Letter: Sweeney for North Adams City Council

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To the Editor:

I feel a sense of obligation and duty to bring a unique voice to the City Council chambers. I represent a younger demographic, which my work throughout North Adams and the surrounding towns has led me to connect and work with closely. I aim to connect those voices to our local government, as well as serve, and advocate for all residents who share my passion for North Adams.

Upon relocating here to attend MCLA in 2007, I immediately felt a calling to dive deeply into the community and embrace the incredible sense of growth that has been emerging here. I've been proud to contribute to this growth in the 12 years I've lived here. My path started with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC) where I organized UNITY Youth Programs and the Northern Berkshire Neighbors program. This work inspired me to found Roots Teen Center, where I served as executive director for close to three years. Recently my focus has been on furthering the growth of Common Folk Artist Collective, a project I've been working on since 2011. The collective provides a platform for local and emerging artists to grow and thrive in their creative work. I have also found myself a seat on the board of NBCC as my passion for the organization has not fizzled.

As a City Council member, I will focus my energy on supporting grassroots initiatives, community impact models, youth, and creative community development. I will also support downtown development and exploring opportunities for grassroots economic development.

I'm passionate about this community, and what it looks like to be an equitable, flourishing place for us all to belong. I believe that North Adams is this kind of community, and like every community, has opportunity to strengthen and refine. I look forward to embracing and advancing the incredible work that is happening in North Adams while advocating for those whose challenges go unnoticed and unaddressed.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve North Adams. I hope that we can realize our vision for the community. We all have the opportunity to directly influence our community, our nation and our globe and we can begin with the community in which we live.   #votelocal2020

Jessica Sweeney
North Adams, Mass.




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North Adams Committee Hosting Short-Term Rental Public Hearing

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council's Community Development Committee will be holding a public hearing on short-term rentals on Wednesday, March 4, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. 
The hearing will review the work happening in the Community Development Office and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission pertaining to short-term rentals such as those advertised through web portals such as AirBnB. 
This meeting is intended to provide North Adams residents and stakeholders with relevant information and research pertaining to local-level regulations of short-term rentals of residential properties. Additionally, this meeting will be an opportunity for the committee and public in attendance to provide input that will help shape any short-term rental regulations yet to be developed by the city of North Adams. 
"This is an excellent opportunity for public stakeholders to hear what work and research has already been done by the Community Development Office, and to help inform any policy to be developed around short-term rentals going forward," said Committee Chairman Benjamin Lamb.
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