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Kennealy Points to Lack of Quality Housing as Economic Threat

And while there's still work needed in these areas, the adminstration is looking at what Kennealy is describing as a "major threat to the economy" statewide: Housing.

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'EforAll' Touches Down in Berkshire County

A group of local, community, and business leaders introduced the Berkshire chapter of EforAll at co-working space Framework on North Street on Monday morning.

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State Economic Council Sets Berkshire Listening Session

The session on Thursday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at Mass MoCA will be the culmination of the regional engagement tour that begins Salem State University on Wednesday.

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Pittsfield's Business Development Manager Discusses Challenges, Successes

In less than 24 hours, Coakley presented to two different city boards on his work over the last year or so. The business manager is tasked with helping to bring companies to the city and helping local ones grow.

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1Berkshire Calls For 'New Narrative' of Berkshire Economy

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.

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Gov. Baker Highlights Success of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing

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.

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State Crafting Plan For Unique Issues of Rural Towns

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.

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Mausert Block Takes Big Step With Opening of Development Office

It's just an office but its completion marks a major step forward in the long-awaited renovation of the former Woolworth building.

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Lanesborough Looks to Be More Business Friendly

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.

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Three Berkshire Communities Could Benefit as 'Opportunity Zones'

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."

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Berkshires Near Economic Development District Designation

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

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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Tackles Economic Development

Butler said that while there is a lot of "growth potential" in those sectors, people are always asking him about specific jobs that are available. On that front, the news is both good - and bad.

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Lanesborough Releases Economic Development Plan

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.

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Pittsfield Announces First-Ever Business Development Manager

When it comes to growing and attracting businesses to the city, Michael Coakley is the guy you want to talk to.

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Momentum Growing Locally Behind Outdoor Recreation Economy

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.

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