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TOP STORIES AROUND THE COUNTY
PEDA, Pittsfield Reach Lease Agreement With Innovation Center
"If we don't make these strategic investments, our taxbase will continue to erode and nobody is going to help us." — Daniel Bianchi

PEDA Fighting New EPA Requirements
"We can't go back and clean the property, we don't have the funds to do it." — Corydon Thurston.

PEDA Approves Location For Innovation Center
"We only do this once and want to get it right." — Mick Callahan

Pittsfield Bridge Project Delayed To 2015
The timetable for the project has been plagued with continued delays over the past few years.

PEDA: Springfield Rail Car Contract Benefits Berkshires
"Obviously I am disappointed the company that was leaning toward Pittsfield didn't get selected." — Corydon Thurston.

MBTA Rail Cars to Be Built in Springfield
Patrick had indicated from the start that he wanted the winning bidder to locate in Western Mass.

PEDA Matches Pittsfield's $250K For Innovation Center Startup Costs
"The start-up operating cost is truly critical to this venture." — Douglas Clark

Pittsfield Approves $250K For Berkshire Innovation Center
"For me, I feel this vote is the most important vote I will take so far this year." — Kathleen Amuso

Pittsfield Council Accepts Grant for Innovation Center
"The opportunity is now. This is important to this community and to generations to come." — Mick Callahan

Local Manufacturers Will Lead New Berkshire Innovation Center
"We have a pretty good cross section of our partnership with education and research institutions and our private-sector customers." — Rod Jane

PEDA Debates Options For New Innovation Center
"We're trying to get the best advice possible so that we don't make mistakes going in and delay the process," PEDA Director Corydon Thurston

New Nonprofit Will Govern PEDA's Innovation Center
"Creating that invested equity right out of the gate is, in my opinion, a sure way to see that they stay engaged." — Corydon Thurston

State Grants $9.7M For PEDA Life Sciences Center
"I am thrilled, because we have been diligently, deliberately and systematically pursuing this fabulous award for more than two years." — Corydon Thurston

PEDA Still Hopeful for Rail Project
"We just want to stay in their face, and be a little cute with it," — Corydon Thurston

Patrick Highlights BioTech Industry Growth At Nuclea
"You encourage the pioneers like Pat at Nuclea. You create the kind of environment that enables the biotech industry." — Deval Patrick

Pittsfield Officials Optimistic After Manufacturer Visits
"One of the things they really appreciated was our outreach to manufacturers in the community here." — Douglas Crane

Pittsfield Council Approves Rail Car Incentive
"The whole purpose of this is to put the money on the table to have a company take a serious look at Pittsfield." — Douglas Clark

Pittsfield Sets Conditions On Rail Car Incentive
"If they do default, we have fall back terms." — Douglas Clark

Research Prompting New Direction for Pittsfield Life Sciences Center
"I am guardedly optimistic that we're going to be able to move ahead on this." — Mayor Daniel Bianchi

PEDA Scrambles To Draw Rail Jobs to Pittsfield
"We have a range of businesses that are capable of producing close to 100 percent of the materials and assembled parts that will be needed." — Douglas Crane

PEDA Moves Forward With Re-Envisioned Life Sciences Center
"We have letters of support from virtually every key industrial player in the region." — Rod Jane

PEDA Makes Play for Hundreds of Manufacturing Jobs
"We're going to make an all-out push to attract one of these companies to Berkshire County." — Corydon Thurston

Pittsfield Public Split Over Big-Box Store at PEDA
"A big box retail development really does not do a lot for overall economy ... all we're doing is shuffling jobs." — Douglas Clark

Pittsfield Grants Easement for Silver Lake Walking Trail
"I can assure you my board is as concerned about those issues as you are, and they voted unanimously to approve this parcel." — Corydon Thurston

Nuclea Biotechnologies Acquires Manufacturing Company
"We are now able to manufacture our own products where before we had to use third-party manufacturers to do most of the work." — Pat Muraca

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