The Berkshire economy is growing, according to 1Berkshire.
The economic development agency said some $1 billion worth of investment has been made in the county in just the last three years. Now, the organization is asking the business community to embrace a "new narrative" of the county's economic future and has put forth Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, an economic development plan for future growth.
Baker toured the facility, met with the interns, heard from company officials about future plans, and highlighted it as an example of the good work his administration has done while citing the need to continue building.
Rural towns have their own challenges.
And now the state is taking a closer look at this issues. In 2015, the state Legislature created the Rural Policy Advisory Commission and this year the group has been on a listening tour to dig into those issues. On Thursday, the tour was in Berkshire County to get a better understanding of the issues here.
Efforts to make the town more business-friendly are well underway.
In recent years the town created an economic development committee and secured a state grant to share an economic development planning with other towns. A second grant award hired Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to do a re-use study of the Berkshire Mall.
The Opportunity Zone program provides a federal tax incentive for taxpayers who reinvest unrealized capital gains into "Opportunity Funds," which are specialized vehicles dedicated to investing in low-income areas called "Opportunity Zones."
The county is about halfway toward creating an economic development district, which will open up a new source of potential revenue for projects throughout Berkshire County.
The Comprehensive Economic Development committee, which is orchestrated through Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, has signed agreements from eight of the county's 32 towns joining the effort. The creation of a district will allow for cities and towns throughout the Berkshires apply for additional grant funding from t
A town committee has completed the long-awaited economic development plan.
The Economic Development Committee has spent more than a year crafting what is eyed to become the blueprint for the town's efforts to attract and grow businesses.
The Berkshires recently hosted a meeting with the Legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development.
1Berkshire Director of Marketing Lindsey Schmid stood up before the group and began to tell the story about the importance of tourism in the Berkshires. But she didn't start with Tanglewood. Nor did she start with the Clark or MassMoCA. She started with mountain biking, hiking, and snowshoeing.
Mayor Linda Tyer is asking to use $580,000 of Pittsfield Economic Development Funds to help LTI Smart Glass expand.
LTI Smart Glass is looking at a 16,692 square-foot expansion to its current Federico Drive facility to accommodate a large contract the company recently received for its newest bulletproof glass product. It requires a $2.25 million capital investment and will add 38 new jobs over the next three years.
Adam Vartikar grew up in a family-owned business in Brookline and now his parents are looking to retire.
But he, nor any of his siblings, want to run it. Vartikar has a close relationship with the employees and doesn't want to see his parents close the doors or sell out to an company which will move it away. So he thought he'd help sell the business to the workers. He found out it is not that easy.
Seeing is believing.
For the last year MassDevelopment has been in a planning process for the redevelopment of Tyler Street. But, words on paper doesn't always tell the story. But those visions and dreams enunciated by the Morningside community are set to become a reality, if only for a day.
MassDevelopment has brought in Team Better Block, a group which will head a community effort to bring all of those ideas to life on one section of Tyler Street to show off exactly what can be. The imp
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg sat in on a number of meetings in the Berkshire on Friday to discuss the county's economic future. The Amherst Democrat knows a lot of the issues already from prior meetings here and representing the rural Franklin County.
Local developer David Moresi envisions filling the former Excelsior Mill on Roberts Drive with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, businesses and artisans.
He expects to make announcements in the coming weeks about new tenants that are already in the works and will begin aggressively marketing the complex.
Christopher Kapiloff has some big contracts in the works for Laminated Technologies Inc. and he'll be looking to expand.
He can expand anywhere and down south, where his competitors are based, it is less expensive to do business. But he is a Berkshire guy and grew his business in Pittsfield so he wants to stay. He went to the mayor's office and asked if there was some way the city could help cover the gap to build an expanded facility.
The state has brought together local leaders to develop a "blueprint" for regional workforce development.
Representatives from business, education, and community organizations met with Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash on Tuesday for a four-hour planning session. The session is part of seven Workforce Skills Cabinet meetings across the state with the hope to better align the education, workforce development, and economic development.
Two years ago, BRPC undertook a survey of the available properties that are zoned for industrial usage, near main roads, and in proximity (not necessarily served by) to utilities. Only 41 of those properties have more than three acres of undeveloped, buildable land.