Pittsfield, MA – The members of the Creative Economy and Economic Development Community working group held a joint meeting in Pittsfield, Massachusetts yesterday afternoon. Berkshire Bureau Chief Carrie Saldo, has this report on the input the group received and intends to compile in a report to Governor Elect Deval Patrick;
Bennington, VT – A Vermont Health Department report has found that workers at the Vermont state office building in Bennington had eight times more cases of a rare inflammatory disease than other workers in the town. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Burlington, VT – Last year, Burlington, Vermont's mayor created a special advisory committee composed of city residents to help develop the city budget. As the budget for the next fiscal year looms, the Mayor hopes to entice more citizens to directly participate in crafting the budget. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more
North Adams, MA – The North Adams, Massachusetts-based Center for Creative Community Development began its work about two years ago by studying the economic impact the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art had on that city. Now the center has been awarded a grant to study 16 other museums nationwide. Details from WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo;
Pittsfield, MA – It is estimated that up to half of the 2,200 vacant jobs in Berkshire County are in the industrial manufacturing sector. And Berkshire Bureau Chief, Carrie Saldo, has this report on a partnership between local businesses and two educational institutions designed to help fill in that gap;
Fair Haven, VT – A group in Vermont wants the state's schools to commit at least sixty five cents of every education dollar on in-classroom instruction. But critics say it's simply a gimmick that cannot help student achievement. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Montpelier, VT – The Nature Conservancy, which buys blocks of land to protect endangered ecosystems, has completed a year-long study that determined Lake Champlain's highest ecosystem risks. The group plans to launch a bi-state program focusing efforts on protection of the lake. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Montpelier, VT – This past summer, the state of Vermont created an eight-point-six million dollar emergency fund to help dairy farmers. But milk prices to the farmer rose, so the distribution formula was changed and the funds were expected to last until sometime in 2007. Vermont officials have now announced the remaining emergency funds will be paid to dairy farmers by the end of December. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Boston, ma – The Centers for Disease Control has named this national Influenza Vaccination Week. Departments of health all over the region are urging the public to get their flu shots. WAMC's Dan Bobkoff has the story.