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    1. Sound Strategy

      Sound Strategy
      But along with all this potential there are issues and challenges, not only in Springfield, but in communities across the three-county (Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire) area served by the Community Foundation, said Ancrum, noting, among things, a clear need to create new sources of jobs, efforts to replace lost manufacturing companies, and a need to rebuild what he called the “economic infrastructure.” The sum of these challenges and the need for a coordinated response have been the primary motivators for the foundation taking big strides into the realm of community leadership, he continued, noting that this is now the third ...
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    2. Blown Away

      Blown Away
      At 4:45 on the afternoon of June 1, Joan Kagan was standing in the middle of Main Street in Springfield’s South End, talking with BusinessWest and staring up at what used to be the administration building for Square One, which she serves as president and CEO. Just a few moments earlier, and seemingly within no time at all after receiving word that a tornado was supposedly 10 minutes away, she was shepherding staff and children into the basement of the facility at 959 Main, where they essentially rode out the storm, with no real injuries to report.
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    3. Closing the Digital Divide

      Closing the Digital Divide
      It’s called Massachusetts 123, or M123 for short, the project to bring high-speed broadband to every corner of the Commonwealth, including historically underserved Western Mass. The scale of the initiative is immense, and the challenges are numerous, but there will be clear and immediate rewards from bringing the entire state into the 21st century.
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    4. Shedding Light on the Subject

      Shedding Light on the Subject
      Ron French calls it “an elegant solution to an horrific problem.” He’s talking about solar energy, and specifically referencing the benefits that a homeowner can expect to recoup, both financially and on a higher plane, from a switch to clean and green power. French is the President of the Wilton, Conn.-based Alteris Renewables, a company that is steadily harnessing the Northeast market’s demands for solar and wind-powered electricity
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      Mentions: Springfield
    5. Entrepreneurial Fuel

      Entrepreneurial Fuel
      It all started in 1931, with the leasing of a tiny gas station on Main Street in downtown Greenfield. Over the next eight decades, the company started by A.R. Sandri, later to be led by his son, William, and, today, grandson-in-law Tim Van Epps, has diversified into everything from heating oil to golf courses; from wood pellets and stoves to photovoltaic installations. The common threads among the generations are an entrepreneurial spirit, a willingness to take calculated risks, and an ability to anticipate needed services and then provide them.
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    6. Newer Alliance

      Newer Alliance
      NewAlliance Bank introduced itself to Western Mass. in 2007 after acquiring Westbank, and four years later, it has completed a merger with the larger, Buffalo, N.Y.-based First Niagara Bank. Such mergers are nothing new, but large institutions always enter Western Mass. knowing they must compete for business in a region that values its thriving array of community banks, all touting healthy balance sheets and a hometown touch.
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    7. An Accurate Gauge

      An Accurate Gauge
      More than 200 companies put their products and processes on display at the annual EASTEC show last month at the Big E. There were many local exhibitors, and most had something to say about the state of this sector and the challenges facing it. They relayed stories of relative health and vitality, but also concerns, especially about the daunting task of securing enough talented workers to keep the machines humming.
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    8. Profiles in Business

      Profiles in Business
      “I’ve given my definition of economic development to different groups over the years, and the more experienced I get, the more that definition morphs a little bit,” he explained. “Economic development, as I see it, is creating increasing investment in our region — and, ultimately, a city or town — that generates increased tax revenue to the municipality and the state and creates jobs; that’s my simple definition.
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    9. Brushes with Fame

      Brushes with Fame
      Mark Borsari didn’t have a number handy to quantity just how large the ‘twisted wire brush’ market is — so he qualified matters instead. “It’s big … much bigger than most people would think, certainly — twisted wire brushes are used everywhere,” said Borsari, president of Palmer-based Sanderson-MacLeod, which has made a name for itself in this somewhat obscure, yet intriguing corner of the manufacturing sector.
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    10. An Exciting New Chapter

      An Exciting New Chapter
      The first, coming up on June 21, will have a hard focus on the broad subject of literacy, and a very aggressive goal: collecting 5,000 books for a variety of child-literacy programs, including the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative (HSLI), which works to bridge the gap in learning that occurs when many area young people leave school for the summer months. Other programs include Link to Libraries and Book It.
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    11. Outside the Box

      Outside the Box
      “Employers are trying to get more out of workers with less of a footprint than before in terms of space,” he explained. “I also think that, when many companies rightsized during this downturn, more was expected from the workers that remain. I also think there’s been some major shifts in the way we do business.” In addition, “the work stations are getting smaller because computers are getting smaller,” said Scott Montemerlo, account executive at the Lexington Group. “And they don’t need to have all the filing underneath.
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    12. The Importance of Summer Jobs

      For these reasons and many others, we hope that area businesses, through their own initiative or in concert with organizations like the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, find the means, the courage, the confidence, or whatever you choose to call it to add a body or two for the summer months. No, the economy isn’t as strong as most would like it be or thought it would be by this time, but bringing on summer help is important to this region’s overall vitality.
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      Mentions: Big Y Foods
    13. Out of Focus

      Out of Focus
      Originally, presenteeism signified the opposite of absenteeism, explained Sandy Reynolds, executive vice president of the Employer’s Resource Group at Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). “It meant somebody who came to work when they were sick because they wouldn’t get paid at home. And there is a cost to having people come to work when they’re sick, in terms of reduced productivity.
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    14. Workforce in Progress

      Workforce in Progress
      “The REB is embarking upon a new and more expansive strategic direction, and we’re looking at workforce development in a more comprehensive way, because we want to build a more prosperous community,” Ward explained. “One of the essential components of a high quality of life is safe, secure employment with adequate pay.”
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    15. Michael Vedovelli

      Michael Vedovelli
      Vedovelli’s had considerable success on the court — Cathedral teams he served as assistant coach won four Western Mass. championships in six years, and two of his Agawam teams won sportsmanship awards — and within the broad realm of state-supported economic development. Indeed, he’s had his picture in several press outlets, including BusinessWest, for his work helping companies such as Titeflex and Smith & Wesson, both in Springfield, gain the state and local support needed to expand.
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    16. The Class of 2011

      The Class of 2011
      Like the groups before it, the Class of 2011 is diverse, with each story unique in some ways. Perhaps the most unique is that of a 16-year-old high-school student who became the youngest winner to date through his work in the community, which ranges from tutoring Somali refugees to work on the Web site for Link to Libraries; from involvement with a teen-philanthropy organization to membership in the aptly-named Don’t Just Sit There, a ‘good-works’ group that assists a number of causes.
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    17. Profile in Business April 11, 2011

      Profile in Business April 11, 2011
      When Craig Melin embarked on his pursuit of a doctoral degree from the Dartmouth Institution for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, he figured it would be a two- or three-year journey. Almost five years after he started, Melin, president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, still has a ways to go, but there is light, he said, at the end of the proverbial tunnel
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    18. Beyond Basic Training

      Beyond Basic Training
      “Learn, earn, and return.” That is the broad principle guiding seasoned entrepreneurs volunteering their time and talents for something called Valley Venture Mentors, or VVM. The nonprofit initiative was launched last fall to fill a huge need in the region: a service to mentor fledgling entrepreneurs, help them navigate the whitewater that confronts new ventures, and keep businesses — and jobs — in Western Massachusetts.
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