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    1. Union Station Project Earns Top Brownfield Redevelopment Honor

      Union Station Project Earns Top Brownfield Redevelopment Honor

      Springfield’s Union Station — and the project to bring it back to productive life after more than 40 years of dormancy — have both been described using a whole host of words and phrases. But ‘a bureaucrat’s delight?’ That was a new one, and one that most people probably wouldn’t expect to see the light of day. But Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s chief Development officer, summoned it as he talked about the latest additions to what is becoming known as the Union Station trophy case — only there is no such thing. Yet. These would be two awards from the ...

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    2. OMG RhinoBond System Wins Construction Award in Spain

      OMG RhinoBond System Wins Construction Award in Spain

      The RhinoBond system and Etanco, OMG Roofing Products’ distribution partner in Spain, were awarded a prestigious 2017 NAN Architecture and Construction Prize at a ceremony in Barcelona, Spain on Nov. 30. Based on Etanco’s work in Spain, the RhinoBond system was recognized as one of Europe’s most advanced methods of securing single-ply membranes. Etanco has used RhinoBond on more than 50 projects representing more than 2.7 million square feet of installed single-ply membrane. Based in Madrid, Spain, Etanco has been a partner with OMG Roofing Products since 2015.

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    3. Elms College MBA Program to Offer MBTI Workshop - BusinessWest

      Elms College MBA Program to Offer MBTI Workshop - BusinessWest

      The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Elms College will hold a Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) workshop on Saturday, Jan. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Mary Dooley College Center.  MBTI is one of the most widely used assessments in the world and provides a framework for understanding personality differences, which in business affect how people communicate, learn, and work. Participants will gain a better understanding of how they make decisions, handle conflict, and interact with others.

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    4. Economic Outlook 2018: Steady as She Goes

      Economic Outlook 2018: Steady as She Goes

      More of the same. That’s what the experts are predicting for this region, and the country as a whole, when it comes to the economy. And by more of the same, they mean growth that is steady if unspectacular — even with tax reform — and few if any signs of what could amount to real trouble. “Another boring year,” was how one economist put it. But for many businesses, boring is more than acceptable.  As a student — and a professor — of economics, Bob Nakosteen fully understands that the region and the nation as a whole are, as they say, due ...

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    5. Several Issues on the Horizon Could Derail Momentum, Growth

      Several Issues on the Horizon Could Derail Momentum, Growth

      We might remember 2017 as the year of the much-anticipated reopening of Union Station as a dramatically renovated transportation hub. The more than $90 million renovation additionally created office and retail space, transforming this area of Springfield’s North End. The Innovation Center on Bridge Street welcomed new tenants with continued construction on additional office and retail space, and the new, $11.8 million Mercedes-Benz of Springfield dealership opened in Chicopee.


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    6. Women’s Fund to Present Second Annual Mentor Match on Jan. 18

      Women’s Fund to Present Second Annual Mentor Match on Jan. 18

      January is National Mentoring Month, and the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) announced its second annual Mentor Match, a networking event that aims to engage emerging leaders with seasoned professionals. The event will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the UMass Center at Springfield, and is open to the public.

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    7. Bay Path’s RN to BSN Program Helps Nurses Overcome Barriers

      Bay Path’s RN to BSN Program Helps Nurses Overcome Barriers

      It’s no secret that hospitals and other healthcare settings are pushing for nurses with higher education levels, but it can be difficult for a working RN, often with plenty of family responsibilities, to go back to school. The RN to BSN Completer Program at the American Women’s College of Bay Path University solves that issue with a fully online format and plenty of support to help students succeed — and open doors that had previously been closed.  The 22 registered nurses who graduated in May from the American Women’s College of Bay Path University with their bachelor’s ...

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    8. Southwick Offers Winning Mix of Business, Fun

      Southwick Offers Winning Mix of Business, Fun

      Many communities, Doug Moglin notes, tout themselves as a great place to live, or an ideal spot to do business, or a haven for recreation.  “But we have all three,” said the chair of Southwick’s Board of Selectmen. “I’m one of those people who do all three in town, and we still have room for more of all those things.”  On the residential front, for example, work continues on 26 homes at the new Noble Steed subdivision off Vining Hill Road. Meanwhile, the Southwick Country Club site is being sold to Fiore Realty, which intends to develop more ...

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    9. Report: Massachusetts is the Healthiest State in the Nation

      Report: Massachusetts is the Healthiest State in the Nation

      Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the nation, according to the 28th annual America’s Health Rankings report. Among the state’s strengths are its low percentage of uninsured people, low prevalence of obesity, and high vaccination rates. The 2017 report also ranked Massachusetts first for the health of women and children. “This report highlights the notable progress that our state is making to improve the health and well-being of every individual living in the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “Massachusetts is proud to have the lowest number of uninsured residents in the country and robust public-health efforts, and our ...

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    10. Bradley International Airport Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler

      Bradley International Airport Recognized by Condé Nast Traveler

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that Condé Nast Traveler has released the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, and Bradley International Airport has been recognized as the fifth-best airport in the U.S. with a score of 82.35. “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 CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon. “This distinguished award from the travel community is a testament to our ...

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    11. Springfield Project Offers a Window to Changing Role of Libraries

      Springfield Project Offers a Window to Changing Role of Libraries

      As she talked about libraries, and borrowed (that’s an industry term) from Mark Twain when she said their death was greatly exaggerated, Molly Fogarty used some words and phrases that definitely brought her argument home. That’s because these are not the kinds of things that would have been said about these institutions a century ago, or perhaps even a decade ago. “Libraries help level the playing field,” said Fogarty, director of the Springfield City Library. “They help people cross the digital divide; they’re technology hubs.” Elaborating, he said that, in this computer age, access to the Internet ...

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    12. Ambitious Renovation Project Will Reshape the Basketball Hall of Fame

      Ambitious Renovation Project Will Reshape the Basketball Hall of Fame

      The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will soon commence work on an ambitious, $15 million renovation and expansion that will dramatically change the look and feel of the shrine. While the project represents the future, it also speaks loudly to just how far the Hall has come since the dark days — and years — earlier this century. John Doleva calls it a “spaceship.” That’s what he and others at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame have come to call the individual lights that sit atop the dome that defines the shrine on West Columbus Avenue and change color ...

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    13. A Host of Factors Are Lifting the Region’s Economy Higher

      A Host of Factors Are Lifting the Region’s Economy Higher

      The state of the region’s economy is strong, and the economic outlook is bright. That’s a simple statement, but let’s look at the facts that support that optimism. We all have read of the important investments that MGM and CRRC, the Chinese rail-car manufacturer, are making in Springfield. Less-reported is the some $5.2 billion of economic-development projects that have recently occurred or are currently underway in our region. In a 2016 study, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. (EDC) catalogued the growth in each community — from housing developments to manufacturing companies expanding and relocating to ...

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    14. Jim Ayres Directs the United Way Through a Time of Change, Challenge

      Jim Ayres Directs the United Way Through a Time of Change, Challenge

      Jim Ayres, who took the helm at the United Way of Pioneer Valley this past spring, arrived knowing he would be leading the organization through a time of significant change and challenge. His elaborate to-do list includes efforts to increase efficiency, do a better job of telling the United Way’s story to the younger people who probably don’t know it, and continuing the work of building coalitions to take on the many issues confronting the region’s communities and families. There’s an old map hanging on the wall just inside the door to Jim Ayres’ office within ...

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    15. UMass Amherst Receives $1.1 Million Grant for Large Battery Project

      UMass Amherst Receives $1.1 Million Grant for Large Battery Project

      UMass Amherst has been awarded a $1.1 million state grant from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) project to work with Tesla Energy to construct a large battery at the Central Heating Plant on the west side of campus. The project involves a 1-megawatt/4-megawatt-hour lithium ion battery storage system that will be designed and constructed by Tesla Energy adjacent to the campus power plant. Working with Tesla and the UMass Clean Energy Extension (CEE), the goal is to reduce peak energy demand on the Amherst campus and related costs. The battery storage system will provide power at times ...

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    16. HCC Awarded Grant to Expand Community Health Worker Program

      HCC Awarded Grant to Expand Community Health Worker Program

      Holyoke Community College has been awarded a grant of more than $400,000 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to expand its Community Health Worker program in partnership with area employers. The four-year, $431,227 allocation will enable approximately 120 people to take a series of three credit-bearing classes to enhance their education and training as community health workers. The three classes — free for those accepted into the grant program — were selected in consultation with representatives from Behavioral Health Network and the Gandara Center, two regional, nonprofit behavioral-health agencies.

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    17. Greater Holyoke Chamber Announces Its Ambassador of the Year

      Greater Holyoke Chamber Announces Its Ambassador of the Year

      The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce bestowed its Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award to Jessica Picard, marketing director at Loomis House Retirement Community, a position she has held since 2012. Previous to that, she was the marketing and admissions liaison for Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield. She graduated from Westfield State University with a degree in business management and a minor in marketing. “Our ambassadors play a pivotal role in allowing the Greater Holyoke Chamber to be able to execute on our programs and events. Jessica Picard has been a champion of the Greater Holyoke Chamber for ...

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    18. Great Barrington Is Taking Big Steps Forward

      Great Barrington Is Taking Big Steps Forward

      Jennifer Tabakin acknowledged that, figuratively speaking, at least, City Hall in New York and Town Hall in Great Barrington are much more than 125 or so miles apart.  In most all ways, they’re worlds apart, and she should know, because she’s worked in both settings, and is firmly entrenched in the latter as town manager.  In New York, she worked for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg for several years. To be more specific, she worked under the deputy mayor for Economic Development after a stint in state government with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority working on capital projects.

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    19. UMass Engineer Makes Bioinspired Polymers with Electrostatic Force

      UMass Engineer Makes Bioinspired Polymers with Electrostatic Force

      UMass Amherst chemical engineer Sarah Perry, working with a colleague at the University of Illinois, is creating new bioinspired materials using electrostatic charge to direct the self-assembly process of long molecules. The research team, working with a class of polymers called coacervates, found they could be modified by changing the sequence of charges along the polymer chain. Coacervates are commonly used in food products and cosmetics. The findings are published in the journal Nature Communications.

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    20. Five Colleges Names Sarah Pfatteicher Executive Director

      Five Colleges Names Sarah Pfatteicher Executive Director

      The board of directors of the Five College Consortium has appointed Sarah Pfatteicher to be its new executive director, succeeding Neal Abraham, who will be retiring after nine years at the helm of the higher-ed collaboration. Pfatteicher is currently associate dean for Academic Affairs and a research professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “The board was impressed with the breadth and depth of experience that Sarah will bring to the position,” said Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College and of the Five College board of directors. “The level of leadership she’s shown at the University of Wisconsin in both ...

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    21. Elms College, University of Kochi Extend 20-year Exchange Program

      Elms College, University of Kochi Extend 20-year Exchange Program

      Elms College signed an agreement on Nov. 29 continuing its international exchange program with the University of Kochi in Japan. The exchange relationship is celebrating its 20th year. Harry Dumay, president of Elms College, and Takahiro Ioroi, academic vice president of the University of Kochi — one of the original faculty members involved in starting the exchange program — signed the agreement in Dumay’s office at Elms. Every year, visiting students from Kochi spend nearly two weeks exploring life at Elms. The Kochi students stay in residence halls at Elms, study English, attend classes related to their majors, and take in ...

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