Archive | March, 2012

Mike Levine

The Next Level

Could the Valley Become a Hub for Video-game Companies? Allan Blair freely admitted his understanding of the video-game industry is limited. Or was, anyway. “I had the simplistic view that gaming meant being frustrated by Angry Birds,” said Blair, president of the Western Mass. Economic Development Council (EDC). “The fact is, it’s truly a business, […]

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Melissa Coady says the state’s riverfront rules are among its most complex regulations in the realm of wetlands protection.

Stream of Consciousness

Rivers Protection Act Balances Needs of Development, Environment Melissa Coady paused before explaining the Rivers Protection Act. Because there’s a lot to explain. “Of all the pieces of wetlands protection regulations, the section about riverfront protection is the most convoluted,” said Coady, project environmental scientist for Tighe & Bond in Westfield. “There’s so much ‘if […]

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Creating a Stronger, Unified Voice

Valley Leaders Announce a Hampshire County Chamber of Commerce Suzanne Beck says there are many things about the recently formed Hampshire County Chamber of Commerce that she doesn’t know yet — such as the official name (that’s the working title above), the specific operating structure, or which organizations will choose to affiliate with it. But […]

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Continuing the Search for Answers State Rep. Jim McGovern hit the nail on the head — repeatedly. In his comments to attendees at a recent symposium titled “Digital Games: Playing in the Valley” (see story, page 17), he said that few industries “can project the growth characteristics of the game industry.” And he’s right. He […]

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