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    1. WSU receives grant from Baker-Polito administration

      WSU receives grant from Baker-Polito administration

      Westfield State University (WSU) hopes that state funds received recently will lead to a new concentration focused on a burgeoning career field. WSU received $75,000 from Gov. Baker’s office last week, which will go toward the university’s attempt to create a biotechnology concentration in their biology program. The money is expected to help the university develop the concentration, with a tentative limited offering of it happening as soon as the fall of this year.

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    2. MassDOT visiting for Western Ave. Westfield project update

      MassDOT visiting for Western Ave. Westfield project update

      State officials are expected to visit the city next week to discuss how the Western Avenue improvement project is coming along. Members of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) are holding a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m., at South Middle School on West Silver Street, to provide residents with information about the project’s current status, as well as provide a chance to ask questions. The project is currently slated to begin construction in 2019, while going to bid for the fiscal year 2018.

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    3. Springfield recycling company receives award from Gov. Baker

      Springfield recycling company receives award from Gov. Baker

      Governor Charlie Baker awarded a Commonwealth’s Recycling Business Development Grant to a Springfield recycling business on Friday. Northstar Pulp & Paper Company, Inc. received $90,000, and will use the money to better regrind and recycle plastic. The company also plans to purchase 3 new machines that will better separate plastic from other materials. Despina Costa, the CFO of Northstar, told 22News, “To improve the product quality, because it’s going to remove dust and other contaminates, like metal, which are in the product that we recycle.”

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    4. Manufacturing industry is growing in Massachusetts

      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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    5. Agawam architects to design transit pavilion

      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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    6. Business leaders told to communicate with candidates

      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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    7. WMass business leaders, politicians conected at summit

      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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    8. WMass tech company opens training facility in Spfld.

      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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    9. Verizon Wireless announces major hiring effort in Mass.

      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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    10. New Pioneer Valley data website launched

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

      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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    12. 120 graduate from Valley Venture Mentors program

      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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    13. Small business seminar held in Springfield

      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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    14. Effort to expand mentoring in WMass

      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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    15. Holyoke receives a 250k Working Cities Challenge Grant

      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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    16. Plus 50 Encore Completion program at GCC

      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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    17. Longtime Chicopee Chamber pres. retiring

      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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