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    1. Business leaders say enhanced rail service will boost industry and quality of life in Western Mass. & Connecticut

      Business leaders say enhanced rail service will boost industry and quality of life in Western Mass. & Connecticut

      Ninety percent of business leaders in the bi-state Springfield and Hartford region say the soon-to-begin New Haven to Springfield CTrail commuter train service will benefit their enterprise. Many of those businesses, 41 percent, say the most important benefit will be to bring them the skilled workers they need. Nearly half, 49, percent said the service will benefit the region's quality-of-life. This is according to the Hartford New Haven Business Survey unveiled Wednesday by New England's Knowledge Corridor.

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    2. Bradley International named 5th best airport in the U.S. | masslive.com

      Bradley International named 5th best airport in the U.S. | masslive.com

      Bradley International Airport has been named the fifth best airport in the U.S. with a score of 82.35 by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.  'We are very proud to have earned this prestigious recognition, and we thank not only the many travelers who voted for us, but all of the millions of passengers who choose Bradley for their travel needs on an annual basis,' said Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon on Tuesday. 'This distinguished award from the travel community is a testament to our continuous growth and commitment to top-quality customer service at Bradley ...

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    3. Springfield breaks ground on $500K renovation of Jaime Ulloa Park in North End (photos)

      Springfield breaks ground on $500K renovation of Jaime Ulloa Park in North End (photos)

      Jaime Ulloa died more than 35 years ago, but the Springfield park that bears his name lives on and is is getting a $500,000 face lift thanks to federal and local money. Officials gathered at the park on Morgan Street Tuesday in the city's North End neighborhood to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the project. Ulloa, a quadriplegic who was injured in a swimming accident, was "a great, great human being who gave most of his life advocating for the Latino community," said Gumersindo Gomez, executive director of the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center. "We are so proud that ...

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    4. Franklin County Technical School wins grant to upgrade welding and metal fabrication program | masslive.com

      Franklin County Technical School wins grant to upgrade welding and metal fabrication program | masslive.com

      Students with metal fabrication and welding skills can often land good jobs straight out of high school, said Rick Martin, superintendent of Franklin County Technical School.  Franklin Tech recently landed a $495,000 state grant to completely refurbish its welding and fabrication shop, and to integrate it with digital design, robotics, and other modern advancements.  'Everything's done with computers these days,' said Martin. 'This will help our students develop 21st-century job skills. Those skills are in demand.'

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      Mentions: Rick Sullivan
    5. Citing Northampton-to-Easthampton trend, contractor developing small, high-end office spaces in Easthampton's Button Building

      Citing Northampton-to-Easthampton trend, contractor developing small, high-end office spaces in Easthampton's Button Building

      "A decade ago, you wouldn't even think about building something like this," said contractor Kevin Perrier. "Northampton was the place to be. Now, everyone's looking at Easthampton." Perrier, president and CEO of Five Star Building Corp., was referring to the 11 small, "high-end office spaces" he is developing in the Button Building at 123 Cottage St. "There's a need for this kind of space in Easthampton," he said. "I kept getting calls from people. They were looking for well-finished professional offices with modern amenities -- a place where they could meet with their clients."

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    6. Seen@ 2017 Stcc Stem Starter Academy Symposium on Environment and Sustainability

      Seen@ 2017 Stcc Stem Starter Academy Symposium on Environment and Sustainability

      The STEM Starter Academy at Springfield Technical Community College hosted a symposium on environment and sustainability this week. The symposium included visitors from Peru, Uruguay and Mexico who are funded through a U.S. Department of State program that is managed by the Institute for Training and Development in Amherst. The group included scientists, industry experts and policy makers who presented on international sustainability issues and discuss their career pathways. Students from throughout the college attended the symposium and enjoyed lunch with the visitors afterward.

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    7. Northampton Community Arts Trust building receives $500,000 grant for further development

      Northampton Community Arts Trust building receives $500,000 grant for further development

      On Friday, state officials announced that a grant for a half a million dollars will go towards further development of the Northampton Community Arts Trust building--a large, multi-use structure that has been seeking financing for further development.  The building, located at 33 Hawley Street near the city's downtown area, has been under under construction for several years. Its engineers have designs for it to hold a diverse array of artistic spaces that may be rented out for the purposes of art installations, performances, galleries, and a host of other purposes.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    8. Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February

      Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February

      Promising modern MBTA subway cars and more frequent service on the Orange and Red lines, Gov. Charlie Baker toured the nearly completed CRRC MA rail car factory here on Thursday afternoon. "These cars can't get here fast enough," Baker said after walking through the mammoth production floor and meeting with newly trained workers. "We have a lot of work to do on our public transit systems. That includes our tracks, switches, station and yes, it includes these cars."

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    9. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $3M grant for redevelopment at former Belchertown State School

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces $3M grant for redevelopment at former Belchertown State School

      Ongoing efforts to fully redevelop the former Belchertown State School property got another boost Thursday, with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announcing a $3 million MassWorks grant. The money will be used to build infrastructure including an approximately half-mile road stretching from Jackson to Front streets. During her remarks, Polito noted that the money will fortify $1.2 million that Belchertown Town Meeting previously approved for road construction at the site. "Today is all about partnership," she said. The MassWorks grant is "part of a mix of dollars needed" to continue redevelopment efforts, Polito said. The grant is separate from the ...

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    10. MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts in Holyoke lands $229K grant from state

      MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts in Holyoke lands $229K grant from state

      The state has granted the Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute, now in its final stages of construction at the Cubit Building downtown, $229,500. The center is due to open in November. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the funding this week as part of a total of $9.5 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants given to 32 community colleges, high schools and educational institutions around the state. He made the announcement at Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford.

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    11. Massachusetts awards $11.9 million in Workforce Training Fund grants: How much did your city or town get? | masslive.com

      Massachusetts awards $11.9 million in Workforce Training Fund grants: How much did your city or town get? | masslive.com

      121 companies will receive workforce training fund grants  The Baker-Polito administration has awarded $11.9 million in workforce training fund program grants to 121 Massachusetts companies across the state.  Grants from the program award up to $250,000 to give companies an opportunity to pay for employee training over a two-year period. The awards are projected to create 1,000 new jobs and will go towards training approximately 7,000 workers.

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    12. Caring Transitions of Hampden County aims to help Western Mass. families in transition

      Caring Transitions of Hampden County aims to help Western Mass. families in transition

      The process of moving an elderly relative from a home they've long known to an assisted living facility, or clearing their belongings after a loved one has died, can be overwhelming and fraught with unpleasantness. That's why Caring Transitions of Hampden County, a family-owned franchise of a national chain, helps families arrange moves, estate sales and other issues that can come up unexpectedly during an already trying time.

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    13. How much did your community get? State transportation grants to rural Western...

      How much did your community get? State transportation grants to rural Western...

      The Baker administration on Tuesday announced that it was awarding $8.5 million in grants for infrastructure projects in 10 rural towns. The grants came through MassWorks, a grant program that funds local infrastructure. Each year, 10 percent of grants are reserved for transportation and roadway projects in small towns, those with fewer than 7,000 inhabitants. Many of these projects are in Western Massachusetts. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack said in a statement, “These grants will renew critical local infrastructure which connects our residents and visitors in rural communities to the education resources, hospitals, and the good and vital ...

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    14. See the new MBTA Orange Line cars in action in China

      See the new MBTA Orange Line cars in action in China

      The MBTA on Tuesday released footage of the new MBTA Orange Line train cars in action.

      The short video from the MBTA showed pilot train cars rolling down a track in Changchun, China.

      CRRC, which is building a $95 million factory in East Springfield, is based in Changchun.

      Hundreds of train cars are expected to be made at the facility in Springfield. The company plans to build subway cars for Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

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    15. As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility

      As CRRC Springfield rail car factory heads toward opening, Gov. Charlie Baker to tour facility

      With the start of subway car production at CRRC MA's massive new factory in East Springfield just months away, Gov. Charlie Baker and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno are set to tour the facility. They'll be at the factory, a $95 million behemoth nearing completion at the old Westinghouse site on Interstate 291, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

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    16. DevelopSpringfield gets $1.1 million federal grant for rehab of historic Maple Street building

      DevelopSpringfield gets $1.1 million federal grant for rehab of historic Maple Street building

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal announced a $1.1 million federal grant on Friday that will be used by DevelopSpringfield to complete rehabilitation of a historic building at 77 Maple St. for office and entrepreneurial uses. The $1,136,124 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will target the former Springfield Female Seminary building at that address. That project, coupled with two adjacent renovated sites, is being developed by DevelopSpringfield as the Lower Maple Business Park.

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    17. Chicopee assisted living facility proposal for Facemate property moving forward

      Chicopee assisted living facility proposal for Facemate property moving forward

      A proposal to build an assisted living complex on the former Facemate factory property is moving forward with the proposed project now starting the planning process. The City Council recently modified an ordinance in a 13-0 vote to allow the project to be built in the mill conversion commercial center overlay district. "We are amending the ordinance to add assisted living and a few other things," City Councilor James K. Tillotson said. The Facemate and Uniroyal property, off West Main and Oak Streets, is zoned under a fairly new Mill Conversion and Commercial Overlay district which allows the preservation and ...

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    18. Smart Band-Aids: Gov. Baker announces $500K for flexible electronics at UMass Amherst

      Smart Band-Aids: Gov. Baker announces $500K for flexible electronics at UMass Amherst

      Within five to seven years a piece of clothing -- a watch band, a bandage -- might be able not only to monitor the wearer's heart rate but also perform more sophisticated diagnostic tasks, even harvesting sweat to instantly get a handle on body chemistry and hydration. And research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is helping to make that happen, now with the help of $500,000 from the state. Gov. Charlie Baker announced the funding Friday with a visit to the campus' Institute for Applied Life Sciences and its Center for Personalized Health Monitoring.

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    19. Rail projects in Holyoke, Ware funded by state industrial freight access program

      Rail projects in Holyoke, Ware funded by state industrial freight access program

      Two projects in Holyoke and one in Ware are among several around the state that will receive funding from the state Industrial Rail Access Program. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation released a list this week of eight grant projects totaling $3 million. To qualify, each project must by matched with at least 40 percent private sector money, according to the news release.

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    20. Connecticut River Clean-Up Committee secures $1.5M grant for Springfield, Holyoke,...

      Connecticut River Clean-Up Committee secures $1.5M grant for Springfield, Holyoke,...

      The Connecticut River Clean-Up Committee has again secured state funding to prevent stormwater and wastewater from entering the longest river in New England as it passes through Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield. The CRCC -- a working group involving all three cities and administered by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission -- received $1.5 million from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for upgrades along the most urbanized portion of the river.

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    21. Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass

      Gov. Charlie Baker to reveal manufacturing grants at UMass

      Gov. Charlie Baker and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash will reveal new manufacturing grants when they visit the University of Massachusetts Friday afternoon on National Manufacturing Day. The grants are part of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative M212 that supports public-private research institutes to research emerging manufacturing technologies.   Baker and Ash will be joined by UMass officials, leading research institutions in the state, representatives from national manufacturing initiatives and executives from manufacturing firms from across the state, according to a press release.

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    22. Stearns Square, Duryea Way renovation project in downtown Springfield takes next step as city seeks bids

      Stearns Square, Duryea Way renovation project in downtown Springfield takes next step as city seeks bids

      The city has advertised for bids for a major restoration project at Stearns Square and Duryea Way, seen as a key component of downtown revitalization efforts. Bids from contractors are due by Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Office of Procurement at City Hall. The project has an estimated cost of $1.5 million, including restoration of a historic fountain at Stearns Square, new and widened sidewalks, retained trees and new landscaping, lighting, installation of furniture, plantings and irrigation, and other enhancements for pedestrians and downtown dining, according to city officials and bid specifications.

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    23. Holyoke Gas & Electric to have largest utility-scale energy storage installation in Massachusetts

      Holyoke Gas & Electric to have largest utility-scale energy storage installation in Massachusetts

      Holyoke Gas & Electric will soon have the capacity to store green electricity generated at a solar farm on the grounds of a former coal plant, allowing the utility to meet peaks in demand without buying power from the grid. HG&E announced Wednesday that construction will start soon on a three-megawatt energy storage system at Mt. Tom Solar. The system will be up and running in April, according to a news release. Built on property also occupied by the old coal-fired Mount Tom Power Station that closed in 2014, the new solar farm produces enough energy to power 1,000 ...

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