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Local Officials: Economic Recovery, Public Health Both Priorities

Reviving the Berkshires' economy will require a balancing act, a panel of experts agreed on Friday morning.

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Conversation With Wayfair CEO Opens Neal's Economic Summit

Niraj Shah, a 1991 graduate of Pittsfield High School, is bringing 300 jobs to his hometown with the development of a call center for the international home decor company. He was the keynote speaker at Neal's Economic Development Policy Summit hosted by Berkshire Community College.

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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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