The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning process is an on-going regional economic development effort focused on identifying regional economic goals and objectives, identifying strategies for implementation, facilitating the implementation of those strategies and measuring progress in the region. The result of this ongoing planning process is the development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the region and annual progress reports. The CEDS report and annual progress reports are sent to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) in order to maintain the region’s eligibility for EDA investments.
Community and Economic Development
The Berkshire Brownfields Program was created in 2004 when the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) received its first grant from EPA to conduct environmental assessments at Brownfields sites. Since then, the Berkshire Brownfields Program has grown to include an Assessment Program for Phase I, II & III Environmental Site Assessments, a Revolving Loan Fund for Brownfields Cleanups, and site specific Cleanup Projects.
Community Planningto top
The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has completed working with a regional Consortium of cross-sector partners to develop a regional sustainability plan for the Berkshires. The three-year project developed a regional vision and supporting goals and strategies for energy, economy, agriculture, neighborhoods, housing, open space, recreation, transportation, health, infrastructure, and land use. The impacts of food security, rising fuel prices, climate change, and technology will be some of the emerging topics were integrated into the plan. Broad and diverse public outreach mechanisms were employed throughout the process to garner strong public input. The Plan was adopted on March 20, 2014.
Data & Information Servicesto top
Berkshire Benchmarks is a collaborative effort to provide regional data and analysis. The Data Clearinghouse provides a one-stop-shop for data about the region and is intended to assist decision makers, service providers, and others who need reliable data to inform their work. The Regional Indicators defines what we want for our future and then tracks progress in achieving these goals
Public Health Programto top
The mission of the Berkshire Public Health Alliance (BPHA) is to promote, preserve and enhance Berkshire County’s public health by meeting community needs, improving capabilities and providing equitable access to affordable public health services
The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission acts as a fiduciary agent for emergency planning and response activities.
Transportation Planningto top
The Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) is responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan transportation-planning process that is often referred to as the 3C process: continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive. The MPO uses this process to develop a vision for the region and then decides how to allocate federal and some state transportation funds to programs and projects—roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian—which support the vision shared by all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County.