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    1. Spheres of Influence

      Spheres of Influence

      Through most of his career in the plastics business, Mel O’Leary has kept a low profile. Make that a very low profile. Indeed, over the course of the past 29 years, during which he’s shaped Meredith-Springfield into one of the nation’s more accomplished blow-molding specialists, O’Leary has let the company’s products — actually, other people’s products, ranging from maple-syrup containers to detergent bottles — do the talking for him.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    2. A Landmark Decision

      A Landmark Decision

      She’s calling it Cooper’s Commons, a nod to Ensign Thomas Cooper — the Civil War naval hero who lived in the home just after that conflict ended — and also to the store her father created at the rear of the property nearly 40 years ago and named after the ensign. And she described the concept as “a place where Thornes Marketplace, Northampton, meets the Village Commons, South Hadley,” a reference to two of the region’s best-known centers of eclectic retail.

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      Mentions: Northampton
    3. Difference Makers 2012

      Difference Makers 2012

      Two of the individuals are cousins, continuing and expanding D’Amour family traditions of business excellence, service to the community, and philanthropy. Another is the president of a community college hailed for his efforts to create ‘pathways’ to his institution and then from it, to four-year colleges and career opportunities. Still another has forged a reputation for getting things done, especially in the realms of adult literacy and creating permanent solutions to the problem of homelessness. Meanwhile, a husband-and-wife team, majors in the Salvation Army, have been lauded for their work with disasters — large ones, like the tornadoes that touched ...

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    4. Momentum Building

      Momentum Building

      One of the main marketing taglines for the Scibelli Enterprise Center at Springfield Technical Community College is ‘Business Building.” This explains both what the facility is — a facility housing small businesses, said Director Marla Michel — and what it does, which is to help certain clients develop, mature, and get to the next level. In recent years, the focus has been primarily on the former, she said, noting that, as the economy sagged, the emphasis was on filling space. Moving forward, the shift will be more to the latter, which has always been the primary mission.

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    5. Shot in the Arm

      Shot in the Arm

      Late in 2008, just as the economy began to slide into the Great Recession, officials at Baystate Health were having second thoughts about moving forward with their planned $250 million Hospital of the Future expansion. They eventually decided to press on, much to the relief of hundreds of workers in the construction trades — most of them local — who found the project a lifeline at a time when opportunities were scarce.

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    6. Site Seers

      Site Seers

      The operating ratios are very thin, with little margin for error, and downward pressure on rents. You have to be very focused on operating margins, and that means being a partner with the owner, not just running the property.” Jack Dill, president and CEO of Colebrook Realty Services in Springfield, which manages some 1.8 million square feet of space in Western Mass., echoed that assessment. “Management is not just shoveling snow and cleaning bathrooms,” he told BusinessWest. “These are very large assets that have a lot of risk in them, and we really need to understand and be thoughtful ...

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    7. Workforce Training is Good Business

      We’ve had success in Western Mass. by developing public-private partnerships to support this type of skills training, but employers can’t do it alone. The partnership between employers in the Western Mass. Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Assoc., the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County (REB), the state, and area school systems and community colleges has leveraged resources and created or retained good-paying jobs for over 1,000 Western Mass. residents.

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    8. Strategies for Springfield

      Strategies for Springfield
      Indeed, 2012 will be a year when tornado-recovery plans are put on the table, many downtown initiatives could take big steps forward, the Union Station project may actually go to bid, and the casino debate — with a Springfield site among many in contention — will intensify. “While the hits we took in 2011 were substantial, I foresee a very good year in 2012 — we have enormous possibilities,” said Kennedy. “If we can all work together and coalesce around the plans and come up with the correct strategies to implement what’s there, we’ve got great opportunity. We still have good ...
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    9. Continuity and Change

      Continuity and Change
      Glenn Welch, the new president and COO of Hampden Bank, takes over with an informal philosophy of not trying to fix anything that isn’t broken — and this encompasses most all strategic initiatives at the nearly 160-year-old institution. For now, his primary focus is on seizing opportunities to grow the commercial portfolio presented by improving confidence among business owners and what Welch called “concern with larger-bank relationships and where they’re headed.”
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    10. Class Trip

      Class Trip
      “Cambridge College is delighted to partner with the city of Springfield and Tower Square to offer a high-quality education in what will be a state-of-the-art facility,” she said at a recent press conference. “In this new facility, we look forward to continuing our 20-year tradition of offering exceptional undergraduate and graduate education to working adults in Western Mass. and Connecticut.”
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    11. Taking Center Stage

      Taking Center Stage
      Heriberto “Herbie” Flores has always had a heart for needy people, partly because he grew up poor. From its humble origins 40 years ago providing legal and financial assistance for migrant farm workers, he has grown his multi-agency nonprofit, Partners for Community, into an $80 million force for economic development and community improvement. But he’s made bigger news with a series of real-estate acquisitions, including the Paramount Theater (seen here), that promise to transform Springfield’s downtown. The kind of long-term change Flores envisions for the City of Homes will require energy and passion — and BusinessWest’s Top Entrepreneur ...
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    12. Groundbreaking Developments

      Groundbreaking Developments
      Redevelopment of the Ludlow Mills complex, an ambitious undertaking on the part of Westmass Development, is well underway, with two large-scale projects punctuating ceremonies to mark the closing on the historic property. One is construction of a new HealthSouth rehabilitation hospital only a few blocks from the current site, the former Ludlow Hospital, while the other is a planned 82-unit senior independent-living facility.
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    13. City2City

      Following up a trip a year ago to Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C., a delegation from Greater Springfield recently visited Grand Rapids, Mich. to see and learn how that community has earned the designation of ‘resurgent city.’ Civic and business leaders there said much of it comes down to private-public partnerships, collaboration between all parties involved in an initiative, and what one official called “coloring waaay outside the lines.”
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    14. Primed for Recovery

      Primed for Recovery
      As 2011 winds to a close, it appears that the nation will see growth of only a percentage point or two. That’s nothing remarkable, but certainly an accomplishment, considering how bleak things looked only a few months ago, when a double dip seemed very possible. And now there are several indicators — from stronger-than-expected holiday sales to signs of life in the housing market — that something approaching real recovery could be on the horizon.
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    15. No Time Like the Present

      No Time Like the Present
      When it comes to end-of-year business planning, Kevin Vann said, every company is different. “If you’re an accountant, obviously tax planning is critically important,” he said. “If you’re a business advisor, consultant, or whatever, other things are critical, like long-term strategic planning.” But he has one piece of advice that crosses all sectors: business planning is not just a year-end exercise. At least, it shouldn’t be. “We look at it as an ongoing thing,” said Vann, a principal with the Springfield-based Vann Group
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    16. The Casino Era Begins

      The Casino Era Begins
      Indeed, only a few seconds in, Blair, president of the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., said that, while he had no official determination on the matter, he thought it quite fair to say that the resort casino due to be built over the next several years somewhere within the 413 area code will easily be the region’s largest development project ever. And he wasn’t just talking about dollars and cents, although the projected $500 million (minimum) project — at least twice the cost of Baystate Health’s $250 million Hospital of the Future — will certainly cover that aspect ...
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    17. Center of Attention

      Center of Attention
      The concept initially came together nearly a decade ago. It was a unique and ambitious plan — to combine a transportation center with adult basic education programs and a childcare facility — but it made sense on many levels. So much so, that the Holyoke Transportation Center was able to withstand myriad challenges, many of them capable of scuttling the initiative. The end result is what one of the private-equity investors calls “a one-stop shop to improve your life.”
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