Regional Initiatives and Services

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Initiatives

COVID-19

BRPC is following guidance from Governor Baker and working remotely with limited staff on site. We will update this as needed. Thank you for your patience and be safe. The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission would like to guide you to a few resources for the best information available here:

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Projects

Berkshire County Education Task Force

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is providing support to the Berkshire County Education Task Force which is working to develop and recommend solutions to the declining enrollments, rising operational costs, declining or flat municipal revenues, and reductions in the diversity and range of educational programs available to students across Berkshire County. The intent of the Task Force is to develop and recommend solutions to improve access, diversity, breadth and quality of educational programs, create economies of scale through new collaborations, advance new investments in collaborative solutions, maintain and honor the unique identity of each Berkshire community, and reflect age appropriate social and learning practices.

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Berkshire County Education Task Force - Portrait of a High School Graduate

This grant will develop a portrait of a high school graduate for Drury, Berkshire Arts and Technology, Pittsfield, Taconic and Lee High Schools.

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Berkshire County Education Task Force Analysis 2020

The Berkshire County Education Task Force will do an analysis regarding education quality and equitable access to educational opportunities in Berkshire County public schools.

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Berkshire Regional Group Purchasing Program

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is administering the Berkshire Regional Group Purchasing Program, as it has transitioned from the City of North Adams. This program helps assist in the purchasing of road, energy and winter needs for the communities of the Berkshire Region. This consists of surveying communities for their needs, preparing bidding documents, advertising and bid solicitation, tabulation of results, issuing of awards and record keeping.

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Berkshire Remote Learning Initiative

Berkshire Community Action Council is providing funds to help school districts in Berkshire County procure an online learning platform, provide funds to school districts for learning the system and hire a project coordinator.

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Berkshire Remote Learning Initiative - Software

BRPC is receiving money from Berkshire United Way, through Berkshires Tomorrow, for support of the Berkshire Regional Learning Initiative software program.

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Berkshire Remote Learning Initiative - Support

Money raised through Berkshires Tomorrow Inc. is being used to support the Berkshire Remote Learning Initiative (BRLI), which is part of the Berkshire County Education Task Force. This funding supports staff and consultant time in implementing Berkshire Remote Learning.

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Burn Permits

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) coordinates and administers an online burn permitting program. This program, working with area Fire Departments, allows applicants wanting to get a permit for open burning to apply for that permit online.

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Recreational Tourism Inventory and Mapping

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) has been hired by FRCOG to assist with a Recreational Tourism Inventory and Mapping project for the Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership Region. This project will inventory recreational assets in the region, inventory tourism support services and prepare recommendations for facilities and services needed in the region.

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Regional Outdoor Recreation Plan Phase 2

At the request of Mill Town Capital, BRPC is convening stakeholder meetings related to the Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation Plan. These meetings will aid in increasing the knowledge of outdoor recreation in the region.

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Reports

Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation Plan 2020

The asset inventory may be viewed HERE. Download the full report using the link to the right...

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