PITTSFIELD, Mass. — PEDA officially accepted the resignation of longtime director Corydon "Cory" Thurston this week.
The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority met Wednesday morning, remotely, accepted the executive director's resignation, and appointed Pittsfield's Business Development Manager Michael Coakley as the interim manager.
"Thank you Cory for your service and a lot of accomplishments," Chairman Mick Callahan said. "...Your service is appreciated ... and I can promise that we are going to do a good job for you over there."
"I want to thank everyone on the board for their hard work and their dedication and I will be watching and expecting the good news to continue," Thurston said. "We are proud of all of the things that we have accomplished."
The board took a second vote to appoint Coakley and Thurston said he has been working with him to create a smoother transition.
Callahan thanked Thurston and Coakley for this work.
"I am very pleased that we had such a wonderful transition and both of these gentlemen worked very well together to make sure that we were seamless in our work," he said.
He added that PEDA will slightly change their focus with Coakley to sales, marketing, and leasing the Willaim Stanley Business Park.
Thurston gave his final report and was happy to say although the Berkshire Innovation Center is mostly closed because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, it is still assisting companies to develop prototypes and retool their operations to aid in the construction of personal protective equipment for front-line workers.
"The good news is the BIC has opened for business. The sad news: it is closed for the most part," he said. "But there is no question in my mind of the success of the innovation center and its ability to get back on its feet after the distancing is relaxed."
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Pittsfield ZBA Takes No Action On Cell Tower Petition
By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
The 115-foot tower is sited near a city water tank.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals took no action on a City Council petition to re-permit the 877 South St. cellular tower.
The ZBA voted Wednesday to adhere to City Solicitor Stephen Pagnotta's opinion that legally the board cannot re-open the special permit.
"After a decision has been finalized, to review the hearing or rescind the hearing is not allowable under the statute," Pagnotta said. "The purpose of that is to ensure that permits, and any rights that come under those permits, are final and the applicants can rely on them."
The petition was in response to the essentially complete cell tower that abutters say was put up illegally without proper notice.
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