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

The Massachusetts legislature approved legislation and sent it to the Governor for his approval, S 2475 that would allow remote meetings of public bodies until April 20, 2022. It includes language drawn from a Rep. Alice Peisch amendment that says if the law does not take effect until after the emergency's end, "a public body may provide for remote meetings as specified in this section and any action taken thereof shall be ratified, validated and confirmed as if this section had been in place." It also temporarily reinstates remote permissions for representative town meetings, nonprofit member meetings, notary services and reverse-mortgage loan counseling, along with eviction protections, flexibilities for assisted living residences, and the ability for medical assistants, podiatrists, phlebotomists and certain military personnel to administer COVID-19 vaccines. The bill would permit to-go beer, wine and cocktail sales by restaurants through May 1, 2022. It requires that takeout and delivery drinks be sold at the same prices as those consumed on-site. Special permits for expanded outdoor dining, which would otherwise expire in 60 days, would be valid until April 21, 2022 under the bill. (Current as of 9:00 am, Wednesday 6/16/21)

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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 - 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 - School District Regionalization 21

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has awarded BRPC a grant to explore the best means of providing students in our region with exceptional education through potential regionalization.

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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 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 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 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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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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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

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

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