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Pending EPA Permit Part of Waterstone Pitch For PEDA Parcel

Part of the selling point for the new Walmart at the William Stanley Business Park is that it will ease an environmental burden on PEDA coming down the road. Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a new draft permit for the Pittsfield Economic Development Agency's ability to drain stormwater into Silver Lake. That permit called for significantly better water quality than currently being done. PEDA has argued against it, saying it doesn't have the money to make the needed improv

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Walmart Looking to Move to William Stanley Business Park

Wal Mart is looking to move to the William Stanley Business Park. The Pittsfield Economic Development Agency granted Waterstone Retail a letter of intent, giving the company and exclusive right to pursue development of a 16.5 acre parcel known as "the teens," where General Electric buildings once stood.

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Berkshire Innovation Center Hitting Number of Funding Hurdles

The plans for the Berkshire Innovation Center have hit a number of financing snags. On Tuesday, the City Council was informed that the city did not receive a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Agency which was eyed to improve the gateway to the William Stanley Business Park and the Berkshire Innovation Center. The news is on top of a still dormant funding gap for construction, penned at $3 million, which delayed construction.

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Pittsfield OKs Borrowing $2M for Woodlawn Intersection Projects

Mayor Linda Tyer is "confident" the city will win a grant to improve the intersections on each side of Woodlawn Avenue. The City Council approved an authorization to borrow just over $2 million for to renovate the intersections of Woolawn and East and Woodlawn and Tyler Streets.

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PEDA Foresees Business Park Growth in 2016

Bridge completion, breaking ground on BIC, three current tenant prospects and a new outreach campaign are among the pieces in play for the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority this year as it continues the ongoing slog to build up the William Stanley Business Park. Identities of the three prospects that have emerged in recent months are being kept private for now, but discussions with them are ongoing, according to PEDA Executive Director Corydon Thurston.

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PEDA Looks At Changes, New Directions

At it's opening meeting of 2016, the Executive Committee of the Pittsfield Economic Development Agency examined new directions, upcoming changes and its overall role going forward in conjunction with start of Pittsfield's first four-year mayoral term under Mayor Linda Tyer. "The new mayor has an overwhelming desire to see that all our economic development efforts are going in the right direction, and to create a creative, unified effort to that end," said PEDA's sole full-time employee, Execu

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PEDA Planning For BIC Construction Next Year

"My intention is to issue the final payment on Jan. 4." — Corydon Thurston.

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Replacement of Woodlawn Avenue Bridge Beams Mark Milestone

"We're spanning the bridge with steel and getting ready to set the deck." — Corydon Thurston

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Berkshire Bank Grants $40K To Berkshire Innovation Center

"We think it is a great resource and asset to the community." — Lori Gazzillo

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Woodlawn Bridge, PEDA Innovation Center Design Progressing

"The bridge is moving nicely now." — Corydon Thurston

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PEDA Still Hopeful For EDA Grant For William Stanley Park Improvements

"It's been a long time since the city has received an EDA grant." — Corydon Thurston

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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

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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.

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PEDA Approves Location For Innovation Center

"We only do this once and want to get it right." — Mick Callahan

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Pittsfield Bridge Project Delayed To 2015

The timetable for the project has been plagued with continued delays over the past few years.

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PEDA: Springfield Rail Car Contract Benefits Berkshires

"Obviously I am disappointed the company that was leaning toward Pittsfield didn't get selected." — Corydon Thurston.

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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.

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PEDA Matches Pittsfield's $250K For Innovation Center Startup Costs

"The start-up operating cost is truly critical to this venture." — Douglas Clark

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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

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Pittsfield Council Accepts Grant for Innovation Center

"The opportunity is now. This is important to this community and to generations to come." — Mick Callahan

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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

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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

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