Under Construction: Work continues at the Elias Brookings School
June 20, 2014 - Springfield - Workers are enclosing the new Elias Brookings Museum Magnet School at 367 Hancock Street.The $27.9 million school replaces one severely damaged in the June 2011 tornado. the Massachusetts School Building Authority decided on full reimbursement for Brookings and the $15.2 million for the Mary Dryden School Project. Click here to read full article.
Beer Nut: White Lion Brewing to launch in Springfield
May 22, 2014 - Springfield - Holyoke has one; Westfield has one; Greenfield has one, Amherst has one: Deerfield has one, and Northampton has had one for nearly three decades. Easthampton will soon have three. But Springfield doesn't have one. What we're talking about here, of course, is a brewery. In this craft beer renaissance, you might think the biggest city in Western Massachusetts would have grabbed onto the trend and made hay (or beer) with it. But with the exception of the ill-fated Pioneer Valley Brewpub in the 1990s (which never actually got around to brewing on premises) the City of Homes has not been home to a brewery in many, many decades. But if Raymond Berry has anything to say about it, that will soon change. Click here to read full article.
Under Construction: Central High School $32 million science
May 23, 2014 - Springfield - A $32 million science laboratory wing is taking shape at Central High School and is due to be completed in December. The project is being financed with $25.6 million in reimbursements from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. That amount represents up to 80 percent of eligible costs. The three-story science wing will include 12 new laboratories and preparation rooms. In addition, the project will include renovation of six existing science labs on the third floor of the high school, installation of a new roof for the entire school and a new sprinkler system. Click here to read full article.
Springfield Technical Community College student Anthony
May 7, 2014 - Springfield - Anthony Grandoit, a Springfield Technical Community College student took first place at the Awards Ceremony & Banquet for the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation's Entrepreneurship Initiative. elevator pitch competition pitching a "faster, cleaner, convenient way to keep your baby fed".Facing a crowd of more than 450 attendees,. Grandoit convinced a panel of bank judges that his pitch for Baby Keurig was the best. Click here to read full article.
Three Ribbons Florist and Handcrafted Gifts opens in
April 18, 2014 - Sringfield- Three Ribbons Florist and Handcrafted Gifts in Springfield's Tower Square needs eyecatching displays that change frequently enough to draw the interest of passers-by."Think about it, the average consumer might go the Holyoke Mall just once every few weeks," saidoperations manager Mischa Epstein. "But people walk past here every day. I wave to the same people everyday." But it is the eternal problem for retailers in Tower Square: How best to capture business from workers who populate the building every weekday? Click here to read full article.
MassDevelopment grants to New England Public Radio
April, 10, 2014 - Springfield - MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council have provided a $113,432 Cultural Facilities Fund grant to the New England Public Radio Foundation for its new studios now under construction on Main Street.The New England Public Radio Foundation, Inc. is using grant funds to renovate a recently purchased space at 1525 Main Street in Springfield. Renovation plans call for rebuilding the 15,000-square-foot location installing four radio production suites, a technical operations center, and office space for programming,operations, engineering, development and administration staff. Click here to read full article.
MassMutual named a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company
March 20, 2014 - Springfield- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company. This is the first time that MassMutual has been honored with this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. World's Most Ethical Company honorees understand the correlation between ethics, reputation and daily interactions with their brand and that the award belongs as much to their associates as it does to them. Click here to read full article.
Reprinted Courtesy of the Republican.
Voices of the Valley: Oscar Ramos, owner, Xpress Money
March 3, 2014-Springfield, MA -I started my business in 2005 as an accounting and tax practice called Ramos Accounting and Tax Services. I had already been an accountant for about seven years and I felt there was a need in the Latino community for professional tax preparers and financial advisers.
I got my start in an incubator office at the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce. I started working with individual clients as well as specializing in small businesses, doing everything from bookkeeping to taxes and administration. After a year, I moved into an office at the Monarch Building with an accounting firm. It was an opportunity to move into one of Springfield?s top professional office buildings and attract more established and sophisticated clientele. In 2009 I opened an office on Main Street in the Northgate Plaza which I finally was able to call my own. Click here to read full article.
Reprinted Courtesy of the Republican.
Demolition clears site for entrance to renewed Union Station in Springfield
February 24, 2014-Springfield-Demolition crews are wrapping up work removing an unstable parking garage on Frank B. Murray Street, making way for the new improved Springfield Union Station taking shape across the street.
The property will serve as a new entrance to the planned $83 million Union Station Intermodal Transportation and Rail Center. Click here to read full article.
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