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Celebrate Juneteenth with ‘Black Barbie’

The Netflix documentary directed by Lagueria Davis drops today.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Berkshire Paraphernalia Pack; virtual town hall; Williamstown Farmers Market online; Tree Seed Photo Challenge

Representing the community, public and private higher education sectors, the panel will share the impacts felt, tactics utilized and outlook ahead as it pertains to higher education in the Berkshires and beyond.

PERSPECTIVES: In the wake of ‘devastating’ COVID-19 pandemic, officials and nonprofit executives see opportunity

Hinds said Berkshire County might see a more aggressive reopening schedule than other portions of the state because of the county's sparsely populated rural landscape.

BSO cancels 2020 Tanglewood season, ‘ripple effect’ feared

The announcement was a devastating blow to the region's economy, which is already reeling from the effects of the economic shutdown and the recently announced season cancellations from Jacob's Pillow, Shakespeare & Company and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

BUINESS BRIEFS: Play reading fundraiser; ‘Reopening the Berkshire Economy’; Greylock promotions; new Hancock Shaker Village trustees

The panel will share perceptions and observations on reopening the Berkshire economy, including points of caution, notes of optimism, and hard facts as they look at what an information-driven reopening timeline could and should be for the region.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: People’s Pantry grant; masks from BMM; virtual town hall; MCLA Trailblazers Keep Going initiative

The panel will share the current outlook of food and agriculture in the region, creative approaches some businesses have taken and from which others can learn, and provide a point of perspective on the future of the Berkshires’ food system.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Hancock Shaker Village refocuses; ‘Banking During COVID-19’; Chase-Rey joins CHP; Flying Cloud virtual education; Salisbury Bank employee awards

The panel will share information about the variety of services and support they are providing and the ways in which businesses can prepare and apply for the available resource pools.

BSO cancels Boston Pops spring season; fate of BSO summer season at Tanglewood uncertain

“It is our obligation to our audiences, musicians, and staff to do everything we can to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being during the unprecedented time of this pandemic.” Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart

Business Briefs: Restaurant listings; gift cards for local businesses; COVID-19 strains nonprofits

The results from the survey underscored the enormity of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on nonprofits’ essential operations, programs and services.

Parties wearily embrace Housatonic River remediation settlement

The parties know that this cleanup could be better, but they have balanced the waste reduction improvement, the monetary compensation and expeditious start of cleanup against the risks of continued litigation.

Regional planners’ survey: People enjoy living in the Berkshires yet population is declining

The decline is steepest among those from 18 to 39 years of age. Also, the population is skewing toward older adults, most of whom are retired or approaching retirement age.

Tech Startup Weekend promises ‘three-day frenzy of business model creation’

After 54 hours of intense work, teams pitch to a panel of judges from the most innovative and impactful companies in the Berkshires and from Techstars. Business leaders and mentors are on hand to share insights and experience through the entire weekend.

Business Briefs: Kapteyn Prize for Lee Middle & High School’s McEvoy; Prado de Lana grand opening; EforAll pitch contest winners; Austen Riggs researcher in...

Prado de Lana Sheep Farm Yarn & Wool Shop will celebrate the opening of its new store at the back of the Seven Arts building Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27.

Business Briefs: Berkshire Trendsetter Awards; Downtown Pittsfield fall cleanup; cultural council deadline; home-buying seminar; Flying Cloud board members

In accordance with Mass Cultural Council guidelines, a deadline of Tuesday, Oct. 15, has been set for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants for 2020 that support cultural activities in the community.

Business Briefs: Grant for Roe Jan Library; Martial Arts Institute of the Berkshire re-opening; first aid gift; NPC Berkshire partnership; 1Berkshire new hire

Two community gifts will support Great Barrington’s purchase of an automatic defibrillator to enhance summertime first aid services at Lake Mansfield Park.

IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE: Economic Development, Part 2

“Economic development requires taking the long view on progress and having a broad understanding of the elements that contribute. In other words: patience and perspective. Neither of these is simple.” -- Laura Brennan, Senior Planner for Community & Economic Development at Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC)

IT’S NOT SO SIMPLE: Economic development — Is your dream my nightmare?*

What type of economic development does not bring with it some aspect that some of us find unpalatable? How much are we willing to put up with in order to improve economic opportunities for ourselves and others.
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