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Nick Cocchi Inspired, Not Intimidated by His Predecessor

New Sheriff in Town Nick Cocchi called him the “Babe Ruth of corrections.” That’s one of the many ways the current sheriff of Hampden County paid respect to the former […]

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Features

Jean Deliso

Meet This Year’s Judges for 40 Under Forty

Editor’s Note: Again this year, five individuals have been chosen to score the nominations submitted for the 40 Under Forty competition. In keeping with past practice, BusinessWest has chosen two […]

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Linda Leduc, Meena Patel, and Charlie Blanchard

Economic Development in Palmer Accelerates

Community Spotlight A dozen years ago, Meena and Bharat Patel purchased Junction Variety store in Palmer. They established a loyal client base, but several years ago, the cost of operating […]

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Special Features

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Tech Foundry Recruits a More Diverse Student Body

Shifting IT’s Focus By Joanna Smiley When it was founded in 2013, Tech Foundry, a program conceived to create a steady pipeline of workers for the IT sector, focused primarily […]

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I-91 Viaduct Project Will Provide Concrete Benefits

Driving Forces In May 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation signed a $148 million contract with the Joint Venture of JF White-Schiavone to overhaul the 1-91 viaduct in Springfield. The […]

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Longmeadow Facility Continues to Grow and Evolve

Shop Class The Longmeadow Shops recently completed an ambitious 21,000-square-foot expansion project, continuing a process of growth and evolution that has been ongoing for more than half a century. Steve […]

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Laura Fitch (right, with intern architect Aviva Galaski)

Laura Fitch Continues to Be a Pioneer in the Cohousing Field

Come Together By Joanna Smiley It’s no understatement to say Laura Fitch has dedicated her life to the philosophy of cohousing — not only through her architecture career, but because […]

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Janice Mazzallo

PeoplesBank Retains Young Talent by Keeping Employees Engaged

Value Proposition It’s difficult to pigeonhole the Millennial generation — though many have tried — in terms of what they want in a job and a workplace. But one recurring […]

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Amelia J. Holstrom

EEOC Prepares to Finalize Anti-harassment Guidance

Help Wanted By AMELIA J. HOLSTROM, Esq.   In response to an increase in claims of workplace harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency responsible for enforcing […]

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Chris Jacobs

Barron & Jacobs Continues Its Tradition of Melding Old and New

Building on the Past Chris Jacobs has construction in his blood. “I’ve been with the company since it opened in 1986,” said Jacobs, who succeeded his father, Cecil Jacobs, last […]

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Healthy Buildings Becoming a Key Design Priority

Living Spaces WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly three quarters of U.S. architects say the health impacts of buildings are influencing their design decisions. That finding parallels a strong market demand by […]

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For Sale, for Lease

A listing of available commercial properties for February 20, 2017

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Berkshire Bank Has Continued Momentum, Growth in Its Sights

Through organic growth and a series of acquisitions, Berkshire Bank has achieved the kind of size ($9 billion in assets at present) that is necessary to succeed in the challenging […]

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Auto Dealers Predict Sales Will Continue Rising

A High-revving Engine Initial national projections for 2017 called for the recent rise in auto sales to level off and then perhaps slow down. But those forecasts have been adjusted […]

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Carl Cameron

Holyoke Medical Center to Unveil New ER This Spring

Meeting an Emergency Need The numbers alone speak to Holyoke Medical Center’s need for a new Emergency Department, with the current ER designed for 25,000 visits per year but actually […]

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Opinion

We Need to do Better than ‘West Mass’

Editorial Critiquing marketing material is akin to analyzing a presidential debate or scoring a Saturday Night Live skit. It’s certainly easy to be critical and wonder out loud, ‘couldn’t they […]

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Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion

Opinion By Janine Fondon   Where do we go from here? As we explore the future of diversity in this time of transition and change across our country and world, […]

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