Economic Development

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Initiatives

Berkshire Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning process is an on-going regional economic development effort focused on identifying regional economic goals and priorities, identifying strategies for and facilitating implementation, and measuring progress in the region. The result of this ongoing planning process is the development of a 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the region and accompanying annual progress reports, which are sent to the Economic Development Administration (EDA), in order to maintain the region’s eligibility for EDA investments.

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Economic Development District

BRPC is working with the Economic Development Administration to apply for Economic Development District designation on behalf of Berkshire County. The primary purpose of an EDD is to implement the economic development activities and priorities set forth in the region’s CEDS. One of the few regions remaining in Massachusetts without this designation, Berkshire County stands to benefit from EDD status through increased access to regional economic development funds as well as public works assistance grants for individual municipalities.

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Projects

Adams - Outdoor Center at Greylock Glen

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will provide technical assistance and subcontractor oversight for the completion of the Town of Adams Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership grant to undertake conceptual planning for climate change education to take place at the future Outdoor Center at Greylock Glen. Though this project, Memoranda of Understanding will be drafted for use in delivering services to a range of audiences, an Educational Plan will be created to establish climate change programming before and after Outdoor Center construction, and initial Outdoor Center exhibition concepts and content will be developed.

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Agility and Resilience in Berkshire County: Public and Private Sector Preparedness

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with project partner 1Berkshire, will respond to economic injury to the region as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, through regional resiliency planning, recovery project support, economic indicator tracking, technical assistance and capacity building for businesses and municipalities, and workforce and industry support.

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COVID-19 Adaptation Fund for Berkshire County

The Berkshire County COVID-19 Adaptation Fund provided grants to small for- and non-profit businesses in Berkshire County to address fixed debt, payroll, accounts payable, documented lost sales, other working capital expenses that could have been recognized had the COVID-19 pandemic not occurred. The fund also considered applications from established non-profit organizations to support programs aimed at supporting individuals and groups of individual’s impact economically by COVID-19.

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Local Rapid Recovery Planning

The LRRP program will provide technical assistance to the communities of Adams, Great Barrington, North Adams, and Williamstown to help them develop plans tailored to the unique economic challenges and immediate COVID-19 impacts that have affected downtowns, town centers, and commercial areas. Plans will be action oriented and will include short, medium, and long-term recovery strategies, offering communities and stakeholders a concise roadmap for project-related investments. Each plan will include a thorough analysis and exploration of COVID-19 related challenges and barriers and conclude with a set of well-defined projects and strategies to address recovery needs.

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Local Rapid Recovery Planning - Subject Matter Expert Services

The LRRP Subject Matter Expert program will provide technical assistance on an as-needed basis to communities and Plan Facilitators working on rapid recovery planning in Massachusetts through the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

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Reports

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