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    1. CRRC MA to begin to develop workforce for new Springfield rail car factory | masslive.com

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      CRRC MA to begin to develop workforce for new Springfield rail car factory | masslive.com

      Chinese rail car maker CRRC MA USA is planning to ramp up plans for its $95 million factory at the former Westinghouse site in East Springfield, including efforts to partner with area institutions to develop a workforce.  Senior Consultant Bobby Doyle said CRRC MA has already identified the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield as key partners.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. Mocha Emporium to bring quality coffee, other treats to downtown Springfield | masslive.com

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      Mocha Emporium to bring quality coffee, other treats to downtown Springfield | masslive.com

      The coffee shop will be the first new retailer to locate in the former Morgan Square Apartments since Manhattan-based Silverbrick Group bought the complex in 2014 for $9 million, promising nearly $6 million in renovations to create a community called Silverbrick Lofts.  'I want to bring quality,' Wahhas said while giving a brief tour of the unfinished space. 'I live in Springfield now, and I've spent time here since I was a kid. I can tell there is a demand for this in the neighborhood.'

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    3. Eversource completes $2M project in Easthampton, Westhampton, Southampton | masslive.com

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      Eversource completes $2M project in Easthampton, Westhampton, Southampton | masslive.com

      Eversource is making significant upgrades to improve its ability to deliver reliable, abundant power to Westhampton, Southampton and Easthampton, according to a news release.  The company recently completed a $2 million project to ensure that safe, dependable power continues to be available year-round in the three-town area

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      Mentions:   Easthampton

    4. Deval Patrick era energy secretaries back Gov. Charlie Baker's hydropower bill for Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Deval Patrick era energy secretaries back Gov. Charlie Baker's hydropower bill for Massachusetts | masslive.com

      Sullivan said the increased use of hydroelectric power makes sense from an environmental and a business perspective. He said that with the retirement of other power plants, Massachusetts needs a larger supply of energy to keep costs down.  'There has to be a choice. We have to say yes to something,' Sullivan said. 'If we don't say yes to this, what are we going to say yes to?'  'The policy put forth in this bill by the governor makes the most sense environmentally but also makes the most sense from a cost competitive point of view,' Sullivan said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    5. Downtown Northampton business report: Foot traffic flat, 14 vacant storefronts but promising projects on horizon | masslive.com

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      Downtown Northampton business report: Foot traffic flat, 14 vacant storefronts but promising projects on horizon | masslive.com

      The report -- compiled by Northampton economic development director Terry Masterson and released through the city's website -- shows that downtown Northampton has 14 vacant storefronts, high retail rents compared to surrounding communities and plateaued foot traffic.  But it also tells of projects in the works that could attract more visitors, such as the Pulaski Park renovation and expansion, the Northampton Community Arts Trust's performance, culture and education center on Hawley street and Click Workspace's expansion.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    6. Baystate Health using TechSpring to bring digital revolution to health care in Western Mass. | masslive.com

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      Baystate Health using TechSpring to bring digital revolution to health care in Western Mass. | masslive.com

      TechSpring is located on the fifth floor of the MassLive Building, 1350 Main St., and owned by Baystate Health, the same regional health care system that owns Baystate Medical Center and four community hospitals in Westfield, Ware, Greenfield and Palmer as well as Health New England, a health insurer.  TechSpring is working on innovations like the remote monitoring technology, e-visits for health care professionals and automated kiosks where a patient steps into a photo booth-sized pod and uses attached blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes to check his own vitals while a professional looks on via computer.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Baystate Health   Greenfield

    7. Roca, JGS Lifecare win a safety grant from State | masslive.com

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      Roca, JGS Lifecare win a safety grant from State | masslive.com

      Roca, Inc., which provides job training to young men at risk of reooffending the criminal justice system through programs in Hampden County and Chelsea has received a worker safety grant from the state.  Roca received $20,620 for training that will include OSHA training for 135 employees.  In all, 14 Massachusetts employers were awarded more than $215,000 in grants to train employees to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and death, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker announced with a news release.

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    8. Auditor Suzanne Bump to speak to Franklin County Chamber of Commerce | masslive.com

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      Auditor Suzanne Bump to speak to Franklin County Chamber of Commerce | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump will speak to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce on Friday.  According to Bump's office, the auditor 'will highlight her office's efforts to make government work better through audits, an increased use of data, and expanding collaboration across agencies.'

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    9. Northampton gun manufacturer Yankee Hill Machine will move to Easthampton | masslive.com

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      Northampton gun manufacturer Yankee Hill Machine will move to Easthampton | masslive.com

      The Easthampton Planning Board has approved the company's application to take over 412 Main St., former home of Argotec Stevens LLC, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.  Yankee Hill moved to its current building at 20 Ladd Ave. in the 1960s, the Gazette reports. The firm was founded in 1951 in Haydenville.  Yankee Hill co-owner Kevin Graham told the Gazette that the company had outgrown the old Florence mill building that was constructed in the 1860s. Sales have spiked 'tremendously' in recent years, he said.

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      Mentions:   Daily Hampshire Gazette   Northampton   Easthampton

    10. MGM Springfield exceeding diversity targets on construction | masslive.com

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      MGM Springfield exceeding diversity targets on construction | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield is clearing its diversity targets for construction commitments, officials with the $950 million project told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday.  The project now has 17 women-owned businesses, 11 minority-owned businesses and five veteran-owned businesses, according to data officials provided to the commission as part of an update on diversity targets.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. Farmington Bank economic scorecard for Pioneer Valley: 5 thumbs down, 3 thumbs up | masslive.com

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      Farmington Bank economic scorecard for Pioneer Valley: 5 thumbs down, 3 thumbs up | masslive.com

      The most recent Farmington Bank economic scorecard for the Pioneer Valley has five 'thumbs down' and just three 'thumbs up,' indicating the local business climate has its challenges.  'I think its a report that is a little less optimistic than the last few that we have had,' Klepper Smith said. 'We have had better reports, but I'm somewhat optimist that we can get through this soft period.'

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    12. Demolition of Westfield's Flahive Building to lead way for transit center | masslive.com

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      Demolition of Westfield's Flahive Building to lead way for transit center | masslive.com

      PVTA had already announced the razing of the Flahive Building and a spring start for construction of the tansit pavilion when plans for the center were approved last year by the Planning Board.  Sullivan said the start of the project now is the result of 'a lot of assistance by Gov. Charlie Baker and especially Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.'  He explained that Polito was instrumental is securing a MassWorks Grant in the amount of $1.7 million, the 'final financial piece of the pie to make this transit center a re

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    13. Cheeky City beauty boutique featuring local bath and body products opens in downtown Springfield | masslive.com

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      Cheeky City beauty boutique featuring local bath and body products opens in downtown Springfield | masslive.com

      Leanne Sedlak opened Cheeky City at 1341 Main St. late last month, her newest business in Springfield. The boutique features a casual, fun atmosphere. Upon stepping into the store -- located near the MassMutual Center -- black, white and hot pink pop out among an array of colors in Cheeky City. One corner of the business features a purple, shimmering bathtub.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    14. Job numbers in manufacturing, information remain steady in a down January | masslive.com

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      Job numbers in manufacturing, information remain steady in a down January | masslive.com

      No sector of the Greater Springfield economy grew jobs in January and only two industries — manufacturing and information — held their own.  Overall, the region lost 5,184 jobs on the month and 1,592 in the year since January 2015.  Here is a breakdown from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    15. Holyoke tax deal made $7 million Aegis Energy Services expansion possible | masslive.com

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      Holyoke tax deal made $7 million Aegis Energy Services expansion possible | masslive.com

      The $7 million Aegis Energy Services expansion onto the former Parsons Paper site at 84 Sargeant St. announced Monday wouldn't have happened without an extraordinary incentive that will free the company from paying any property taxes for 10 years, officials said.  'It was pivotal,' said Joseph Goding, the company's chief operating officer.  The decade-long property tax exemption was the mechanism the city devised to come up with the $400,000 needed to fund demolition and cleanup of asbestos-laden bricks and PCB's on the site in costs uncovered by grants, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    16. Looking for work? Futureworks to host job fair in downtown Springfield Wednesday | masslive.com

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      Looking for work? Futureworks to host job fair in downtown Springfield Wednesday | masslive.com

      FutureWorks is Springfield's one-stop career center located in the Springfield Technology Park. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, FutureWorks has changed its philosophy a bit in 2016. It now gives job seekers, whether they are out of work or have a job but want a better opportunity, more direction.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. With hopes of spurring expansion, Chicopee agrees to 10-year tax agreement with U.S. Tsubaki Automotive | masslive.com

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      With hopes of spurring expansion, Chicopee agrees to 10-year tax agreement with U.S. Tsubaki Automotive | masslive.com

      The parent company of U.S. Tsubaki Automotive LLC. is expanding a product line in North America and is planning to add onto one of its plants in either Chicopee, Tennessee or Guanajuato, Mexico.  If the Chicopee plant is selected, the company will build an addition to its facility on 106 Lonczak Drive and add about 35 employees to its current 348-person staff. The company, which makes automotive timing chains and timing chain systems for most major manufacturers, would invest about $11.5 million between construction and adding new equipment.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    18. Holyoke Parsons Paper site getting multi-million-dollar revamp by Aegis Energy Services, 30 new jobs | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Parsons Paper site getting multi-million-dollar revamp by Aegis Energy Services, 30 new jobs | masslive.com

      Aegis Energy Services will buy and expand into the adjacent 84 Sargeant St. where Parsons Paper company once thrived in a $7 million redevelopment that will feature 30 new jobs and be detailed in a press conference Monday.  'This is a significant milestone in our city's revitalization that should be celebrated and praised,' Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a press release. 'Redevelopment of the Parsons site has been an extremely difficult challenge, bringing with it significant legal, environmental and financial constraints that have impeded progress for years.'

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    19. Pioneer Valley looks to leverage $643M Connecticut passenger rail investment in New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line

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      Pioneer Valley looks to leverage $643M Connecticut passenger rail investment in New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line

      Connecticut is spending $643 million in state and federal money improving the rail line from Springfield south to New Haven, with plans to run frequent commuter service by the beginning of 2018. And now is the time, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal said Friday, for Springfield and the Pioneer Valley to figure out how to leverage that investment and cooperate with Connecticut to bring more passenger rail service here going both north-south and running east-west from Boston through Worcester to Springfield -- and then on either to New Haven and Amtrak's Northeast Corridor or to Montreal.

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    20. DevelopSpringfield's 5th annual Celebrate Springfield Dinner | masslive.com

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      DevelopSpringfield's 5th annual Celebrate Springfield Dinner | masslive.com

      Recognized with Partners in Progress awards, were Brian M. Connors, deputy director of Office of Planning and Economic Development for the city of Springfield, Maureen C. Hayes, president of Hayes Development Services, and Ira H. Rubenzahl, president of Springfield Technical Community College.  Attendees included Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Secretary Jay Ash from the Commonwealth Office of Housing and Economic Development, along with city leaders from business and non-profit organizations.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Brian M. Connors   Springfield Technical Community College

    21. New Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee to receive 5-year tax deal | masslive.com

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      New Mercedes-Benz dealership in Chicopee to receive 5-year tax deal | masslive.com

      The City Council has approved an agreement that will give the developer of a new Mercedes-Benz dealership a break on his real estate taxes for five years.  The proposal was reviewed by the city's Economic Development Incentive Program Review Committee and negotiated by Mayor Richard J. Kos before being approved unanimously by the 13-member Council last week. It still must be approved by the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    22. Mass Department of Transportation brings Mass Construction Career Program to Westfield Technical Academy | masslive.com

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      Mass Department of Transportation brings Mass Construction Career Program to Westfield Technical Academy | masslive.com

      The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has brought its Construction Apprentice Program to Westfield Technical Academy to offer an introduction to roadway construction job opportunities to juniors and seniors.  A total of 18 seniors received instruction this week on manhole brick inserts, interlocking block wall retainer construction and surveying to acquire calculating elevation and line grades.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    23. Investor Glenn Edwards pitches loft apartments for Springfield's Main Street, in talks with MGM | masslive.com

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      Investor Glenn Edwards pitches loft apartments for Springfield's Main Street, in talks with MGM | masslive.com

      While the street level between 1341 and 1383 Main Street is dotted with small businesses, its upper floors are vacant, awaiting renovation from empty corporate offices into apartments with wide-windowed views of downtown.  Property owner Glenn Edwards wants to make that transformation happen, he said Wednesday, during a tour of the space he hopes to turn into a thriving residential and commercial center.

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    24. Square One opens Children's Trust Family Center in Springfield (Photos, Video) | masslive.com

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      Square One opens Children's Trust Family Center in Springfield (Photos, Video) | masslive.com

      Parents looking for a little support in raising their children can now head over to Square One at 1095 Main St. in Springfield and visit the new Children's Trust Family Center.  A celebration was held at Square One headquarters on Tuesday to showcase the eighth Family Center in Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

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