MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack says the massive $10.5 million reconstruction of East Housatonic Street is a perfect example of what the state wants to see.
The project has been in the works for years and finally began construction March of 2016. It is on pace to be completed in October, with punch list items being completed in the spring.
The School Department was close to closing all of its preschool classes at Morningside and Conte Community School, two schools that need it the most.
But, between state legislators and the union, there will at least be a few. The state budget includes $50,000 to help fund those programs.
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.
Jim and Jennifer Hallock took ownership of the Shaker Mill Tavern Family Smoke House almost a year ago.
They envision more of a family restaurant than the bar operations of the previous owners and even built out a children's area.
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.
Renewing a driver's license or registration just got easier.
The state Department of Transportation and AAA have teamed up locally to expand convenience of Registry of Motor Vehicle services. AAA members can now access all of those services from the branch instead of having to go to the RMV.
North Adams has received a Green Communities Grant of $194,580 that will help it save that and more in energy costs every year.
The city was one of five communities presented with certificates, big checks and signage proclaiming them the newest members of the state's Green Communities program by Judson and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.
There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase.
Seventy-three is the number of teachers the city is already planning to lay off while $6.1 million is the salary of Eversource CEO James J Judge. The figure of $708,336 is how much the mayor says the proposed Eversource rate increase would add to the city budget. The electric company shut off power to 10,903 homes in 2015. One dollar and 30 cents per credit w
Greylock Works received a $2,176,341 MassWorks grant last fall to redo the entry and parking lots on the east and south side of the sprawling structure. Part of that grant was a 10-year easement for the city to allow use of the parking for the adjacent Alcombright Athletic Complex.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito toured the downtown Thursday afternoon before announcing grant funding for two Southwestern Massachusetts bridges.
Polito had spent the morning signing a Community Compact agreement with Lanesborough and Windsor. She later joined Mayor Linda Tyer for a brief private meeting at city hall. She left the offices and proceeded to the Onota Building with the mayor, City Council President Peter Marchetti 1Berkshire CEO Jonathan Butler, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. President Jesse C
For small towns it is difficult to bring in special expertise so the state is stepping in to help.
Lanesborough wants to focus more on economic development and that long-range planning is significantly helped along by a professional economic development planner. In Windsor, town officials want to secure long-term financial stability but doesn't have the professional expertise and time to craft a careful long-term plan.
Over the last week, I have heard many heart-wrenching stories about children and adults expressing their sadness and fear based on the results of the national election. It is natural to feel sad and disappointed when your candidate doesn't win. It is not typical, though, in our country, to feel fearful at the end of an election. But because of the repeated expression of bigoted views about women, racial minorities, people of both the Jewish and Muslim faiths, immigrants, members of the LGBT comm
Apex Resource Technologies, an injection molding company who found a particular niche in the medical devise manufacturing business, is just one example of the manufacturing that Massachusetts stills has, and wants to grow.
Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash joined state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier Tuesday to highlight the company's efforts with the presentation of the first annual Massachusetts Manufacturing Caucus Award.
The way technology is, a company can basically operate from anywhere. So can employees.
The current workforce wants more out of life than the traditional jobs. They want to find ways to combine their lifestyles with a career. That's the angle Paul LeBlanc has taken when building Zogics, an e-commerce company based out of a small office in the Valley Industrial Park.
State Sen. Benjamin Downing is happy with the state's new energy bill but feels it doesn't go far enough.
Just before the July 31 end of the formal legislative session, the state passed an omnibus energy bill which increases hydro-electricity, off-shore wind, and raises the net metering cap for solar, among the many provisions.
Downing headed the state's Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy Committee and spent a lot of time during the two-year session on it. He filed a bill which was
After nearly a year of preparation, and just a few short months since 17 South Berkshire communities came together in a historic Community Compact signing, we are starting to see the successful work of so many coming together.
The state's agricultural commissioner is making the rounds of local agricultural fairs as a way to contact with local farmers.
Commissioner John Lebeaux visited the Adams Agricultural Fair for his first time Saturday and was not disappointed.
There was a strong sense of optimism on Saturday as dozens of business and community leaders gathered to address North County's economic development.
From hundreds of millions of dollars in current public and private investment to local entrepreneurs to a dropping jobless rate to ambitious plans for downtown development, the future seemed brighter than in years past.
The commonwealth's top economic development officer said last week that he liked what he saw at Waubeeka Golf Links and thinks it might be a good fit for the kind of resort and conference center envisioned by its owner.
Secretary for Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash spent Tuesday evening touring the South Williamstown golf course and chatting with local government and non-profit leaders.
Attorney General Maura Healey is already reserving rooms in the future Greylock Mill hotel.
Healey was in the city on Friday for a presentation and tour of the estimated $15 million project that was accepted into the state's brownfields covenant program in February. Developers Salvatore Perry and Karla Rothstein, based in New York City, took her through the massive building and up to the roof for a glimpse of the panoramic view.
The city is facing some significant financial challenges in the next few years and the state is helping to overcome the hurdles.
On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito signed a community compact agreement with the city which will give the city $25,000 to work with the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management to develop long-range financial planning.
One hundred and twenty-two children are abused in Berkshire County each month.
And that's only the confirmed cases. Many others are never reported or confirmed. That number continues to grow. On Friday, children care organizations and elected officials laid out 122 pairs of shoes on the steps of city hall to raise awareness of the issue.