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 secured Economic Development District designation on behalf of Berkshire County from the U.S. Economic Development Administration in early 2022. The primary purpose of an EDD is to implement the economic development activities and priorities set forth in the region’s CEDS. 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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Shared Economic Development Planning

The Shared Economic Development Planning program allows each participating town to access services and assistance that fit their specific needs and budget. Participating towns have requested assistance with a wide range of economic development planning projects.

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Projects

Adams - Forestry Center at Greylock Glen

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will provide technical assistance and subcontractor oversight for the completion of the FY21 Town of Adams Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership grant to undertake conceptual planning for a Forestry Center at Greylock Glen.

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Adams Economic Planner

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is providing the services of an Economic Development planner to assist the Town of Adams to advance economic development activities in the town, specifically pertaining to the Greylock Glen Development Project.

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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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Berkshire County CEDS 2023-2027

This project will facilitate the development of Berkshire County's 2023-2027 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The work will include and updated SWOT analysis for the region, revisions to past goals and strategies, consideration of priority projects, analysis of economic trends and conditions, as well as the identification of metrics to measure progress, resulting in a clear articulation and prioritizing of economic goals in our region.

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Berkshire County Collaborative Campaign

This project will raise awareness of the Berkshires, with a focus on three key themes of downtown shopping and dining, outdoor recreation, and Cultural Districts. The multifaceted campaign will capture visitation information across many partner sites, as well as on Berkshires.org, and re-target those visitors with a broader Berkshire message, ultimately encouraging them to travel to, and spend time and crucial dollars in, our region.

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Best Foot Forward Façade Improvement Grant Program

BRPC staff will assist 1Berkshire with administration of the Best Foot Forward Façade Improvement Grant Program, focused on supporting façade improvement for businesses within downtown commercial districts of Berkshire County communities.

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Great Barrington Economic Planner

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is providing the services of an Economic Development planner to assist the Town of Great Barrington to advance economic development activities in the town.

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Lanesborough Economic Planner

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is providing the services of an Economic Development planner to assist the Town of Lanesborough advance economic development activities in the town.

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Lenox Economic Planner

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is providing services of a Senior Planner to improve long-term fiscal sustainability through economic development activities in the Town of Lenox, specifically through tasks pertaining to the implementation of the recently designated Lenox Cultural District.

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North Adams Business Guide

BRPC will work with the City of North Adams to create a simplified system for existing and new businesses to access the information and guidance they need to operate in the city.

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Online Outdoor Recreation Asset Map and Commerce Connectivity

BRPC will complete a GIS-based map that provides thorough information on outdoor recreation locations across the Berkshires, linking them to nearby amenities and commercial districts.

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Outdoor Recreation Planning

BRPC, through BTI, is providing assistance to Mill Town in convening outdoor recreation forums and continue ongoing planning and research related to outdoor recreation.

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Outdoor Recreation Website

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with 1Berkshire and stakeholders from the region, will establish an outdoor recreation website for Berkshire County. This site will provide users with information regarding a wide range of outdoor recreation activities, their locations, technical difficulty, seasonality, and conditions, etc.

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Richmond Economic Planner

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is providing the services of an Economic Development planner to assist the Town of Richmond to advance economic development activities in the town.

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Reports

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