BEAD Challenge: June 20 – July 20

Let’s get the Broadband Map of the Berkshires right!

Do you have slow internet service or believe that quality internet is not offered at your home?

Between June 20th and July 20th, 2024, test the internet speed where you live to ensure you’re getting the high-speed internet connection necessary for today’s world.

 

Get Ready for the 30-Day BEAD Challenge!

BRPC Invites Applications to the Home Modification Loan Program

iBerkshires

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) invites applications to the Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP).

HMLP is a state-funded no- interest loan program to provide modifications to those in need of accessibility improvements to their homes. Eligible applicants include homeowners and landlords (with fewer than 10 units) with necessary changes needed to their homes to keep disabled or elderly family members in their own homes.

BRPC’s Public Health Program Announces Recent Hires

iBerkshires

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) announced the expansion of its Public Health Program through the recent hiring of staff members Matthew Bryan, Monasia Ceasar, Daniel Hassett, Sophie Carnes Jannen, Nikki Lewis, and Jazu Stine.

Cheshire Economic Report Sees Opportunities for Growth

Jack Guerino, iBerkshires

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Cheshire Community Association President John Tremblay hopes a recent economic development report can lay out a path forward in which the town can grow.

“This is a big thing and could increase revenue in town,” Tremblay said. “Every community is struggling with it so this is a long-term list that shows how we can take these assets and leverage them to grow funding.”

BRPC Launches Outdoor Recreation Website

Brittany Polito, iBerkshires

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission’s new outdoor recreation website connects residents and visitors with the county landscape while promoting the region.

On Monday, BerkshiresOutside.org was launched with more than 550 access points to trailheads, boat launches, parks, and more. It will serve as a companion to 1Berkshire’s tourism website Berkshires.org.

Call for Submissions – Priority Economic Development Projects

The 2023-2027 Berkshire County CEDS contains a Priority Project list which inventories regionally significant economic development projects. Through December 31, 2023, BRPC staff and the CEDS Committee invite submission of additional projects not yet listed in the 2023-2027 CEDS.

The Berkshire outdoors—an asset and an opportunity

The forthcoming outdoor recreation website is projected to inspire and sustain increased growth in the outdoor recreation sector of the Berkshire economy and community.

Elizabeth Nelson, Berkshire Edge
Article link here.

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission promotions

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is pleased to announce the promotions of three staff members Marie Brady, Seth Jenkins, and Jaymie Zapata to Senior Planners and the appointment of Laura Brennan as Assistant Director.

Grants Workshop Series 2023

Please save the dates and register using the link below. In each session, state officials will join us to talk about state, federal, and non-profit grant opportunities.