Pittsfield Economic Development Authority

Pittsfield Economic Development Authority

The city of Pittsfield has approved the use of $250,000 to help fund the non-profit that will manage the highly anticipated Berkshire Innovation Center.

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During a busy meeting Tuesday night, the Pittsfield City Council approved pay raises for department heads, officially established a youth commission, and accepted a nearly $10 million dollar grant from Massachusetts to build an innovation center in the city.

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The Pittsfield City Council will consider tonight whether to designate a quarter-million dollars to help fund start-up costs for the Berkshire Innovation Center.

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Massachusetts has awarded Pittsfield and the city’s economic development agency nearly $10 million for a life science innovation center.

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A key player in Pittsfield’s attempt to revitalize a former General Electric site has pulled out.

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Juliette Kayyem, a Democratic candidate for Massachusetts governor, was in Pittsfield Friday, making the latest stop on her Gateway Cities’ tour.

The stop marked Kayyem’s ninth visit to the 26 communities designated as Gateway Cities, meaning they have a population greater than 35,000 with median household incomes and higher education achievement rates below the state average. Kayyem says as governor, she can take steps to encourage economic development in these communities.

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Economic development groups in western Massachusetts are taking steps to insure the final assembly of the state’s rail cars happens in their region.

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One plan for development at the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is on hold.

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Massachusetts state representatives toured Pittsfield meeting with city officials to discuss area development and challenges.

Planning efforts surrounding economic development through the life sciences and transportation in the Berkshires are about to head into their next stages.

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is asking county residents to weigh in on planning efforts examining potential station locations for North-South passenger rail between Pittsfield and the state border with Connecticut, as part of a $240,000 federal grant.