Juliette Kayyem, right, looks over aerial photography of the William Stanley Business Park, as PEDA executive director Cory Thurston points out the areas through the office's window that overlooks the site.
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.
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.