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    1. Westfield, Chicopee Merger Called a Logical Step on Many Levels

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      Westfield, Chicopee Merger Called a Logical Step on Many Levels

      He couldn’t pinpoint exactly when they started, but Westfield Bank President and CEO Jim Hagan said the talks he’s had with his counterpart at Chicopee Savings Bank, Bill Wagner — about this marketplace, the changes taking place in it, and a possible merger of their institutions — are not exactly a recent development.  Well, that’s true of those first few subjects of conversation, anyway.  “Bill and I had a number of discussions about this market, what was happening in it, bank consolidations, and the importance of size and scale in the industry,” said Hagan, who took the helm at ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Chicopee

    2. National Insurance Convention Coming to Springfield in 2018

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      National Insurance Convention Coming to Springfield in 2018

      The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Inc. announced that its 2018 Fall Leadership Conference will take place in August 2018 at the Springfield Sheraton Monarch Place and MassMutual Center. According to the Republican, the event is expected to draw more than 600 insurance professionals to the city from around the U.S. and should generate about $1 million in local economic activity.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Springfield

    3. WNEU College of Engineering to
Host Emerging Engineers Expo May 5

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      WNEU College of Engineering to
Host Emerging Engineers Expo May 5

      The Western New England University College of Engineering will host its Emerging Engineers Expo on Thursday, May 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center. The event will feature exhibits by students in the Freshman Innovation class and senior engineering capstone design projects. The exhibits will be judged by enginering faculty, industry representatives, and alumni. This event is free and open to the public.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    4. Comcast Spotlight Leases Space at Agawam Crossing

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      Comcast Spotlight Leases Space at Agawam Crossing

      Comcast Spotlight has signed a lease for a new, 3,157-square-foot space in Agawam Crossing, located at 200 Silver St. in Agawam. This is the final space at Agawam Crossing, a class A professional office building. Comcast Spotlight recently moved into its new home alongside Baystate Rehabilitation, Life Laboratories, and Associates in Women’s Health, among others.

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      Mentions:   Comcast   Springfield   Development Associates

    5. Chamber Business@Breakfast to Focus on Creative Economy

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      Chamber Business@Breakfast to Focus on Creative Economy

      The Springfield Regional Chamber’s May Business@Breakfast on Wednesday, May 4 will feature a panel discussion on the creative economy and honor local businesses and organizations. The event will take place at the Lyman and Merrie Woof Museum of Natural History, 21 Edwards St., Springfield, from 7:15 to 9 a.m.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke

    6. MGM Springfield Employs Local Businesses to Help Build Casino

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 29 2016)

      MGM Springfield Employs Local Businesses to Help Build Casino

      Brian Packer, MGM’s vice president of construction, told BusinessWest that one building and the rear portion of the State Armory still need to be knocked down. In addition, the rear of two structures, 73 State St. and the Union Chandler Hotel, whose historic front facades will be preserved, also still need to be demolished once the facades are secured and braced. “We are encouraged by the tremendous progress MGM Springfield has made over the last several months. As we begin the next phase of construction, our outreach efforts will focus on electrical, mechanical, and drywall,” he said. “We anticipate ...

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Springfield   Holyoke

    7. Mercy’s New President Takes a Progressive Perspective

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      Mercy’s New President Takes a Progressive Perspective

      Dr. Scott Wolf takes the reins at Mercy Medical Center and the Sisters of Providence Health System at an exciting time in the system’s history, but also a challenging era in healthcare overall — one in which its leaders must emphasize cost efficiency, yet focus on the patient experience and outcomes more than ever before. The key, he said, is to maintain a holistic, ‘360-degree view’ of a rapidly changing industry.

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      Mentions:   Sisters of Providence Health System   Mercy Medical Center

    8. Collaboration, Shared Goals Spur Redevelopment in Springfield

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 29 2016)

      Collaboration, Shared Goals Spur Redevelopment in Springfield

      Springfield is undergoing a $2.7 billion transformation, and although that number — and the current spate of progress — is dominated by MGM’s $900 million casino, a plethora of other exciting projects are underway. Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy said the city initiated a team effort four years ago with city officials and groups that include DevelopSpringfield, the Springfield Regional Chamber, the Business Improvement District (BID), and the Parking Authority, who convene on a regular basis to collaborate on projects and areas of focus that are proposed or underway. Each group does its part, and an annual city report is ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Big Y Foods   MassMutual

    9. Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 28 2016)

      Tighe & Bond Honored for Advancing Women in Engineering

      The Connecticut chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS CT) honored Tighe & Bond as Employer of the Year during its annual awards dinner on April 14 at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland, Conn. The recognition applauded the firm’s support of WTS, and for providing ongoing opportunities to advance women in their engineering and transportation careers. “It is an honor for our firm to receive this award, and we are thrilled that WTS CT selected us,” said David Pinsky, president and CEO of Tighe & Bond, who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. “Our firm takes recruiting ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Tighe & Bond

    10. Springfield Regional Chamber After 5 to Kick Off Summer
 May 18

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 28 2016)

      Springfield Regional Chamber After 5 to Kick Off Summer
 May 18

      The Springfield Regional Chamber will hold a “Kickoff to Summer” After 5 on Wednesday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Colony Club, 1500 Main St., Springfield. Sponsored by Wolf & Company, P.C., the after-hours networking event provides an opportunity for the business community to gather and network in an informal setting. Attendees will enjoy networking, a cash bar, and hors d’oeuvres on the club’s patio under the late-setting sun.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    11. Introducing the Class of 2016

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      Introducing the Class of 2016

      You might call this a breakthrough year when it comes to the 40 Under Forty program.
      Indeed, for the first time, there are more women than men gracing the cover of the magazine that introduces them. What that means is … well, we’ll let you decide what it means, ultimately. What it means to the region, we believe, is that an ongoing trend toward greater diversification — in the workplace and in the communities that comprise the four western counties — is accelerating.

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    12. Belchertown Creates Cohesive Plan for Growth

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      Belchertown Creates Cohesive Plan for Growth

      Douglas Albertson says Belchertown officials are in the midst of several major planning initiatives that have converged with the goal of addressing the community’s needs, setting the stage for future growth, and connecting the former Belchertown State School with the town center and Lampson Brook Farm property that borders the edge of the state school and was once part of it.  “Belchertown is poised for the next round of development, and the Planning Department is getting ready for what will come. But we’re making sure that what we do is what the community desires,” the town planner told ...

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Springfield

    13. Professional Women’s Chamber Announces Arlene Rodriguez as 2016 Woman of the Year

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      Professional Women’s Chamber Announces Arlene Rodriguez as 2016 Woman of the Year

      The Professional Women’s Chamber (PWC) has announced that Arlene Rodriguez, vice president of academic affairs for Springfield Technical Community College has been named the PWC 2016 Woman of the Year.  The Woman of the Year is presented to a woman in the Western Mass. area who exemplifies outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, and service to the community.  This award has been given annually since 1954 and is publically recognized as one of the most prestigious honors given to any citizen for distinguished service and selfless giving.

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    14. W.D. Cowls, Beacon Communities to Partner on Third Phase of Mill District

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      W.D. Cowls, Beacon Communities to Partner on Third Phase of Mill District

      W.D. Cowls Inc. announced the start of Phase Three of its Mill District development, with a preliminarily agreement with Beacon Communities, the award-winning, locally established, multi-family-housing development, management, and investment company based in Boston. Mollye Lockwood, W.D. Cowls’ Vice President for Real Estate and Community Development, initiated a relationship with Beacon Communities for what she expects will be the next phase of The Mill District. Beacon is envisioning a development that will feature mixed-income, rental housing and first floor commercial/retail space for lease, all to be located on the south side of Cowls Road, across the street ...

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      Mentions:   Amherst

    15. Springfield Regional Chamber, EDC to Discuss Region’s Renaissance

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      Springfield Regional Chamber, EDC to Discuss Region’s Renaissance

      The Springfield Regional Chamber, in partnership with the Western Mass. Economic Development Council (EDC), will present a panel discussion, “Creating a Western Massachusetts Renaissance,” on Wednesday, May 11 from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield, sponsored by People’s United Bank.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Baystate Health   Springfield

    16. Celebrate Holyoke Announces New Director, Seeks Vendors

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      Celebrate Holyoke Announces New Director, Seeks Vendors

      With planning for Celebrate Holyoke well underway, the committee announced its new executive director, Jenna Weingarten, who will lead the efforts to coordinate this August’s three-day festival. In addition, the committee welcomes applications from local food, alcohol, and other vendors, including artisans and community organizations.  A 2011 Hampshire College graduate, Weingarten has been involved in the Pioneer Valley art scene on many different levels. She has operated several galleries in Western Mass., hosting a wide variety of artistic exhibitions. She serves as project manager for the ARTery project based out of the Holyoke Creative Art Center that provides development ...

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      Mentions:   Hampshire College   Holyoke

    17. Leadership Pioneer Valley Seeks Applications for Class of 2017

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      Leadership Pioneer Valley Seeks Applications for Class of 2017

      Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is now accepting applications for enrollment in its class of 2017. The regional leadership-development program begins in September. LPV utilizes a 10-month, topically relevant, ever-changing curriculum designed to challenge and engage emerging leaders from all sectors of the community within the Pioneer Valley region. The curriculum consists of both classroom and hands-on, experiential learning through retreats, day-long seminars, field experiences, and team projects. To date, more than 180 individuals representing more than 82 companies, organizations, and municipalities have participated.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    18. Springfield Regional Chamber’s Leadership 2016 to Graduate 22

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      Springfield Regional Chamber’s Leadership 2016 to Graduate 22

      Twenty-two business professionals will graduate from the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Leadership 2016 in a ceremony on Thursday, April 14 from 6-9 p.m. at the Springfield Sheraton. Sponsored by the MassMutual Financial Group with scholarship support from the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, the program is a collaboration between the Springfield Regional Chamber and Western New England University to teach middle- and upper-level managers the crucial thinking and problem-solving skills needed to prepare participants to be effective leaders in service to the community and their workplaces. This year’s program, “Leadership Skills: For Personal, Organizational, and Community ...

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   TD Bank   MassMutual

    19. Elms College Launches Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

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      Elms College Launches Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

      Elms College announced the launch of its new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) to expand business-education offerings at the college through a hands-on, real-world approach. “In this time of a rapidly emerging entrepreneurial society, we need to create a flexible structure to accommodate not only degree work but also certificate programs, workshops, consulting services, and other assistance needed to make sure that entrepreneurs are equipped not only to start a business but, more importantly, to sustain it over time,” said Elms College President Sr. Mary Reap. The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership was developed with that goal in mind. Reap and ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Elms College

    20. Tighe & Bond Secures Award for Engineering Excellence

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      Tighe & Bond Secures Award for Engineering Excellence

      The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts presented Tighe & Bond and Borrego Solar Systems with a Silver Award for the 3.5-megawatt North Adams E Street solar photovoltaic (PV) system during its 2016 Engineering Excellence and Awards Gala. Held on March 16 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, this annual competition and event recognizes recent engineering achievements that demonstrate the highest degree of merit, ingenuity, complexity, and client satisfaction.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Tighe & Bond

    21. Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Expands Its Offerings

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      Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Expands Its Offerings

      pringfield has a storied rowing history, and in 2012 PVRC took up residence in a century-old building that formerly housed Bassett Boat’s showroom. It sits on the edge of North Riverfront Park, which recently received a $1.3 million makeover, and is backed by the 3.7-mile Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway.  Quick said the club is delighted with the new pergola, pavilion, picnic tables, nautical flagpole, and sitting walls at the park, and works closely with the city to maintain it.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Mary Kay Wydra   Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

    22. Old Heritage, New Horizons for Town of Lenox

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      Old Heritage, New Horizons for Town of Lenox

      Common topics of conversation, according to McNinch, include the overhaul of zoning laws to better accommodate new and diverse businesses. The lack of a vibrant evening and late-night scene in the village is another, and most recently, Lenox has been abuzz about an influx of new hotel developments and renovations, and concurrent discussions about tax incentives for new arrivals in the hospitality sector.  “I think the Planning Board needs to work on revamping our zoning bylaws — and they are — to make it easier to entice businesses to come and do what they need to do, and keep some of our ...

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    23. Young Professional Groups Continue to Hone Missions, Programming

      Explore BusinessWest (Apr 6 2016)

      Young Professional Groups Continue to Hone Missions, Programming

      The region’s growing number of young professional groups were all created to fill a void in the region, a recognized need for an organization devoted to people of generally the same age and facing mostly similar challenges, professionally and personally. This void-filling role has included a good deal of evolution and expansion that goes well beyond networking, and into the realms of education, professional development, philanthropy, and stemming that problem known as the brain drain.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield College   TD Bank

    24. Hoop Hall Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016

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      Hoop Hall Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016

      This year’s class includes 27-year NBA referee Darell Garretson; 11-time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson, two-time NABC Coach of the Year Tom Izzo, the first African-American coach in a professional league John McLendon; three-time NBA Finals MVP Shaquille O’Neal; and four-time WNBA Champion Sheryl Swoopes. Distinguished committees focused on preserving all areas from the game also selected four directly elected members. They include Zelmo Beaty from the Veterans Committee, Yao Ming from the International Committee, Cumberland Posey from the Early African American Pioneers Committee and Jerry Reinsdorf from the Contributor Committee

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      Mentions:   Mohegan Sun   Springfield   Basketball Hall of Fame

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