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Business Briefs: Sustainable investing symposium; Lee Bank’s community impact dividend; new managing director for Berkshire Playwrights Lab; Berkshire Money Management art show; Interprint invests in Pittsfield facility

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By Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 Trade and Commerce

Williams College to host sustainable investing symposium

Williamstown — On Thursday, Jan. 18, Williams College will host an educational symposium on sustainable investing titled “Breaking the Tradeoff: Profit with Purpose.” Throughout the day, experts and practitioners from a range of industries will share their perspectives on opportunities in sustainable investing and their successes and aspirations in green finance. All talks are free and open to the public and will take place in Griffin Hall, Room 3. For a complete schedule of the talks, see the Berkshire Edge calendar. For more information, contact Williams College at (413) 597-3131.


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Lee Bank announces community impact dividend

Lee — Lee Bank recently announced the formalization of its community impact dividend, which totaled $93,617 in 2017 and is approximately 5 percent of the bank’s net income. The dividend represents a commitment by the bank to contribute financially to local nonprofit organizations. The bank will continue to set aside 5 percent of its net income each year as a community impact dividend.

While Lee Bank contributes to a wide spectrum of groups, events and organizations, it gives priority to organizations that provide social services to low- and moderate-income residents as well as those involved in economic development activities. Secondary consideration is given to organizations that provide cultural and recreational opportunities to residents of Berkshire County and do not have the ability to raise significant funds outside of Berkshire County.


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Berkshire Playwrights Lab gains new managing director

Tristan Wilson. Photo courtesy Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Great Barrington — Berkshire Playwrights Lab has announced that it has hired Tristan Wilson as its new managing director. Wilson served as managing director at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield from 2010–2017. During his career he has worked on and off Broadway as well as in regional theatre, opera, dance, concerts, live television and event production. Wilson has held staff positions at the Juilliard School in New York City, Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado, the Dallas Theatre Center in Texas and others. He is married to Berkshire actress Peggy Pharr Wilson.


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Berkshire Money Management to host one-night-only art exhibit

A painting by artist Julie Morgan from the Berkshire Money Management art show. Image courtesy Berkshire Money Management

Dalton — After combing through nearly 600 works of art, Berkshire Money Management has chosen 22 artists for its one-night-only exhibition: “New Art in an Old Building” will take place Friday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. at BMM’s new home at the Model Farm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The exhibiting artists are Scott Taylor, Andrew DeVries, Grier Horner, Mike Carty, John and Sandra Houseman, Megan Buratto, Ed Pelkey, William Casper, Susan Robinson, Mary Anne Pellegrini, Barbara Patton, Candice Cimini-Farrell, Michael Fabrizio, Crystal Martin, Julie Morgan, Anna Dupont, Kathryn Stocking-Koza, Michelle Iglesias, Catherine Foster, Carol Lew, Joe Goodwin, and Suzanne Stefanik. The works on display will include the media of travel photography, digital design, sculpture, oil painting and more. Artists will receive a $100 stipendcfrom BMM for every work selected for the exhibit. BMM clients wishing to purchase a piece will be reimbursed by the firm for half of the sale price of the work as an incentive to buy works by local artists.


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Interprint invests $12.2 million in Pittsfield facility

Pittsfield — Interprint has announced the purchase of a $10 million printing press to support its rapidly growing decor film business and a $2.2 million construction project to expand office space. Developed in partnership with Faustel of Germantown, Wisconsin, the rotogravure printing press will expand Interprint’s capacity to produce plastic film-based decorative overlays used in the manufacturing of flooring, furniture and other consumer products.

Interprint broke ground in November 2017 for a 4,100-square-foot, single-story office building at its Pittsfield facility. The addition, expected to be ready for occupancy this April, will be home to the company’s purchasing, accounting, human resources, safety, and research and development teams. Once complete, Interprint’s footprint on Route 41 will stand at 167,000 square feet.


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