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STCC Gateway to College Program Receives National Recognition

The Gateway to College program at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) received a Program Excellence Award in recognition of exceeding all four benchmarks used to assess the performance of Gateway to College programs nationwide. Through Gateway to College, students who have dropped out of high school or who are significantly off track complete their high-school diplomas…

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‘Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business’: Officials react to plans for Amazon distribution center in Holyoke

An Amazon distribution center slated to open on Lower Westfield Road this fall is a sign that the Pioneer Valley has strong appeal for big business, officials said Thursday. “It’s an acknowledgment from a national and international company that Western Massachusetts is a good place to do business,” said Rick Sullivan, president and CEO of…

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Holyoke Medical Center Expands Services in Westfield

Holyoke Medical Center announced expanded healthcare services in Westfield, including family medicine, women’s services, gastroenterology, walk-in care, and more. Holyoke Medical Group Family Medicine, an affiliate of Holyoke Medical Center, has relocated to 140 Southampton Road in Westfield. The office offers care for the entire family, including pediatrics, adult primary care, women’s health, and geriatric…

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Amherst BID hires Gabrielle Gould as new executive director

A longtime Nantucket resident with extensive experience in starting businesses and fundraising is the new executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District. Gabrielle Gould, who moved with her family to Amherst in January after 20 years on the island, will assume the leadership role on Monday. Gould replaces Sarah la Cour, who stepped down in May after six years…

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Springfield Public Schools head into new year with enhanced music and art programs, hiring 34 teachers – masslive.com

When students in Springfield head back to classes next week, they will be greeted by some new friendly faces.  To enhance the music and visual arts programs in the Springfield Public Schools, the school district has hired 34 full-time teachers for the 2019-20 school year, Chief Communications Officer Azell Cavaan said. Read the source article…

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Cover Story Archives – BusinessWest

It’s been nearly a full year since MGM Springfield opened its doors in Springfield’s South End. It’s been a year of learning — for both the casino’s team and the consuming public as well. As the headlines have announced, the casino has fallen well behind projections for gross gaming revenues (GGR), but in most all…

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Tourism & Hospitality

As the clock ticks down the start of another Big E, an elaborate and well-choreographed effort is underway to get everything set for opening night. As it turns out, this is just one of the myriad traditions synonymous with this annual celebration of New England. Read the source article at BusinessWest

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Springfield OKs clean-wood processing facility at former Bay Street junkyard

Northern Tree Service was recently granted city approval to move forward with plans for a clean-wood-waste processing facility on Bay Street that will benefit the city financially and transform a blighted former junkyard. The city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development approved the application for the waste wood business this month after receiving a legal…

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