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    1. Downtown Parking Venture Is Fulfilling Promise

      Downtown Parking Venture Is Fulfilling Promise

      Valet parking isn’t exactly a novel concept; banquet halls, restaurants, and hospitals have been offering that service for years, if not decades. But it is when it comes to downtown Springfield’s office towers. One Financial Plaza recently introduced the concept, and in a few weeks, it is living up the promise first foreseen a decade ago. Evan Plotkin says he first conceived of the idea of instituting valet parking at 1350 Main St. in downtown Springfield — the office tower he co-owns — almost 10 years ago.

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      Mentions: Springfield MGM
    2. Super 60 Program Issues Call for Nominations

      Super 60 Program Issues Call for Nominations

      It’s time to recognize the region’s top-performing companies. The Springfield Regional Chamber has issued a call for nominations to its annual Super 60 program. To be eligible, companies must be independent and privately owned, have revenues of at least $1 million in the last fiscal year, be based in Hampden or Hampshire county or be a member of the Springfield Regional Chamber, and have been in business for at least three full years. Companies will be honored for percentage of revenue growth over a full three-year period or total revenues for the latest fiscal year. Honorees will be ...

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    3. Westfield State Awarded $21 Million for Extensive Renovations

      Westfield State Awarded $21 Million for Extensive Renovations

      Ramon Torrecilha says that when it opened in 1956, Parenzo Hall, the first building on what was then Westfield State College’s new campus on Western Avenue, housed “pretty much everything.” That included classrooms, the dining hall, a large auditorium, administrative offices — yes, everything, said Torrecilha, president of what is now Westfield State University. Over time, many all of those facilities moved somewhere else. The dining commons went in Scanlon Hall, new classroom facilities were built, and a number of administrative offices were moved down Western Avenue to the building, acquired by the college nearly 20 years ago, that was ...

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    4. Regional Rail Service Picks Up Speed

      Regional Rail Service Picks Up Speed

      The launch of the Hartford line last month, which expands rail activity from Union Station in Springfield to a host of Connecticut stops, has been a success, judging by early ridership. More important, it has municipal and economic-development leaders from Greater Springfield thinking about the potential of a Springfield-to-Greenfield service beginning next year, as well as the viability of east-west service between Boston and Springfield. It’s about more than riding the trains, they say — it’s about what riders will do once they get here.

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    5. Community Connections Energize Easthampton - BusinessWest

      Community Connections Energize Easthampton - BusinessWest

      As executive director of the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, Moe Belliveau has a good view of what has become one of the region’s more unique and energetic small cities.  “There’s a lot of great stuff here, different stuff,” she told BusinessWest. “I think Easthampton has a very eclectic flavor to it, and that just continues to grow. I believe the community really enjoys that about itself and embraces that part of themselves, and helps to nurture that. It’s lovely to be a part of that.”

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    6. United Financial Bancorp Announces Q2 Earnings

      United Financial Bancorp Inc., the holding company for United Bank, announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The company reported net income of $15.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to net income for the linked quarter of $15.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. The company reported net income of $16.2 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

       

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    7. Work Opportunity Center Receives Westfield Bank Foundation Grant

      Work Opportunity Center Inc. announced it is a recipient of a $5,000 grant donation from the Westfield Bank Foundation. The money will be put toward the purchase of a vehicle for the Community Based Day Services (CBDS) program. The CBDS program of supports enables individuals with developmental disabilities to enrich their life and enjoy a full range of community activities by providing opportunities for developing, enhancing, and maintaining competency in personal, social, and community activities.

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    8. Human Service Forum to Present Job Fair on Aug. 22

      The Human Service Forum will hold its first annual Human Services Job Fair on Wednesday, August 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 100 Congress St., Springfield. This event is free and open to the public. Job seekers of all experience levels are invited to attend, and many bilingual positions are available. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with more than 25 local nonprofit organizations currently looking to fill a wide range of openings.

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    9. Google Announces $100,000 Sponsorship for FutureWorks Career Center

      Google continued its Grow with Google tour in Springfield last week by announcing a sponsorship for FutureWorks Career Center totalling $100,000. The sponsorship will help FutureWorks deepen its available resources to prepare active job seekers with the digital skills necessary to obtain jobs and succeed in the workforce.FutureWorks will deploy Google’s Applied Digital Skills Curriculum its diverse group of youth and adult job seekers over the course of a year. Some of its staff will also be trained on Google for Jobs and teach active job seekers how to use the online platform to streamline their job ...

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    10. MassDOT Announces $1.8 Million in Awards to Expand Industrial Rail and Freight

      The state Department of Transportation recently awarded five grants totaling more than $1.8 million as part of the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP), which helps increase rail and freight access, economic opportunity, and job growth. IRAP is a competitive, state-funded, public/private partnership program that provides financial assistance to eligible applicants to invest in improvement projects in rail infrastructure access. State funding for these five projects will be matched by more than $2.4 million in private funds.

       

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    11. Berkshire Community College Receives $5.5M for One Stop Student Success Center

      Berkshire Community College (BCC) has been awarded $5.5 million for a major project that will transform the first floor of the Field Administration building into a One Stop Student Success Center. Gov. Charlie Baker announced this award on July 10 at Westfield State University. Baker launched a capital investment plan for public higher education and encouraged the submission of proposals that would benefit the Massachusetts economy and support student success and completion.

       

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    12. United Way of Pioneer Valley Taps Kathryn Dube as Interim President, CEO

      United Way of Pioneer Valley Taps Kathryn Dube as Interim President, CEO

      The United Way of Pioneer Valley announced that Kathryn Dube is serving as interim president and CEO as the board of directors conducts a search for a new CEO. Dube is a former chairman and vice chairman of the board at United Way of Pioneer Valley and has served as chairman to a number of United Way of Pioneer Valley committees. Most recently she was employed as senior advisor for the United Way of Pioneer Valley since her retirement in December 2017 and was recognized as United Way Volunteer of the Year in 2014 and 2015. Prior to retirement, Dube ...

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    13. Bay Path University Announces New Graduate Applied Health Programs

      Bay Path University Announces New Graduate Applied Health Programs

      Bay Path University announced the launch of two new programs, including its second doctoral program, now enrolling. Bay Path’s master of public health degree is designed to prepare graduates to pursue positions either as a public-health professional or as a leader in government, business, industry, higher education, or nonprofit organizations. For those aspiring to high-demand careers such as epidemiologists, environmental health specialists, public-health policy advisors, advanced health educators, and health survey researchers, a public-health degree is a requirement.

       

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    14. Springfield’s Economy Continues to Outperform Hartford

      Springfield’s Economy Continues to Outperform Hartford

      Connecticut has had its share of economic challenges in recent years, including a slow but steady outmigration of residents. Many might not be aware, however, of how stark the differences are between Connecticut and Massachusetts when it comes to long-term job recovery from the Great Recession — including Springfield’s relative strength when compared to Hartford. Farmington Bank’s economic adviser recently broke down the numbers, painting a picture that should be encouraging to those north of the border.

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    15. Kristin Leutz to Take Helm at Valley Venture Mentors

      Valley Venture Mentors CEO Liz Roberts announced that she will be leaving her position as of July 13, at which time current chief operating officer Kristin Leutz will take the helm of the organization that has been dedicated to nurturing entrepreneurship in Western Mass.Roberts plans to depart after a period of growth for Valley Venture Mentors (VVM). During her tenure, she launched the Startup Accelerator program, in which entrepreneurs receive five months of training, mentoring, office space, and access to equity-free funding. Entrepreneurs who graduated from all VVM programs generated $51 million in revenue and fundraising during the past ...

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    16. PeoplesBank Sponsors Team Fastrax at Great New England Air & Space Show

      PeoplesBank has joined Big Y as a sponsor of the 2018 Great New England Air & Space Show, specifically by underwriting the appearance of Team Fastrax, a professional skydiving parachute demonstration team. “This was a unique opportunity for us to honor those who served or are serving, as well as area veterans and active military personnel,” said Thomas Senecal, president and CEO of PeoplesBank. “It also is an investment in economic development, as the Air & Space Show brings thousands of people here, and it has an overall $15 million economic impact on the region.”

       

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      Mentions: Big Y Foods Holyoke
    17. Bulkley Richardson Opens Office in Hadley - BusinessWest

      Due to expanding needs, Bulkley Richardson has moved from its Amherst location into a more spacious office at 380 Russell St. in Hadley.  “This move supports the growing needs of our clients and offers a more centralized location in Hampshire County,” said Peter Barry, managing partner of the 35-attorney firm. “The move is another example of the firm striving to exceed client expectations. We can accommodate more attorneys working in the new space, which means offering a greater range of services to our clients.”

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      Mentions: Springfield Amherst
    18. Employer Confidence Weakens During June

      Confidence among Massachusetts employers weakened considerably during June as tariffs, rising raw-material costs, and approval of paid family and medical leave in the Bay State raised concerns about business growth.  The Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Business Confidence Index dropped 5.3 points to 61.3 last month, its lowest level since August 2017. Confidence remains well within the optimistic range, but the June decline left the BCI slightly below its level of a year ago.

       

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    19. Crocker Communications Wins ATSI Award of Excellence

      Crocker Communications Inc. has been honored with the exclusive ATSI 2018 Award of Excellence for the 10th year. This award is presented annually by the Assoc. of TeleServices International (ATSI), the industry’s trade association for providers of telecommunications and call-center services, including telephone answering and message delivery across North America and the UK.Independent judges are contracted by ATSI to evaluate message services over a six-month period. The scoring criteria includes response time, courteousness of the representative, accuracy of the call, knowledge of the account, and overall impression of the call.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    20. More Than $2 Million Announced for Collaborative Workspaces

      The Baker-Polito administration and MassDevelopment announced $2,155,000 in funding for the third 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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      Mentions: MassDevelopment
    21. HCC’s Line Cook Training Helps Kitchen Workers Land MGM Jobs

      HCC’s Line Cook Training Helps Kitchen Workers Land MGM Jobs

      Annie Rosa signed up for the free Line Cook Training program at Holyoke Community College with a clear objective in mind — get a job working in one of the new restaurants opening soon at MGM Springfield. The 38-year-old Springfield resident had worked in other restaurant kitchens, including Cracker Barrel, Cafe Lebanon, and Subway, but admits that most of her experience came from cooking for her family. She needed a professional boost.  “I’m an MGM hopeful,” she said earlier this month, not long after starting daily classes at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. Then, before the four-week training program ...

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    22. Bradley International Airport Receives A+ Revenue Bond Rating

      Bradley International Airport Receives A+ Revenue Bond Rating

      The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) announced that the credit-rating agency S & P Global Ratings has raised Bradley International Airport’s rating on its general airport revenue refunding bonds from ‘A’ to ‘A+’ with a stable outlook. “S & P Global Ratings is one of the most respected and widely used sources for credit ratings,” said Charles Gray, chairman of the CAA Board of Directors. “We’re pleased that the agency shares our confidence in Bradley International Airport’s fiscally responsible management team and the airport’s continued success.”

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    23. Ben Craft Named VP of Community Engagement for CHP

      Ben Craft Named VP of Community Engagement for CHP

      The Center for Human Development (CHD) has named Ben Craft its vice president of Community Engagement. In the newly restructured position, Craft has been charged with deepening the nonprofit human services agency’s relationships in the communities it serves in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In the role, he will oversee strategic communications, marketing and development as well as community, government, and provider relations. Craft brings a strong background in communications, engagement and advocacy to CHD, coupled with almost 10 years of experience in healthcare and public policy at a critical point in CHD’s growth and development.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    24. United Bank Cuts Ribbon at
Monarch Place Location

      United Bank Cuts Ribbon at
Monarch Place Location

      Joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Paul Picknelly, president of Monarch Enterprises, Jeff Lomma of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce and other guests, a team of United Bank employees officially cut the ribbon to its new location   at 1414 Main Street- One Monarch Place on Thursday. Earlier this year, the bank moved its branch from 115 State St. into the first floor of One Monarch Place, the signature office tower in Springfield. Thursday marked its ceremonial opening of the new branch location. United Bank noted several reasons why they wanted to relocate to One Monarch Place, including creating a ...

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