s registered owner is billed by mail.

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      Mentions:   Raytheon   West Springfield   Springfield

    19. Committee votes to dissolve Westfield BID | masslive

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      Committee votes to dissolve Westfield BID | masslive

      The Westfield Business Improvement District is on the edge of dissolution after a unanimous vote in the City Council government relations subcommittee to support dissolution.BID Executive Director Maureen Belliveau said she was extremely disappointed with the vote. She said there is not going to be an alternative to take the BID’s place once it’s gone.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Westfield Business Improvement District

    20. MassMutual displays $38 million in renovations to its Enfield campus | masslive

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      MassMutual displays $38 million in renovations to its Enfield campus | masslive

      MassMutual Financial Group hosted an open house Tuesday to show off part of the $38 million in ongoing renovations at its 66-acre Bright Meadow Boulevard Campus.  The Enfield project includes $15 million in renovations to the entrance, lobby, meeting rooms, call center and other interior spaces and $23 million for what the company described as a state-of-the-art data center capable of also providing backup electricity for much of the campus. It's all home to MassMutual's retirement services and workplace insurance business.  'It's exciting when you see something come together,' said Roger Crandall, chairman, president and CEO of ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Elaine Sarsynski   Springfield

    21. Springfield officials laud new $1.29 million grant for new skills training center at Forest Park

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      Springfield officials laud new $1.29 million grant for new skills training center at Forest Park

      David Cruise, president and chief executive officer of the Regional Employment Board, said he is “excited” about the program and is optimistic about the employment opportunities it will create. It will particularly target residents in poorer neighborhoods and in high unemployment areas, he said. Through partnerships, the city will offer educational workshops, employee training courses and programs, and business management seminars, according to the grant announcement. Local officials praised the efforts of Neal and U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren in helping to secure the grant. "This funding for the Springfield Job Creation/Technical Training Facility will help ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield Technical Community College   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.

    22. VertitechIT buys Pennsylvania company | masslive

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      VertitechIT buys Pennsylvania company | masslive

      VertitechIT of Holyoke has announced the acquisition of Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Health Technology Solutions.  HTS President Terry Grogan has been appointed VertitechIT chief information officer.  Health Technology Solutions develops technology solutions and services for healthcare providers and academic institutions throughout the United States. Grogan brings with her more than 15 years of experience directing information technology services in healthcare environments with specific expertise in operational and regulatory matters. She currently serves and will continue as the acting Chief Technology Officer for the Temple University Hospital System.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    23. Holyoke Canal Walk Phase II construction begins, Gov. Deval Patrick, former U.S. Rep. John Olver on hand for groundbreaking | masslive

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      Holyoke Canal Walk Phase II construction begins, Gov. Deval Patrick, former U.S. Rep. John Olver on hand for groundbreaking | masslive

      Gov. Deval Patrick, retired U.S. Rep. John Olver and officials from the city and from the the state Department of Transportation marked the ceremonial groundbreaking for Phase II of the Holyoke Canal Walk on Monday with a stroll along Race Street.
      The $3.5 million project is expected to last two years, according to contractor ET & L Corp of Stow.  Race Street, once the site of mills that made Holyoke an industrial power, is now home to arts business, galleries and performance spaces like Paper City Studios Gateway City Arts and the Parsons Hall Project Space.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Amtrak   Northampton

    24. Bradley International Airport: Old Terminal B to come down in August | masslive

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      Bradley International Airport: Old Terminal B to come down in August | masslive

      The outdated Terminal B building at Bradley International Airport will be demolished starting in August to make way for a new $250 million ground transportation center with consolidated car rentals, bus docks and the potential to connect with regional commuter rail, said Kevin Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority.  Dillon updated members of New England's Knowledge Corridor Partnership Friday during the group's annual State of the Region Conference at the Airport Sheraton.

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      Mentions:   Bradley International Airport   The Republican

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