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    1. Springfield residents eligible for $10,000 in scholarships | masslive.com

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      Springfield residents eligible for $10,000 in scholarships | masslive.com

      Springfield Partners for Community Action is offering ten $1,000 community scholarships to both adult learners and 2016 high school graduates.  Since 2003 the agency has awarded nearly 200 scholarships to low-income Springfield residents seeking economic self-sufficiency through education, officials said.  The state Department of Housing & Community Development has been the major funder of these scholarship awards over the years.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. U.S. Tsubaki to build $11.5 million addition to Chicopee plant, create 35 new jobs | masslive.com

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      U.S. Tsubaki to build $11.5 million addition to Chicopee plant, create 35 new jobs | masslive.com

      U.S. Tsubaki is planning to expand its manufacturing plant by more than a third, add a new product line and create about 35 new jobs.  Mayor Richard J. Kos, Dan Butterfield, president of U.S. Tsubaki Auto LLC and City Council President John L. Vieau gathered in Chicopee City Hall Wednesday morning to announce the company's plans to build an about 100,000 square-foot addition to the plant of 106 Lonczak Drive . It will invest about $11.5 million initially and more than $20 million over five to seven years in the expansion.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    3. Chicopee City Council endorses plan to sell Facemate property to private developer | masslive.com

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      Chicopee City Council endorses plan to sell Facemate property to private developer | masslive.com

      The City Council gave its endorsement to a plan to sell off a roughly 3.8-acre parcel of land that was once part of the Facemate Factory complex.  The 12-0 vote was mostly a formality. Mayor Richard J. Kos, City Councilor William Zaskey and others announced a week earlier that the city would be taking requests for proposals from people who are interested in developing the land.  'It gives us an opportunity to sell the land it and get it back on the tax rolls,' City Councilor Robert J. Zygarowski said before endorsing the plan.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    4. Northampton firm to host seminar on wage, labor laws for business owners | masslive.com

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      Northampton firm to host seminar on wage, labor laws for business owners | masslive.com

      A local law firm is hosting a seminar that aims to help prevent business owners from breaking employee wage and labor regulations.  Royal, P.C., a Northampton firm that exclusively represents businesses on all aspects of labor and employment law, is organizing the round table-style event. The seminar is $30 per person and is scheduled for the morning of May 5.  Attorney Jennifer Butler will speak on topics including tipped workers and the minimum wage, overtime pay, earned sick time, child labor and so-called white collar exemption laws, the firm said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    5. 2016 Howdy Awards recognize hospitality workers across Western Mass | masslive.com

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      2016 Howdy Awards recognize hospitality workers across Western Mass | masslive.com

      Every year the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrates people living and working in Western Massachusetts who have gone above and beyond for their customers.  This year the bureau has named 52 individuals as finalists for the 2016 Howdy Awards for Hospitality Excellence.  The awards program, established in 1996, was created to recognize front-line employees in the hospitality industry for providing outstanding service to their guests and customers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    6. Springfield gets $13.8 million more in FEMA funds for tornado damage

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      Springfield gets $13.8 million more in FEMA funds for tornado damage

      The city has received a new $13.8 million federal grant as compensation for the damage to the former state armory building on Howard Street from the 2011 tornado. The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be used to assist with the cost of two major projects in Springfield – construction of a new South End Community Center at Emerson Wight Park and construction of a new senior center at Blunt Park.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Congressman Richard E. Neal

    7. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs solar net metering bill | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs solar net metering bill | masslive.com

      Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton said the new law will allow for more solar development while reducing costs to ratepayers.  The new law was the result of a compromise bill crafted during five months of negotiations between the House and the Senate. The final result is still only a short-term fix. It has drawn some concerns both from sides – the solar energy companies and the utility companies, who have been battling over this issue.

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    8. Employer confidence grew last month, Associated Industries of Massachusetts reports | masslive.com

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      Employer confidence grew last month, Associated Industries of Massachusetts reports | masslive.com

      Employers in Massachusetts gained confidence for April even as international markets faltered, according to survey results released by Associated Industries of Massachusetts.  However, a gap has developed between optimistic service-related companies and less optimistic manufacturers, Associated Industries reported.  The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index rose 1.4 points to 56.5 in March.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    9. Trains in the Valley advocacy group pushes for more rail in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

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      Trains in the Valley advocacy group pushes for more rail in Pioneer Valley | masslive.com

      A pair of local rail enthusiasts are starting a group -- one that will be both online and have real-life meetups -- to promote and share information on passenger and freight rail in the Pioneer Valley.  'Ultimately, it should evolve into a rail advocacy group,' said Zane Lumelsky who founded Trains in the Valley with Ben Heckscher. 'The website is a tool to get people involved.'  They are organizing a kick-off meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the Platform sports bar in Northampton's historic Union Station.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    10. Hampden County employment board launches summer jobs for youths campaign | masslive.com

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      Hampden County employment board launches summer jobs for youths campaign | masslive.com

      Gomez was one of the speakers Friday at the annual news conference kicking off the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County's Summer Jobs for youth Campaign. It's an effort to give young people like Gomez a chance to learn about the working world of adult responsibility while putting a little money in their pocket.
      The employment board, besides announcing that applications will soon be available, reported that it is looking for donations to add to state dollars and for businesses and organizations willing to act as work sites for the young employees. As always, its is also looking ...

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      Mentions:   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.

    11. Holyoke Innovation District offers workshop on valley's internet-access capabilities | masslive.com

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      Holyoke Innovation District offers workshop on valley's internet-access capabilities | masslive.com

      The Holyoke Innovation District will present 'A Broadband Workshop: Maximizing Utilization of the Pioneer Valley's Broadband Infrastructure' from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center on Bigelow Street.  'The fact that this event is being held in Holyoke is a testament to the great work being done in our Innovation District. I'm proud the Holyoke Gas and Electric has quickly become a regional leader in providing this type of service,' Mayor Alex B. Morse said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    12. Amherst Economic Development Director Geoffrey Kravitz says Amherst is business friendly | masslive.com

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      Amherst Economic Development Director Geoffrey Kravitz says Amherst is business friendly | masslive.com

      In the three months of Geoffrey Kravitz's tenure as the town's first economic development director he's been welcomed everywhere he goes.  Growing up in town, he said he was a little surprised.  Amherst has had a reputation of not being the most-pro business communities around.  His job in part is 'to change that impression. We are open and welcoming.' The caveat 'you have to understand we're a unique community.'

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    13. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Obama assistant Julie Chavez Rodriguez to be honored by Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Obama assistant Julie Chavez Rodriguez to be honored by Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts | masslive.com

      The Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts will hold its annual graduation celebration for participants of its Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact on May 23 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. LIPPI graduated its largest class in 2015. The 10-month program offers women from all backgrounds training to serve as civic leaders in their communities. Tickets for "Women Lead Change" are $65 each, and registration may be done through the fund's website. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Julie Chavez Rodriguez, a special assistant to President Barack Obama and granddaughter to Caesar Chavez, will be honored at the ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    14. Main Street reconstruction, opportunities for economic growth on agenda for Springfield's North End | masslive.com

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      Main Street reconstruction, opportunities for economic growth on agenda for Springfield's North End | masslive.com

      A $6 million reconstruction of Main Street, a $50,000 economic planning grant and a series of focus groups highlight upcoming plans that could lead to more business and job opportunities in the city's North End.  Springfield City Councilor Adam Gomez and Jose Claudio, of the New North Citizens Council, met with a small group of business owners Wednesday to discuss upcoming projects and opportunities for the city's North End and South End business districts.

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    15. Chicopee Savings and Westfield Bank to merge, become largest bank headquartered in Hampden County

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      Chicopee Savings and Westfield Bank to merge, become largest bank headquartered in Hampden County

      Chicopee Savings has agreed to merge into Westfield Bank to form the largest bank headquartered in here in Hampden County in a $110 million deal. The move continues a trend of bank mergers driven by technology needs and a drive for market share.
      Following the merger, both banks will do business under the Westfield Bank name. The holding company to be renamed Western New England Bancorp with the Nasdaq trading symbol WNEB.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Westfield   Westfield Bank

    16. MassMutual Financial Group to lay off nearly 100 more employees in Springfield

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      MassMutual Financial Group to lay off nearly 100 more employees in Springfield

       MassMutual Financial Group will lay off nearly 100 employees from its information technology department. MassMutual spokesman James Lacey confirmed the layoffs Tuesday morning, saying the employees would leave over the next 18 months. MassMutual is outsourcing the work to a company with which it has had a longtime business relationship, he said.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    17. Springfield one of 38 communities commended for making significant progress in early literacy efforts

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      Springfield one of 38 communities commended for making significant progress in early literacy efforts

      Springfield's Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative and community partners were cited for making 'measurable progress' on student attendance outcomes. The Springfield Public Schools and the United Way of Pioneer Valley, partners in the Stay in School Campaign, have brought the community together on issues affecting the high school graduation rate including the importance of daily attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism.

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    18. Farmington Bank report shows job creation strong

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      Farmington Bank report shows job creation strong

       Job growth in Greater Springfield continues to impress Donald Klepper-Smith, economic advisor to Farmington Bank. 'You are gaining jobs where it counts: health care, education, financial services  1,200 in the last year, ' he said. Klepper-Smith released the April Farmington Bank Economic Scorecard this week. it followed closely a March report that was delayed because of the schedule the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses to release jobs numbers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. CRRC MA subway car builder begins hiring for new East Springfield plant

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      CRRC MA subway car builder begins hiring for new East Springfield plant

      CRRC MA USA , the Chinese rail car manufacturer with a contact to build subway cars for the MBTA, has begun hiring for its factory and North American headquarters now under construction at the former Westinghouse site in East Springfield. CRRC MA is running ads online now through staffing company United Personnel in Springfield for two executives. One ad is for a director of manufacturing with at least 10 years of management experience. The successful candidate must be willing to make frequent trips to China and knowledge of the Mandarin Chinese language is preferred but not required.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. US Defense Secretary to announce $317 million MIT-based textile research center; UMass-Amherst, Quinsigamond CC will participate | masslive.com

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      US Defense Secretary to announce $317 million MIT-based textile research center; UMass-Amherst, Quinsigamond CC will participate | masslive.com

      The new Revolutionary Fiber and Textile Manufacturing Innovation Institute will be based at MIT, with participation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. It will research new types of fibers made with semiconductors, which have technical capabilities such as storing energy or enabling Internet connectivity. Some fabrics could be exceptionally strong, lightweight or flame resistant. They could control temperature or monitor someone's health. The fabrics could be used for defense purposes and for commercial sale.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    21. Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts honors partners

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      Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts honors partners

      Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts is on a mission to promote the economic independence of all women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. For more information on Dress for Success, visit www.westernmass.dressforsuccess.org.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Sisters of Providence Health System

    22. Professional Women's Chamber to hold 'ladies night' in East Longmeadow | masslive.com

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      Professional Women's Chamber to hold 'ladies night' in East Longmeadow | masslive.com

      An East Longmeadow boutique will host a gathering of area businesswomen as part of a bi-monthly 'ladies night.'  The event, scheduled for April 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., is part of a series of networking nights put on by the Professional Women's Chamber. It will be held at and hosted by Carol K's Added Attractions, a women's clothing boutique at180 Shaker Road.

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    23. MGM Springfield seeks to replace Comcast in managing MassMutual Center | masslive.com

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      MGM Springfield seeks to replace Comcast in managing MassMutual Center | masslive.com

      MGM Springfield will partner with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor in the casino company's bid to take on a role in managing the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield.  Spectra, then Global Spectrum, was chosen to run the state-owned facility at the time of its reopening in September 2005, replacing state employees who had been managing the former Springfield Civic Center.  MGM Springfield is set to open a $950 million casino in downtown Springfield in fall 2018. The project is currently under construction a block away.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    24. Springfield seeks bids for reuse of 2 industrial properties, old fire station in Indian Orchard | masslive.com

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      Springfield seeks bids for reuse of 2 industrial properties, old fire station in Indian Orchard | masslive.com

      The city is seeking offers for the purchase and redevelopment of three city-owned properties in Indian Orchard, including two large industrial sites and a historic former neighborhood fire station.  The city announced the release of the three separate Requests for Proposals on Wednesday including a 16-acre property on the east side of Pinevale Street, that was part of the former Chapman Valve site.

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