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    1. Down to a Science

      Down to a Science
      It’s called the New Laboratory Science Building, or NLSB, a $156 million, state-of-the-art facility now taking shape on the UMass Amherst campus. It’s part of a larger, nearly $300 million initiative, which also includes the Integrated Science Building opened in late 2009, to create a life sciences ‘precinct’ or ‘community’ on the campus that is being designed to greatly increase research capacity and facilitate collaborative efforts among science departments
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    2. Profiles in Business

      Profiles in Business
      In addition to her more-than-full-time duties with the Small Business Development Center, she’s also involved with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s Plan for Progress, sits on the task force for the high-performance computing center planned for Holyoke, and volunteers her time for Digital Divide Data, a social enterprise that provides jobs and training to youths in Laos and Cambodia, among other activities.
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    3. Making a Case

      Making a Case
      Throughout its 41-year history, the Springfield-based law firm Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin has been described using the adjective ‘entrepreneurial.’ Since the days when the three original partners invested in state-of-the-art computer technology to enable it to thrive in the financing arena, the firm has aggressively developed practice areas that have allowed it to not only survive but thrive in any kind of economic climate. And that tradition, or culture, as the partners call it, continues today.
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    4. Greenfield Savings Bank Focuses on Economic Development

      Greenfield Savings Bank Focuses on Economic Development
      So the bank, working with institutions ranging from the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. to Greenfield Community College, spearheaded a unique development model that brought together about six property owners, representing more than a dozen buildings, who are using tax-credit financing, facilitated by GSB, to fund renovations of the vacant sites. “It wouldn’t have been cost-effective to do something like that on their own,” Caplice said.
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    5. Profiles in Business - This Hockey Veteran is Certainly Goal-oriented

      Profiles in Business - This Hockey Veteran is Certainly Goal-oriented
      Indeed, while he would like to say that there will always be hockey in Springfield, he knows he can’t really use that phrase with any degree of confidence. “I always like to remain optimistic that we can put something together and remain here long-term, but there are simply no guarantees anymore,” he said, noting that the hockey landscape has changed considerably over the past three decades and especially the past several years, and the challenges to existence, especially in what is now considered a small market, are mounting.
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