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    1. Celebrating the 40 Under Forty Class of 2019

      Celebrating the 40 Under Forty Class of 2019

      he Class of 2019 was celebrated at the annual 40 Under Forty Gala on Thursday, June 20 at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke. More than 650 people crammed the Log Cabin which has become one of the region’s best networking events. Presentation of the Continued Excellence Award to Cinda Jones, president of W.D. Cowls Inc., was the opening act of the 40 Under Forty celebration.

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      Mentions: Holyoke
    2. STCC Rolls out Child Development Associate Plus Program

      This fall, Springfield Technical Community College this fall will launch a new certificate program to help early childhood educators or school paraprofessionals take their careers to the next level. The Child Development Associate Plus (CDA Plus) certificate of completion is designed for educators who want to get their Child Development Associate credential and earn college credit at the same time.

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    3. Cinda Jones Wins BusinessWest’s Continued Excellence Award - BusinessWest

      Cinda Jones, president of W.D. Cowls Inc., was awarded BusinessWest’s Continued Excellence Award at the annual 40 Under 40 Gala at the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House on Thursday night.  Chosen by three independent judges from among 60 nominations, Jones was honored for her exceptional achievements, including her leadership in growing Cowls’ timberland base by 1,000 acres and being an advocate for conservation.

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    4. Our Annual Guide to Summer Events in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Our Annual Guide to Summer Events in Western Mass. - BusinessWest

      Summertime is a great time to get away, but in Western Mass., it’s also a great time to stick around and enjoy the many events on the calendar. Whether you’re craving live music or arts and crafts, historical experiences or small-town pride, the region boasts plenty of ways to celebrate the summer months. Here are a few dozen ideas to get you started.

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    5. Unify Against Bullying to Award All-time High of $20,000 in Grants

      Unify Against Bullying to Award All-time High of $20,000 in Grants

      Unify Against Bullying’s 2019 online grant applications are now open. All applications are due to be submitted by Aug. 14. Unify also announced it has increased the amount it is awarding this year to $20,000 — a record amount for the organization. Grant applications are available at unifyagainstbullying.org. “One of our key goals is to inspire youth of all ages to participate,” Executive Director Christine Maiwald said. “It’s our job to give life to their ideas. They know best how we can bring an end to bullying. Additionally, we are in search of parents, teachers, and community ...

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      Mentions: Springfield
    6. Baker-Polito Administration, MassDevelopment Announce Funds for Collaborative Workspaces

      Baker-Polito Administration, MassDevelopment Announce Funds for Collaborative Workspaces

      The Baker-Polito administration and MassDevelopment announced $2,165,000 in funding for the fourth round of Collaborative Workspace Program grants, a MassDevelopment program that accelerates business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities by supporting infrastructure that fuels locally based innovation. Eligible organizations may apply for either seed grants to plan and study the feasibility of new collaborative workspaces, or fit-out grants to develop and expand existing workspaces.

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    7. That’s What the PVPC’s Tim Brennan Has Done for the Past 47 Years - BusinessWest

      That’s What the PVPC’s Tim Brennan Has Done for the Past 47 Years - BusinessWest

      Tim Brennan’s almost-half-century-long career with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission will draw to a close later this summer. As he pivots into retirement, Brennan talked with BusinessWest about the many ways the landscape has changed over the past four and half decades, and especially the emergence of a more regional focus in the Valley.

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    8. OMG’s Josh Kelly Takes Over as President of Roofing Alliance

      OMG’s Josh Kelly Takes Over as President of Roofing Alliance

      Josh Kelly, vice president of New Product Development and Innovation at OMG Roofing Products, has been named the 2019-20 president of the Roofing Alliance (formerly the Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress). Established in 1996 under the National Roofing Foundation, the Roofing Alliance is a not-for-profit group of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and industry professionals working to shape, improve, and advance the roofing industry. Through its programs, the Roofing Alliance has committed more than $13 million to help preserve and advance the U.S. roofing industry, and more than $5.5 million for research, education, and technical programs and ...

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    9. Elms Professor Receives Google Grant for Computer Science Education Project

      Elms Professor Receives Google Grant for Computer Science Education Project

      A professor at Elms College has received a Google computer science research grant for $145,400 to lead research designed to broaden high-school students’ participation in computer science and programming courses, especially among underrepresented populations in the field, such as women and minorities. Beryl Hoffman, associate professor of Computer Science and co-chair of the Natural Science, Mathematics, and Technology Division at Elms College, is leading the one-year project, titled “Transitioning from AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) to AP CSA Java: Learning from CSP Successes.”

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    10. Inaugural Class to Graduate from Whole-family Workforce-readiness Program

      Inaugural Class to Graduate from Whole-family Workforce-readiness Program

      Partners of Springfield WORKS – HCS Head Start Inc., Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts, and Springfield Partners for Community Action will recognize the graduates from the inaugural class of the Two-Generation Whole Family Approach to Jobs Workforce Readiness program. On Thursday, June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MGM Springfield Conference Center, mothers who have completed the intensive, seven-week program will celebrate their accomplishments.

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    11. Leadership Pioneer Valley’s LEAP Class of 2020 Enrollment Ends July 1

      Leadership Pioneer Valley’s LEAP Class of 2020 Enrollment Ends July 1

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is accepting applications for enrollment in LEAP 2020, a regional leadership-development program, until Monday, July 1. LEAP engages the Pioneer Valley’s most promising emerging leaders through learning and exploration. Participants are trained in leadership skills by experts in a classroom setting. They also attend in-depth field experiences across the region where they meet with local leaders and explore the region’s economy and culture. The LEAP program runs September through May.

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    12. Asnuntuck Offering Free Summer Manufacturing Program for High-school Students

      Asnuntuck Offering Free Summer Manufacturing Program for High-school Students

      Asnuntuck Community College is offering a free summer program in advanced manufacturing technology for rising ninth-grade students from Enfield, East Windsor, Ellington, East Granby, Granby, Suffield, Somers, and Windsor Locks, Conn. The week-long program is for students who enjoy working with tools, electronics, and/or computers. Students who are curious about the way things are made and interested in a possible career in manufacturing are encouraged to attend. This hands-on, team based week is designed to provide students with instruction and skills through rotations in three key areas: machining, welding, and electronics.

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    13. New Valley Bank & Trust Co. Officially Opens Its Doors

      New Valley Bank & Trust Co. Officially Opens Its Doors

      Springfield’s first startup bank in 11 years has officially opened its doors. New Valley Bank & Trust Co. received final regulatory approval and staged a press conference on June 10 to celebrate what co-founder Jeff Sullivan called “a business bank for the ambitious.” “We’re mindful of the privilege we’ve been granted, and we intend to not only be responsive to our shareholders, but to be responsible to the communities we serve,” co-founder Frank Fitzgerald added during a gathering of supporters, co-investors, business leaders, and elected officials.

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    14. Jazz & Roots Festival Brings People, Energy to Springfield

      Evan Plotkin has always been a firm believer in the arts as an economic-development strategy and vehicle for “changing the conversation about Springfield,” as he likes to say. And this belief has manifested itself in a number of ways, from the manner in which he has turned 1350 Main St. (the downtown Springfield office building he co-owns) into a type of art gallery to the sculptures he has helped bring to the central business district, to his long-time support of the Springfield Museums and other institutions.

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    15. Governor Authorizes $200 Million in Chapter 90 Transportation Funding to Cities and Towns

      Governor Authorizes $200 Million in Chapter 90 Transportation Funding to Cities and Towns

      Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill authorizing $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds to support all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Since taking office in 2015, the Baker-Polito administration has awarded a total of $1.14 billion through the Chapter 90 formula. “Chapter 90 funding provides cities and towns with critical resources to carry out important projects like highway construction and road paving to improve local infrastructure in communities across Massachusetts,” Baker said. “We thank the Legislature for working with our administration to pass this bill and continue our support for local officials this construction season.”

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    16. Innovate413 Looks to Take Its Mission to a Higher Level

      Innovate413 Looks to Take Its Mission to a Higher Level

      Samalid Hogan says that, when the website Innovate413 was launched roughly four years ago, it was with a desire to not only promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the region, but to inspire more of both. And when she agreed to essentially take over the initiative early last year, she admitted the original goal was just to “keep it going,” as she put it, because she could clearly see the value it represented.

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    17. Florence Bank Recognizes 11 People for Community Service, Grants $5,500 to 11 Nonprofits

      Florence Bank Recognizes 11 People for Community Service, Grants $5,500 to 11 Nonprofits

      In 2011, it seemed a leukemia diagnosis was the worst thing that could happen to Gayle Bradley’s grandson. But in 2015, after four years of remission, the then-10-year-old Luke Bradley relapsed and also contracted bacterial meningitis. Luke spent six weeks in intensive care, suffered seizures, and barely survived the damage to his ventricles and brain. Luke spent 15 months living in a hospital and recovered slowly. Now, he is in remission once again, and just completed his freshman year of high school. Clearly impacted by the trauma of Luke’s illness, his family founded a nonprofit, called LukeStronger Inc ...

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    18. Gareth Ross to Head MassMutual’s Enterprise Technology and Experience Organization

      Gareth Ross to Head MassMutual’s Enterprise Technology and Experience Organization

      MassMutual announced that Gareth Ross has been named head of the new Enterprise Technology and Experience (ETX) organization, which is responsible for all of the company’s internal and external technology and digital efforts, as well as direct-to-consumer marketing efforts. Industry leaders Arthur Riel and Jim Routh have also joined MassMutual and the ETX organization as head of Core Technology & Initiatives and head of Enterprise Information Risk Management, respectively. “Gareth brings a distinct combination of strategic vision and proven ability to build and lead top teams to this expanded role,” said Roger Crandall, MassMutual chairman, president, and CEO. “I am ...

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    19. UMass Ranks Among Best in World for Patents Awarded

      Solidifying its reputation as a world-class research and innovation leader, UMass ranks 37th on the “Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Patents in 2018” list released by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Assoc. (IPO). This is the sixth consecutive year UMass has landed on the prestigious list, and the university rose eight places in this year’s rankings. With 58 patents awarded in calendar year 2018, UMass ranks first among public universities in New England, third overall in New England, and 30th overall in the U.S.

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    20. Training & Workforce Options Helps Secure Funds to Train Workers at Two Companies

      Training & Workforce Options Helps Secure Funds to Train Workers at Two Companies

      Training & Workforce Options (TWO) helped obtain grants to train workers at Savage Arms in Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke. In March, the Baker-Polito administration announced the awarding of $7.48 million in Workforce Training Fund Program grants that will fund training for almost 6,000 workers and is expected to create more than 1,100 new jobs in the Commonwealth over the next two years. The awarded grants included $238,485 for customized training for 67 workers at Savage Arms and $48,820 to train 72 workers at Conklin Office Furniture.

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    21. Home City Development to Cut Ribbon at E. Henry Twiggs Estates on June 6

      Home City Development to Cut Ribbon at E. Henry Twiggs Estates on June 6

      Home City Development Inc. (HCDI) is celebrating completed renovations of 136 units (60 homes) scattered throughout the Bay and Upper Hill neighborhoods of Springfield. The ribbon cutting will take place on Thursday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at Gunn Square Park in Springfield. Politicians, funders, and partners will attend to speak and join in the celebration, and a home will be open for tours. This project, named E. Henry Twiggs Estates, was completed in two phases over two years.

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    22. Dress for Success to Host Tag Sale This Weekend

      Dress for Success to Host Tag Sale This Weekend

      Dress for Success Western Massachusetts will host a clothing tag sale this weekend at the Eastfield Mall to raise funds and awareness of its mission of helping women achieve their goal of creating a better life. Women may choose from an extensive array of work-suitable clothing, shoes, accessories, and more. These new and gently used items include selections from name-brand fashion houses such as Anne Klein, Evan Picone, Ellen Tracy, and many more. Customers can fill a shopping bag for only $25.

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    23. Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce to Hold 60th-Anniversary Celebration

      Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce to Hold 60th-Anniversary Celebration

      The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Thursday, June 13 at the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick. The chamber, which was incorporated in 1959, will begin the celebration at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour, then enjoy specialty food and carving stations. After dinner, a program will include a quick journey down memory lane, as well as a look at where the chamber is now and what the future holds. The chief greeter will be Barbara Braem-Jensen, who holds a lifetime, honorary membership with the chamber. She will be greeting all guests with ...

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    24. HCC Receives $1 Million Legacy Gift from Late Professor, Alumna Elaine Marieb

      HCC Receives $1 Million Legacy Gift from Late Professor, Alumna Elaine Marieb

      During her lifetime, Elaine Marieb donated more than $1.5 million to Holyoke Community College (HCC) in large and small amounts she once described as “tokens of gratitude” to the institution where she earned her nursing degree and taught biology for 24 years. Even after her death in December, Marieb’s generosity continues. HCC is the beneficiary of a $1 million legacy gift Marieb set up as part of her estate plan, money earmarked for HCC programs that support non-traditional-age students. The gift was officially announced on May 28 at HCC’s monthly board of trustees meeting, followed by the ...

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