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    1. Richard Sullivan's return to Western Massachusetts as head of the Economic Development Council bodes well for the region: Editorial

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      Richard Sullivan's return to Western Massachusetts as head of the Economic Development Council bodes well for the region: Editorial

      The Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council has scored something of a coup by “recapturing” Richard K. Sullivan Jr. as its president and CEO. Sullivan will assume the post when Allan W. Blair, who currently holds the post, retires after 44 years in the field of job creation and business development. An energetic leader, a dynamic force who knows Massachusetts inside out, Sullivan will undoubtedly offer fresh and knowledgeable perspectives from his service in Boston, where he has had opportunities to travel internationally as part of the job. His current post is chief of staff for Gov. Deval Patrick. He’s ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield   Allan W. Blair

    2. Springfield City Council approves new 3-year deal, annual payment to Business Improvement District

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      Springfield City Council approves new 3-year deal, annual payment to Business Improvement District

      The City Council is considering a new three-year agreement with the Springfield Business Improvement District that includes an annual payment of $70,000 to the organization to assist its downtown enhancement efforts. The proposed 20-page formal agreement details the responsibilities of the Business Improvement District (BID) and the city in ongoing efforts ranging from downtown promotions to litter clean-up, officials said. "We think the BID has been a very good economic development tool for the downtown," Kevin Kennedy, the city's chief development officer, said Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Springfield Business Improvement District

    3. Rick Sullivan, Gov. Deval Patrick's chief of staff, poised to become president & Ceo of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development

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      Rick Sullivan, Gov. Deval Patrick's chief of staff, poised to become president & Ceo of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development

      Richard K. Sullivan Jr., chief of staff for Gov. Deval L. Patrick, has been tapped to become president and CEO of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council after he completes his responsibilities to the governor in mid-January, the council's board of directors announced Tuesday. Sullivan, formerly Mayor of Westfield and state Energy & Environmental Affairs secretary, will succeed Allan W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council since it was created in 1996. Blair will retire on Dec. 31, ending a 44-year career of creating jobs and developing business opportunities in Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Westfield

    4. Springfield Business Improvement District offers special downtown valet parking for Thanksgiving eve, weekend

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      Springfield Business Improvement District offers special downtown valet parking for Thanksgiving eve, weekend

      The Springfield Business Improvement District will provide a "Park with Ease" program, offering valet parking, on Thanksgiving eve, Nov. 26, as well as the subsequent Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28-29. Two valet stations will be set up along Main Street in downtown Springfield geared for parking convenience on those dates, for nighttime dining and entertainment. Car acceptance is from 5 to 9 p.m., with retrieval continuing until midnight. One valet station will be located at Court Square and the MassMutual Center, allowing for guests to attend a show at Symphony Hall, dinner at Nadim's, a game at the ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield Falcons

    5. United Personnel of Springfield named the number 5 women-led business in Massachusetts | masslive

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      United Personnel of Springfield named the number 5 women-led business in Massachusetts | masslive

      United Personnel has been ranked the #5 Woman Led Business in the state by The Boston Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute, an organization dedicated to supporting and advancing women's leadership.  The 100 woman-led organizations recognized had total revenue of $73 billion last year, a clear indication of the impact female leaders have in driving the state’s economy.  United Personnel of Springfield named the number five women-led business in Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Mary Ellen Scott

    6. Florence Bank opens new Hadley office at 377 Russell Street | masslive

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      Florence Bank opens new Hadley office at 377 Russell Street | masslive

      Florence Bank CEO John F. Heaps, Jr. and Bank officials were joined by Massachusetts State Senator Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg, State Representative John Scibak, Town of Hadley Town Administrator David Nixon, and Amherst Chamber Executive Director Don Courtemanche, along with customers, friends and supporters who turned out to welcome the Bank to its new home

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      Mentions:   Amherst   The Republican   Don Courtemanche

    7. Under Construction: Baystate Dental builds Downtown Springfield office | masslive

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      Under Construction: Baystate Dental builds Downtown Springfield office | masslive

      Crag Sweitzer & Co. General Contractors is building a new 2,300-square-foot dental office for Baystate Dental PC at 1391 Main St. in downtown Springfield.
      Expected to be completed in February 2015, it will be Baystate Dental's 14th office

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Westfield

    8. Gov. Deval Patrick: 'Water innovation the next frontier'; UMass Amherst professor receives $4.1 million EPA grant for drinking water research

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      Gov. Deval Patrick: 'Water innovation the next frontier'; UMass Amherst professor receives $4.1 million EPA grant for drinking water research

      University of Massachusetts Amherst researcher has received a $4.1 million Environmental Protection Agency grant to create a national research center aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems. David A. Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, accepted the grant at a ceremony Monday. Under the EPA grant, the UMass Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSS) will develop and test advanced, low-cost methods to reduce, control and eliminate various groups of water contaminants in small water treatment systems. Speaking at the university's new $160 million Life Sciences Laboratories on Monday, Gov. Deval Patrick also announced ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Palmer

    9. MGM Springfield pays $85 million casino licensing fee to Massachusetts

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      MGM Springfield pays $85 million casino licensing fee to Massachusetts

      MGM Springfield reached another milestone on Monday, paying an $85 million licensing fee to the state that moves forward plans to construct an $800 million casino project in Springfield. "Today's payment of the licensing fee is another important milestone for MGM Springfield, said Carole Brennan," MGM Springfield spokeswoman. "This money will help assure that the economic benefits sought by the gaming law come to fruition. We are delighted to make this strong commitment to the commonwealth, and to move forward with Springfield's comeback story."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   MGM

    10. Photos: 'Super 60' celebration recognizes Greater Springfield's fastest-growing companies | masslive

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      Photos: 'Super 60' celebration recognizes Greater Springfield's fastest-growing companies | masslive

      The Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield honored the 60 local companies, organizations and colleges with the highest-revenue and fastest-growing-revenue on Friday at its annual Super 60 Recognition Celebration.  The event featured a keynote speech from John Maguire, president and CEO of Friendly's, and took place at Chez Josef.  Thirty companies are rewarded based on total revenues and 30 are praised based on revenue growth. The dollar figures are never made public. But the top three in each category are announced as seen below.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    11. Springfield's Main and State streets points of pride for outgoing Massachusetts

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      Springfield's Main and State streets points of pride for outgoing Massachusetts

      Bialecki spoke retrospectively Friday while visiting Springfield for the dedication of TechSpring, a health care innovation center created by Baystate Health and funded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. "Eight years ago, we decided that when we worked with cities we would ask them what neighborhoods they wanted to focus on and then focus on those neighborhoods," Bialecki said. "In Springfield, that was State Street and Main Street." TechSpring itself in 1350 Main St. is an example of an initiative in Springfield's downtown. He also mentioned Valley Venture mentors in Tower Square, hopefully to move into a new Springfield ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    12. Gov. Deval Patrick to announce $4.1 million grant for UMass professor

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      Gov. Deval Patrick to announce $4.1 million grant for UMass professor

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will be formally announcing grants for the University of Massachusetts at the campus Monday including $4.1 million in EPA funding for professor David A. Reckhow. In the summer, the governor signed a bill into authorizing $1.9 billion for environmental projects throughout the state including $4 million earmarked for water quality innovation to support Reckhow's work. This is a separate pot of money.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    13. Springfield's Baystate Health opens TechSpring innovation hub downtown - The Republican

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      Springfield's Baystate Health opens TechSpring innovation hub downtown - The Republican

      Dr. Keroack along with state and city economic development officials opened TechSpring Friday at the MassLive building, 1350 Main St., the former One Financial Plaza. Funded with a $5.5 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, TechSpring is a "collision space" and collaborative where innovators in the health care technology field can work with Baystate, gaining access to its data and to its expertise in return for developing technologies that help improve people's health, said Managing Director Christian Lagier, himself an import from Denmark via Silicon Valley in California.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Baystate Health

    14. Reports: Toymaker Hasbro in talks to merge with Dreamworks Animation led by Jeffrey Katzenberg | masslive

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      Reports: Toymaker Hasbro in talks to merge with Dreamworks Animation led by Jeffrey Katzenberg | masslive

      Hasbro, which has a board game factory in East Longmeadow, is in talks to merge with DreamWorks Animation, a Hollywood player run by mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, according to published reports.  In recent years, Hasbro has been seeking its fortunes in the entertainment industry, taking game franchises like 'Battleship' to the silver screen.  Dreamworks Animation is known for the 'How to Train Your Dragon' and 'Madagascar' films.

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      Mentions:   The Republican   Hasbro, Inc.

    15. Westfield Voc-Tech aviation program, Franklin Tech manufacturing center highlighted in report on school-industry collaboration | masslive

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      Westfield Voc-Tech aviation program, Franklin Tech manufacturing center highlighted in report on school-industry collaboration | masslive

      Westfield Vocational Technical School's plan to create a hands-on aviation technology program and Franklin County Technical School's revamped machine program could serve as a model for similar co-operative programs around the state.  That's contention supported in the new report out Thursday: 'Filling the Skills Gap: Massachusetts Vocational-Technical Schools and Business Partnerships' from the Pioneer Institute.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    16. Hampshire College breaking ground Friday on new multifunctional Living Building

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      Hampshire College breaking ground Friday on new multifunctional Living Building

      Hampshire College is holding a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon at 3:30 for the new multifunctional R. W. Kern Center, a building they hope will receive Living Building status. A Living Building is the highest environmental standard surpassing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and there are just a handful of buildings that are so certified in the United States

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Amherst

    17. South Hadley Town Meeting approves tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers to locate envelope plant in town

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      South Hadley Town Meeting approves tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers to locate envelope plant in town

      Town Meeting on Wednesday unanimously approved a tax break for Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc. - matching a similar action recently taken by Chicopee City Council, as the two communities strive to persuade the company to locate in their municipality. Mohawk officials attended the South Hadley meeting and told reporters after the affirmative vote they liked what they saw.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    18. University of Massachusetts to review state's environmental resources that could be affected by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

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      University of Massachusetts to review state's environmental resources that could be affected by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

      The University of Massachusetts Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment plans to issue a report next month that will provide a framework for further analysis of the environmental impact of the proposed pipeline, according to Scott Jackson, associate professor of environmental conservation. "We're not attempting to make the pipeline look good or bad," Scott said. "We're trying to collect any and all information, and leave it to others to use that information."

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    19. Springfield seeks bids for renovation-expansion project at Clifford Phaneuf Environmental Center, home of ECOS in Forest Park

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      Springfield seeks bids for renovation-expansion project at Clifford Phaneuf Environmental Center, home of ECOS in Forest Park

      The city plans to advertise for bids this month for an estimated $3 million project to renovate and expand the Clifford A. Phaneuf Environmental Center at Forest Park, culminating nearly two decades of on-again, off-again discussions and plans. Peter Garvey, the city's director of capital asset construction, said the bid documents will be available beginning Nov. 26, and bids are scheduled to be due by Dec. 18. "I'm thrilled," said Burt Freedman, a long-time center teacher and strong advocate for the project. "I could not be happier for the students. The news will put smiles on the faces ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    20. Springfield Central Cultural District hosts artist meet and greet

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      Springfield Central Cultural District hosts artist meet and greet

      The new Springfield Central Cultural District will host "Plug Into the Creative Valley," an opportunity for local artists and enthusiasts to connect and come up with ideas for the city's cultural district. "I am very excited to have the chance to meet area artists and those who value and support art in Springfield," said Katy Moonan, the new Cultural District Director. The free event will be held Nov. 18 at the Springfield Central Library from 6-8 p.m.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. Sisters of St. Joseph Mont Marie purchase by Tryko Partners nears completion | masslive.com

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      Sisters of St. Joseph Mont Marie purchase by Tryko Partners nears completion | masslive.com

      The sale agreement with Tryko, which owns and operates skilled nursing facilities in Danvers, Needham and Rockland, came after a two-year search for a buyer. The congregation had estimated that it would be without the financial means to support its aging members and property within the next few years. This summer, the congregation moved 30 of its members, from the motherhouse, to shared living arrangements, with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, a different order, with a convent and health care center in the eastern part of the state, or the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, in Holyoke ...

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    22. UMass sets record with six start-up companies, including one that uses gecko-based technology developed in Amherst | masslive

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      UMass sets record with six start-up companies, including one that uses gecko-based technology developed in Amherst | masslive

      The University of Massachusetts system spun off a record six start up companies in the past year while at the same time generating $30 million in licensing revenue by bringing technology developed at its campuses to market.  This is the eight straight year UMass has generated $30 million, according to a news release issued this week.
      Three of the new companies are developed from UMass Amherst technology. The other three are from medical school.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   The Republican

    23. Massachusetts Sen. Stanley Rosenberg seeks information on what effect Tennessee Gas pipeline could have on conservation land

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      Massachusetts Sen. Stanley Rosenberg seeks information on what effect Tennessee Gas pipeline could have on conservation land

      Rosenberg has asked the University of Massachusetts' Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment to conduct an analysis of the conservation land impacts of the proposed natural gas pipeline from Richmond to Dracut. In filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, Tennessee Gas described its preferred route, which would cut through dozens of state parks, forests, and other preserved land and waterways on its way across the state.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Greenfield

    24. Amherst once again eligible for mini-entitlement grant - this time of up to $725,000

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      Amherst once again eligible for mini-entitlement grant - this time of up to $725,000

      The town lost its status and the then $900,000 in funding after not meeting the criteria for eligibility. But the town has once again met the criteria. "Mini-Entitlement is for communities that are designated by DHCD to receive an allocation of funds due to their high statistical indication of need, poverty rate and size." Town officials are pleased with the news. Town Manager John P. Musante said it's great news. "We think we had a compelling case." Officials had appealed its rejection two years ago but was on the edge of eligibility. The Community Development Block Grant Advisory ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Amherst

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