Regional Initiatives & Services

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Initiatives

Berkshire Regional Group Purchasing Program

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) administers the Berkshire Regional Group Purchasing Program (BRGPP) on behalf of all 32 Berkshire County municipalities. BRPC staff assist municipalities to jointly procure fuel and road maintenance products and services for best pricing. This also relieves municipal staff from the activities required under the Massachusetts procurement laws.

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COVID-19

On June 16th, 2021, Governor Baker signed into law a bill extending pandemic-inspired authorizations for remote public meetings through April 1, 2022. 

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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 Graduate Action Plan

The BARR Foundation has awarded a grant to Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to implement the Portrait of a Graduate Action Plan that was previously developed. This grant will work with BART, North Adams, and Pittsfield school districts to align educational outcomes.

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Berkshire County Education Task Force Planning Support 2021

The BARR Foundation has awarded a grant to BRPC to support the Berkshire County Education Task Force to build capacity, research, and support modeling.

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Berkshire Regional Group Purchasing

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is administering the Berkshire Regional Group Purchasing Program. This program helps assist in the purchasing of road, energy and winter needs for the communities of the Berkshire Region.

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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 Charitable 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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Berkshire Remote Learning Initiative Support

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is providing money 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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Western Mass Mountain Biking

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) has been awarded a contract from MassTrail, through FRCOG, to plan out the creation and promotion of mountain biking trails in Western Mass.

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Reports

Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation Plan 2020

BRPC, with support from Mill Town, published the Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation Plan in 2020. The initial Plan included an asset inventory, updated on an ongoing basis. An addendum to the 2020 plan was published in 2021. Download or view files u...

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