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    1. Holyoke Innovation District meeting to focus on ongoing, new projects featuring state official Jay Ash

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      Holyoke Innovation District meeting to focus on ongoing, new projects featuring state official Jay Ash

      The meeting is set for the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St. -- the very reason for the innovation district. Speakers will include Jay Ash, secretary of the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and Mayor Alex B. Morse. The Holyoke Innovation District is what officials call the downtown blocks around the computing center, a university research facility that is between Cabot and Appleton streets overlooking the first-level canal.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce

    2. Smith & Wesson earnings: What's Wall Street saying on eve of Springfield gun manufacturer's earnings report? | masslive

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      Smith & Wesson earnings: What's Wall Street saying on eve of Springfield gun manufacturer's earnings report? | masslive

      Smith & Wesson will report earnings for the third quarter of its fiscal year on Tuesday, following the close of the stock market.  In December, Smith & Wesson reported that the market for firearms was still adjusting back to a new normal following the panic-buying in 2012 and 2013. Buyers were afraid that states and the federal government would pass tighter gun regulations in the wake of mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater and at the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, elementary school

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      Mentions:   General Dynamics   Smith & Wesson Corp.   Springfield

    3. Cape Wind backs out of planned terminal lease in New Bedford | masslive

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      Cape Wind backs out of planned terminal lease in New Bedford | masslive

      In a Feb. 12 letter to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Cape Wind said the project will not be able to occupy terminal space as envisioned under its lease agreement and was therefore 'amenable' to the clean energy center's proposal to terminate the lease.  Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers said Monday that the center had asked Cape Wind to allow it to seek other users of the facility to bring in revenues and jobs this year.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Clean Energy Center

    4. Downtown Springfield parkers cross fingers as lots close, space tightens

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      Downtown Springfield parkers cross fingers as lots close, space tightens

      Springfield Business Improvement District Executive Director Chris Russell said the change on Monday was mitigated by steps taken earlier to warn the public and to provide alternate parking. Mary McNally, executive director of the Springfield Parking Authority, said is was "business as usual." There were approximately 100 spaces available at Taylor garage ($85 per month); 100 at Winter/Worthington lot ($60); and 35 at Morgan Square lot, also at $60, she said.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Chicopee   Springfield Business Improvement District

    5. Springfield Business Improvement District: Downtown avoids parking 'chaos' | masslive

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      Springfield Business Improvement District: Downtown avoids parking 'chaos' | masslive

      Motorists fearing parking 'chaos' on Monday in the downtown business district due to various private lots being purchased by MGM Springfield and closed, found assistance and options instead, according to a downtown official.  'Chaos did not ensue,' said Chris Russell, executive director of the Springfield Business Improvement District. 'It went very smoothly.'

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Springfield Business Improvement District

    6. MassMutual exec: 2014 earnings result of customer focus | masslive

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      MassMutual exec: 2014 earnings result of customer focus | masslive

      The success MassMutual experienced in 2014 and announced Thursday resulted from a focus on the customer, said Michael Rollings, executive vice president and chief financial officer.  'Like anything, success has a lot of drivers here,' Rollings said. 'We've got a diverse book of business.'  MassMutual said Thursday that its net gain from operations before policy owner dividends and taxes – the company's primary earnings measure as a mutual company – was up 27 percent to $2.2 billion.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield

    7. Gov. Charlie Baker talks budget, energy, drug abuse at Affiliated Chambers meeting | masslive

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      Gov. Charlie Baker talks budget, energy, drug abuse at Affiliated Chambers meeting | masslive

      Business and civic leaders worried about the impacts a looming state budget crisis could have on their own bottom lines gathered Friday to hear Gov. Charlie Baker address the Outlook 2015 luncheon sponsored by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.  Baker repeated his pledge not to cut state aid to cities and towns. Beyond that, though, he offered little detail in advance of his budget which will be filed Wednesday, March 4. Baker did say an estimated $1.5 billion shortfall released last week by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation group is probably on or close to the mark.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    8. Gov. Charlie Baker to speak at 2015 Hampshire & Franklin Municipal Conference

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      Gov. Charlie Baker to speak at 2015 Hampshire & Franklin Municipal Conference

      Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver keynote remarks at an upcoming conference geared toward local officials and municipal employees. Baker is one of several state officials scheduled to appear at the 2015 Hampshire & Franklin Municipal Conference set for March 21 in Northampton. Atty. General Maura Healey will conduct a session on the state's Open Meeting Law. Mass. Broadband Institute Director Erik Nakajima will deliver a rural broadband update, and Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack will join MassDOT officials and State Senator Tom McGee in a discussion of transportation financing.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    9. DevelopSpringfield closes on 270 Bridge St.; Innovation Center construction to begin in the spring | masslive

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      DevelopSpringfield closes on 270 Bridge St.; Innovation Center construction to begin in the spring | masslive

      DevelopSpringfield has purchased the former Emerald City Cafe building at 270 Bridge St. and plans to start construction this spring on the Springfield Innovation Center at the site.  DevelopSpringfield bought 270 Bridge St. for $10,000, according to records on file at the Hampden County Registry of Deeds. The public-private development partnership was the sole bidder on the property in September. DevelopSpringfield already owns 276 Bridge St., and the buildings will be combined, said president and CEO A. John 'Jay' Minkarah.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   Valley Venture Mentors

    10. Westfield looking for solar energy project on Barnes Regional Airport property

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      Westfield looking for solar energy project on Barnes Regional Airport property

      City Advancement Officer Joseph Mitchell said Thursday proposals have been advertised and are scheduled for submission to the city's Purchasing Department by March 27. The 35 acre tract was cleared of trees several years ago on property located at the end of Barnes Regional Airport runway off North Road near the Westfield-Southampton line.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Easthampton

    11. MassMutual Financial Group announces 27 percent earnings jump for 2014 | masslive

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      MassMutual Financial Group announces 27 percent earnings jump for 2014 | masslive

      MassMutual Financial Group announced year-end results for 2014 Thursday.  Net gain from operations before policyowner dividends and taxes – the company's primary earnings measure as a mutual company – was up 27 percent to $2.2 billion, MassMutual said in a news release. In 2013, this primary earnings measure was $1.8 billion, down from $2.1 billion in 2012.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Springfield   The Republican

    12. Holyokers tied to municipal utility, whose rates are lower, despite mailing from Connecticut company: James Lavelle

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      Holyokers tied to municipal utility, whose rates are lower, despite mailing from Connecticut company: James Lavelle

      Only two others' monthy rates were lower than Holyoke's in a comparison of 42 electricity providers.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Chicopee

    13. State OKs Up Academy to open in Springfield in fall 2016

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      State OKs Up Academy to open in Springfield in fall 2016

      SPRINGFIELD — The state has approved UP Academy taking over a struggling city middle school starting in fall 2016. The move was approved by a 9-1 vote Tuesday of the Massachusetts Board of Secondary Education and followed a positive recommendation...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. Palmer council approves leasing former landfill to solar farm company; $5.7 million in rent projected | masslive

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      Palmer council approves leasing former landfill to solar farm company; $5.7 million in rent projected | masslive

      The Town Council has unanimously approved a long-term lease for a private company to build a 4.99-megawatt solar farm at the decommissioned Emery Street Landfill, with rent payment totals estimated at $5.76 million over 35 years.  The panel also said yes last week to a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with the New York-based private equity firm Syncarpha Capital – the second tax deal the parties have negotiated in the past three months involving company plans to construct solar farms.

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      Mentions:   Palmer

    15. Westfield State University, Springfield public schools form partnership to prime teacher pipeline

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      Westfield State University, Springfield public schools form partnership to prime teacher pipeline

      Westfield State University and the Springfield Public School System are forming a partnership aimed at attracting and helping more minority students to become teachers. The program, titled Reach to Teach, will offer students incentives to pursue a degree in education – including mentorship in high school and tuition assistance at Westfield State. Details of the program will be announced during a press conference on Wednesday morning at Springfield City Hall attended by Westfield State University Elizabeth H. Preston and Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and state Rep. James. Welch.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Holyoke Community College   Westfield State University

    16. Westfield to offer downtown businesses mini grants

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      Westfield to offer downtown businesses mini grants

      The city's Community Development Department will offer a sixth round of its Best Retail Practices grant program beginning March 12. Interested small business owners will be required to attend a free, two-hour workshop, presented by Christine Moynihan, a retail consultant from Retail Visioning based in Cambridge.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    17. Hampden Charter School of Science for Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Ludlow approved for expansion

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      Hampden Charter School of Science for Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Ludlow approved for expansion

      The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-1, with one abstention, Monday night to allow the charter school to expand from the current 350 students to 560 students, said Jacqueline Reis, spokeswoman for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The school will continue to have the same grades six through 12, but will increase the number of students in each grade over a four-year period starting in September, said Harun Celik, director of the school. The school board of directors agreed that by increasing the number of students, Hampden Charter School of Science can offer more ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    18. Springfield's new $27.5 million Brookings school opens, signaling rebirth after 2011 tornado

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      Springfield's new $27.5 million Brookings school opens, signaling rebirth after 2011 tornado

      A new day dawned for Elias Brookings Elementary School on Tuesday as 382 students settled into their seats on the first day of school in the $27.5 million state-of-the-art building. Students reactions? "It's awesome;" It's amazing;" "it's refreshing;" "it's safer." Almost four years since the June 1, 2011 tornado struck the brick building that had been a landmark in the neighborhood for eight decades, the new three-story, 64.000-square-foot school at 433 Walnut St. has risen like a castle on a hill. The tornado damage to the original structure forced students into modular classrooms where ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Bread & Butter opens Tuesday in Mill District in North Amherst | masslive

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      Bread & Butter opens Tuesday in Mill District in North Amherst | masslive

      It took little longer for Brian Knox to shed his work shirts for his chef's jacket, but Bread & Butter opened Tuesday morning in the new Mill District.  He is happy to finally open the doors.  He is one of the tenants in Cinda Jones's Trolley Barn in North Amherst. The Lift, an Easthampton based hair salon, opened earlier this year next door.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Greenfield   Holyoke

    20. Holyoke's Marcotte Ford would get tax incentives for $5 million in expansions under recommendation

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      Holyoke's Marcotte Ford would get tax incentives for $5 million in expansions under recommendation

      Marcotte Ford would receive tax incentives for two expansions worth nearly $5 million under a plan a City Council committee voted to recommend Monday (Feb. 23). The incentive known as Tax Increment Financing (TIF) would give the Main Street business five years of decreasing exemptions on the value of only the new properties being built, not the existing Marcotte Ford headquarters at 1025 Main St.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    21. Western Massachusetts consumer confidence lags despite statewide boost | masslive

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      Western Massachusetts consumer confidence lags despite statewide boost | masslive

      Consumer confidence in Western Massachusetts lags the statewide average by 14 points, according to survey results released Friday by the consulting company Mass Insight Global Partnerships.  The Western Massachusetts consumer confidence index is 92 while statewide the confidence reading is 106. That statewide number was the highest reading on the survey in 12 years.  The disparity in consumer confidence follows a long pattern of economic malaise in Western Massachusetts, where there is no burgeoning high technology sector to drive the employment recovery post-recession. The difference can be seen in regional comparisons of unemployment numbers.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   The Republican

    22. Tree House Brewing opens new retail space in Monson, begins can sales | masslive

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      Tree House Brewing opens new retail space in Monson, begins can sales | masslive

      In a few short years, Tree House Brewing Company in Monson, Mass. has grown from a little-known hidden gem in Western Mass. to a critically beloved dark horse candidate for the best brewery in the state.  This past weekend, the brewery finally opened its new retail and production facilities to the public, showcasing how Tree House's size is finally starting to catch up to its rapidly rising reputation and demand.

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    23. West Springfield seeks state help with Front Street Mill redevelopment process

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      West Springfield seeks state help with Front Street Mill redevelopment process

      The town has asked for the Front Street Mill to be designated a "priority development site" by the state, allowing for high-visibility marketing and greater likelihood of receiving grants. 150 Front St., 101 Front St., the fish ladder and the power canal would be targeted in the plan to make the mostly vacant property flourish. Consultants with UMass Amherst have suggested mixed-use business and residential properties, beautification and more opportunities for recreation.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    24. MBTA car factory prep continues in Springfield as Boston winter woes underscore need for new cars | masslive

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      MBTA car factory prep continues in Springfield as Boston winter woes underscore need for new cars | masslive

      CNR Changchun, a unit of the Chinese national railways, entered into a $566.6 million agreement in October with the state and the MBTA to build 284 Red and Orange line subway cars for the T. The cars will be built at a new $60 million, 150,000-square-foot factory at the site of a former Westinghouse plant on Page Boulevard in East Springfield. It'll do business here as CNR MA.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Kevin Kennedy

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