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    1. Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Sep 29 2014)

      Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

      Friday is National Advanced Manufacturing Day, but the Governor kicked it up a notch, planning week-long events celebrating the industry’s success here in the Bay State. Advanced Manufacturing is a growing industry in Massachusetts, especially in western parts of the state. So far, more than 7-thousand manufacturing firms have offices in the Bay State, creating 250-thousand jobs. The Patrick administration will spend the rest of the week highlighting manufacturing’s impact on the state and the programs in place to help the industry flourish.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Westfield

    2. Agawam architects to design transit pavilion

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Aug 4 2014)

      Agawam architects to design transit pavilion

      Reinhardt Associates Inc. (RAI) of Agawam has been selected by the Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority (PVTA) to design the new Westfield Transit Pavilion, formerly referred as the Westfield Intermodal Transportation Center, at the corner of Elm and Arnold Streets. “They just told me last week we were awarded the project, so we don’t even have a contract signed,” said John MacMillan, president of RAI. “They went through a designer selection about a month ago, and told us last week, maybe even earlier this week, that we were awarded the contract.” While the design process is still in the earliest ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    3. Business leaders told to communicate with candidates

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (May 7 2014)

      Business leaders told to communicate with candidates

      Members of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield gathered Wednesday morning to get a look ahead at this November’s elections. Political consultant Anthony Cignoli spoke to business leaders about many of the key races and how these shifts in leadership are likely to directly impact western Massachusetts. He gave an overview of the race for governor, as well as the race for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, and auditor.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield

    4. WMass business leaders, politicians conected at summit

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Apr 30 2014)

      WMass business leaders, politicians conected at summit

      For the 40th year, local businesspeople traveled to Boston for the annual Beacon Hill Summit. The event connects people from our region in the business field with state-level politics here in Boston. More than sixty representatives from western Massachusetts businesses and institutions traveled to the State House for the event, which was hosted by Senator Gale Candaras. “Folks can feel kind of disconnected from their government. One of the promises that we made many years ago when I first ran was that we would bring government to western Mass. and western Mass. to government,” the Wilbraham Democrat said.

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    5. WMass tech company opens training facility in Spfld.

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Apr 23 2014)

      WMass tech company opens training facility in Spfld.

      Founder and CEO of Paragus IT, Delcie Bean, said, “We’re figuring out ways of building our pipeline so that we can actually generate so much talent that we’re able to bring big companies here, and rebuild Springfield as a tech city, and put Springfield on the map as one of the top ten tech cities in America.”

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Springfield   Westfield

    6. Verizon Wireless announces major hiring effort in Mass.

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Mar 20 2014)

      Verizon Wireless announces major hiring effort in Mass.

      Verizon Wireless is announcing 122 full-time job openings in retail and sales in Massachusetts, on March 21st. The recruitment for these 122 positions in Mass. is part of a larger hiring effort across New England to add 330 new employees throughout the six-state region. The opportunities are based throughout the State, and positions in western Mass. will be available in Springfield, West Springfield, Hadley and Holyoke. The recruitment for these 122 positions in Massachusetts is part of a larger hiring effort across New England to add 330 new employees throughout the six-state region.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Holyoke

    7. New Pioneer Valley data website launched

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Mar 19 2014)

      New Pioneer Valley data website launched

      The website was a collaborative effort by ROADS, short for Regional Organizations Advanced Data Sharing. The four organizations involved in putting the site together include the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno

    8. Gov. Patrick signs multi-million dollar military bond bill

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Mar 18 2014)

      Gov. Patrick signs multi-million dollar military bond bill

      Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill authorizing the state to borrow up to $177 million for improvements to the state’s military bases. The measure approved by lawmakers earlier this month would include $9 million in immediate funding for military and civilian runway upgrades at the Barnes Air National Guard Base and adjacent Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport. The bill also authorizes nearly $3 million for energy and communications upgrades at Hanscom Air Force Base. An additional $100,000 would allow for the relocation of the National Guard’s Military Museum from Worcester to Concord.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield

    9. 120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Mar 12 2014)

      120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

      It was graduation night for Valley Venture Mentors in Springfield Wednesday night. Valley Venture Mentors is dedicated to helping business start-ups launch. It’s described as a personal social network that puts business people together with venture capital. Sort of like a speed-dating for entrepreneurs. According to Paul Silva, a lead coach at the Valley Venture Mentors, “Right, we didn’t all go to Harvard. We all don’t have that alumni network to tap into. So this gives them access to an amazing network of great people. If they do a good job, then they’ll walk away with ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Holyoke   Develop Springfield

    10. Small business seminar held in Springfield

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Feb 4 2014)

      Small business seminar held in Springfield

      The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce started a training seminar to help ambitious people start and manage their own business. Carlos Gonzalez, President of the Mass. Latino Chamber of Commerce, told 22News, “With the unemployment crisis that continues to exist in our inner cities and communities of color, entrepreneurship is a good option.”

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce

    11. Effort to expand mentoring in WMass

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Jan 30 2014)

      Effort to expand mentoring in WMass

      January is National Mentoring month and Thursday morning, several community leaders gathered to discuss furthering mentorship programs in the Springfield community. Representatives from the Mass Mentoring Partnership told 22News that the need for mentors in western Massachusetts is great. In Springfield alone, there are nearly 600 young people currently on a waiting list. First -time Mentor Bob Brown of South Hadley, a branch manager for First Niagara Bank, told 22News that once you’re able to break the ice, the rewards of the relationship are great. “A lot of it is just trying to get them to open up and ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   First Niagara Bank

    12. Holyoke receives a 250k Working Cities Challenge Grant

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Jan 15 2014)

      Holyoke receives a 250k Working Cities Challenge Grant

      SPARK will be run through the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Foundation in partnership with several key partners, including the City, Public Library, Food & Fitness Policy Council, the MGHPCC, Holyoke Community College, CareerPoint and the JUNTOS Collaborative. Monetary and in-kind matches were also provided by the Chamber Foundation, Regional Employment Board, Holyoke Library, Housing Authority and Holyoke Gas & Electric.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Robert DeLeo   Regional Employment Board of Hampden County Inc.

    13. Luxe Burger Bar open for business

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Dec 23 2013)

      Luxe Burger Bar open for business

      A new restaurant has finally opened at the former site of the Springfield Visitor's Center.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    14. New HealthSouth Rehabilitation hospital

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Nov 20 2013)

      New HealthSouth Rehabilitation hospital

      The upgraded HealthSouth Rehabilitation hospital of Western Massachusetts is about to open its new building in Ludlow. The physical rehabilitation hospital will open in mid-December.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   HealthSouth

    15. Plus 50 Encore Completion program at GCC

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Nov 20 2013)

      Plus 50 Encore Completion program at GCC

      Greenfield Community College is one of the most recent schools to add the program. GCC president Bob Pura told 22News the school decided to add the program because he understands the difficulties older adults face when trying to find a job. "A lot of times people don't want to hire folks of that age because they don't want to invest in them. So building on the expertise of somebody who's 55 or older and all that life experience in other careers, jobs that they've had and honing that specifically to healthcare where there's a need ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    16. Economic impact of Westover Air Base

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Nov 14 2013)

      Economic impact of Westover Air Base

      For each fiscal year Westover Air Reserve Base studies their economic impact on the local economy.  For 2013, about 3,800 civilian reservists and federal employees spent about $225 million within a 50-mile radius of the base here in Chicopee.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    17. Crosby clears up casino questions

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Nov 7 2013)

      Crosby clears up casino questions

      The 22News I-Team traveled to Boston and asked Chairman Stephen Crosby to clear up the cloudy new western Massachusetts casino picture.

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      Mentions:   MGM

    18. Business leaders share ideas at expo

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Nov 6 2013)

      Business leaders share ideas at expo

      It was all business Wednesday at the Mass Mutual Center in downtown Springfield.The Western Massachusetts Business Expo attracted dozens of businesses and thousands of visitors Interested in what those schools and companies offered.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    19. Chicopee receives $1.7M MassWorks grant

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 31 2013)

      Chicopee receives $1.7M MassWorks grant

      State Representative Joseph F. Wagner announced Thursday that the state has released a $1.7 million MassWorks infrastructure grant to Chicopee.The funding will support the construction of a new senior center and promote the redevelopment of nearby properties.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    20. Marriott Residence Inn opens in Chicopee

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 30 2013)

      Marriott Residence Inn opens in Chicopee

      There's a new place for visitors to stay in Chicopee. A Marriott Residence Inn opened its doors earlier this month, but Thursday was the grand opening.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    21. Longtime Chicopee Chamber pres. retiring

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 28 2013)

      Gail Sherman announced that she will be retiring from the Chamber, after serving as its president for nearly 17 years. The Chamber’s Board of Directors is now searching for a new leader. In the meantime though, Sherman will continue her work, including going through the accreditation process with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the Greater Chicopee Chamber is the only chamber in the area with such an accreditation).

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      Mentions:   Chicopee

    22. Spfld expo helps Latino-owned businesses

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 19 2013)

      For the past six years the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a Latino Expo in Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce

    23. Elms College dedicates new lab building

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 18 2013)

      Elms College dedicates new lab building

      Elms College is getting ready to open their new Center for Natural and Health Sciences. The 22,000 square foot building has a research laboratory, multiple lecture halls and several other labs for biology, chemistry and nursing students.

      School officials told 22News the new facility will better prepare their students for careers in nursing, science and computer information technology.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Chicopee   Elms College

    24. How much will the new tolls cost?

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Oct 15 2013)

      How much will the new tolls cost?

      Exit 6 to Exit 5: $0.25 cents (one-way), $0.50 cents (round trip)

      • Exit 6 to Exit 4: $0.25 cents (one-way), $0.50 cents (round trip)
      • Exit 6 to Exit 3: $0.45 cents (one-way), $0.90 cents (round trip)
      • Exit 6 to Exit 2: $1.35 (one-way), $2.70 (round trip)
      • Exit 6 to Exit 1: $1.75 (one-way), $3.50 (round trip)
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