BRPC Invites Applications to the Home Modification Loan Program


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


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, 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

Berkshire County: Documentary features local recovery stories

Blueprint: Building the Foundation for Recovery, a new documentary featuring real stories of recovery in the Berkshires, premiered December 2023.

Jeannie Maschino, The Berkshire Eagle
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Pittsfield City Council Received an Update on Digital Equity Study

The Pittsfield City Council received an update on a digital equity study underway in the community.

Josh Landes, WAMC Northeast Public Radio
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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
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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.