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Tourism Day, The Republican

Michelle Murphy of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau hands out cookies at Tourism Day at the Statehouse on May 13, 2015.

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Lauri Klefos: Tourism is Essential to our economy, lives

PITTSFIELD >> Tourism makes a difference in our communities and in our lives every day. For 32 years the first week of May has been designated as National Travel & Tourism Week; when across the nation, local events promote the impactful contributions tourism makes to the U.S. economy. There is no doubt about the wide-ranging […]

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1Berkshire: Call for Nominations for the 2015 Berkshire Trendsetter Awards

PRESS RELEASE  1Berkshire: Call for Nominations for the 2015 Berkshire Trendsetter Awards BERKSHIRE COUNTY, MA – 1Berkshire, the area’s designated Regional Economic Development Organization, has opened the nominations process for the annual Berkshire Trendsetter Awards. Now in its fifth year, the Berkshire Trendsetter Awards celebrate outstanding organizations and individuals whose achievement, innovation, and/or commitment has […]

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State Senate Panels Hears Struggles and Successes of Western Mass, iberkshires.com

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Patricia Begrowicz received a $2.4 million electric bill in 2014 for her business, Onyx Specialty Papers Inc. “The cost of electricity puts us at a competitive disadvantage,” she told eight state senators Wednesday morning at the Berkshire South Community Center. Onyx exports half its paper products produced in Lee overseas and […]

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Berkshire leaders school state senate panel on local strengths, needs, Berkshire Eagle

GREAT BARRINGTON >> The Berkshires’ political, business, educational and cultural leaders educated a special state Senate panel on the resources the county needs to upgrade its quality of life. On Wednesday, state Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, was among the several Massachusetts senators who heard what makes the western-most part of the commonwealth tick and […]

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Canyon Ranch Director Reggie Cooper reflects on tenure at Lenox resort, The Berkshire Eagle

LENOX — After a decade as managing director of Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires and, for the past three years, chairman of the 1Berkshire economic-development company, Reggie Cooper, 47, is leaving later this month for a top post at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, Va. He will be succeeded here by Emilie Goudey, […]

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Supporting the Creative Economy

By Julia Dixon, Managing Director of Berkshire Creative Over the past six years, Berkshire Creative has developed, instituted, and maintained strategies that support the creative industry, institutions, and individuals in the Berkshires. We have established many programs that foster growth in the creative sector, and sparked connections between artists and makers, the creative business community, […]

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PEDA Moves Forward With Re-Envisioned Life Sciences Center

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Econonomic Development Authority voted Monday to begin funding the second phase of planning for a long-anticipated life sciences complex at the William Stanley Business Park.  Planning consultant Rod Jane told PEDA’s board he will be submitting a report to the city this week on the results of efforts in Phase […]

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Jane Pratt Fitzpatrick Remembered Fondly by Friends, Family

Tuesday, Novemebr 19, 2013 STOCKBRIDGE — Under azure skies, graced by gentle Indian Summer breezes, a crowd of at least 250 admirers, friends and family members filled the First Congregational Church, U.C.C., on Monday to celebrate the life of Jane Pratt Fitzpatrick, who died Nov. 9 at her Prospect Hill home. She would have been […]

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Tourist spending increases in the Berkshires

Print   Email Town support for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau is paying off — and that trend should continue in the coming years. That was the message from bureau President Laurie Klefos, who made a presentation to the Lenox Select Board last week. Tourism spending by U.S. visitors increased 2.7 percent in Berkshire County in fiscal 2012 […]

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