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    1. Amherst Chamber names Timothy O'Brien as executive director | masslive.com

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      Amherst Chamber names Timothy O'Brien as executive director | masslive.com

      The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce has appointed Timothy O'Brien as executive director, according to a news release issued Wednesday.  His start date is August 1.  O'Brien replaces former executive director Don Courtemanche, who resigned in April after two years in the position in order to focus on his real estate career.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Don Courtemanche

    2. Westfield State University uses grant to transition to Farm-to-Fork Food Service program

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      Westfield State University uses grant to transition to Farm-to-Fork Food Service program

      Westfield State University will use a $250,000 grant to transition to a self-operated food services program with emphasis on purchasing from local and regional providers. The university has enlisted the University of Massachusetts Amherst Dining to assist the local transition using grant funding from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, WSU president Ramon S. Torrecilha announced in a release Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Westfield State University   Amherst

    3. Westfield mayor launches 'Business Tour' of city businesses

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      Westfield mayor launches 'Business Tour' of city businesses

      Mayor Brian P. Sullivan launched Tuesday what he calls a 'Business Tour' of businesses throughout the city. The purpose of the tour, Sullivan said "is an informal meeting with our business leaders to discuss any issues or needs they may have and to gather data that hopefully can benefit them and the city in general." The first meeting was held Tuesday afternoon at Tell Tool, a division of Cadence Aerospace at 35 Turnpike Industrial Rd.. Joining Sullivan was Westfield's Advancement officer Joseph Michell.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    4. Golf Tournament will benefit Springfield Housing Authority Talk/Read/Succeed! literacy...

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      Golf Tournament will benefit Springfield Housing Authority Talk/Read/Succeed! literacy...

      Springfield Housing Associates Inc. will sponsor a golf tournament on Monday, July 18, at the Country Club of Wilbraham, to raise funds for the Springfield Housing Authority's Talk/Read/Succeed! Program to promote literacy. All proceeds from the 4th annual Isabel Serrazina Golf Tournament will benefit support Talk/Read/Succeed!, a collaborative program that unites two Springfield Housing Authority developments, John L. Sullivan Apartments and John I. Robinson Gardens, with the Edward P. Boland and Hiram L. Dorman elementary schools.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Gov. Baker widens scope of Springfield rail study; narrows time frame

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      Gov. Baker widens scope of Springfield rail study; narrows time frame

      Baker, in a veto message to the Legislature issued last week, struck out lawmakers' language from the budget and instead called for a broader study that would include highway travel by automobile and buses, as well as freight rail. Baker said he wants the Pioneer Valley to study ways to coordinate and integrate all those travel options as well as looking at the 90-minute train trip from Springfield to Boston. Baker also set a firmer timetable for the study, saying a Pioneer Valley transportation working group is to commence no later than Oct. 1 and have a study prepared and ...

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      Mentions:   Amtrak   Springfield   Massachusetts Department of Transportation

    6. Holyoke Community College culinary center seen as transformative

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      Holyoke Community College culinary center seen as transformative

      Even without MGM Resorts International planning to open its $950 million resort casino in Springfield's South End in 2018, the Pioneer Valley would still face a shortage of trained culinary artists. And Holyoke Community College was facing a shortage of space to train them, President Bill Messner said Monday during a press event with MGM Resorts International and city and state officials. "Even if MGM hadn't come to town, we would have been looking for places to expand," Messner, who retires later this month after 12 years as president.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Holyoke Community College   Springfield

    7. MGM Resorts International to invest in Holyoke for culinary training, downtown Springfield for gaming training center

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      MGM Resorts International to invest in Holyoke for culinary training, downtown Springfield for gaming training center

      Holyoke will use its share of the neighboring-community impact payments made by casino operator MGM Springfield to pay tuition for 50 Paper City residents in a new Holyoke Community College culinary arts program that will bear the MGM name. The new center, which will open next year, is to be called the MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts at Holyoke, said HCC President William Messner. He said MGM is the main driver for the program, but the center will train people to work anywhere in the Pioneer Valley hospitality industry.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    8. Springfield officials, shoppers join in praising completed remodeling of Boston Road Wal-Mart | masslive.com

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      Springfield officials, shoppers join in praising completed remodeling of Boston Road Wal-Mart | masslive.com

      The Boston Road Wal-Mart employs more than 300 full-time and part-time employees and has nearly 150,000 square feet of space, Zeyen said. The improvements included retiling the entire store, new fixtures, 'a better shopping experience, less line, less wait,' he said.  'So we are looking at a brand new store for our customers to serve them, so they can save money and live better,' Zeyen said.
      The customer service desk was separated from the financial services desk. In addition, as requested by customers, Wal-Mart expanded its Hispanic food and products section, he said.

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    9. Welcome to the fiberhood: Westfield Gas + Electric's Whip City Fiber expanding high-speed internet access

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      Welcome to the fiberhood: Westfield Gas + Electric's Whip City Fiber expanding high-speed internet access

      Westfield Gas + Electric's Whip City Fiber continues to bring high-speed internet access to sections of the city, part of a controlled, neighborhood-by-neighborhood rollout plan. The latest areas to get the service are Knollwood Acres, Hillside/Plantation, Paper Mill Road/Joseph Heights, and Springdale/Holyoke Road, according to Whip City officials. "We are very excited at the response we've received about Whip City Fiber," Dan Howard, general manager of Westfield Gas + Electric, said in a statement Friday.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Westfield

    10. Westfield Creative Arts offers course on Lego Robotics

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      Westfield Creative Arts offers course on Lego Robotics

      Introduction to Lego Robotics, a four-class program, will begin Saturday and continue July 23, 30 and Aug. 6 at the Rinnova Gallery at 105 Elm St. The program will be taught by Christopher Lyons from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays under sponsorship from Westfield Creative Arts and Westfield on Weekends.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    11. Manager of Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport leaving job after 7 years in post | masslive.com

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      Manager of Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport leaving job after 7 years in post | masslive.com

      The manager of Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport is leaving after more than seven years in the position.  Brian P. Barnes, who started as manager in March 2009, said he's leaving the Westfield post for a new job. 'I do have a new opportunity,' he told The Republican in an interview Friday, adding that it's premature to discuss details at this point.

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    12. Chicopee demolishes vacant Westover homes to make way for solar farm

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      Chicopee demolishes vacant Westover homes to make way for solar farm

      Work to demolish the former Navy housing just outside the Westover Air Reserve Base is progressing and the remaining buildings should be razed by the end of the month. It has taken years to acquire the roughly 27 acres of land and 128 homes and find what neighbors and politicians deemed an acceptable use for the property. Discussions over the buildings, which have been vacant for nearly two decades, began in 2005 and the property was turned over to the city in 2011.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    13. Springfield Redevelopment Authority slates free vendor workshops for businesses

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      Springfield Redevelopment Authority slates free vendor workshops for businesses

      The Springfield Redevelopment Authority has scheduled two free vendor workshops on Monday, July 11, geared for those interested in establishing their own businesses and becoming more marketable entities. The two classes, "Supplier Diversity Office Pre-Certification Workshop" and COMMBUYS Vendor Registration Assistance" will be conducted at the Richard E. Neal City Hall Annex Building at 70 Tapley St., beginning at 10 a.m. The redevelopment authority also conducted free vendor workshops in June The public authority is the redevelopment arm of the city and assists with economic development efforts in Springfield.

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

    14. Tighe & Bond one of the best civil engineering firms to work for | masslive.com

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      Tighe & Bond one of the best civil engineering firms to work for | masslive.com

      Based on the survey results of its 2016 Best Firms To Work For Ranking, Zweig Group recently named Tighe & Bond one of the best civil engineering firms to work for in the nation. This annual awards competition is based on business practice data collected from numerous participating firms across the country, including feedback solicited through an employee survey.  Zweig Group – a provider of management information and expertise to engineering, architecture, and environmental consulting firms worldwide – sponsors the program that recognizes the top firms leading the way in creating a work place that inspires, motivates and rewards employees, according to a ...

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      Mentions:   Tighe & Bond

    15. Partnership between MGM Springfield and Holyoke Community College paves way for free tuition for 50 Holyoke residents

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      Partnership between MGM Springfield and Holyoke Community College paves way for free tuition for 50 Holyoke residents

      Fifty Holyoke residents will be admitted at no charge to a new culinary program Holyoke Community College is establishing at the Cubit Building in a three-way agreement among the city, the college and MGM Springfield. Holyoke is getting $500,000 upfront from the $1.28 million in neighboring community impact payments Mayor Alex Morse negotiated to receive from MGM over the course of 15 years. Rory Casey, Morse's chief of staff, said Wednesday that the city has an agreement to turn over the $500,000 to HCC to help fund the culinary arts program so long as 50 Holyoke ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College   Springfield Technical Community College

    16. MassDevelopment bond finances Jarvis Surgical expansion in Westfield

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      MassDevelopment bond finances Jarvis Surgical expansion in Westfield

      A $2.2 million MassDevelopment bond will help pay for an expansion project at Jarvis Surgical Inc., officials for the state finance and development agency said Wednesday. Jarvis will use the bond proceeds to build a 15,000-square-foot addition at its 53 Airport Road facility, and to buy new manufacturing equipment. The company is also buying 1.9 acres of land next to the property for employee parking, according to a MassDevelopment news release.  

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Westfield   Easthampton Savings Bank

    17. Western Mass. officials meet to discuss new MassINC report on transformative developments in Gateway Cities

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      Western Mass. officials meet to discuss new MassINC report on transformative developments in Gateway Cities

      A panel of economic development leaders representing the Pioneer Valley's urban core of Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield and Holyoke came together last week to discuss a recent report issued by MassINC's Gateway City Innovation Institute on Transformative Development. The report - Rebuilding Renewal: An Analysis of State Investment in Gateway Cities and a Work Plan for Delivering Transformative Development – was co-authored by Northampton resident Dan Hodge, principal of Hodge Economic Consulting, who presented its findings to a packed room at Make-It Springfield on Worthington Street. The full report is embedded below.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   MassDevelopment   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

    18. $915M economic development bill touches on fantasy sports, wineries, shipping terminal | masslive.com

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      $915M economic development bill touches on fantasy sports, wineries, shipping terminal | masslive.com

      The bill, H.4413, would allow the state to borrow $915.5 million to fund economic development projects over the next five years.  'It provides more capital dollars that can be used in support of initiatives that promote job creation and job retention and to help establish initiatives that deal with the expanding industries that are critical to this state's economic viability,' said state Rep. Joseph Wagner, D-Chicopee, chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies

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    19. Associated Industries of Massachusetts: Uncertainty, weak US job growth, Brexit fears hurt confidence

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      Associated Industries of Massachusetts: Uncertainty, weak US job growth, Brexit fears hurt confidence

      The Associated Industries Business Confidence Index fell 1.6 points in June to 56.1 points. That is still above the 50-point mark considered neutral. Anything over 50 points is positive, anything below 50 is negative. The index reached its historic high of 68.5 on two occasions in 1997-1998, and its all-time low of 33.3 in February 2009. The index has been greater than 50 since October 2013. Quarterly confidence rose from 55.8 during the first three months of the year to 56.7 during April, May and June.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    20. MassMutual completes acquisition of MetLife's U.S. insurance sales force

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      MassMutual completes acquisition of MetLife's U.S. insurance sales force

      MassMutual announced Tuesday that it has completed a $165-million purchase of MetLife's U.S. retail adviser force of life insurance agents.  The deal was first announced in February.   MetLife made the deal to sell off its Premier Client Group to avoid being designated "too big to fail" under federal regulations established in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    21. FAT kicking off the 2016 CityBlock Concert Series in Downtown...

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      FAT kicking off the 2016 CityBlock Concert Series in Downtown...

      Springfield's original rock band FAT closed the 2015 CityBlock Concert Series with a bang- the same way they opened the 2016 festivities in Court Square on Thursday night. Peter Newland, front man for the rock group, previously said the show is about more than just the music. "It is really about the city of Springfield and its people," Newland told The Republican's Donnie Moorhouse. "This is the place where FAT started, these are the folks who cheered us on and who welcomed us with open arms when our run was over. We love this city."

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican   Springfield Business Improvement District

    22. $115,000 'green' grant honors Holyoke efforts to see light

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      $115,000 'green' grant honors Holyoke efforts to see light

      Municipal facilities will get improved lighting thanks to a $115,895 "Green Communities" grant from the state. "This work is exciting because it will continue our commitment to remaining a national leader in using the green economy to combat climate change and to improve our city's quality of life while giving taxpayers a good return on their investment," Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a press release Wednesday. The grant came from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and was announced Tuesday by state Sen. Donald R. Humason, R-Westfield, who called Holyoke a "leader" in the state's clean ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Holyoke   Westfield

    23. Amherst developers scaling back One East Pleasant mixed-use project

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      Amherst developers scaling back One East Pleasant mixed-use project

      Developers of One East Pleasant Street are coming back to the Planning Board with modified plans that would reduce the number of tenants and increase the landscaping. Instead of 84 apartments with 184 tenants, Archipelago Investments developers David Williams and Kyle Wilson are proposing building 135 apartments with 143 tenants. Initial plans included eight four-bedroom and eight three-bedroom units. Now the plans call for 60 studios, which were not part of the original plan, as well as 67 one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments.

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    24. Berkshire Bank buys First Choice Bank in New Jersey | masslive.com

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      Berkshire Bank buys First Choice Bank in New Jersey | masslive.com

      Berkshire Hills Bancorp, parent of Berkshire Bank announced Wednesday that it and First Choice Bank have signed a definitive merger agreement.  First Choice Bank will merge into Berkshire Bank and its subsidiary, First Choice Loan Services Inc., will become a subsidiary of Berkshire Bank in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $111.7 million, Berkshire Bank said.  Berkshire's total assets will increase to $8.9 billion including the $1.1 billion in acquired First Choice assets.

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      Mentions:   Berkshire Bank

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